Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings: Project Restart gets underway successfully… but what have we learnt about football in the “new normal”?

Yet more technology controversy. 100 days after Coronavirus pandemic-enforced lockdown, the Premier League returned but it wasn’t the same as we remember it. After a minute’s silence to remember those who have sadly fallen victim to this unprecedented and devastating virus, referee Michael Oliver sounded his whistle to signal the fulfilment of Project Restart then […]

Football Nerd Retro Ramblings Part 7: 1988/89- George Graham, Michael Thomas, Anfield and all that.

Part 1: Clough and Taylor conquer Europe (Football Nerd Retro Ramblings- The late 70’s and the 80’s when Football was really Football: Clough and Taylor conquer Europe.)  Part 2: Bob Paisley and the legendary Anfield Boot Room dominate England and Europe (Football Nerd Retro Ramblings Part 2- Bob Paisley and the legendary Anfield Boot Room […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings- Liverpool fall short of invincibility while travelling fans are shown their place yet again.

Liverpool falter at Watford So that’s it! After 422 days Liverpool’s hugely impressive run is at an end. A shock 3-0 defeat at Vicarage Road by Nigel Pearson’s Watford, who started the day in the midst of a relegation dogfight a whopping 55 points behind the runaway leaders, finally brought the seemingly unstoppable Red juggernaut […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings- A mixed bag for the Premier League clubs as European battle lines are re-drawn, while Arsenal’s familiar chickens come home to roost.

There is always a frisson of excitement for football obsessives when the battle-lines are redrawn on the European front and the Champions League and Europa League start their knockout phases. With the domestic season having turned into a procession thanks to Liverpool’s utter supremacy, this season the continental stage potentially offers more intriguing competition. After […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings: Liverpool march relentlessly on, but where does their dominance leave the rest of us?

While Liverpool march on relentless towards their first championship in 30 years, the chasing pack and the rest of the so-called ‘Big Six’ continue to stumble and squander points and generally make a mess of any semblance of a challenge to the Anfield club’s ongoing dominance. The only questions remaining around this season’s title race […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings- VARcical and petulant scenes shatter the ennui at the Emirates.

Watching Arsenal over recent seasons, since Arsène lost his magic touch at the time of the premature break-up of the Invincibles, with the evident disinterest of an owner concerned only with the bottom line value of his asset and an apathetic, if not increasingly disenfranchised fanbase, hasn’t been an especially thrilling experience. The dog days […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings – Missing: One delicate mega-bucks superstar! Anyone have any information as to the whereabouts of Mesut Özil?

After the apparent indignity of being made to play and captain a team made up of youngsters looking to stake their claim for a first team spot, squad players and some returning from long-term injury against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup a couple of weeks ago, Mesut Özil seems to have gone missing again. […]