An entire nation of football fans breathed an enormous sigh of relief when the final whistle went at the end of a special night at Wembley. England boss Roy Hodgson admitted to suffering from pre-match nerves in the build-up to his side’s encounter with an awkward Poland team, as the possibility of qualification loomed. As we know, England were incorrigible and superfluous, winning two-nil. It gives us cause to reflect on a campaign that began in September 2012 away to Moldova and culminated this week.» >Read More »
Before it even kicked off, this Premier League season was talked of as potentially being one of the most exciting and unpredictable campaigns in years.
So far it has certainly lived up to that billing, albeit with only seven games played.
Arsenal and Liverpool occupy the top two spots in the table with 16 points apiece. Both it would appear seem set for a strong season. Liverpool, without the distraction of European football, will be desperately chasing a Champions League spot.» >Read More »
The ongoing controversy surrounding the use of the term ‘Yid’ is placing football in the headlines for what many will think are the wrong reasons.
Now referred to as ‘the Y-word’, the term was initially adopted by Tottenham Hotspur’s (Spurs’) opponent’s fans, in reference to Tottenham’s strong north London Jewish contingent of supporters.
It was a term intended to to be divisive by emphasizing the Jewish following of Spurs, with negative connotations.» >Read More »
Reading’s Rugby Union 1st XV claimed the university’s first ever win on Hartpury soil on Wednesday afternoon with a tremendous bonus point 24-17 win. Whilst Reading had beaten Hartpury on two of their past three meetings, the Berkshire side had yet to take anything away from Gloucester in living memory. However, fresh off a good pre-season win against Brunel the week before, a young and exciting side made the journey to the west country with high spirits.» >
A non-league society has been set-up at Oxford Brookes, as football fanatics have turned their passion for attending games into an organised venture.
The idea was coined after a Bath City vs Basingstoke match last year, where a couple of non-league enthusiasts had been on a ‘dirt-cheap’ day out.
Suggestions were discussed at length for the society before being finally formed, with at least one official event per month taking place and being advertised across social media.» >Read More »
Last season, RURFC had in general an extremely successful time on the pitch, from the 1st XV remaining in Premier South B to the 4th XV being promoted to South Eastern 5A. With a new season just over the horizon, there are high hopes that this success will be duplicated once again.
Every year there comes a time to must say farewell to old friends that have been made from the club over the last season or two.» >Read More »
Nigel Adkins, before the start of the Sky Bet Championship, would have surely taken 12 points from Reading’s first 7 games on their return to the Football League.
Adam Le Fondre’s last minute winner recently against Leeds United looks to be the catalyst which could kick-start Nigel Adkins’ Reading into a very competitive chase for promotion.
Following up the victory over Leeds with a comfortable triumph away to Derby, Adkins’ team are now seven points better off than the Reading team of 2011-12 at the same stage, which under former manager Brian McDermott (now Leeds United Manager), had gone onto become the eventual champions.» >Read More »
Quite often, football pundits won’t look before they leap into making a prediction, and in these inchoate stages of the new Premier League season, many have been up to their old tricks. But now that the burdensome transfer window has drawn to a close, and the clubs have all completed their business, I feel that judgments can now thoroughly be made.
The game that perhaps encompasses the season so far was Cardiff’s magnificent win over Manchester City at the Cardiff City stadium.» >Read More »