PLACE YOUR BETS: Who gets sent off today?

There must be something in the air! Referees just love sending players off at The Racecourse! I don’t know why: perhaps the ground was built on the site of an ancient linesman burial ground. Perhaps referees just like showing off in a big stadium. Whisper it, but it might even be because Conference refs are shocking! But for whatever reason, those loveable little critters just … Continue reading PLACE YOUR BETS: Who gets sent off today?

Counting the Cost of Wrexham’s Red Cards

Here’s my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c) http://www.leaderlive.co.uk. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a team must be within reach of the play-offs when Ant and Dec announce the winner of “I’m a Celebrity … Continue reading Counting the Cost of Wrexham’s Red Cards

Will West Ham’s Andy Carroll Get the Same Justice as Stephen Wright ?

Here’s something I wrote last week for WSC Daily. It’ll be very interested to see if Andy Carroll gets the same level of justice this week that Wrexham’s Steven Wright got last October. If he doesn’t the silent discrepancy in the disciplinary system will be exposed once more. Carroll’s red card against Swansea yesterday was very harsh, and if justice is done his suspension will … Continue reading Will West Ham’s Andy Carroll Get the Same Justice as Stephen Wright ?

The Law is an Ass

So Stephen Wright gets a three game ban for allowing himself to be smacked in the mouth by a celebrity. And it wasn’t even Cheryl Cole, poor bloke. Naturally anger is directed at the FAW disciplinary committee which returned the verdict, but such fury is misplaced. They can’t help the rules they have to play by. It’s a remarkably similar situation to the one which … Continue reading The Law is an Ass

Artell, Suarez and the Fine Art of Discipline

It’s been a good week for indignation. What a shame that the pointless fury of the nation has been directed against a bite in a football match rather than matters more appropriate for such ire, such as the refusal of police officers to testify at the Hillsborough inquiry. Instead the media has scrolled through the emotions from horror at what Luis Suarez did, through righteous … Continue reading Artell, Suarez and the Fine Art of Discipline