Portsmouth Unveil WW1 Tribute Football Shirt

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 | by Steve | No Comments

Portsmouth Football Club have honoured every member of the ‘Pompey Pals’ who fell during World War One by including their name on the football clubs new home kit.

The Pompey Pals, the 14th and 15th battalions of the Hampshire Regiment, recruited heavily at Fratton Park.

They went on to suffer heavy losses at the Great War, with more than 1,400 making the ultimate sacrifice.

The names of the 1,400 Pompey Pals who fell in the Great War are woven into the new home shirt

The shirt was launched on the 100th anniversary of Britain’s declaration of war on Germany, while the club also unveiled a Pompey Pals memorial at Fratton Park paying tribute to those who served.

The football shirt reflects the 1914 version and contains the first ever badge worn on a Portsmouth football shirt.

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Pendle Football Kit Survey

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 | by Steve | No Comments

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We have attempted to make the survey as short and concise as possible to avoid inconveniencing you. Any feedback that you provide will be greatly appreciated and all feedback can be completed anonymously.

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The Football Management Merry-Go-Round!

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 | by Steve | No Comments

The new Premier League season is only in its second week but before it had even started, we had the first managerial casualty of the season. Tony Pulis left Crystal Palace by mutual consent 48 hours before the new season started. Since taking over in November with the club bottom of the table, Pulis turned the clubs fortunes around and managed an impressive 11th place finish. However, after disagreements over the summer with chairman Steve Parish over potential new players, and wanting more control over who the club signed, the two parties agreed to terminate his contract leaving the club with no manager going into the new campaign.

With the talk at the start of every season about who will be the first manager to go, it got us thinking here at Pendle, about the amount of managers that clubs go through these days and what does it take to succeed as a Premier League manager in the current era?

During the course of last season no fewer than ten managers lost their job during the season with another two leaving at the end of the season. They say that being a manager these days is all about getting results, and it’s true it is a results business, but is sacking a manager every season because it hasn’t quite gone your way the right thing to do?

For some clubs it works, like discussed before Crystal Palace made the right move in sacking Ian Holloway and Employing Tony Pulis, but it doesn’t always work like that, both Fulham and Cardiff suffered from sacking their managers last season. Fulham went through three managers last season sacking Martin Jol with the club in 18th place in December, he was replaced by Rene Meulensteen, which proved to be a bad move as the club were rooted to the bottom of the table when he was replaced in February, Felix Magath came in for the end of the season and with only 3 wins from 16 games it’s no surprise that the club went down, but would they have stayed up if they had have kept Jol in charge to the end of the season?

Norwich suffered a similar fate last season, sacking their manager during the season and getting relegated, but unlike Fulham and Cardiff, Norwich sacked their manager in April with only a month of the season to go, was that the right move to make? Should they have stuck with the manager at least until the end of the season, or should they have sacked him earlier on to give a new manager more of a chance to keep the club in the top flight?

At the other end of the table, manager stability is vital to mounting a challenge for the top four or the championship. Most of the clubs in last season’s top 7 seem to change their manager almost as much as they change kits, since the Premiership started in 1992 there has been 15 different managers at Man City, 8 at Liverpool, 9 at Everton, and 17 at Tottenham and Chelsea. But only a few of those managers have had success, 3 titles for Chelsea with two different manager and 2 titles for Man City again with 2 different managers shows that sacking a manager after one poor season doesn’t work.

But how do you judge success? In a division of twenty teams there are still only four places for the Champions League, so is fifth place and below a failure? Surely there must be teams for whom mid-table is success enough, or narrowly avoiding relegation is their prime objective, but then Stoke sacked Pulis after finishing 13th in 2012-13, and big Sam is under a lot of pressure at West Ham after what many would consider was a good season.

Does the problem lie with the clubs’ boards expecting too much from their team in a division that was so competitive last season that there was only 14 point separating 9 places, or is it the fans who have unreasonable expectations, or both? What do you think?

Let us know what you think? Is stability better than change? Let us know if you have any stories of managers being in charge at your club for long periods of time.

Pendle Premier League Preview 2014/15 – Part 5

Posted on: August 18th, 2014 | by Steve | No Comments

Welcome to part 5 of the Pendle Sportswear Premier League preview blog. In this post we will be looking at the prospects for Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United. Let us know what you think by commenting on twitter and facebook.

 swnasea Swansea City

Players In – Marvin Emnes (undisclosed), Lukasz Fabianski (free), Bafetimbi Gomis (free), Stephen Kingsley (undisclosed), Jefferson Montero (undisclosed), Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8 mill).

Players Out – Ben Davies (£10 mill), Leroy Lita (released), David Ngog (released), Michel Vorm (£5 mill), Michu (loan), Daniel Alfei (loan), Gwiom Edwards (undisclosed), Alejandro Pozuelo (undisclosed), Chico Flores (undisclosed), Pablo Hernandez (undisclosed).

