“Those Who Matter Don’t Mind” - Why I Admire Manchester City’s Fanbase

Twenty years ago to this very day, Saturday 24th April 1999, some 29,337 gathered in attendance on an all too typically cloudy Manchester afternoon at a weathered Maine Road, a once beloved ground suffering as much from financial neglect as the team that called it home to watch Manchester City succumb to a 1-2 home defeat to Wycombe Wanderers in a game of Division 2 football.

Forward Thinking Required For Scotland To Achieve Goals

We've been here before as Scotland fans. The beginning of a new qualifying campaign for an upcoming World Cup or European Championships and the initial optimism that this could be the tournament we qualify for is quickly eroded after a dose of reality hits during the opening fixtures. In this case Scotland's attempt to qualify for Euro 2020 appears to be completely derailed after a disastrous 3-0 defeat to lowly ranked Kazakhstan.

Is the Premier League Still the Most Competitive League in the World?

The Premier League; the jewel in the crown of the country that gave the world football and a sacred institution. The type of cherished possession that is afforded a level of protection only enjoyed by the egg of the most fierce hen in the coop. To subject it to any level of scrutiny, particularly when drawing comparisons to its foreign counterparts, is akin to insulting the first born of the average English football fan.

Connor's Corner: Is it too early to back the World Cup winner?

With the World Cup qualifiers thankfully over for another few months and while gambling addictions around football are being criticised heavily in the media currently, now seems the perfect time for me to write a piece on who I feel will secure the ultimate glory in an event that doesn’t take place for another 9 months: The FIFA World Cup.

Connor's Corner: Neymar Jr - Genius or Stupidity?

With Neymar Jr completing his world record fee to Paris Saint Germain last night, many comments online that I viewed were all of a similar nature – “what a waste of talent”, “off he goes to waste his career”, “hope he enjoys his retirement”. With the French Ligue 1 viewed as a weak league by many and an almost one-horse race, (bar PSG having a completely off season like last season) it may be hard to disagree with the majority here.

Connor's Corner: How Can Arsenal Improve This Summer?

After missing out on Champions League and the top 4 for the first time in his Arsenal career, many expected Arsene Wenger to leave the club once the season came to its finale. However, with the club legend now extending his stay by a further two years, can he bring back the glory days of the past? With Arsenals lackluster and honestly quite pathetic at times squad, they really need to make some big changes to turn a team of boys into a team of men.

Connor's Corner: How Can Man City Improve This Summer?

Next up are the favourites for the league this year, Manchester City. After acquiring the services of Pep Guardiola last year, many expected the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich man to come in and win the league. After 10 games and 10 consecutive wins, it looked like he was going to. But, after a disastrous period during the middle and end of the season, they finished a lowly 3rd, 15 points behind Chelsea.

Connor's Corner: How can Spurs improve this summer?

Moving on now to the team that finished 2nd, Tottenham Hotspur. They’ve come so close over the last two years, pushing Leicester to the very end in the 15/16 season as well as chasing the outstanding Chelsea home this season. Although they’ve come so close each year, it’s hard to see where they can improve. They had the best defensive record in the league in the 16/17 season and have the Premier League top scorer for the last two seasons amongst their ranks in Harry Kane. Mauricio Pochettino’s high intensity, pressing style means that their transfer activity can be very limited as a lot of players do not have that type of attribute to their game.