Author: Paul Dawson

Quantum Leap

After sobering up from a double promotion party, I appear to somehow have travelled back in time.  I turn on the news to find a female Tory prime minister, a scruffy old leader of the opposition, England failing in a major football tournament, and kids all playing Pokemon.  I knew

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What did EURO 2016 teach us?

Now the curtain-raiser to the new football season has whimpered off into the dullest recesses of our memories, it’s time to reflect back on EURO 2016, and ponder a while over what it has taught us.

It’s possible to finish 3rd in your Group without winning a match; and go on to

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Absolute 80s

I’m sure we all witnessed the disturbing scenes in and around Marseille during the early stages of Euro 2016, and my thoughts go out to any fan who’s has been hurt in anyway during these recent troubles.  Fans from any country deserve to return safely from a football match; it’s

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French Lesson

I have recently returned from a scouting trip to Marseille; a trip we embarked on just to enable me to write this blog. Can I make it clear from the start; this was in no way a romantic weekend away planned by the Mrs.

The lesson starts in Newcastle airport as

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A winning team

And breathe …. So that’s it. The seasons over, and everyone can relax… Well almost everyone.

My heart goes out to the fans of those teams involved in this weekend’s play-off games; they say it’s a great way to go up, winning at Wembley to get promoted. It doesn’t get much

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Stand up if you love football

Does anyone actually love football? I mean truly love it? After another gut-wrenching ninety minutes of incredible lows – interjected with the odd thirty seconds of unadulterated joy – I find myself asking who actually enjoys putting themselves through this kind of torture?

In a season that spans forty-odd games, you

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Football. Who cares?

Spring is upon us once more; and whilst many may be thinking of warmer climes, DIY, daffodils…or whatever it is that the normal (rational) person thinks of; those of us in the football fraternity refer to this time of the year as ‘The Business End of the Season’.

For those none-footballing

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