Football Analysis

Celtic youth like Postecoglou, but experienced Bhoys pose new challenge

Celtic youth like Postecoglou, but experienced Bhoys pose new challenge

I’m guessing a lot more Australians will be watching the Scottish Premier League this season. 6 Jul 2021
Chosen! The Olyroos best starting XI for Tokyo Olympics

Chosen! The Olyroos best starting XI for Tokyo Olympics

The waiting and speculation are over. Arnie’s Olyroos have been selected so the debate turns now from who should be in the 18 to who should be in the 11 for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. 29 Jun 2021
Ange and Tom: The Celtic Socceroos Project

Ange and Tom: The Celtic Socceroos Project

I’ve been wondering how Socceroo Tom Rogic will go when Ange Postecoglou starts at Celtic... 18 Jun 2021
Australia’s hosting foreign cricketers. If the Socceroos can’t host home World Cup qualifiers, there’ll be trouble

Australia’s hosting foreign cricketers. If the Socceroos can’t host home World Cup qualifiers, there’ll be trouble

So the final twelve are decided for the last and most important chapter in the Socceroos qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. 17 Jun 2021
Celtic needs Mooy to replace captain and it’s a perfect family fit

Celtic needs Mooy to replace captain and it’s a perfect family fit

“A word in your ear, if I may, Mr Postecoglou…” 11 Jun 2021
Fighting Celtic fans reveals they have a point: Postecoglou needs these players...

Fighting Celtic fans reveals they have a point: Postecoglou needs these players...

I’ve been having an interesting time on the Celtic Forums in recent weeks as Ange gradually firms as their new manager. 8 Jun 2021
Postecoglou divides, but can he conquer Celtic?

Postecoglou divides, but can he conquer Celtic?

I love lurking on fan forums. They’re always a source of information (because someone, somewhere, always knows something) but are also places of lively banter and amusing acrimony. 31 May 2021
Picked! The best Socceroos starting 11

Picked! The best Socceroos starting 11

After 550-odd days, the Socceroos have finally been rebooted with 31 players picked. So what’s our starting eleven? 31 May 2021
Analysis: Football Papers Fold

Analysis: Football Papers Fold

When I went to work in London in 1995, I was in Seventh Heaven. 7 Apr 2021
Analysis: The Goal that Defines the Season?

Analysis: The Goal that Defines the Season?

I’m calling it now. Ollie Bozanic’s goal tonight will define the Mariners’ season. 2 Apr 2021
Analysis: Slick City Roast Coast

Analysis: Slick City Roast Coast

Have we just seen the definitive performance of this A-League season? 23 Mar 2021
Analysis: A Simple Game of Infinite Complexity...Sod the Code Wars!

Analysis: A Simple Game of Infinite Complexity...Sod the Code Wars!

A friend of mine once described playing football as a ninety minute orgasm. That might be just a slight exaggeration, but … erm … I don’t know how to finish that sentence … 18 Mar 2021
Analysis: A-League 2.0 - Quality Viewing

Analysis: A-League 2.0 - Quality Viewing

My mother-in-law and sister-in-law are staying over at the moment. They’re not (usually) football fans but if you stay at my house the football will be on the telly. 17 Mar 2021
Analysis: First Place Problems

Analysis: First Place Problems

I often say to people who’ve been through a tough time: If you’re happy now you must never regret the past, because the past has brought you to here. 11 Mar 2021
Analysis: Maclaren Rising - J-Mac Back in the Black

Analysis: Maclaren Rising - J-Mac Back in the Black

I’ve been very impressed with Jamie Maclaren’s opening to the season. 3 Mar 2021
Analysis: Time for VAR-cical VAR to Go

Analysis: Time for VAR-cical VAR to Go

I’ve been playing, coaching, watching, discussing and debating football for over 50 years. 20 Feb 2021
Analysis: The Day the Rules Died

Analysis: The Day the Rules Died

Words fail me. 19 Feb 2021
Analysis: The Once and Future Mariners

Analysis: The Once and Future Mariners

Legend has it that Arthur – the Once and Future King – lies in his tomb awaiting England’s hour of need and will rise again to lead them out of their darkest peril. 14 Feb 2021
Analysis: Happy 200 Matty Simon

Analysis: Happy 200 Matty Simon

Last night was Matt Simon’s 200th game for the Mariners. 4 Feb 2021
Analysis: Socceroos Generation Next - An A-League Selection

Analysis: Socceroos Generation Next - An A-League Selection

If the March qualifying matches for the World Cup go ahead (against Kuwait and Nepal) there’s every chance Arnie will be limited to A-League players only. 30 Jan 2021
Analysis: Mariners Pass an Acid Test

Analysis: Mariners Pass an Acid Test

If you’re going to seriously lay out your credentials to succeed in the A-League, then you’ll have to beat Sydney FC. 23 Jan 2021