55% of Premier League Fans Expect Their Team to Do Better This Season

Pre-season: it’s the most optimistic time of the year for football fans. A time when your greatest dreams seem more tangible, and your darkest fears more distant, than any other. With slates wiped clean and ghosts of seasons past laid to rest, many supporters, naturally, have their rose-tinted glasses on even before a ball is kicked… for most, anyway. In order to see how optimistic football fans are ahead of the new season, we asked one fan from every club in the Premier League to predict where they’ll finish in …

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How Safe Standing is Making a Difference in Football

Away from the soulless, drab corporate bowls housing many of football’s biggest and best nowadays, a growing number of clubs embracing one of the game’s newest creations to recreate the atmospheres of old. Safe standing is the latest step in reviving football’s volume levels, and it could soon be coming to a ground near you: What is Safe Standing? Safe standing allows football fans to stand up during matches without putting themselves or those near them in any danger. Its most common form is ‘rail seating’, where a metal frame …

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How Often Does Appointing an Ex-Player as Manager Prove Successful?

It’s a well-trodden path in football. Manager gets sacked, club needs popular appointment to appease fans, former player takes charge. That said, history tell us it isn’t always the wisest move to make. Not all bosses get their dream jobs primarily off their track record; that much is fair to say. Would Manchester United have appointed another manager from the Norwegian Eliteserien than Ole Gunnar Solskjær, the man who won them the European Cup in 1999? Would any other Championship chief be linked as strongly with the potential vacancy at …

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5 Opening Weekend Premier League Fixtures That Turned Out to Be Absolute Classics

The start of the new Premier League season is always an exciting time as clubs up and down the country begin to plot their survival bid, quest for Europe or title challenge. Manchester City proved in 2018-19 how vital a strong finish is, winning their last 14 league games to snatch the title away from Liverpool by a point, but it’s just as important to start well, and build momentum right from the offset. Here we take a look back at five classic matches from the first round of top-flight …

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The 10 Strangest Premier League Transfers Of All-Time

With such unprecedented levels of money in the Premier League, it is little wonder that a fair amount of it has gone to waste on some dodgy deals. Here are the ten most head-scratching transfers involving top-flight clubs in England since the inception of the Premier League in 1992: 10. Cuco Martina (Southampton to Everton, Free, July 2017) After a decent first season at Goodison Park, Ronald Koeman was clearly intent on preparing Everton for a serious assault on the top four. Hefty fees were shelled out; £30 million for …

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How Forest Green Rovers Have Become The World’s Greenest Football Club

When Dale Vince was appointed as chairman of Forest Green Rovers in late 2010, one of his first acts was hardly the most orthodox. Vince, a green energy tycoon and owner of electricity company Ecotricity, wasted little time in making his mark on the club’s menu, banning the players from eating red meat and the sale of all meat products at the New Lawn, the club ground. Since then, Vince’s crusade to make the Gloucestershire club as green as possible has gone from strength to strength, with food options, pitch …

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