Steve Coulter

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Wigan Athletic: Wembley woes and Super League talk

Poor Wigan Athletic. In the clubs finest hour the Latics are still getting stick from the media, as theLancashire side hasfailed to sell around 10,000 tickets for todays FA Cup semi-final clash. Regular Squarefootball readers will know Im a great admirer of Roberto Martinezs side.We alw...

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Saturday, 30 March 2013

Coventry City: Where do the Sky Blues go from here?

Cast your mind back to Boxing Day 1999. GordonStrachansvibrant Coventry City had just beaten the mighty ArsenalatHighfieldRoad and a young Robbie Keane was acclaimed as the star of the Sky Blue show. All was rosy in the Coventry garden. A promising young side would soon bemoving into a plush ...

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Monday, 18 March 2013

Arsenal: Valdes or Reina - Who would you rather sign?

Every great team has a great goalkeeper. Once upon a time Arsenal had one of the best in David Seaman. Old safe hands could be called upon time and time again to save the Gunners. But since he left a decade ago Arsenal have only really had one man who could get close to him, and even he ...

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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Stoke City: What does the future hold for Tony Pulis?

What construes Premier League success? Every thing is relative I suppose. For the two Manchester clubs itswinning the title, while Wigan Athletics main goal is to avoid relegation. In between we have the likes of Stoke City. A big club with a proud history. Last July I wrote an article...

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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Classic League Cup Finals: Middlesbrough 2 Bolton 1 2004

Squarefootballs Steve Coulter ends his look back at classic League Cup finals by taking a look back at Middlesbroughs victory over Bolton Wanderers in 2004. Potential England managers Steve McClaren and Sam Allardyce locked horns but McClaren won and ultimately went on to manage the national team w...

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Classic League Cup Finals: Leicester City 2 Tranmere Rovers 1 2000

Bradford City and Swansea City will battle it out for the first major piece of silverware of the season this afternoon at Wembley with Phil Parkinson and Michael Laudrup looking to cement their place in their clubs history. Thirteen years ago Leicester City and Tranmere Rovers clashed in the League...

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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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Classic League Cup Finals: Aston Villa 3 Man United 1 1994

League Two Bradford City have been given no hope in beating Swansea City at Wembley this afternoon, but cup finals in England dont always go to plan. Just ask Manchester United! Squarefootballs Steve Coulter has been looking back at some of the competitions most classic finals. Here he turns his s...

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Classic League Cup Finals: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Man United 0 1991

The first piece of silverware will be decided this afternoon when League Two Bradford City take on Premier League Swansea City at Wembley. The Swans are strong favourites for victory, but nothing can be taken for granted in this competition. Here Squarefootballs Steve Coulter takes a look back at w...

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Classic League Cup Finals: Luton Town 3 Arsenal 2 1988

Bradford City and Swansea City lock horns at Wembley on Sunday to claim the first major piece of silverware of the season. Swansea City will enter the game as favourites, but this competition has a habit of causing upsets in the final. Here Squarefootballs Steve Coulter takes a look back at the day...

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Classic League Cup Finals: Oxford United 3 QPR 0 1986

Football is full of fairytale stories. Wimbledon in 1988 is arguably the biggest. Climbing their way through the Football League to beat Liverpool in the FA Cup final. But a close second is Oxford United, who hit the top flight and beat QPR in the final of the League Cup in 1986. As we continue our...

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Friday, 22 February 2013

Classic League Cup Finals: Wolves 1 Nottingham Forest 0 1980

Wolves are currently staring consecutive relegations in the face, but lets look back at some happier times as we build up to this weekends Capital One Cup Final between Bradford City and Swansea City. The Molineux side took on Brian Cloughs legendary Nottingham Forest side, but came out on top than...

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Classic League Cup Finals: Man City 2 Newcastle 1 1976

League Two Bradford City and Premier League Swansea City lock horns on Sunday in the fial of the Capital One Cup. Both teams would have only dreamt of Wembley at the start of the season, but this weekend their dreams will become reality. The Capital One Cup has produced a number of magical moments ...

