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Friday, 12 April 2013

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Birmingham City and Leicester City are on the up

Birmingham City are on course to finish in the top half of the table under Lee Clark and the Blues fans are optimistically looking forward to the 2013/14 season. Off the pitch its been a good time for the Bluenoses too, especially Squarefootballs Steve Coulter, who has been our top Expert over the ...

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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Aberdeen are out of the bottom three

Did you that Aberdeen - the only Scottish club to have won two European trophies - have not won a major piece of silverware since beating Dundee in the Coca-Cola Cup final way back in 1995? The Dandy Dons have been in the doldrums far too long but maybe the arrival of Derek McInnes will galvanise th...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Di Canio attempts to form his first impression while West Ham’s Brady dispels hers

Fascist, egotistical, divisive, authoritarian, plain bonkers; these words are ringing around all our ears right now thanks to a recent media storm it’s been impossible to escape from. No, not the death of a former Prime Minister yesterday, although I can see why you’d think that. Instead it i...

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The Championship: Who's going up and who's going down?

The Championship is arguably the toughest football league in the world. Anyone can beat anyone on their day and a couple of wins can take you from relegation fodder to play-off material. There are only eight more games of this madness left before the crazy world of the play-offs get under way, so le...

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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Good times for Portsmouth

First let me apologise for the lateness of this update - its been over a month - but theres only so many hours in a day and this guy has only just discovered the wonders of Homeland and Claire Danes! So without further ado, lets get cracking. Liverpool 5 Swansea City 0 Liverpool gave Swansea Cit...

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Blackburn, Portsmouth and Wolves in battle for second

Manchester United have blown away the rest of the Premier League to all but wrap up the title in March and so has Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin in our Predict the Premier League competition. Our leader is a whopping 33 points clear of his nearest challengers, Portsmouths Peter Rendle and Wolv...

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Monday, 04 March 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Middlesbrough peg back Cardiff and Hull City take advantage

Just when it seemed that Cardiff were beginning to set the seal on a successful promotion campaign Middlesbrough spoilt the party on Saturday and revived their own flagging hopes into the bargain. When confidence is low sometimes it takes an addition from outside the dressing room to cut through ...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A lack of fanfare for the Final but Swansea make worthy champions nevertheless

There was a time in football, about six or seven years ago when it all became a bit tedious. Mourinho’s Chelsea and Fergie’s United were so far ahead of everybody else that those two goliaths monopolised the English game completely. It seemed as though every piece of silverware was theirs to ...

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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Classic League Cup Finals: Birmingham City 2 Arseanl 1 2011

This was the day when Arsenal were widely expected to end their trophy drought. Unfortunately Birmingham City never read the script. This afternoon Premier League Swansea City clash with League Two Bradford City in the final of the Capital One Cup and the Welsh side will have to be careful not to b...

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Monday, 18 February 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Shrewsbury surprise Tranmere, Cardiff win again and Burton Albion make a move

Tranmere Rovers were hoping to steal a march on their promotion rivals with their game with Shrewsbury Town staged on Friday night. Unfortunately, Ronnie Moores side had one of those nights and the Shrews went away with three vital - and unexpected - points. Rovers were down to 10 men very earl...

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Predict the Premier League: Squarefootball chief leads the way again

Right weve got three weeks of fixtures to get through here so lets get cracking. Please cast your mind back to the midweek fixtures of January 29 and 30. Aston Villa 1 Newcastle United 2 This was a huge game at the foot of the table and one that the visitors emerged from as victors. Goals from Ca...

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Predict the Premier League Experts: Squarefootball chief extends his head at the top

There was a time when Squarefootballs Antony Melvins position at the top looked under threat. Today he stands 31 points clear of his nearest rivals Blackburn Rovers Terry Kennedy and Wolves fan Chris Cox. Down at the foot of the table the bottom three places are still occupied by Sunderlands Sarsha...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Deadline Day drama as Simon gets angry and Peter gets lost

The more attentive among you might have noticed we endured the annual manic torture–fest that is Christmas recently, indeed you may still be recovering from it’s stress-pounding effects even now. Probably the most excruciating facet of the festive period, aside from having to spend uncomforta...

