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!

Leeds United: And why we all secretly want a return of the old guard

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...

Guardiola to be next Arsenal Manager

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...

Fantasy Football Blog week 10: Kane-ing it up the table

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...

Fantasy Football Blog week 9: the climb continues

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...

Fantasy Football Blog week 10: Kane-ing it up the table

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...

Last Da Vinci in private hands sells for record $450 MILLION

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...

Fantasy Football Blog week 9: the climb continues

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...

Fantasy Football Blog week 13 – arresting the slide

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?

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...

Fantasy Football Blog week 10: Kane-ing it up the table

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...

Fantasy Football Blog week 9: the climb continues

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?

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...

Fantasy Football Blog week 13 – arresting the slide

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...

Spurs would be the most unpopular Premier League winners in history, hands down

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: FC Fakin’ Run Aboutabit break for Internationals

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...

Fantasy Football Blog week 9: the climb continues

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 10: Kane-ing it up the table

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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...

The Fantasy Football Blog: FC Fakin’ Run Aboutabit break for Internationals

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...

The London Economic

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...

The Fantasy Football Blog: FC Fakin’ Run Aboutabit break for Internationals

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!

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...

Why is no one talking about Chris Froome?

Why is no one talking about Chris Froome?

The achievements of Chris Froome, who completed a stunning Tour de France/Vuelta a Espana double in the same year on Sunday, almost needs shaking into the British sporting consciousness. It is a feat that has been achieved only twice previously and in discussing it, we’re talking about the crème de...

The London Economic

The Fantasy Football Blog: Week 3 preview

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. Crisis is a big word. Especially after two weeks. But for the likes of Newcastle, West Ham,...

The Fantasy Football Blog: Week 2 transfers & preview

The Fantasy Football Blog: Week 2 transfers & preview

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. I pitched up at Heston services at 11pm on Tuesday night. It’s where my contact had insisted we meet. Out...

The Fantasy Football Blog: Episode 1

The Fantasy Football Blog: Week 1 review

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 first weekend of the season is always a difficult one. How will the new boys bed in? Do they get on with the local lads?...

The Fantasy Football Blog: Episode 1

The Fantasy Football Blog: Episode 1

Welcome to the 2017/18 Fantasy Football Blog! It’s a time of great excitement in offices and WhatsApp groups as teams are assembled with great care and attention, usually to be discarded by mid-September. I enjoy fantasy football, but I don’t enjoy the nonsense that comes with it. Triple captains. Bench...

Bringing back cricket to the national consciousness?

Bringing back cricket to the national consciousness?

I was driving through Andalucía on Sunday, from Malaga to Ronda, meandering along the A-366 with a familiar sound in my ears; an England collapse. The only unusual thing it seems, was the setting. The breath taking, if arid, sights of the Parque Natural Sierra de las Nieves and its...

Mayweather Vs. McGregor: when entertainment supersedes sport

Mayweather Vs. McGregor: when entertainment supersedes sport

Some things make you question the meaning of sport, they just seem so inevitable. Ronaldo and Messi breaking goal scoring records, Usain Bolt running a 100 metre final, Lance Armstrong and Hansie Cronje. Some people just make it look so inevitable and so simple that it appears almost futile; they’re...

Date Set for Joshua v Klitshcko

AJ sets out his stall for his era

It’s rare that you gear up for a sporting event in the knowledge that the result doesn’t really matter since you were going to witness something truly historical. Either outcome and in whatever fashion would define one man’s legacy; his entire career. So it was for Anthony Joshua, the young...

Arsenal’s empire needs a new emperor

Arsenal’s empire needs a new emperor

Sport News 24/7 All empires crumble. Just ask the Romans, Ottomans and British; all good things come to an end. And so it is proving at the Emirates Stadium, where one man’s kingdom is crumbling around him. Like King Cnut, Arsene Wenger is finding that he cannot hold back the...

Alastair Cook gets his final decision just right

Alastair Cook gets his final decision just right

Sport News 24/7 It could feasibly have happened at any point over the past three years. Following England’s harrowing Ashes whitewash in Australia in 2013/14, the captaincy of Alastair Cook has been open to debate. Quite how he survived the cull that took place after that disastrous tour is beyond...

FA Cup consumed by its own magic

FA Cup consumed by its own magic

Sport News 24/7 Was the Fourth Round a classic in the annals of FA Cup history? Two non-league sides made it into the Fifth Round hat for the first time this century and lower league sides were toppling their supposed superiors across the board. Magic of the Cup, innit? Not...

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