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Classic League Cup Finals: Stoke City 2 Chelsea 1 1972

This weekend sees League Two Bradford City and Premier League Swansea City locking horns in the final of the Capital One Cup. The Welsh side should be too strong for the Bantams, but Arsenal and Aston Villa have both fallen to Phil Parkinsons side this season and must not be underestimated. There h...

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Classic League Cup Finals: Swindon 3 Arsenal 1 1969

Bradford City entertain Swansea City at Wembley in the final of the Capital One Cup this weekend, but Squarefootballs Steve Coulter has taken a look back at some of the competitions biggest finals. This years competition has had more shocks than a night on Albert Square, but the League Cup has al...

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Classic League Cup Finals: QPR 3 West Brom 2

League Two Bradford City and Premier League Swansea City lock horns on Sunday in the Capital One Cup, a competition that has produced more shocks than a Hollywood thriller. To mark the big occasion, Squarefootballs Steve Coulter has highlighted some of the best League Cup Finals from the compet...

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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Bradford and Luton aim to rewrite history

I am never going again. Most football fans have uttered those five little words in their lives. Within a week were back in the old routine. No doubt thousands of Bradford City and Luton Town fans have considered turning their backs on their club down the years.You could hardly blame the Valley...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2013

QPR: You can't blame Tony Fernandes for QPR's woes

Its been another average fortnight at Loftus Road. A host of profile signings joined Harry Redknappsquest for survival. Hs magic even persuaded a Premier League striker to have a night out in Shepherds Bush. But, having sampled the bright lights, Peter Odemwingie was forced to settle for the home ...

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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Southampton: Have the Saints lost their soul?

Le Tiss scoring worldies, Mick Channons whirling arm, the famous red and whites striped shirts. Throw in Lawrie Mac and The Dell and there you have my iconic images of Southampton Football Club. The Saints have always had something to charm the neutral. In recent years new South Coast he...

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Saturday, 19 January 2013

Aston Villa: It's make or break time for Aston Villa?

It is make or break time for Aston Villa. The Premier League giants face a season-defining month in their fight again relegation. Paul Lamberts men are in the drop zone and have picked up just one point from a possible 15. Today they face West Brom before two crucial cup ties and then hosting Ne...

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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Wolves: Will Saunders give the Molineux men teeth?

Its been a turbulent 12 months for the famous team in gold and black. On Monday Dean Saundersbecame Wolverhampton Wanderers fourth manager in a year. The bubbly Welshman faces a stiff task at Molineux.Wolves are 18th in the Championship and were dumped out of the FA Cup by Blue Square Premier ...

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Saturday, 05 January 2013

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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Wednesday, 02 January 2013

Will 2013 be a great year for United, Arsenal, Spurs or Chelsea?

Its time to ring in the New. Jools Holland and companyhave welcomed in 2013 (but how many of the acts have you heard of?) but what does the coming year have in store? Sir Alex Ferguson looks set for a prosperous 2013, with another Premier League title on the horizon. The Red Devil celebr...

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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Fulham: Is a successful second half of the season on the cards?

It looks like another comfortable season at Craven Cottage. Fulham recently celebrated a decade in the Premier League.It is a remarkable achievement for the West London club. Sixteen years ago the Cottagers looked destined for non-league football. The Whites found an unlikely saviour in Moha...

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Wigan: Can the Latics beat the drop again?

Can the perennial Harry Houdinis pull off another escape act? Wigan Athletic are in familiar territory, the bottom three of the Premier League. But mere statistics mask the true story. The Latics are an unlikely success story. The top flights smallest club continue to defy the odds while playin...

