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Paying The Price

Paying The Price

Paying The Price

By Matty Lawrence I’m struggling to come to terms with all this faux outrage about escalating ticket prices in the English Premier League. I get it from the fans…

New World Order?

New World Order?

New World Order?

By Bill Thomas Amid the usual anti-climax of the English transfer deadline day last week, a few disturbing seeds were sown in the minds of those at Premier League…

Dropping The Ball

Dropping The Ball

Dropping The Ball

By Brian P. Dunleavy It’s official. The SFA—the Scottish Football Association, that is—can’t do anything right. The governing body, which over the years has been accused…

The Big Chair

The Big Chair

The Big Chair

By Paula Marcus If anything has come out of the last few Championship seasons it is definitely that chairman and owners are no longer happy sitting in the shadows. Not…

A Tale Of Two City Managers

A Tale Of Two City Managers

A Tale Of Two City Managers

By Bill Thomas And so the inevitable happened and Pep Guardiola was finally unveiled as the manager of Manchester City from 2016/17 onwards this week, about a year after…

Iffy Efe, and Other Stories

Iffy Efe, and Other Stories

Iffy Efe, and Other Stories

By Brian P. Dunleavy Follow Brian on Twitter Efe Ambrose often draws attention for all the wrong reasons. Which is too bad, because the Celtic defender—we’re using the…

Window Pains

Window Pains

Window Pains

Silly season isn’t too far away. Just a few days until January transfer window closes and Chief Executives everywhere are starting to lose their grasp of reality. C’mon…

Old News

Old News

Old News

By Brian P. Dunleavy In his book on legendary Celtic manager Jock Stein, Archie Macpherson writes about the bench boss’ famous Sunday morning press briefings, noting that “starting the week…

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Tottenham Hotspur 1960-63

By Bill Thomas We all know the folklore that it’s a good season for Tottenham when it ends in a “1”.  Many years ago, the story held true. In 1950/51, the famous “push and run” side under Arthur…

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The 10 Most Common Football Cliches

The 10 Most Common Football Cliches

The 10 Most Common Football Cliches

  Footballers aren’t exactly known for their oral eloquence. Some prefer to let their football do the talking while others go straight for the clichés. Here’s…

The Ten Most Iconic Goal Celebrations

The Ten Most Iconic Goal Celebrations

The Ten Most Iconic Goal Celebrations

  Jon Langford looks at the ten most iconic goal celebrations of all time.    Eric Cantona  Manchester United vs. Sunderland (December 1996) Premier League After facing criticism in the…

Football’s Cult Figures – part 1

Football’s Cult Figures – part 1

Football’s Cult Figures – part 1

By Jon Langford Cult figures.  We love them and hate them with equal fervor and frustration.  These are the players who endear themselves to their club and country’s fans…

When Football Goes Pop

When Football Goes Pop

When Football Goes Pop

The league according to chart performance By Jon Langford Even the most casual football fan could tell you that Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal have spent the most time at…

Football’s Cult Figures Part 2

Football’s Cult Figures Part 2

Football’s Cult Figures Part 2

By Jon Langford Cult figures.  We love them and hate them with equal fervor and frustration.  These are the players who endear themselves to their club and country’s fans…

Football’s Cult Figures – Part 3

Football’s Cult Figures – Part 3

Football’s Cult Figures – Part 3

By Jon Langford  Cult figures.  We love them and hate them with equal fervor and frustration.  These are the players who endear themselves to their club and country’s fans…

Felix White – The Maccabees

Felix White – The Maccabees

Felix White – The Maccabees

By Jon Langford First Touch caught up with Felix White of The Maccabees to discuss his love of Fulham F.C., Premier League predictions, and the surprising things he loves…

The Hidden World Cup

The Hidden World Cup

The Hidden World Cup

By David Brand Shortly after the final whistle sealed Costa Rica’s 2-2 draw with South Korea in the second Group E match of the Women’s World Cup…

Tim Booth – James

Tim Booth – James

Tim Booth – James

By Jon Langford  As you might expect with a band that’s 32 years-old, James have experienced line-up changes, drug addictions, in-fighting, break-ups, reunions and almost…

Cedilla Marley

Cedilla Marley

Cedilla Marley

By Jon Langford Bob Marley’s eldest daughter talks to First Touch contributor Jon Langford about her new line of football clothing and her dad’s love of the beautiful…