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Monday, 04 February 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Concern builds at Nottingham Forest and Wolves but Sheffield Wednesday are buoyant

Nottingham Forest took a big gamble when they ejected Sean ODriscoll with the club on the edge of the play-offs and playing in a settled style - and Saturdays defeat by Birmingham City will have added to the concerns of Forest fans. The club are now in 11th spot and the 2-1 defeat at St Andrews c...

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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Arsenal, Norwich, Liverpool, Newcastle: The top 10 FA Cup giant killings of all-time

Luton Town became the first non-league club in 24 years to beat a top flight side on Saturday as the Hatters beat Premier League Norwich City 1-0 at Carrow Road. Paul Buckles men rode their luck against the Canaries, but super sub Scott Rendell wrote his name in FA Cup folklore with a winner 10 mi...

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Blackburn Rovers regain their form

The FA Cup has taken centre stage this weekend so this is the ideal time to update our Predict the Premier League tables. It has been a manic past fortnight with goals and shocks galore, but who has been the best at predicting this madness? Step forward Blackburn Rovers Terry Kennedy. He has been o...

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Blackburn and Wolves narrow the gap on leader

Blackburn Rovers Terry Kennedy and Wolverhampton Wanderers fan Chris Cox have their sights on Predict the Premier League silverware and the current leader, Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin, will be looking nervously over his shouder. Both Mr Kennedy and Mr Cox cut the gap on Mr Melvin this past...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A boring birthday for the FA as the stars fail to shine

For most people, an evening out at the local pub will be a largely stress-free excursion filled with raucous banter, sorrowful introspection and a touch of casual xenophobia. Nights out in this great country have followed that tight format for hundreds of years, never wavering in the face of adver...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A weekend of woe for Walters as the BBC put him centre stage

Do you remember the glory days of Saturday night TV? That wistful time before Simon Cowell was given the keys to the kingdom and filled the weekend evenings with a symphony of garish fairy lights, screeching teenagers and Louis Walsh. Things were so much simpler before: you knew where you we...

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Friday, 11 January 2013

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Squarefootball chief increases lead at the top

The festive period was jammed packed with football and this is the first update of our Predict the Premier League Experts table of 2013. We may be in a new year, but its the same old story at the top of our table, although there are changes at the other end. Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin rema...

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Portsmouth get 2013 off to a flying start

2012 was another painful year for Portsmouth but hopefully they will follow Peter Rendles example in 2013 and not Dan Taylors. Mr Rendle was our top pundit over the festive period, picking up 39 points from a possible 117, to climb into the top four. It wasnt such good news for his fellow Pompey fo...

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Saturday, 05 January 2013

Whose name is on the FA Cup? Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man United?

The FA Cup Third Round gets under way this weekend and everyone is dreaming of Wembley. Even the big boys, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Spurs will all be looking forward to a sunny day under the arch in May. But who will win the FA Cup this season? Chelsea are the current ...

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Can Aston Villa and Birmingham City both avoid the drop this season?

No more heroes anymore, lamented Hugh Cornwall and the Stranglers. The punk anthem may be rebornduring match days at Villa Park and St Andrews. Aston Villa and Birmingham City fans may loath each other, but right the Brummie brothers are in the same boat. Sadly the vessel is barely seaworthy an...

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Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Festive joy for Squarefootball chief, Wolves and Aberdeen

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City ensured there were points to be had this past weekend, but the Gunners and Citys slender wins, combined with Liverpool and Chelseas goalfest, meant maximum points were hard to get. Here is a rundown of who scored what on the weekend of December 22/23....

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Blackburn fall further behind the leader

The title race for our Predict the Premier League title was a two-horse one until recently. Ever since Blackburn hit the top spot the wheels have come off of Terry Kennedys juggernaut. As we prepare for Christmas dinner, Squarefootballs Antony Melvinis eight points clear. At the bottom, Aberdeens C...