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Friday, 21 December 2012

Manchester City: In Roberto we trust

They say defending the title is harder then winning it. Manchester City would certainly concur with that view. The Champions are currently second, six points behind their rivals Manchester United. While this situation is slightly disappointing, it is hardly a disaster. After all, only a deca...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Spurs: AVB still has it all to do to erase memory of Redknapp

Tottenham Hotspur are having a Curates egg of a season. An opening day defeat at Newcastle wasfollowed by a six-match unbeaten run. Spurs really seemed to be going places when they won at Old Trafford. Were Andra Villas-Boas side genuine title contenders? As soon asthat thought entered your ...

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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Newcastle United: How Pards wishes he could turn back the clocks 12 months

These are worrying times on Tyneside. Newcastle United are dangerously close to the relegation zone. This weeks defeat at Fulham left the Toon in 14th place just two points above the bottom three. What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago Alan Pardews high flying Magpies were seventh ...

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Thursday, 13 December 2012

West Brom: Baggies' half-term report

Introducing this seasons surprise package its West Bromwich Albion. Despite a recent dip in form the Baggies proudly sit fifth in the Barclays Premier League, having collected 26 points from 16 games and racking up eight wins along the way. New boss Steve Clarke has had a dream start at The H...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Norwich City: Are the Canaries better off under Hughton than Lambert?

Everyone has to do it sometime in their lives. Today its my time to utter those three little words . . . I was wrong. A few months ago I wrote an article suggesting Chris Hughton was slightly overrated in the managerial stakes. Well, the former Newcastle United and Birmingham City boss has certa...

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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Chelsea v Manchester City: Great Games No 1 - City win makes headline news on front and back pages

Chelsea and Manchester City have had some fierce battles down the years and today should be another unmissable clash. For the past few days we have been highlighting some of the biggest games between the two at Stamford Bridge and today we unveil, in Squarefootballs Steve Coulters view, the grea...

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Chelsea v Manchester City: Great Games No 2 - Chelsea hit City for six

With the likes of Hazard, Mata, Oscar and Tevez, Aguero and Dzeko possibly on show this Sunday, Chelsea and Manchester City could produce a classic with goals galore. In 2007 the two sides achieved this, unfortunately for the travelling City fans it was the hosts who went goal crazy. Wel...

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Chelsea v Manchester City: Great Games No 3 - Osgood and Houseman gun down City

Chelsea and Manchester City will be in amongst the honours come the end of the season. They may not have fared well in this seasons Champions League but theres more than enough talent in both camps to possibly land a piece of silverware come May. In 1972 Chelsea and City were regular trophy...

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Friday, 23 November 2012

Chelsea v Manchester City: Great Games No 4 - City put four past Chelsea

Premier League leaders and champions Manchester City travel to the Bridge this weekend to take on Chelsea and their new manager Rafa Benitez. It proves to be one of the biggest games of the weekend, but will it live up to its billing? We are building up to Sundays huge game by taking a look back ...

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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Could Charlie Austin or Tom Pope shine at Anfield or Villa Park?

The time has arrived, early season optimism has evaporated as autumn has dawned. Cliched excuses like Its early days or This team needs time to gel have long passed their sell by date. Disillusioned fans have read the spin, now they want results. This criteria could be applied to half of the Ba...

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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Manchester City v Spurs: Great Games No 1 - City win plaudits and the title

Manchester City take on Spurs this afternoon in a game that has all the makings of being another classic. Both sides will be desperate to get back to winning ways following disappointing results last weekend and with the wealth of talent of show there should be goals aplenty. For the past two days ...

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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Manchester City v Spurs: Great Games No 2 - Five-star City go goal crazy

Tottenham Hotspur enter the Etihad this weekend and AVB will be looking to get back to winning ways. However, its not going to be easy. As we continue our countdown to our greatest City - Spurs game ever, Squarefootballs Steve Coulter continues his countdown of great games. Today its the turn of Ci...

