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If You Know Your History..The All Time Top Flight League Table

If You Know Your History..The All Time Top Flight League Table

By Bill Thomas There are some who reckon that history teaches us nothing, but I suspect that that’s merely a reflex action to cover up their own ignorance. Because…

Darren Fletcher Interview (WBA & Scotland)

Darren Fletcher Interview (WBA & Scotland)

By Bill Thomas Another new year, another few weeks of writing the wrong date on things until you get used to it being 2017. Time seems to go faster and…

Sin Bins, And Other Alternative Rules

Sin Bins, And Other Alternative Rules

By Bill Thomas We are living in a period where things that have stood the test of time are, for reasons unclear, suddenly being tampered with on either side of…

Alternative Football Facts: What Trump Learned From Richard Scudamore

Alternative Football Facts: What Trump Learned From Richard Scudamore

By Bill Thomas It’s good to see that, wherever you look, the influence of the Premier League is to be felt, leading the way across the globe. You’ll…

Badges? We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges

Badges? We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges

By Bill Thomas Except, of course, we do. They help us to differentiate things or, in footballing terms, allow us to show our allegiance to one club or another, the…

Computer Says Chelsea: A New ‘Supercomputer’ Is Predicting The EPL Outcome

Computer Says Chelsea: A New ‘Supercomputer’ Is Predicting The EPL Outcome

By Bill Thomas Computers already pretty much run the world for us, for good and for bad, but when they start muscling into predicting football matches, then we’ve crossed…

Fixture Perfect: How TV Influences The Holiday Schedule

Fixture Perfect: How TV Influences The Holiday Schedule

By Bill Thomas With the Christmas and New Year booze all gone, all we are left to suck on are the sour grapes, and one look at Sam Allardyce’s…

Quality Not Quantity: How 48 Teams Will Ruin The World Cup

Quality Not Quantity: How 48 Teams Will Ruin The World Cup

By Bill Thomas ‘Tis the season for FIFA to start mucking about with the World Cup again, this time alerting us to the fact that the federations of the world…

A Pardew In A Pear Tree

A Pardew In A Pear Tree

By Bill Thomas  Tis the season to be jolly and all that, but I doubt there’s a lot of laughing going on in the Alan Pardew household just at…

Sky Fall – Sky’s Dominance Of Televised Football Could Be Coming To An End

Sky Fall – Sky’s Dominance Of Televised Football Could Be Coming To An End

By Bill Thomas Interesting times ahead for the Premier League and its TV rights, particularly on the domestic front, as Sky, the company that has dominated that scene for 25…