Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings – Back into the swing of football-watching. Part 1: Another Orient Away Day.

After the strange, vapid hinterland of another international break, this week has seen a relatively hectic return to football-watching form. It all started last Saturday when Mrs Football Nerd and I headed off to Maidstone for our second proper Leyton Orient away-day, to watch the O’s take on fellow National League side Maidstone United in […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings – has England’s development and the competitiveness of the Nations League breathed some life into the international game?

Anyone who has read my thoughts on the international game outside of the major finals tournaments will know that I am far from enamoured with the all too frequent international breaks, pointless friendlies and the mind-numbingly tedious qualification phases. Equally I have previously struggled to find the point of the fledgling UEFA Nations League (https://football-nerd.org/2018/09/07/football-nerd-weekly-ramblings-what-is-the-point-of-the-european-nations-league/). […]

The day we went to Maidenhead!

As has been chronicled on these pages over the last season and a half or so, Mrs Football Nerd and I have been becoming increasingly obsessed with all things Leyton Orient. So with an Arsenal-free Saturday and an Orient away game less than an hour on the train outside London, we couldn’t resist the opportunity […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings– Is increasing short-termism in football putting even more of the power in the players’ hands?

Despite significant changes to the senior management team, my club Arsenal once again find themselves in a situation where they look like losing a player who has seemingly chosen to run down his contract rather than commit to a new deal. Thinking back to this time last season, we were going through almost identical will-they-won’t-they-sign […]

Mrs Football-Nerd keeps the flag flying for the O’s

Even for self-avowed football obsessives like yours truly sometimes life/ the Premier League can get in the way; with a Stag Weekend in Belfast and most scarcely believable of all… an Arsenal home game at 3pm on a Saturday(!), meaning that I was going to have to miss out on two Orient home games. Thankfully […]

Football Nerd Weekly – Should the Premier League heed the warnings of the New York Yankees and ‘kill not the goose that lays the golden eggs’?

As a result of the recent international break and a whirlwind trip to New York City with my Dad to watch the New York Yankees take on their long-standing rivals the Boston Red Sox on consecutive evenings, I have been slightly disengaged from all things football over the last couple of weeks. Our baseball experience […]