• Premier League
    Sam Allardyce pot calls Greek kettle black

    It really was interesting to read Sam Allardyce after his Blackburn team had been involved in a robust encounter with Greek side AEK Athens. He said: I was very, very surprised and I’m very, very sad that tackles like that were going in. People say and talk about the physical game of...

  • Premier League
    Gollivan’s Travails

    Since acquiring a controlling interest in West Ham United, messrs Gold and Sullivan (a two-headed monster dubbed Gollivan by The Guardian’s Fiver) have courted media attention at every turn. Whether publicly admonishing the team or declaring their intentions to sign David Beckham, they’ve made their presence felt at every possible opportunity. At...

  • General
    Footballers injury passports

    Interesting comments from Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan about a ‘footballer’s passport’ system. No, not the kind Carlos Vela misplaces meaning he misses important European games, but one with details about a player’s career and past. Whelan says: I do think every footballer should have a ‘passport’, a record of any injuries he...

  • South America
    Alternative careers for Maradona…?

    So the Argentine Football Association had to go and spoil everyone’s fun by announcing the end of Diego Maradona’s reign as national coach.  The circus will not come to Brazil 2014. In an tournament where many of the most heralded players failed to turn up, Maradona proved to be the star of...

  • England
    Sol Campbell: A tale of two cities … in one!

    Every week Lawrence Gray-Hodson, a man who made his name in the upper reaches of Division 2 in the 1970s and 80s as well as being a former Scotland and England international, writes a column exclusively for Threeandin. This week he looks at Sol Campbell’s decision to join Newcastle and dares to...

  • Championship
    The Harry Redknapp legacy

    A screenshot of the Portsmouth website, listing their first team squad. The Championship season kicks off in 12 days. Fly keeper?

  • Non-league
    Non-league day

    Great idea this, with even the biggest clubs feeling the pinch, your local team could do with the support. With England playing the night before and the Premier League and Championship taking a week off, I urge all fans of the big clubs to get out and watch their local non-league team...

  • Europe
    Gallas out on his own again

    It’s an impressive list of honours: two Premier League titles, an FA and League Cup, two appearances in the PFA Team of the Year, and 84 caps for France.  32 is no age for a centre-half.  And his fee?  Absolutely nothing. And yet William Gallas cannot find himself a club. Arsenal lost...

  • England
    Five Premier League clubs that should sign Raúl

    It’s hard to imagine Raul in anything other than the white of Real Madrid but after 323 goals in 741 games at the Bernebeu he’s announced his departure. He says his future lies in Germany or England and Schalke are supposedly favourites, but he could definitely do a job in England. Any...

  • Premier League
    The thorny issue of Titus Bramble

    A new signing is supposed to be greeted with elation, excitement, and pointless speculation about what squad number he might wear.  It’s a moment when the optimistic and the disgruntled can unite to celebrate the warm fuzzy novelty of a new face, who is surely bound to be better than last season’s...