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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Squarefootball chief extends lead over Blackburn

Squarefootballs Antony Melvin has extended his lead at the top of the Experts Predict the Premier League table to five points, but with a hectic festive period just around the corner anything could happen and Blackburns Terry Kennedy or Squarefootballs Hugh Larkin could easily be top by the time we ...

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Great week for Leicester City

Leicester City were top dogs in the Experts section of our Predict the Premier League competition in Game Week 16. Chris Pettitt, our hilarious TV critic, was the only pundit to pick up double figures to top our weekly chart. His haul included two correct scores and four correct outcomes. Mr Pettit...

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Monday, 10 December 2012

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Blackburn, Leicester and Wolves hit form

We have three game weeks to run through here so lets not waste any time. Week 13 Sunderland v West Brom The Baggies beat Martin ONeills men at the Stadium of Light 2-4. At the time it moved them up to third. Eight of our experts expected an away win, but nobody thought it would be such a high s...

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Predict the Premier League - Experts: Blackburn are toppled and Aberdeen are off the bottom

Its been a few weeks since I had the opportunity to update the Predict the Premier League table and a lot has changed. For a start Blackburns Terry Kennedy has been replaced at the top by his long-term rival, Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin. Mr Kennedy and Mr Melvin have been the Manchester Uni...

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Friday, 30 November 2012

Isn't it time for Neville, Goodman and Shearer to stop sitting on the fence?

On the whole Im quite a laid back sort of guy. The world keeps spinning round and Emmerdale is on every night. So I just go with the flow. But like every mortal sole there are a few things that drive me round the bend. The latest addition to this every growing list is the bland world of f...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Michael Owen ensures we’ll remember, remember the fright of Movember

When the wise Jedi minds of future generations look back at the metrosexual, iPad-obsessed, self-serving era we currently reside in, they will quite rightly grimace and ask just what the hell we accomplished. We allowed Piers Morgan to prosper when he really shouldn’t have; we created and fo...

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Predict the Premier League - the Experts: Aberdeen and West Ham top the table

The Premier League threw up a number of shock results at the weekend. Chelsea, Manchester United and Everton were all fancied for wins on the road at West Brom, Norwich and Reading but the big boys all left their destinations empty-handed. Even Fulham, who had only lost at home twice during 2012, ...

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Predict the Premier League - the Experts: Blackburn are still the team to beat

It was a poor weekend for points in the Predict the Premier League competition. Hot favourites like Chelsea, Everton, Fulham and Manchester United all let our pundits down following their shock defeats. So much so that our highest scorers this week were Aberdeens Colin Illingworth and West Hams Nige...

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Sunday, 18 November 2012

Predict the Premier League Experts: Gap closing on Blackburn Rovers

At one stage it looked as though our Predict the Premier League title race was going to be a two-horse affair. Blackburn Rovers Terry Kennedy and Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin were running away with it. However, we now have a new faction in the mix, Squarefootballs Hugh Larkin. Mr Larkin has ...

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Predict the Premier League Experts: Birmingham, Portsmouth, West Ham and Wolves are perfect 10s

Cast your mind back to last weekend. Arsenal were left frustrated at home by Fulham, Manchester United came back from two down to beat Aston Villa, City beat Spurs, Newcastle United were beaten at home by West Ham United and Chelsea were held by Liverpool. Some of those results proved beneficial to ...

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Thursday, 08 November 2012

Predict the Premier League Experts: Blackburn's lead narrows

Blackburns Terry Kennedy stormed to the top of the table last week but all of that excitement must have gone to his head as he could only manage four points this week. This has allowed former leader and Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin to close the gap to just one point. This week belongs to Squ...

