Monday, 14 August 2017

1 down, 37 still to go

While losing 3-0 at home to a newly promoted team on the opening day was a fairly awful way to kick start a new era at Selhurst Park, there needs to be some patience as the teams style and philosophy changes

Friday, 28 July 2017

I Believe in Miracles

“In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director”

Alfred Hitchcock

If he’d been alive to see ‘I Believe in Miracles’ the documentary about Nottingham Forest’s amazing ride from the second division to double European Champions, then Brian Clough might well have said “and God was the star as well”.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Famous 5ive: the future at Chelsea

Following elimination from the Champions League, the Stamford Bridge side of CollinsBeans looks at five key areas that need to be addressed in SW6 

Friday, 18 December 2015

An Alternative Reality: A Championship Manager/Football Manager Dream Team

They say that you should never meet your heroes. Perhaps that should also say “you shouldn’t watch your Championship Manager Legends play in the real world.” On several games, Northern Irish International Danny Griffin was a go to guy if you needed a centre back that could bring the ball out from the back and also do a job as a holding midfielder. It was guaranteed that if you didn’t snap him up early he would always, without fail end up at Arsenal. It was sad then, that seeing the actual player up close and personal several years later playing for Stockport County, he didn’t quite stand out as much as I hoped he would. 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Football in England might have a few double standards

Woe betide the unsuspecting foreign player who waves an imaginary card…

Monday, 10 August 2015

Bring back Manish

Be careful what you wish for. Better the devil you know, than the devil you don’t. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side; that other side being Channel 5 in this instance.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

From the sublime to the ridiculous

What with the recent well publicised and much debated failure of English sides in Europe this season, I thought it was perhaps interesting to look back to the heady days of 2008 when English football was celebrating three teams in the semi-finals of the Champions League for successive years and looking forward to an all Premier League clash in Moscow.

Monday, 16 March 2015

The collective versus the individual

How the experience of young Darnell Furlong shows the importance of partnerships on the pitch and not existing in isolation

Friday, 17 October 2014

Should Ched Evans by given a second chance?

As he's released from prison, CollinsBeans has its say on the Ched Evans debate

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

“BREAKING NEWS! We now go live to the Britannia Stadium car park…”

Jim White, yellow ties, Harry Redknapp’s car window, fax machines and Peter Odemwingie; just like the rest of the football world, transfer deadline day now has its own clichés. And alongside those clichés comes the ever increasing belief that fans are now more excited by, and more eagerly anticipating the day of last minute deals, ridiculous rumours and loan moves for unwanted League 1 strikers than FA Cup final day

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Wandsworth Athletic – the third gold star

A triumphant return to Rocks Lane 

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Stick or Twist?

Almost two thirds of our way through the mythical January transfer window and most clubs have kept their powder dry, but in the next 10 days teams at the top, and arguably more importantly, teams at the bottom, must decide whether to take that big gamble - spend money now…or end up paying later 

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Conspiracy, bad luck or something in between?

A trip back through the archives to 2009 and one of Chelsea’s many controversial Champions League clashes with Barcelona. This was the one officiated by Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo. It was the one infamously described by Didier Drogba as “a f**king disgrace”…

Monday, 18 November 2013

In Jose we trust

It’s good to have Mourinho back

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

More than just a game?

Rivalries manufacture the drama that gives you sport at its most intense and compelling best and at the apex of sporting spectacle is the fixture now known the world over as El Clasico: Real Madrid against Barcelona.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Reality bites

The received wisdom of trying to achieve top flight survival is that encounters with the teams around you will dictate your future. Games against Champions League contenders are written off as freebies; hope for little and expect nothing. Defeat to Swansea however – with no disrespect meant to an evidently impressive Welsh football team – was a sobering experience. 

Saturday, 14 September 2013

To infinity and beyond

You have to feel for Woody. He’s been the favourite, most loved toy from childhood to young adolescent and yet, when something sparkling and brand new has come along he’s consigned, if not to the dustbin but to the back of the shelf; or in football parlance not quite flung at the nearest scrapheap but sent on loan to Barnsley.