Why Aren’t The Advertising Boards Electric, Dad?


Clutching his Barcelona water bottle and a blue foam finger from a previous trip to Wembley, my five-year-old son made his way into the grandiosely named Autoworld Arena to cheer on Matlock Town in one of Britain’s most picturesque football grounds last Friday evening. He came home beaming…

Matlock Town

Not Just A Real Ale Narnia


Growing up as a Boston United supporter meant watching players of limited ability, but possessed of undimmed fury, locking horns in the mud and slime under heavy skies, chilled by winds sweeping off the Fens and The Wash, from a random blue seat in a stand full of yellow ones…but I loved it

Boston United changing room

In The Presence Of Angels



The steward, the programme seller and the guy shaking the bucket with the Golden Goals tickets welcome us because they are happy being part of their local club, and they want us to enjoy ourselves too. When you truly embrace non-league football, you may well discover that it embraces you back…

Tonbridge Angels 3

Swan Songs: Matthäus at the MetroStars


After establishing himself as one of the all-time great playmakers with Bayern Munich, Inter and the German national team, Lothar Matthäus arrived in New York to much fanfare in 2000, but he departed under the radar a few months later after just 16 largely forgettable games for the MetroStars…

John Thorrington – The Road Less Travelled


The career path of former Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen youngster John Thorrington took a few unexpected twists and turn, but while you may not have heard it before, his story is one of the more fascinating in the varied world of football. We caught up with the ex-Huddersfield Town midfielder as he settles into his new role within the MLS Players Union…

Swan Songs: Larsson At Manchester United


It seemed as though Henrik Larsson’s big league days were over when he departed Barcelona and returned home to Sweden in 2006, but after two seasons with his hometown club Helsingborgs, he fancied one last crack at the big time and he got it with a three-month dream loan at Old Trafford…

Inside MLS: Dom Dwyer Interview


After moving to the USA as a youngster, former Norwich City academy product Dom Dwyer is lighting up MLS this season with Sporting Kansas City, scoring 14 goals already and torturing defences in the Eastern Conference. But could he be tempted to turn out for the United States national team?

Jul 6, 2014; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer (14) scores in the first half at Sporting Park. in a 1-1 draw vs Chicago Fire  Mandatory Credit: Gary Rohman/Sporting KC-USA TODAY Sports

Empty Promises: Depression In Football


It is now four-and-a-half years since Robert Enke tragically took his own life in autumn 2009, but despite calls at the time for a wider discussion about depression in sport, the subject very quickly slid off the agenda. Andreas Biermann’s suicide on Saturday shows that nothing has changed…

Andreas Biermann

A Return To Innocence: Supporting Forest


This summer a Nottingham Forest hero returned to the City Ground dugout, bringing out the sentimental side in many long-suffering Reds supporters, but can Stuart Pearce’s managerial tenure really restore the magic of the past, or has the game changed too much for the footballing romantics to prevail?

City Ground (Dave Rutt, via Flickr)

Swan Songs: Litmanen In Liverpool


Jari Litmanen arrived at Anfield after a testing spell at Barcelona had led to the loss of his place and his beloved No.10 shirt, but the all-time great of Finnish football suffered more bad luck in Liverpool, the place he had always dreamed of playing. For many, it is hard not to imagine what might have been…

THIS PICTURE CAN ONLY BE USED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF AN EDITORIAL FEATURE. NO WEBSITE/INTERNET USE UNLESS SITE IS REGISTERED WITH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION PREMIER LEAGUE.  Liverpool's Jari Litmanen celebrates scoring his first goal against Manchester City during the FA Cup Fifth Round match at Anfield, Liverpool.


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