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2022: a year in football

January It’s been a strange year. They mostly seem to be strange years. There have been some incredible highlights – obviously getting married being by a distance the main one – some very difficult times; and a LOT of football. For future me, more than any genuine thought that others might be interested, this is…

What World Cup?

So, the World Cup starts this weekend. An event I’ve watched religiously since I was old enough to remember my first one, Mexico 86. Something that, like the Olympics, defines for me where we are in the cycle of the years, and provides something huge to look forward to. Deciding the best nation at the…

A perfect house of cards (part 1)

A few days on from the fairy-tale ending to the Euros final, if you’re English, and the future looks rosy for women’s football, not just in this country but way beyond, too. There are huge opportunities now as a result of the partially unexpected level of success of the tournament. But there are significant reasons…

An accidental women’s sport fan

Sheltered life that I lead, it’s only really in the past few years that I’ve realised I’m a fan of women’s sport. It’s probably only because of my male perspective that I haven’t had cause to realise earlier. But the truth is, until I started seeing more and more reactions to women playing a variety…

The perfect storm

I love the summer, and I love the sun. I’m not much of a sunbather – I get itchy feet to do something after a few minutes, I’m really not good at sitting and doing nothing – but the sun makes me happy. I’ve regularly been on holiday to places where the temperature was over…

What isn’t autism?

– You’re autistic? Wow, you must be great at maths! – Oh don’t worry, I’m sure they’ll find a cure soon. – Really? You don’t look autistic. I wouldn’t have known. – Well, everyone’s a bit on the spectrum aren’t they. – Ooh I love / hate that Greta Thunberg. – I don’t think you…

Non league bantz

“Your tweet is featured in our article – why not follow Fan Banter now!” I paraphrase slightly, but this vision of hell greeted me when I checked Twitter earlier. Not just because I avoid anything and anyone that uses the word banter like the plague – but because the article was a collection of views…

Mission impossible

Trying to unite any country in anything is very difficult indeed. Trying to unite England, at a point in our history when we feel as divided as we’ve been for centuries, is absolutely impossible. Our government doesn’t even try, instead pandering to their base, the exceptionally wealthy, whilst pretending to care about the less well…

The embarrassment of women’s football

As a young child in the 80s, I remember watching Trans World Sport religiously. In amongst the bizarre sports I’d never heard of, they sometimes showed women’s football, which at the time, to me, was almost as exotic – something you never really saw in real life. It was usually from the US, or an…

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