Monthly Archives: October 2016

Bony and Allen haunt old employers

Joe Allen and Wilfried Bony had once been important players at Swansea City and the club had previously targeted a return for both. It was somewhat gut-wrenching therefore, for fans to see the two players combine against them twice for Stoke City in a 3-1 defeat on Halloween. Bony’s Allen-assisted brace sandwiched Wayne Routledge’s swift equalizer and… Read more →

Unsung Hero of the Month: Alex Pearce

Last season was a challenging one for Alex Pearce. Without the say-so of incoming head coach Paul Clement, the board signed the centre-back in June 2015, handing him a three-year deal. Clement did not see the ex-Reading man to be better than counterparts Richard Keogh or Jason Shackell, having had more influence over the latter’s arrival.… Read more →

Unsung Hero of the Month: Jose Holebas

The wing-back role can be the most physically demanding in football, but at 32, Watford’s Jose Holebas has performed it admirably. As an attacking left-back, he didn’t quite see eye-to-eye with former manager Quique Sanchez Flores. The Spaniard employed a rigid 4-4-2, which limited the freedom of non-forwards and suited the cautious nature of then-loanee Nathan Ake,… Read more →

Bees control West London derby

While QPR have been in England’s top two divisions for the last 12 years, their West London neighbours Brentford have historically been in the lower reaches of the Football League. A combination of the former’s recent decline due to overspending and the latter’s impressive progress means, for the first time in a while, the Bees… Read more →

Morecambe v Exeter: manager-swap

Following Karl Robinson’s sacking as MK Dons manager, this is now a meeting between the two longest-serving managers in the Football League. Jim Bentley and Paul Tisdale have had their moments during their respective times in charge of Morecambe and Exeter, but there is a growing sense that both have outstayed their welcome. The Shrimps… Read more →

Cardiff v Wigan: the Warnock effect

Cardiff City have improved instantly under Neil Warnock. He has changed to a 4-1-4-1 system and that suits midfielders such as Aron Gunnarsson and Peter Whittingham. Gunnarsson relishes playing just in front of the defence, as he did successfully for Iceland at the Euros and his long throws were a handful against Bristol City. Whittingham’s… Read more →

Soft pens decide derby

1929. A year Sheffield Wednesday were champions of England, South Shields and Merthyr Town were existing Football League clubs and Bolton Wanderers won a third FA Cup of the decade under Charles Foweraker. It was also the last time the Trotters crossed the River Irwell to record a win at Bury, who have never since played in… Read more →