It’s rare that one can refer to Big Brother to illustrate anything other than the general decline of Western civilisation,..
Does the Lady Have Shallots? (To Frank, a Valediction) I Arrayed like snowy cotton lie, the tents of Chelsea’s horde,..
“Why Should I Love My Sport So Well?” – Isaac Watts, 1715 Should occasion ever bring you to Abney Cemetery..
It was approaching the middle of a typical, sixties black and white, social-realist sort of a Saturday afternoon, when the..
In advance of today’s Manchester derby, there’s been some high-profile nervousness about the possibility of tribal fury spilling over into..
As Keegan notes, ‘the effect of a cavalry charge had always depended more on the moral frailty of those receiving..
Monday, 20th May 2013 A hotel room somewhere in South West London, the sun is rising through hazy clouds, there..
A Little Preamble Around this time last year I started my Champions League final report with this well known phrase..
Chelsea Trophies Under Roman Abramovich We review all the Chelsea managers and their success (or otherwise) since Roman Abramovich took..
An Everyday Story of Football Folk and Their Intellectual Property The Scene is Set Here was the deal going into..
Football has been consumed by the ogre that is the Champions League. Being of a certain age I remember with..
The Europa League is an interesting beast. Primarily because it’s not a beast at all. For much of the developed..
Hard as it might be to believe, although the internet was with us, within the last dozen years, it was..
Question: what’s one of the most significant Chelsea matches of the last 20 years? Beating Bayern Munich last May? Winning..
A Sunday Soujourn in Salford, South Louisiana and err, Romford There is a theme running through so many cinematic genres;..
The Preamble Late Saturday night our Dear Leader, Nick emailed me to kindly ask if I fancied doing a match..
Introduction Disillusionment and apathy abound. There is a distinct lack of vision, plan or grand scheme at the club. We..
Introduction It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Churchill was not actually referring to the Soviet..
Introduction Does the buck really stop at the manager? Such is the eternal debate in football. The modern structure of..
I certainly wasn’t expecting such an early Christmas present: news that Daniel Sturridge is leaving us. I rang the club..
Introduction Memory’s a funny thing. They say the human mind has a penchant for forgoing a well-rounded perspective in favour..
(with suitable apologies and homage to John Le Carre) (Author’s Note: The main character of George Smallie should be imagined..
Preamble So, another unveiling; another bloke waving his arms on the touchline for a few months while he waits for..
Somewhere between talking to the trees in Paint Your Wagon (1969) and talking to a chair at the Republican Convention..
Introduction How refreshing. An international fixture break, the tragedy of the club footballing calendar, lasted only a couple of days,..
Introduction Only quack footballogists would claim to have accurately dissected the thinking behind Abramovich and Gourlay’s leadership. Indeed, a decade..
Usually, you’d say there’s no such thing as a moral victory in football. The table will record three points for..
Introduction When will it end? Is Chelsea forever scourged by an unequivocal marriage to the issue of racism? Some would..
The prologue It never ever, ever gets boring beating Spurs. But for me there’s an even bigger joy in beating..
The curious headline is prompted by young Junior, scion of the noble House of Bayou, who made his competitive feetballs..
In 1971, the late, great Peter Osgood was handed an eight week ban and a £160 fine by the Football..
Introduction A tale of two birds coming into the weekend. The omnipotent FA’s decision to adjudicate that which has already..