Smith and Jones: The Waiting Game

Plucked from smaller, less fashionable southern clubs and thrown into cauldrons of expectation in the Midlands, Dean Smith and Nathan Jones face unenviable tasks in trying to restore their respective clubs to former glories. The appointments of Dean Smith and Nathan Jones at Aston Villa and Stoke City may signify a broader trend for football … Continue reading Smith and Jones: The Waiting Game

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Gordon Banks, 1937-2019

Please forgive me if this fails to do the man justice, as it inevitably will. It is a black morning for English football. We have lost a giant. Not only did one of the game's greatest players leave us, we also lost a kind, gentle, humble and thoroughly decent man. A greater ambassador for Stoke … Continue reading Gordon Banks, 1937-2019

Shine on you Crazy Diamond: Nathan Jones’ footballing philosophy and Stoke City

“I think we play a brave style of football. I think the areas we ask them to play when pressured – it doesn’t matter what the opposition do to us we ask them to keep doing things that we do in training. When it’s difficult and when there’s 10,000 fans wanting you to score – … Continue reading Shine on you Crazy Diamond: Nathan Jones’ footballing philosophy and Stoke City

Football’s relationship with remembrance has only caused damage to both

"That's why. The dead. The body count. We don't like to admit the war was even partly our fault cos so many of our people died. And all the mourning's veiled the truth. It's not "lest we forget", it's "lest we remember". That's what all this is about - the memorials, the Cenotaph, the two … Continue reading Football’s relationship with remembrance has only caused damage to both