Were the Socceroos really that good?

Were the Socceroos really that good?

I seem to be constantly on my own these days – a lonely voice in the wilderness. 17 Oct 2019
Footballers Are Not River Dancers!

Footballers Are Not River Dancers!

I hate the new handball directives. 12 Oct 2019
Secret Mariner Stirs the RBB Pot Before Season Opener

Secret Mariner Stirs the RBB Pot Before Season Opener

Some years ago English football fans were delighted by a series of articles (and then books) penned by The Secret Footballer – a chap who claimed to have been a player and was lifting the lid on the murky, narcissistic and uber-indulgent world of professional football. 9 Oct 2019
Secret Mariner Stirs the RBB Pot Before Season Opener

Secret Mariner Stirs the RBB Pot Before Season Opener

Some years ago English football fans were delighted by a series of articles (and then books) penned by The Secret Footballer – a chap who claimed to have been a player and was lifting the lid on the murky, narcissistic and uber-indulgent world of professional football. 9 Oct 2019
Five FFA Cup injustices...!

Five FFA Cup injustices...!

So Adelaide will host Melbourne City in the FFA Cup Final this year. I will, as usual, watch avidly, but for a Mariners fan it could (and should) have been so much better. 3 Oct 2019
Analysis: Persian Gulf in Class for the Socceroos

Analysis: Persian Gulf in Class for the Socceroos

Is it four years already? Once again we’ve embarked on the long haul to the World Cup through Asia, and once again we’ve started with a win. But this effort was a lot more convincing than the plodding 2 -1 win over Kyrgyzstan that kicked off the last campaign. 11 Sep 2019
The Secret Mariner

The Secret Mariner

Some years ago English football fans were delighted by a series of articles (and then books) penned by The Secret Footballer – a chap who claimed to have been a player and was lifting the lid on the murky, narcissistic and uber-indulgent world of professional football. 16 Aug 2019
Most Hated, And Perhaps Most Misunderstood

Most Hated, And Perhaps Most Misunderstood

Kevin Muscat, outside Melbourne, is the Most Hated Man in Football, but not by me. Some of my friends are going to hate me for this article… 23 May 2019
Why are football books a hard sell in Oz?

Why are football books a hard sell in Oz?

It seems that football books are very hard to sell in Australia. (Am I right Lawrie McKinna?) 22 May 2019
New Roos To Choose?

New Roos To Choose?

The dire manner in which we limped out of the Asian Cup in January is still raw in my soul, but Arnie’s recent statement that he will be testing new blood in next month’s friendly with South Korea once again got my optimistic juices flowing… 14 May 2019
When Is A Licence Not A Licence?

When Is A Licence Not A Licence?

Confusion continues to reign in the wake of Chris Nikou’s comments at the recent Football Writers’ Festival at Jamberoo. 27 Mar 2019
Community and controversy at the inaugural Football Writers' Festival

Community and controversy at the inaugural Football Writers' Festival

If the AFL or NRL were truly worried about the sleeping giant of football, they could have done worse than to blow up the Jamberoo Pub this weekend. It would have set the football narrative back 50 years. 24 Mar 2019
Football Writers' Festival: Soccer Socrates meets the Pigskin Poindexters

Football Writers' Festival: Soccer Socrates meets the Pigskin Poindexters

Is there really such a thing as Australian football culture? 19 Mar 2019
Life After Mulvey - enter the uber alpha coach

Life After Mulvey - enter the uber alpha coach

The Mariners are about as low as any team can get right now, which is good. The only way is up. 10 Mar 2019
'Something rotten is seeping into the Mariners...'

'Something rotten is seeping into the Mariners...'

If you look at the stats to see how often the team who scores first wins a match, I reckon it would be at least 50%, but the Mariners have led eight times so far this season for just one result. What’s going wrong? 2 Feb 2019
Thoughts on Oz v UAE

Thoughts on Oz v UAE

Not only can I hardly bear to write this, I can hardly bear to think about it. Australia are out. 26 Jan 2019
Thoughts on Oz vs Uzbekistan

Thoughts on Oz vs Uzbekistan

Yet another ordeal for Socceroos fans, but somehow we scraped through. 22 Jan 2019
Thoughts on Oz v Syria

Thoughts on Oz v Syria

So Australia are through to the knockout rounds, and after a full day of recovering my shattered nerves, I’m finally able to write about it. 17 Jan 2019
Cornering Chris Nikou

Cornering Chris Nikou

If you could get Chris Nikou in a corner and hassle him about his plans for the next few years, what would you ask him? 16 Jan 2019
Thoughts on Oz v Palestine

Thoughts on Oz v Palestine

Well that was more like it. A bit more urgency and some strong individual performances have put the Socceroos back in the Asian Cup race. 12 Jan 2019
We have to talk about Oceania...

We have to talk about Oceania...

Australia may be struggling at the Asian Cup right now, but that’s why we joined Asia – to get strong, regular competition that would force us to grow as a footballing nation. 11 Jan 2019