The $25m fraudster who came so close to buying an English football club

The Athletic

In the first of our series about the men who want to buy English football clubs, this is the remarkable story of Chris Kirchner, who came close to taking over Derby County and was then found guilty of fraud and money laundering. This week, we will examine five prospective investors and what their interest in … Read more

Jamie Cassidy – the Liverpool prodigy who became a cocaine conspirator

The Athletic

He appeared in the dock at Manchester Crown Court like a familiar-looking stranger, a vivid memory from a distant past. Jamie Cassidy had once been one of the most promising young footballers at Liverpool, England’s most successful club, a player deemed good enough to train with his national team ahead of the 1996 European Championship. … Read more

Carragher, Abdo and the verbal grenade on CBS that made everyone squirm

When Micah Richards isn’t laughing, you know you’re in trouble. Jamie Carragher’s dig at Kate Abdo, lobbing a verbal grenade appearing to jokingly suggest that she wasn’t faithful to her partner Malik Scott, made for tough watching. If you watched it on CBS Sports Golazo during its coverage of Arsenal against Porto in the Champions … Read more

Michael Edwards – the Liverpool visionary FSG simply cannot live without

This is an updated version of an article first published in June 2020. Perhaps the best place to start is the story Harry Redknapp tells when he is asked about Michael Edwards and the remarkable chain of events that first took a frustrated IT teacher from Peterborough to a position of power and influence at … Read more

How Paul Mullin – via a text from Rob McElhenney – ended his rare goal drought

Rob McElhenney takes the duty of care he has as Wrexham’s co-owner seriously. When Phil Parkinson was still coming to terms with what remains the nadir of the club’s return to the EFL after a 15-year non-League exile, the co-owner reached out to his manager just moments after September’s 5-0 thrashing at Stockport County via … Read more

Why did the USWNT-Canada match continue? Explaining the rules around postponing games

American soccer has dealt with two high-profile instances of extreme weather disrupting professional games in the last week. In both cases, despite conditions making it impossible to play at anything close to normal, the games went on. The most recent of the two happened on Wednesday, when steady and heavy rains flooded the field at … Read more

Are Sheffield United the worst Premier League team ever? This is what the numbers say

Ninety-four teams have been relegated from the English top flight from the 1992-93 season onwards, but only a special handful make it into the dismal pantheon that is The Worst Premier League Teams Of All Time. It’s a collection that will soon include 2023-24 Sheffield United. Their season reached a new low on Monday night, … Read more

Playing out from the back: Why teams do it and is it worth the risk?

The Athletic

Picture the scene: a team has been awarded a goal kick. The goalkeeper throws the ball to one of two central defenders standing nearby in the six-yard box. One of them puts it down to restart and plays it laterally to the ‘keeper, who receives the pass and rests their studs on the ball as … Read more

Jude Bellingham’s non-goal shows us football’s full-time law needs to change

The Athletic

It is the final seconds of the NBA Finals. The clock hits 0.0 in a one-point game, but play continues for a few seconds because the Golden State Warriors are driving towards the rim. The fight at Madison Square Garden is going the distance. The final bell goes in the 12th round, but the referee … Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo’s fragile ego is rather sad for someone who has achieved so much

A clip did the rounds on social media after the Carabao Cup final last weekend. We won’t share it here because the dum-dums responsible don’t need any more attention than they have already received, but it essentially involved some supposed Liverpool fans near the steps up to the Wembley Royal Box filming the defeated Chelsea … Read more