Exits, arrivals and the promise of youth: A Bolton Wanderers season preview

By Rob Latham, @robilaz Following another summer of disappointment for England fans, there is a welcome tonic with the return of the domestic season on Friday (August 8). Bolton Wanderers supporters have endured another summer of concern, with yet more senior pros leaving the club and a few new names coming in to strengthen the squad following a disappointing campaign last time out. The biggest change at the club heading into the new season is yet another change in sponsorship....

A day out at Lords

By David De Winter, Sports Writer I like to think that I’m a man of the people. When I’m not working (which is most of the time) I like to spend my time wine-tasting, going to the opera and answering questions on University Challenge – pursuits to which I think the common man can really relate. When not doing these things I can often be found playing real working-class sports such as golf, tennis and badminton. In fact, possibly my...

Top 25 ex-Liverpool manager Bill Shankly Quotes

He took over at Liverpool and helped transform the club and laid the foundations for their subsequent European and domestic success. The no-nonsense Scot won three First Division titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup before leaving Anfield in 1974. 1.'Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.' 2.'Pressure is working down the pit. Pressure is having...

UK women vote for Quidditch and Dodgeball to become new commonwealth games sports

  By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor A nationwide ‘Summer of Sport’ survey commissioned by High and Mighty, has revealed that the UK’s women would most like Dodgeball to become a new Commonwealth Games sport followed by Quidditch and Surfing. When it comes to looks, women think that men look sexiest when they are swimming, followed by athletics and rugby 7’s. Interestingly men agree that other men look sexiest in the pool. Other top choices for bro-mance include: Athletics and Football. Additional results...

Top ten Jose Mourinho Quotes

  By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor It’s nearly the start of the football season and it looks like Chelsea are going to bring back “blast from the past” Didier Drogba, so we thought we would look back at some of his best quotes over the years. 1.“Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one.” This quote doesn’t need an explanation. 2.“I think he is one of these people who is a voyeur....

The Failed Football Aspirations of a Pop Star

Jack Peat on the failed #Romlinson venture. Late last week news trickled through social wires that the collective mass of One Direction fanatics hadn’t managed to muster enough pocket money to support a John Ryan/ Louis Tomlinson's takeover of Doncaster Rovers. As predictable as its demise may have been, the murky terms of their crowdfunding venture (if it failed, they couldn’t buy) highlighted the typically slack nature of football club buyouts and owners’ reticence in communicating fully with the fans....

John “the undertaker” Alder & Liam Sweeney – A tribute

  By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor As a lifelong Newcastle United fan who has watched them home and away hundreds of times, I was deeply saddened by the deaths of eternally loyal Newcastle supporters, John "the undertaker" Alder & Liam Sweeney. I can’t say I knew them, I might have drank with them once, as any Newcastle fan will know drinking and the football go hand-in-hand. Things can get a bit blurry. But in a sea of black and white...

World Cup 2014: Team of the Tournament

David de Winter - Sports Writer 31 days, 64 matches later, Brazil 2014 is finally over. Slightly over-hyped as the best of recent times (that honour goes to France ’98), it nevertheless more than satisfied my footballing taste-buds, the odd dreary bore-draw knockout tie aside. As the TLE’s apparent football ‘expert’ (not my words – please direct your complaints to the editor), I have selflessly studied hours of footage in compiling the totally unofficial Team of Tournament. So here are...

Long-termism and football

By Pip Cole  7-1… Humiliation……Failures……Disgraced the nation… Having been born in Rio de Janeiro, waking up the morning after that game was tough. I am fairly confident I have seen the worst Brazilian performance I will ever see, however, I do not believe it will be the last major footballing nation to suffer in a similar style. In reflection on the World Cup two features have stood out for me: firstly, some footballing federations have become strategic, organised, forward thinking...

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