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Predict the Premier League Experts: Squarefootball ace and Pompey top the bill

Squarefootballs Hugh Larkin was our top pundit this week, with a whopping 12 points, one point more than Portsmouths Peter Rendle. Mr Larkin, who is our expert on all things outside of the Premier League, managed to predict four games spot on to storm into the top three of the overall table. In a w...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Ollie gets a Palace welcome and it could be Dons v Dons in the cup

Its a truism of football that managers usually take over teams when they are in trouble and the last incumbent has resigned or been sacked. Thats certainly not the case at Crystal Palace though, where Ian Holloway has inherited a bunch of players full of confidence and fairly fizzing on the park...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A feelgood Focus for Muamba is the highlight of the BBC’s wonky weekend of football

As ever it was a big weekend in the Barclays Premier League. This after another extraordinary week in football with those League Cup games ending in rugby scores, referees accused of all kinds of ungodly crimes, Andrey Arshavin actually being of some use, and even Ashley Cole managing to go ...

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Sunday, 04 November 2012

Predict the Premier League Experts: Blackburn and Leicester on top

Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City are fighting it out to win promotion from the Championship but both Terry Kennedy and Chris Pettitt should take a bow as they shared top spot in game week nine. Both Mr Kennedy and Mr Pettitt scored a whopping 13 points in that period, a tally that was enough to...

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Predict the Premier League Experts: Blackburn hit the top spot

On the pitch Blackburn Rovers have a new manager; off the pitch Rovers are top of the league! Blackburn fan Terry Kennedy has been getting closer and closer to Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin week-by-week, but in Gameweek nine the hunter has become the hunted. Mr Kennedy was our joint top sc...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A shortfall of laughs as Redknapp, Corden and co play the fools

In these bleak, recession-hit days of austerity and hardship, we are all frantically searching for ways to forget our woes and feel a little better about things. Often, we look towards our local footballing heroes for an escape, but even that’s turning sour right now. A game seemingly awash ...

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Predict the Premier League Experts: Top week for Bolton and West Ham

Bolton Wanderers may still be searching for their next manager but Bolton fan Dave Blackburn put that all behind him to share top spot this week in our Predict the Premier League competition with a jubilant West Ham supporter and Squarefootball writer Mitch Waddon. Both pundits pulled in an impress...

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Predict the Premier League Experts: Blackburn edge ever closer to top spot

While the Premier League title is fast becoming a three-horse race our Predict the Premier League Experts predictions competition looks like a two-horse race already. Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin Antony Melvin continues to lead the way, but his lead at the top continues to be chipped away at...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Bad luck stories abound as the Scots take on Wales in a clash of the misfiring

It’s a universal truth that some people are just plain unlucky. These desperate souls, through no real fault of their own, just get a rough deal in this bad ol’ world and spend their days enduring an avalanche of ungodly misfortune and rudimentary shite. And don’t suffer the misapprehension that t...

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Friday, 12 October 2012

Let's go back in time with the Birmingham Sports Argus

As a child we are filled with wonder. Questions pop in our minds constantly. I always wondered how dear old Father Christmas did the rounds on Christmas Eve. Even Sebastien Vettel would have his work cut out there. Another constant query concerned the Birmingham SportsArgus....

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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Predict the Premier League: Squarefootball ace comes out on top

Squarefootballs Football League expert Hugh Larkin was our top pundit this past weekend. Mr Larkin pulled in 11 points and was the only competitor to get into double figures. His score not only give him the accolade of top pundit for week seven, it also pushed him up to fourth in the overall table. ...

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Predict the Premier League Experts: No change at the top

There has been no change in the top three again this week as Squarefootballs Antony Melvin remains in the lead, closely followed by Blackburn Rovers Terry Kennedy and Sunderlands Sarshar Hosseinnia. However, Squarefootballs Hugh Larkin has climbed in to fourth place following his points haul of 11...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: The headline acts of El Clasico put on one hell of a show

Here’s one for you. On the eve of each new football campaign, which match whets the appetite most? Liverpool vs United? Spurs against Arsenal? The Steel City derby? Personally for me, it’s the prospect of any match in which Mario Balotelli will come up against anybody as deranged as he; Craig Bell...

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Thursday, 04 October 2012

Predict the Premier League Experts: West Ham enter the top four

Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin extended his lead at the top by a point over the past weekend, but Blackburn Rovers fan Terry Kennedy remains his nearest challenger. However, it was West Ham United fan Nigel Telfer who was the biggest mover this week as he soared into the top four thanks to his...

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