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Manchester City v Spurs: Great Games No 3 - Spurs KO City on way to cup glory

Spurs travel north to Manchester this weekend and Andre Villas-Boas will be desperate to record a Manchester double, having already beaten the Red Devils at Old Trafford. However, City are champions of England and have been forced to dig in for many points already this season. Building up to Sunday...

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Friday, 09 November 2012

Manchester City v Spurs: Great Games No 4 - Crouch seals Champions League for Spurs

Roberto Mancinis Manchester City entertain Andre Villas-Boass Tottenham Hotspur and Sunday and it is sure to be another action packed clash. City have struggled to find their form of last season, but are only two points off the leaders, while Spurs will be looking to bounce back following their sho...

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Manchester City v Spurs: Great Games No 5 - Super Mario is spot on

The champions Manchester City host last seasons fourth placed side Spurs at the Etihad this Sunday and Squarefootballs Steve Coulter has delved deep into the archives to highlight five of the best meetings between the two on City soil. In this the first of five parts, Steve has picked a game that w...

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Saturday, 03 November 2012

Liverpool v Newcastle: Five classic encounters

Liverpool host Newcastle United this weekend and the mere mention of the game instantly conjures up some iconic images from their classic seven-goal thriller at Anfield in 1996. However, something magical always seems to happen when these two sides clash. Squarefootballs Steve Coulter has dipp...

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Saturday, 27 October 2012

Everton v Liverpool: Five classic encounters

Everton take on Liverpool on Sunday and the two sides have played out some classic derbies down the years. Take a trip down memory lane with me and recapture some of the best, worst and most action-packed meetings between the two Merseyside giants. EVERTON 2 LIVERPOOL 0 2010 FA PREMIER LEAGUE ...

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Sunday, 21 October 2012

Sunderland v Newcastle: Will today's game be a modern classic?

Sunderland and Newcastle lock horns this afternoon and both sides will be eager to clinch all three points and the all-important bragging rights. Neither Martin ONeill or Alan Pardew will care how they win, just as long as they are celebrating come the final whistle. Thats what a Tyne-Wea...

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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Spurs: Has AVB made Spurs a better team?

Tottenham Hotspur fans must be feeling a sense of deja vu. After seven games Spurs sit fifth in the Premier League, the same position they occupied 12 months ago. On the plus side Andre Villas-Boas menhave collected one more point then last term and have also lost one fewer game then Harr...

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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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Sunday, 07 October 2012

Newcastle United v Manchester United: Five classic encounters

Manchester United head to St James Park this afternoon to take on Alan Pardews Newcastle United and with the likes of Demba Ba, Wayne Rooney, Papiss Cisse and Robin van Persie on the pitch this should be a cracking encounter. Games between these two do not need to be talked up. Sir Alex and Ala...

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Saturday, 22 September 2012

Liverpool v Manchester United: Five classic encounters

Liverpool and Manchester United have produced some epic matches down the years. As we build up to this weekends huge clash at Anfield, Ive taken a look into the history books to relive five modern-day classics in front of the Kop. Lets start with the most memorable of all their Premier Le...

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Sunday, 16 September 2012

Everton v Newcastle United: Five huge games from the past

Everton host Newcastle United on Monday night and it should prove to be the game of the weekend. The Toffees have won two of their three opening games while Newcastle United have won one, drawn one and lost one. Ive taken a look in the history books and selected four of the biggest games betw...

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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Right man, right place, wrong time: Brian Clough at Leeds

Over the past five days we have taken a look at Premier League managers who were in the right place at the wrong time, but today we look at the big one . . . Old big ed Brian Clough at Leeds United. Clough was never a big fan of Don Revies Leeds side so it was a huge shock when he replaced Revie at...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Right man, right place, wrong time: Mike Walker at Everton

With Norwich City, Mike Walker achieved great things. He almost led them to the title and did help the Canaries into Europe, beating the mighty Bayern Munich in Germany in the process. He became a wanted man and Everton were the team that convinced him to leave. Unfortunately it turned out to be ...

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