Football Analysis

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
Blog: The Flannelette Derby?

Blog: The Flannelette Derby?

I’m calling it now. CCM v WSW is a legitimate derby. Coasties v Westies … the Flannelette Derby? The Hi-Viz Derby? The Greater Sydney Rim Derby? The Cerebral Derby? (The coaches are both pretty smart…) 20 Jan 2021
Analysis: Mariners 2021 - This Time For Sure!

Analysis: Mariners 2021 - This Time For Sure!

Every year I seem to make the call too early that the Mariners are looking the goods to make the finals, at last. They have a couple of okay results - then a couple of battling losses (where they still played well) - and then the wheels fall off. 5 Jan 2021
The Greatest of All Time - Head, Shoulders (and Hand) Above the Rest

The Greatest of All Time - Head, Shoulders (and Hand) Above the Rest

I have never understood the debate regarding which of Pele, Maradona – and in later days Messi – was the greatest of all time. 26 Nov 2020
Handball: The Saga Continues

Handball: The Saga Continues

Those familiar with my work will be aware of my frustration with the new handball laws. 30 Sep 2020
The W-League still has world class stars, Australians just don’t know them yet

The W-League still has world class stars, Australians just don’t know them yet

The 100th year of women’s football presents a great opportunity for the women’s game to make its mark in Australia. 25 Sep 2020
OP-ED: 'Transfer fees and W-League growth are FFA's key principles'

OP-ED: 'Transfer fees and W-League growth are FFA's key principles'

The current situation Australian football finds itself in may be a blessing in disguise. While financial uncertainty is never a good thing, a chance to re-assess and build towards a realistic business model is an opportunity FFA should grab with both hands. 11 Sep 2020
Football: My second favourite F-word

Football: My second favourite F-word

I am 60 years old and I still play football. 9 Sep 2020
'A-League's Macarthur prices are a cry for help'

'A-League's Macarthur prices are a cry for help'

The easiest thing to do for football fans and the media is to whack clubs over the pricing of memberships. Like it or loathe it, the fans are the lifeblood for any football club and sadly that sometimes (or nearly always) means footing the bills. 4 Sep 2020
Blog: Controversial ideas to change football’s financial model

Blog: Controversial ideas to change football’s financial model

While COVID19 has caused all kinds of chaos for Australian football, the blessing is that it has underlined the need for fiscal discipline by all clubs involved in the A-League and indeed the lower tiers. 16 Aug 2020
Max's Burgess-ing power

Max's Burgess-ing power

I have been so impressed with Max Burgess lately. 12 Aug 2020
The silver lining in the Red & Black cloud

The silver lining in the Red & Black cloud

Fans of the Western Sydney Wanderers should be the proudest in the league. 10 Aug 2020
'W-League silence deafening despite 2023 bid success'

'W-League silence deafening despite 2023 bid success'

FFA needs to make bold statement with the W-League as the road to 2023 opens up numerous opportunities. 3 Aug 2020
The secret war behind our Women's World Cup bid

The secret war behind our Women's World Cup bid

There is a secret war happening in this country, and getting the World Cup would be a major coup for the good guys. 20 Jun 2020