All posts by Ian Hope


The debacle at Bolton Wanderers continues

With the new season fast approaching, what is in store for Bolton Wanderers, who are yet to come out of administration?

The remarkable story of Matthias Sindelar

Jonathan Harding on one of the finest pre-war footballers and his amazing story.



The FA league allocations for the regional Non-League divisions can make or break a football club, so do we need a rethink?


Eden Hazard charms Real fans at Madrid unveiling

The former Premier League star was greeted by thousands of Los Blancos fans at the Bernabeu.


When Harlow shocked Leicester

Stephen Brandt, an American who loves English football history, looks back on a forgotten FA Cup shock where minnows Harlow Town shocked Leicester City.

My Non-League love affair continues…

QPR fan Matthew Glossop-Freebody on discovering the joys of the Non-League game and, more specifically, Hendon Football Club.


Can Mohamed Salah make it back-to-back wins as the Premier League’s Golden Boot?

Liverpool’s Egyptian King is currently two goals ahead of Sergio Aguero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and teammate Sadio Mane.

Watch: Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa trying to pronounce ‘Ipswich’ is simply amazing

Leeds boss Bielsa has mastered many things when it comes to football but saying English team names properly probably isn’t one of them.

Watch: Arsenal’s Xhaka has beautiful friendship with boy who has Down syndrome

Gunners star Granit Xhaka shares heart-warming story of his friendship with Julian after they met in 2015.


Former Spurs star David Bentley – wasted talent or simply overhyped?

Where did it all go wrong for the talented winger who was once compared to David Beckham?

Watch: Ball boy advises goalkeeper which way to dive for penalty and gets it right

Throwback to 2015, when Australian ball boy Stephen White played his part in China goalkeeper Delai’s penalty save.

Watch: Canterbury City’s Mobolaji Dawodu smashes rendition of “La Bamba”

After arriving late for their game at the weekend, Canterbury striker Dawodu showed he’s got other talents away from football.

Watch: Footballer aces Michael Jackson initiation song

Amateur player bucks usual trend when it comes to initiation songs and puts in a performance even ‘MJ’ would have been be proud of.


The world’s top football earners

A look at the highest paid players in the beautiful game.

Raheem Sterling pens lovely letter to young Manchester City fan suffering from racial abuse

Raheem Sterling proves just how much of a good man he is with this letter of support to a suffering junior Citizen.