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The World Cup is over, The Premiership is back.
August 22, 2010, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Mat Reville's Football Blog

The domestic season is back, cementing the ‘end’ of the dismal era of English football that was the 2010 World Cup.

With the passing of the torch football is thankfully, once again, more than a tool to aid James Corden to continue his unstoppable cultural dominance. Bad news for all who are delighted by the adverts – Corden is banished, The Premiership is back.

Is it a co-incidence that it comes back at the same time as The X Factor?  Is it Simon Cowell running the FA or did Sir Bert Milichip set up Syco Productions?  I truly hope the latter.

Anyway to celebrate the beginning of the new season a lot of teams have gone goal mental. In the first two weeks, a staggering four matches have ended 6-0.

To fans of Grandstand, that is four matches ending 6 (six) – 0.

On the opening day Chelsea beat West Brom 6-0. This weekend they matched the score in the away game at Wigan, and the six-up was matched by Arsenal against Blackpool and, most surprisingly, Newcastle against Aston Villa.

To celebrate, here are six words on each team for my prediction for the 2010-2011 season. L’enjoy;

1. Chelsea
Easily the best again, plus Essien

2. Arsenal
Looking tasty but not quite there

3. Manchester United
Expect another April collapse under pressure

4. Liverpool
Roy Hodgson will steady the ship

5. Manchester City
Too many mentals with weak manager

6. Everton
No Europe plus Arteta equals success

7. Tottenham
Will lose points because of Europe

8. Bolton Wanderers
Much better than most people realise

9. Newcastle United
Mike Ashley for Freedom of City?

10. Aston Villa
No manager, no direction, no improvement

11. Birmingham City
Solid defence and competent going forward

12. Sunderland
Could be higher but lacking strikers

13. Blackburn Rovers
Allardyce will brag about this finish

14. Fulham
Transitional period but in no dander

15. Stoke City
More of the same, Mr Pulis

16. Wolverhampton Wanderers
You probably won’t notice them, again

17. West Brom
Surprisingly there are three worse teams

18. West Ham United
Avram Grant will get thoroughly exposed

19. Wigan Athletic
About time these wasters went down

20. Blackpool
Chairman/manager already cracking up – doomed




Getting back to the start of the season, most of the teams have been ones you would expect to get spanked.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Blackpool, Wigan and West Brom made up the bottom three at the end of the season – although my prediction would be for West Ham to replace West Brom.

Again though, the only decent team thrashed was Aston Villa, against Premiership newboys Newcastle United.

Newcastle United aren’t really ‘new boys’ per se. They are more like naughty boys who were suspended from school for a term and have come back to re-establish themselves in the playground.

This allegory is particularly fitting due to the childish nature of the Magpies fans.

A quick glance at Newcastle United online fan forums shows the Mags why-ayeing about Champion’s League football. And so the cycle begins again.

It’s all very easy to say this won’t happen, but so I’d like you to copy and paste the above predictions to remind me of my mortality come the end of the season.

After my very un-Nostradamas- like World Cup ‘predictions’, I wouldn’t be surprised if the opposite of this happens.

Blackpool for the title, then.


Posh fans are two PISAs in a Podcast
August 22, 2010, 3:20 pm
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A pair of Peterborough United fans have set up a weekly podcast to vent their views on the good, the bad and the ugly at the club.

Jamie Jones (34) and Chris Slade (24) began broadcasting their Standing On The Glebe podcast at the beginning of the season.

Jamie and Chris, who have been fans of the club since 1984 and 1997 respectively, are both members of the Peterborough Independent Supporters Association (PISA).

The 100 per cent unofficial show has already become a smash hit with club supporters with thousands of listeners tuning in for each of the first two episodes.

Host Jamie said: “We have been blown away with the positive feedback we have been getting. 

“The show has been downloaded 2,000 times a week on iTunes and we have had 6,000 hits on the website.

“At the end of the day, we are just a couple of fans talking about the club but there are a lot of people that can’t get to games that won’t be able to have these sort of post-match chats.

“We have a bit more freedom than other media because we don’t have a relationship with the club to protect, so we can say just how good or bad they are doing.

“We do have a structure but it is a bit of a ramble – I think that is part of the fun though.”

The show includes dissections of the last game, previews of the next fixture and a range of fun features.

One of the sections includes pre-recorded skits with impressions of club personalities such as Barry Fry and Darragh MacAnthony by fellow Posh fans.






Jamie and Chris record the show in the back room of the Swiss Cottage pub in Woodston. 

PISA donated £200 to buy microphones to record the show, which Chris – an interactive media degree graduate – then edits on his laptop before uploading to the internet.

Chris said: “Doing a Peterborough United podcast is something I have always wanted to do but it was hard to find other people interested in getting involved with it.

“We are having guests every week and would love to hear from anyone that wants to be a guest – if they’re Posh fans or not.”

The new shows are released every Thursday and the hosts hope that future guests could include PISA chairman Adi Mowles and The Evening Telegraph sports reporter Alan Swann.

The podcasts can be downloaded by visiting

Then Saturday Comes’ 2009-2010 video review!
August 13, 2010, 9:21 pm
Filed under: Mat Reville's Football Blog, Season Review Videos