“I had to do everything I could to hide any hints that I might have been gay” Greg McLean on the need for more LGBTQ+ education in football 

Greg McLean is a football coach at St Margarets Old Boys in Liverpool / Photo courtesy of Greg McLean

There are no openly LGBTQ+ players in men’s professional football in the United Kingdom.  Stonewall’s annual Rainbow Laces campaign is working towards changing that narrative and has run their campaign for two weeks every year since 2013.  Last year, football coach and club secretary at St Margaret's Old Boys in Liverpool, Greg

“Appalling, shocking, killing the game” – The quality of officiating is holding back the WSL’s development

On the 16th and 17th November, fans across the United Kingdom were treated to the first-ever Women’s Football Weekend. It was seen as a step in the right direction with a number of WSL matches played at the Premier League grounds and numerous attendance records shattered in different parts of

The managerial sack race

Once again, Unai Emery and his side left the pitch to some vigorous boos after their 2-2 draw against Southampton at home despite coming from behind at the Emirates last weekend. At the end of the Jubilee line, Manuel Pellegrini received the same treatment after he failed to continue Tottenham Hotspur’s

Thomas Frank on comparing Watkins to Ronaldo and changing Brentford’s perception ahead of the Blackburn game

Often perceived as a mid-table Championship side, Brentford’s performances this season have suggested anything but. Manager Thomas Frank and the coaching and non-coaching staff at the London club have done wonders in making them push for a play-off berth and give the side a distinct identity. The switch from a three-man defence to a

Context Is Everything When Analyzing Performance In Football

Imagine a hub of football coaches, analysts, experts and researchers from the most prestigious London clubs discussing Performance Analysis in modern football.  The Suite of Football Programmes at St. Mary’s University managed to do just that, assembling a Football Performance Analysis Symposium earlier in November. Theories and notions of performance analysis

Brentford After Their Fifth Win In Six Games

Brentford are back at Griffin Park on Saturday when they host a Reading side looking for their third straight victory and fourth win in five games. Earlier this week, Brentford welcomed back three players who qualified for the European Championship with their national teams. Henrik Dalsgaard and Christian Norgaard qualified with

Forget record-breaking crowds, Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema is why you should watch women’s football

Since the World Cup last summer, the marketing of women’s football in England has been excellent. The first WSL north London derby – held last Sunday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – is a testament to this, with 38,262 fans filling the ground and breaking the record attendance for a women's

Blowing the Whistle: The Psychology of Football Refereeing – Stuart Carrington’s three-part delivery on everything fans and managers need to know about referees

In his book Blowing the Whistle: The Psychology of Football Refereeing, Sports Science lecturer turned referee Stuart Carrington has delved deep into the various mental aspects that go into becoming a football official. Not the most popular in the terraces and usually reluctant from speaking to the media, nobody quite knows

“I think it’s disgraceful” Michael Thomas on Xhaka, Emery and the State of Arsenal Football Club

“Charging through the midfield, Thomas. It’s up for grabs now… THOMAS!!!!” The commentary from Brian Moore is enough to raise the hairs on the back of any Arsenal fan’s neck. Those lucky enough to remember the clubs most dramatic moment in history, made unforgettable memories that day.  It’s the epitome of