Miles Reucroft

Miles Reucroft

I edit The Cricket Blog, a website for ramblings and unusual stories around the world of cricket, including the odd rant. Okay, mostly ranting. A cathartic experience for its contributors, if not always its readers!

Everyone’s talking about Leeds United again

“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” Or so wrote Oscar Wilde. And so have found Leeds United on their crazy 2018/19 which disintegrated at Elland Road on a night of self-induced trauma. A club which had...

Can anyone stop Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City?

Manchester City cruised through last season, amassing 100 points and a 19 point gap to their nearest challengers (if ‘challengers’ is the right word), Manchester United. Everything had clicked for Pep Guardiola in his second season in English football, following a bit of criticism and no small amount of smirking...

Football’s gambling addiction – the fun has stopped

Something strange happened this morning – I found myself agreeing with Richard Keyes. Yes, he of ‘did you smash it?’ fame. He of ‘it was only banter’ fame. He of the having an affair with his daughter’s friend when his wife had cancer fame. He of the ‘I’ve never seen...

The Fantasy Football Blog Week 31 – The penultimate blog?

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6 preview here, Week 7 preview here, Week 8 preview here, Week 9...

The Fantasy Football Blog Week 30 – is this the end?

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6 preview here, Week 7 preview here, Week 8 preview here, Week 9...

The Fantasy Football Blog Week 29 – the end is in sight

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6 preview here, Week 7 preview here, Week 8 preview here, Week 9...

The Fantasy Football Blog Week 28 – serene progression

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6 preview here, Week 7 preview here, Week 8 preview here, Week 9...

The Fantasy Football Blog Week 27 – a return to form

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6 preview here, Week 7 preview here, Week 8 preview here, Week...

The Fantasy Football Blog Week 26 – a returning hero

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6 preview here, Week 7 preview here, Week 8 preview here, Week...

What else could West Ham supporters have done?

“Ugly,” “disgraceful,” “vile,” “a day of shame,” “scenes nobody wants to see.” The media bandwagon clicked into its predictable gear following West Ham’s 3-0 defeat to Swansea on Saturday. It is a game which will not live long in the memory for the football, but rather the actions of a handful...

The Fantasy Football Blog week 25 – Hitting and hoping

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6 preview here, Week 7 preview here, Week 8 preview here, Week...

The Fantasy Football Blog Week 24 – It’s time to save our season

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6 preview here, Week 7 preview here, Week 8 preview here, Week...

The Fantasy Football Blog Week 23 – is attack the best form of defence?

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6 preview here, Week 7 preview here, Week 8 preview here, Week...

The Fantasy Football Blog week 21: a heartbreaking farewell

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6 preview here, Week 7 preview here, Week 8 preview here, Week...

The Fantasy Football Blog week 20 – business as usual

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6 preview here, Week 7 preview here, Week 8 preview here, Week...

The Fantasy Football Blog week 19 – new year, new worries

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6 preview here, Week 7 preview here, Week 8 preview here, Week...

Farewell Phil Taylor, an unlovable legend

And so the very first day of 2018 witnessed the departure of sporting titan, a man who, perhaps more than any other, has shaped his sport and made it what it is today. From a fringe pub sport to a global game that is enriching its major players with serious...

The Fantasy Football Blog week 18 – spreading festive cheer

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6 preview here, Week 7 preview here, Week 8 preview here, Week...

Fantasy Football Blog week 15 – the slow and steady climb up the table

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6 preview here, Week 7 preview here, Week 8 preview here, Week...

Ashes 2017: England batting themselves into oblivion

England’s Ashes defence lies in tatters after only two Tests of the five Test series, buried beneath the incompetence of their batting. This is a batting unit devoid of backbone, talent and intelligence. Collapse after miserable collapse is being endured leaving this series Down Under with an air of recent...

Fantasy Football Blog week 13 – arresting the slide

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6 preview here, Week 7 preview here, Week 8 preview here, Week...

Fantasy Football Blog week 12 – in search of a keeper

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6 preview here, Week 7 preview here, Week 8 preview here, Week...

The Fantasy Football Blog week 11 – We need to talk about Rodriguez

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6 preview here, Week 7 preview here, Week 8 preview here, Week...

Fantasy Football Blog week 9: the climb continues

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6...

Is Kevin de Bruyne the best midfielder in the world?

We are witnessing the emergence of one of the players of his generation in Kevin de Bruyne. His impact at Manchester City cannot be understated and he is the on-field leader of Pep Guardiola’s revolution in the blue half of Manchester. Is there a finer central midfielder in the game...

Fantasy Football Blog week 8: These are heady days

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here.  International breaks are always an interminable bore, punctuated with moments of deep concern for the welfare of your players. You want to get back to the cut...

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Fantasy Football Blog week 7 preview: defensive realignment

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here, Week 6 preview here. We grabbed a few...

Fantasy Football Blog week 6 preview – from optimism to doubt

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here. The Week 1 review is here, Week 2 transfers & preview here, Week 3 preview here, Week 4 preview here, Week 5 preview here. Just when it looked like everything...

FC Fakin’ Run Aboutabit break into the top 2,000,000!

Miles Reucroft is undertaking a different way of playing the ever popular Fantasy Football this season. To understand his methodology, read part one here.  Well, what a week it has been. The lads came back from international duty firing on all cylinders, I welcomed the birth of my first child and...

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