Match report: Garforth Rangers FC 1 – 3 Idle FC

September 4, 2017

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Yorkshire Amateur League Division 1 – Saturday 2nd September 2017. Goals: Irving, J. Strudwick, Simonett. Assists: Brown, Medley, Simonett. MOTM: Medley. Advertisements

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Carl Jenkinson and the dangers of the perpetual loan cycle

August 23, 2017

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Arsenal full-back, Carl Jenkinson recently completed yet another temporary move away from the Emirates Stadium. This time to Championship side, Birmingham City and it’s a move which could prove to be his last with his Arsenal contract set to expire this summer. But what effect has the loan system had on him as a player?

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Idle FC: YAML Division 2 Champions 2016/2017

August 15, 2017

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It’s been three years since Idle FC was established and we’ve certainly gone from strength to strength during those first, formative seasons.

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Football is dead, long live football!

August 4, 2017

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With the new season just around the corner and ‘silly season’ still in full swing, at least until the end of August, the entire football community is very much excited for competitive matches to begin again this weekend!

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The paradoxical development of Jack Wilshere

September 1, 2016

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It’s been 8 years since Jack Wilshere made his Premier League debut for Arsenal as a fresh faced 16-year-old against Blackburn Rovers.  Arsenal’s youngest ever player was earmarked as one to watch in the future, although diminutive in stature he had shown raw talent and technical ability which was unrivalled by many English midfielders of […]

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The rise of Marcus Rashford and a lesson from history

April 19, 2016

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The resurgence of the English striker has been one of many intriguing stories to unfold during the 2015/16 season. Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy lead the Premier League goal-scoring charts with 24 and 22 goals respectively. Kane became the first Englishman to score over 20 goals in successive seasons since Alan Shearer and Vardy broke […]

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James Meredith, the Socceroos and the step-up to international football

October 1, 2015

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NB: Image courtesy of Thomas Gadd (www.thomasgadd.co.uk) Australia manager, Ange Postecoglou recently announced his 23-man squad for the Socceroo’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against Jordan in October.  There were a number of welcomed returns including the Asia Cup-winning trio of James Troisi, Tomi Juric and Trent Sainsbury but with one ‘surprise’ inclusion in the form […]

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Luke Shaw and athletes dealing with long-term injury

September 23, 2015

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The risk of physical injury is part and parcel of sport at any level. Athletes put their bodies on the line to prove that they are the best in their field and claim victory over their opponents. Injury stops this pursuit in its tracks and can set an athlete’s progress back considerably.  One minute you’re […]

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Young Lions in review: John Stones

July 23, 2015

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NB: Special thanks to Chris Smith for his valuable contributions to this article. “I want to set a mark and be a mixture of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry.”  John Stones immediately set the bar of expectation high when he spoke to FourFourTwo’s Jonathon Fadugba in June 2015.  Setting his sights on becoming the embodiment […]

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Young Lions in review: Raheem Sterling

June 10, 2015

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NB: Special thanks to James Dutton for his valuable contributions to this article. Just over a year ago, Raheem Sterling was billed as the potential MVP for England at the World Cup in Brazil. The then 19-year-old had played without fear at the cutting edge of Liverpool’s attack; an integral part of a three-pronged assault of the opposition where […]

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