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Reading Shouldn't Be Written Off In the FA Cup

By Hugh Larkin on 23 February 2015

In this season’s FA Cup, the team making all the headlines has been Bradford City and their stunning run has brought speculation that they might become the first third tier side to reach a Final. A home quarter-final has encouraged several firms t...



Is Sherwood the right man for Aston Villa?

By Colin Illingworth on 23 February 2015

Savage film critics have launched a scathing attack on erotic blockbuster 50 Shades of Grey for only delivering 11 paltry minutes of "action" leaving frustrated Aston Villa fans rolling their eyes. I mean, damn, they would have killed their own mo...



Sam Allardyce Proves He’s More Than Just A Pragmatist - Again

By Hugh Larkin on 30 January 2015

A year ago everyone was after Sam Allardyce’s head. His West Ham squad were in a run of bad results and the manager could count on little goodwill from many Hammers fans who viewed him as out of step with the club’s tradition of progressive footba...



Which Premier League managers will survive until next season? #1

By Antony Melvin on 28 January 2015

With the amount of money on offer for league position - especially if Champions League football is achieved - there is an increasing tendency to fire managers at the first sign of trouble. Given that Arsene Wenger & Sam Allardyce are the only ...



Tough Times For The Southampton Summer Exodus

By Hugh Larkin on 22 January 2015

The best story of the season so far has been the performance of Southampton, a team who lost their manager and five key players last summer. Relegation was predicted by many, such was the upheaval on the South Coast but it’s been a blast for the S...



Can Aston Villa Fans Accept Survival As The Club’s Only Ambition?

By Hugh Larkin on 20 January 2015

A threatened fan boycott, criticism of the owner by Alan Shearer, another home defeat and yet another game without scoring- just another depressing week for Aston Villa, a football club seemingly without purpose or real ambition.



Louis Van Gaal And The Strange Case Of The Missing Defender

By Hugh Larkin on 19 January 2015

When Manchester United turned to Louis Van Gaal to steady the ship at Old Trafford, the expectation was that the club would get a leader prepared to make big decisions. With his steely reputation the ‘Iron Tulip’ came in with the licence and the t...



Everton's veterans are dragging the team in the wrong direction

By Antony Melvin on 16 January 2015

This was supposed to be a season of high promise for Everton. A summer of signing up successful loan signings permanently without losing a single key player to a rival club should have meant that 2014/15 would see further progress. Missing out on ...



Newcastle United: Will Ronald de Boer be their new manager?

By Colin Illingworth on 09 January 2015

Since Alan Pardew spread his wings back to his spiritual home of Crystal Palace, every man and his dog has been linked with the vacant job at Newcastle United. And, let's face it, who wouldn't want to land one of the biggest jobs in English footba...



How to get better refereeing decisions

By Antony Melvin on 07 January 2015

Over Christmas & New Year the number of refereeing decisions that looked poor in real time & looked laughable in slow motion did seem to accelerate to some kind of nadir. As a result the pundits & even former referees like Keith Hacket...



Arsenal: Could FA Cup success keep Wenger in a job?

By Colin Illingworth on 04 January 2015

There was a time when Arsene Wenger could do no wrong in the eyes of the Arsenal fans. He revolutionised the Gunners and the English game in general with his slick passing, ball retention and attacking philosophy.

Howev...



Champions' League is now a de facto if often dull European League

By Antony Melvin on 27 November 2014

When the Champions' League was set up to replace the older, much-loved European Cup, one of the driving forces was to stop a break away European League, where the same big teams would play each other at the top table of European football with mono...



The talk about Manchester United's defence misses the point for a confident Louis van Gaal

By Antony Melvin on 05 September 2014

If the sum total of metaphorical references to Manchester United attack/defence purchases were added together they'd probably go round the earth three times (or some similar pointless measure).  The talk of 'doing the decorating before the underpi...



Dyche and Ings give Burnley fans reasons for optimism

By Hugh Larkin on 15 August 2014

The big question for Burnley fans this season is, how can the club overcome the handicap of having the smallest budget in the Premier League? In 2009/10 the Clarets put up a fine showing but still finished 18th and relegated. Will it be different ...



Were Aston Villa right to release Marc Albrighton?

By Antony Melvin on 25 May 2014



He may only have been 24 but Villa’s decision to release Marc Albrighton brought down the curtain on a 16-year playing career at the club.

Plucked from his junior team in Tamworth, Albrighton was first on the books as an e...



Were Aston Villa right to release Marc Albrighton?

By James Fisher on 25 May 2014

He may only have been 24 but Villa’s decision to release Marc Albrighton brought down the curtain on a 16-year playing career at the club.

Plucked from his junior team in Tamworth, Albrighton was first on the books as an eight-year-old ...



Aston Villa: How will the fans remember the Randy Lerner years?

By Antony Melvin on 20 May 2014

It’s official – Aston Villa are up for sale. The rumour mill had gone into overdrive in Birmingham as fans tried to piece together the jigsaw of what the future held for their club.

It was perhaps the worst kept secret that ch...



Squaefootball's Team of the Week - Week 38

By Mitch Waddon on 13 May 2014


After a season full of thrills and spills there were no final day shocks in the Premier League as Manchester City beat West Ham United to pip Liverpool to the title.

Here is our final team of the week for the 2014/15 season.



Aston Villa: How will the fans remember the Randy Lerner years?

By James Fisher on 01 May 2014

It’s official – Aston Villa are up for sale. The rumour mill had gone into overdrive in Birmingham as fans tried to piece together the jigsaw of what the future held for their club.

It was perhaps the worst kept secret that chairman Randy ...



Aston Villa: Can Villa stay up without gaining another point?

By Antony Melvin on 29 April 2014


One point from their last six games should be enough for any team to be relegated.

The way Villa have performed over the past few weeks has been...