If you are a regular reader of my ramblings on Untold you might recall that a while back I reported that Sport England had decided to cut funding to the FA by £1.6 million a year after participation levels among adult males in England dropped.
Doing research and taking note of the information that is available to you, is part of the job if you are going to comment. Whether you are a manager, a blogger, a pundit or a journalist, knowing a little bit about the game is helpful. As is reading the research that others [.
My perception of noise in the emirates stadium is always a bit biased because I sit in the north bank the noisiest part of the stadium. But I sit in the upper tier, which traditionally is less vocal, so that bias is reduced a little. What's more I sit above Red [...]
My trip to Wembley starts at noon; I think Walter started at around 4am. One stop in Northampton to meet up with Drew, then we drive to Harrow (or somewhere odd like that) to meet up with Ian and his sons, and then the tube on to Wembley where maybe, if we [...]
Now here's a thing. The supporters of Real Madrid jeered Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale during a 5-0 defeat of Rayo Vallecano. Carlo Ancelotti then pleaded with the Real Madrid fans to unite with the players.
Both events were strange to my mind. Strange to boo such talented players in a 5-0 [.
I didn't find this year's April Fool's day (a day of practical jokes across Europe which I seem to recall is called April fish in France perhaps Walter can tell us what it is called in Flemish), not especially amusing.
The fact that Fifa have actually found against Barcelona and Spain's Football Association in the issue of the transfer of minors from outside of the EU has come as a bit of a shock. At least in this office.
Fifa actually taking action? Against Barcelona? It all seemed so unlikely.
I wrote a short while ago about the FA and its inability to do anything other than waste money pandering to the corrupt whims of Fifa and allow its name to go forwards into a world cup run in a state based on slave labour.
There are by and large three main approaches to fixing football matches.
The first is the oldest and most obvious: when a footballer or footballers deliberately fix a result, either to help promotion or avoid relegation. This goes back to the early days of the Football League with one of the original [.
Day after day, as anyone who ever glances at a newspaper will attest, sports journalists sharpen the knives, and night after night as they prepare the next day's publication they throw them at their favourite targets: mostly specific clubs and specific managers.
Ever since the Unbeaten Season and the end of the 49 the media and their troll allies have been saying Arsenal are not good enough. Indeed some of them claimed the team of the Unbeaten Season wasn't really that good going out of the FA Cup, the League Cup and the [...]
I started to wonder what Emirates Airlines had done for us, the fans, the people who turn up at the stadium for each match, after I read that Virgin Trains are becoming the main club sponsor of Carlisle United.
Virgin (not my favourite rail line as it runs from Northampton to Euston [.
A big business takes over a little club or even two little clubs which it merges (against the fans' wishes). Two clubs playing in leagues so far down the pyramid that 99.999% of football fans wouldn't know the names of the leagues, let alone the names of clubs [.
There are all sorts of parallels between the FA Cup and the FA Youth Cup. For example, the biggest teams enter in the 3rd round after a series of preliminary rounds are played out (six in the case of the FA Youth Cup). And we played Everton in the quarter finals. And [...]
There is story often told among Morris Men (dancers and musicians who perform a peculiarly English set of folk dances dating back to the Mediaeval era) about four people being stuck in a lift. One is Stalin, one is Hitler, one is an accordionist and the final one has a gun with [.
In one sense this wasn't a very clever win, for if Bayern were thinking that the game on Tuesday is over, then they would have thought again on Saturday. Any chance we had of playing a Bayern reserve team has gone.
But in terms of preparation for the visit to what Pat [.
So we've just had the news about Per and Tomas, and now it is on to Aaron Ramsey who is not just about ready to return to the squad (although not for the FA Cup match) but also is ready to sign a new contract. Or, given that because of other commitments [...]
Everyone knows the Arsenal money stories. How the club did everything to reduce its stadium debt from building houses on the Highbury pitch through to front loading sponsorship deals and using the money to reduce the borrowings.
If you know your Arsenal history you'll know that when Lt Col Sir [.
There's been some chatter in the media of late about the abuse Adrian Chiles suffers from football supporters. As the Telegraph said in a review, "As a presenter, Chiles divides opinion. Either you hate him, or you despise him."
They then go on to wonder why this is so; why people should [.
Really good writing in all its forms (poetry, novels, biographies, songs and yes, even journalism) makes the reader think, ponder, reflect and end up feeling moved. Moved perhaps by a new insight into the world in which we live. Moved perhaps by a perspective in terms of past events.
We screwed up today, and I have a team from GCHQ looking into it. Dominic's preview was written and ready to go, and it didn't go. But since Untold always goes where others don't it is published below. Sorry dom.
But, here's the thing. After four episodes of the new major series [.
Does Chelsea shake when the USA uses the language of the AAA?
Or come to that does Liverpool worry that no statement from the club will ever be believed again after the admitted lying over Suarez' contract? Do Rangers fans worry that their club has to pay 30% p.a. interest on a [.