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Weekly musings from Bill Thomas

Cyrille Regis 1958 – 2018

Cyrille Regis 1958 – 2018

By Bill Thomas   The Cyrille Regis story started with the eagle eye of West Bromwich Albion scout Ronnie Allen, a man who knew a thing or two about goalscoring…

Tommy Lawrence 1940-2018

Tommy Lawrence 1940-2018

By Bill Thomas   Being nicknamed “The Flying Pig” doesn’t sound like much of a term of endearment but when it came to Tommy Lawrence, the great Liverpool goalkeeper…

Mind The Gap – Teams Rely On Psychological Metal To Avoid The Drop

Mind The Gap – Teams Rely On Psychological Metal To Avoid The Drop

By Bill Thomas   Every kind of stat you can think of now surrounds the game of football at the higher levels.   Whether it’s the more mundane shots…

Stoke City: Then & Now

Stoke City: Then & Now

By Bill Thomas As we head into Christmas, one or two Premier League managers must be pondering the possibility that they will be spending rather more of the new year…

Title Race Turns Into Top Four Chase

Title Race Turns Into Top Four Chase

By Bill Thomas   Last weekend’s derby games proved every bit as crucial as they’d promised and, after City’s all too comfortable win at United, surely the…

One Country For Old Men: Isn’t It Time To Blood Some Young Managers In The EPL?

One Country For Old Men: Isn’t It Time To Blood Some Young Managers In The EPL?

By Bill Thomas   A dozen games have gone, we’re not quite a third of the way into the season and already, five teams have sacked their manager with…

The Tortoise And The Hare

The Tortoise And The Hare

By Bill Thomas   Interesting days ahead at Manchester United as we head into the proper meat of the Premier League season, now that most of the international breaks are…

Poppy Love

Poppy Love

By Bill Thomas   It’s Poppy season again here in the U.K. and, as a consequence, football clubs and supporters are desperately trying to outdo each other to…

A Nightmare Scenario..

A Nightmare Scenario..

By Bill Thomas   “Buffon rolls the ball out to Stones, he brings it out and plays into Messi coming deep to collect. Messi, beats one, beats two, sees Bale…

Financial Fair Play: Nice Idea, But Is It Fair?

Financial Fair Play: Nice Idea, But Is It Fair?

By Bill Thomas   The concept of Financial Fair Play in football has, since its inception, been a murky backwater that few really understand. Apart from the occasional derisory slap…