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ARMCHAIR FAN

I missed the FA Cup tie the other week against Manchester City. Not that I’m complaining too much.

END-TO-END STUFF

This week I went to a basketball game for the first time. I’ve lived in the States just a few months shy of a decade, but I have no interest in the sport.

AMERICAN ‘FOOTBALL’

I went to my first NFL / American football / gridiron game of the season last week, a “match up” between the New Orleans Saints and the Dallas Cowboys. Back in the old days, before the Saints won the Superbowl in 2009, you couldn’t give away tickets. Literally. The Superdome – scene of imaginable suffering […]

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

A piece on the website last week about Frank Lampard’s performance against Lazio in the Champions League a decade ago got me in a reminiscing kind of mood. It was headlined, A Night Never To Be Forgotten, but the ironic thing is – I have totally forgotten it! I don’t remember it at all. Before […]

WOULD YOU RATHER LOSE 6-5 OR WIN 1-0?

Apparently it’s only worth winning a football match if the score is at least 4-0. Before you are allowed to score a goal, you have to precede it with a 4,000-pass interchanging movement, follow that with three players juggling the ball on their noses, then finish off with a blind-folded, upside-down, back-heel bicycle kick.

REFLECTING ON THE US TOUR

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So there were 15 goals in two games in the States. We let in nine goals – in 180 minutes we conceded as many as we had in ALL our home Premier League games in 2013.

THE MIDDLE GROUND

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It seemed to me that the dedicated Chelsea fans had a different makeup from previous years as well…

THE VENUES CHANGE…

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Not the Baseball Ground in an old-fashioned-Derby-County-kind-of-way, but a baseball ground in an American-sport-kind-of-way…

MEMORIES FLOODED BACK

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The journey was worth it – the equivalent of a last-gasp 97th-minute equalizer you might say…

CARING ABOUT THE CUP

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What is the point of entering the thing if you aren’t going to try and win it?

TO REST OR NOT TO REST?

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There is no doubt that the demands of the modern game are different than they were 20 or 30 years ago…

A NEW EXPERIENCE

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Scarborough putting us out of the League Cup in 1989 seems a lot way away, right?

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