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Champions League Qualification

A month from now, the group stages for both the UEFA Europa League and Champions League will have been drawn but first there are a lot of teams who harbour dreams of playing Europe’s elite sides. This week sees both competitions at the third qualifying round and just one more round away from the illusive […]

29 - July - 2014

PORT VALE: Tom Pope’s goals to secure top half finish

After out fantastic and unexpected finish in League One last year we are hoping for another triumph in this year’s competition. A lot of Vale fans including myself thought that last season would be a struggle with the side we had a the start of the competition. We had the trusted boys who helped us […]

29 - July - 2014

TENNIS: Why Eugenie Bouchard stands out from the crowd

A new face to the tennis world shines through. Canadian youngster Eugenie Bouchard (20) has impressed many and has shocked a few people with how she has got so good so fast and at a very young age. Her heavy attacking playing style has also turned a few heads and clearly shows us that she is one […]

29 - July - 2014

DERBY COUNTY: Thorne of Frustration but optimism still high

It took many weeks and there were many twists and turns and way to many with “insider knowledge” on twitter to take any possible sighting of George Thorne in or around Derby at a petrol station or buying patio furniture seriously but finally it happened. George Thorne signed for Derby County. Yes, his performances of […]

29 - July - 2014

CARDIFF CITY: Glance ahead to the new campaign

As the days until the start of the new season slowly tick down, Dan Lewis takes a look at Cardiff City’s pre-season preparations to date, the summer signings that could make a difference in the Championship, and why manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still has much to prove in South Wales… Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived at […]

28 - July - 2014

NEWCASTLE: 6th – 8th on the horizon for the Geordies

Introduction –The Geordie soap opera, which during the Mike Ashley era especially, has had more twists than a plate of spaghetti, means that any pre-season predictions made about Newcastle are usually rendered obsolete. Nonetheless, I was asked to write this blog and write this blog I shall. Now, I have tried to curb my standard-issue […]

28 - July - 2014

BLACKPOOL: Difficult times loom for 2014-2015 season

These are difficult times for Blackpool FC, usually pre-season is a time for optimism and excitement, but not a Bloomfield Rd it isn’t. There is an air of despondency throughout the place both inside and out. With the new season only 2 weeks away the club has only 8 registered players, none of which include […]

27 - July - 2014

LEICESTER CITY: A new era for Foxes fans        

It’s taken 10 managerial appointments and 178 players, but Leicester City have finally achieved promotion back to the Premier League. The last time the foxes graced the top flight in 2003/04, Ronaldo had blonde highlights in his hair, no-one had heard of Lionel Messi and U2’s Beautiful Day was the cue for football highlights on […]

27 - July - 2014

TENNIS: Is the sport of tennis heading towards Grigor Dimitrov’s style of play?

In the past the best tennis players were the ones with the big serves and the ability to attack at the net. The best examples are people like Pete Sampras, Borris Becker and so on. The serve and volley was the best trick around, a game based on strategy and efficiency making the server have the ultimate advantage […]

27 - July - 2014

SERIE A: Juventus – Retaining Vidal and 2nd Place

When I was asked to write a Blog on Juventus’ pre-season preparations and their hopes for the coming season, I was a little apprehensive. Not because I have any trouble stringing sentences together, but rather us Juve fans are a little concerned for the new era. Our saviour of the past three seasons, Antonio Conte, […]

27 - July - 2014

TENNIS: Andy Murray – From Grass court to Hard court

As the US Open moves closer and closer some say its easy to pick a winner already. With Federers amazing run during Wimbledon and Djokovics tireless efforts to stop this run and win it, it almost seems certain that it’ll be these too that will shine in America. But is that really the case? After an […]

26 - July - 2014

WATFORD: Hornets Aim For Championship Take-Off

After a disappointing 13th placed finish last season, all eyes will be on Watford this season as they attempt to launch a genuine promotion push this time around. After four defeats from their final four matches in the 2013/14 campaign, there were real question marks surrounding the future of manager Beppe Sannino. However, the club’s […]

26 - July - 2014

SOUTHAMPTON: Pochettino OUT, Koeman IN

All change it would seem for the new campaign at Southampton, for what will have been considered a positive 2013/14 season. After finishing the season with the club’s highest point’s tally (56) in the top flight and goals scored, it’s safe to say Saint’s fans were enjoying football on the South Coast. With the likes […]

25 - July - 2014

Horse Racing: John Mitchell 25/7/14

YESTERDAY’S SUMMARY “Not the greatest of days, but not far off a decent winning day The ew bet for nothing failed by only a nose to make the frame ! The day’s best forecast was scuppered when a usual hold up horse went out to make all and spoil the party The edge horse , […]

25 - July - 2014