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Blues Beat: Is The Addition Of Juan Mata Sufficient To Satisfy Chelsea’s Artistic Bent?

Should Juan Mata conclude Chelsea’s summer shopping, or should one final offer be made for Luka Modric? Continue reading »

The Scouser Report – Liverpool’s Saturday Dominance Lost In The Glare Of City & United’s Sunday

It wasn’t 5-1 or 8-2, but Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Bolton was just as entertaining and complete as the play of the two Manchester clubs. Continue reading »

Elementary, My Dear Stretford: United Makes Wenger Pay The Butcher’s Bill

On Sunday, Arsene Wenger saw fifteen years of success counterbalanced in one afternoon. Continue reading »

The Sunday Morning Hangover: Liverpool Romp, Chelsea & Wigan Escape With Wins

What the heck happened in the Premier League yesterday? Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: SPL = Scotland’s Pathetic League!

Scotland didn’t do anything to improve their status in Europe in this summer’s Champions and Europa League qualifiers. Continue reading »

The Scouser Report: Stop Worrying, Liverpool Fans

Sean O’Brien sits in for Daniel Doran and wonders why Kopites are so concerned about every result. Do they not yet believe that the days of Hicks and Gillet are behind them? Continue reading »

Touring with The Stones; A Tale of Two Towns

Non-League Wealdstone FC kick off their season with an opening week double dip. Continue reading »

Elementary, My Dear Stretford: Busby’s Babes, Fergie’s Fledglings, I & II… Who Says Manchester United Have Abandoned Youth?

Last season, the word was that United was just too old to get the job done for an entire season. This year, they’re too young. Meanwhile, they just keep winning. Continue reading »

The Scouser Report: Liverpool Spank The Arsenal

The Reds are quite happy that it’s another top team’s turn to struggle. Continue reading »

The Sunday Morning Hangover: Arsenal & Wenger Under The Gun, Blackburn Under Everyone

What the heck happened in the Prem, yesterday? Continue reading »

The Scouser Report: Liverpool Will Never Find A Better Time To Catch The Gunners At Home

Daniel Doran thinks that the Gunners are low on ammo. Continue reading »

Touring With The ‘Stones: War of the Worlds

Does non-League football even rate radio coverage these days? Continue reading »

Blues Beat: Chelsea Endure a Tough Start At The Britannica

Simeon Thomas-Wilson reckons Clint Eastwood should have managed Chelsea at the Brittanica. The match had a bit of it all; the good, the bad and the ugly. Continue reading »

Elementary, My Dear Stretford: A Manchester United Defensive Crisis? What Defensive Crisis?

Fans may remember the winter of 2009-10, when United were playing Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs at the back because there was simply no one else. There’s no need to panic early in 2011-12, says Harry Sherlock. Even if Rafael, Rio and Vidic are out, United have a group of capable reserves ready to fill their boots. Continue reading »

The Scouser Report: Liverpool Overshoot Their Objective

Suarez gives the Kop a souvenir but not victory. Continue reading »

Elementary My Dear Stretford: Who Are Man United’s Key Challengers In 2011-12?

harry Sherlock investigates which clubs will provide the stiffest competition for Man United’s title defence. Continue reading »

The Sunday Morning Hangover: Arsenal & Newcastle Slapstick

What the heck happened in the Premier League, yesterday? Continue reading »

The Scouser Report: Liverpool v Sunderland, Time To Get Serious

On Saturday, both theory and practice go out the window. Now it’s time to do. Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: Hampden Park Joy & Now The SPL Is All Business

Scotland takes heart from a win over Denmark at home and the SPL puts friendlies aside and focuses on the long season ahead. Continue reading »

Touring With The ‘Stones: A Musical Guide To Non-League Hierarchy

Roge Slater brought some traveling music to ease the journey through the labyrinthian meanderings of the lower leagues. Continue reading »

Blues Beat: Chelsea Are Set Inside With Lukaku, But What About The Wings?

Will opposing sides have the luxury of stacking up the middle against a narrow Chelsea attack? Continue reading »

Elementary, My Dear Stretford: Is Wesley Sneijder The Answer For Manchester United?

Harry Sherlock wonders why United would run off to Italy for milk, when they have a perfectly healthy cow in the barn. Continue reading »

The Scouser Report: Does Steven Gerrard Need Liverpool More Than They Need Him?

Andrew Beasley realises that time waits for no Liverpudlian. Continue reading »

Elementary, My Dear Stretford: Man United & City Stretch The Meaning Of Friendly

Who’s Harry Sherlock? Well, he’s not a bumbling private detective or a master of disguise (that was Harry Crumb). When you read the first edition of Elementary, My Dear Stretford, you’ll immediately deduce that he’s our new Manchester United correspondent. So, if you’re a City fan, well – hit the bricks, Moriarty! Continue reading »

Touring With The ‘Stones: Tough Choices Ahead & Advice For The Discerning Non-League ‘Investor’

Roge Slater sums up the Wealdstone pre-season to date and has a look at the rest of the Ryman League. Continue reading »

The Scouser Report: Why Aren’t Liverpool Fans Asking Where’s Alberto?

It’s not easy, but Liverpool has made£20 million disappear. Continue reading »

Blues Beat: The Skinny On Chelsea’s Options After Losing Pastore

As the Fernando Torres saga continues to unwind, Roman Abramovich discovers, through Javier Pastore , that money doesn’t buy everything. Continue reading »

The Scouser Report — Emiliano Insua: The Answer To Liverpool’s Left-Back Problems

Andrew Beasley thinks the Scouser Report should get a second opinion regarding who should be first choice left back for LFC. Continue reading »

Touring With The ‘Stones: Biggles Plays Four Four Two!

Roger Slater avoids the M and takes a trip down memory lane enroute to another preseason friendly. Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: Rangers Stumble, Celtic Fly Out Of The Gate

The SPL has started play again and Scott Johnston is on top of things. Continue reading »

The Scouser Report: Jose Enrique and The Left Back Dilemma

The Scouser Report runs the rule over the prospect of Jose Enrique in a red shirt. Continue reading »

Blues Beat: What Can Javier Pastore Bring To Chelsea?

In his search for a creative midfielder who can put a fresh face on the Chelsea image, Roman Abramovich is now rumoured to be courting Javier Pastore. Continue reading »

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