Swansea had a very mixed season last year, the expectations were high going in after an impressive first season in the Premier League, finishing 9th whilst also winning the League Cup. With the signing of Wilfred Bony amongst others few can blame Swansea fans for getting excited about the future. But with the additional games in the Europa League and 5 losses in their opening 10 games it didn’t start as they planned, and after a poor run of results in the middle part of the season, only gaining 6 points from 10 games Michael Laudrup was sacked and replaced by former Swansea player Garry Monk. The club finished 12th and also progressed through the group stages of the Europa League, losing in the round of 32 to Napoli.

This year could be a different affair, without the distraction of Europe they should do better, although the sales of goalkeeper Michel Vorm and Ben Davies to Tottenham and allowing Michu to leave on loan might hinder their chances, but they have bought well, bringing Gylfi Sigurdsson back to the club will delight the fans as he was a star player for them when he was there on loan a few seasons ago, Jefferson Montero is a tricky winger who might prove to be a great bit of business, and snapping up Bafetimbi Gomis on a free transfer could prove to be as astute as the signing as Michu a couple of seasons ago. Lukasz Fabianski has been brought in to replace Michel Vorm but only time will tell whether the club should’ve done more to keep hold of the Dutch keeper.

Swansea fans this season can expect a solid mid-table finish, the signings they have made should prove successful and if they can hold onto Wilfred Bony, he and Gomis could form a formidably strike force for Swansea this term leaving them fighting for the Europa League places. Another centre back to play alongside Ashley Williams is probably needed if they are to achieve this.

Pendle Prediction – 9th Place.

spurs   Tottenham Hotspur

Players In – Ben Davies (£10 mill), Michel Vorm (£5 mill), Erik Dier (£4 mill).

Players Out – Heurelho Gomes (released), Jake Livermore (£8 mill), Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8 mill), Alex Pritchard (loan), Grant Hall (loan), Iago Falque (undisclosed).

Tottenham endured a torrid season last season, selling their top player Gareth Bale and signing seven new players with the proceeds didn’t work in the London clubs favour.

Roberto Soldado only scored 6 goals, whilst record signing Erik Lamela was limited to 9 league appearances due to injuries and poor form. Paulinho didn’t prove to be as succesful as Spurs fans had hoped and the signings of Nacer Chadli, Vlad Chiriches and Etienne Capoue for a combined £24.5 million were more to bulk up the squad rather than improve the starting eleven. The only signing that proved a real success was Christian Eriksen, although he started slowly and didn’t get a regular place early on in the season once he had earned his spot he really started to show his potential.

Finishing in 6th place was poor for the club who would’ve been hoping to challenge for Champions League again, but selling their best player always meant it was going to be tough, and for the players that were brought in to not perform didn’t help, Andre Villas Boas was sacked part way through the season and replaced by former player and under 21’s boss Tim Sherwood until the end of the season.

Mauricio Pochettino has been brought in this summer after an impressive season at Southampton, and Spurs fans will be hoping that he can bring the best out of the players that are at the club just like he did at Southampton. So far this summer Pochettino has tried to solve one problem that Tottenham had last season and that is by signing a much needed left back in the shape of Ben Davies from Swansea, the club have also signed Michel Vorm from Swansea as well, as a backup keeper to Hugo Lloris. Tottenham may be far from done in the transfer window, Morgan Schneiderlin has been linked with the club and has handed in a transfer request to push through a move, and also Jay Rodriguez has also been linked with following Pochettino to Spurs.

Spurs will need to sign another striker if they are going to have any chance of gaining a top 4 place, Soldado, Adebayor and Kane are unlikely to provide enough fire power, and Spurs may also look for another winger, assuming that Pochettino plays a similar system to the one he played at Southampton. Erik Lamela will need to step up this season and show people why Tottenham paid £30 million for him, and If Eriksen can continue the form he ended last season on, I think Spurs could be outside contenders for 4th.

Pendle Prediction – 6th Place.

 wba  West Bromwich Albion

Players In – Chris Baird (free), Craig Gardner (free), Brown Ideye (undisclosed), Joleon Lescott (free), Sebastien Pocognoli (undisclosed), Andre Wisdom (loan), Jason Davidson (undisclosed), Cristian Gamboa (undisclosed).

Players Out – Scott Allan (released), Zoltan Gera (released), Billy Jones (free), Diego Lugano (released), Steven Reid (released), Liam Ridgewell (released), George Thorne (undisclosed).

West Bromwich Albion suffered a dreadful season last season, with the club finishing in 17th place,  narrowly avoiding relegation. Sacking manager Steve Clarke and replacing him with Pepe Mel didn’t have the impact the club had hoped for and they still struggled to get results in the league. Selling Shane Long half way through the season didn’t help matters either. Their top scorers were Saido Berahino and Stephane Sessegnon with only 5 goals each, which shows you that the club were really lacking a goal scorer.

This season it seems unlikely that West Brom’s fortunes will change, as they are still lacking a recognised goal scorer, despite signing Brown Ideye from Dynamo Kyiv, and I think the squad lacks depth. Some of the signings they have made should prove to be good signings for them, Chris Baird, Craig Gardner and Joleon Lescott are all good additions to the squad with plenty of Premier League experience, but they are surely going to need to sign a top striker to keep them in the division.

The club do have some decent players with the likes of Sessegnon, Berahino and Craig Dawson, but the squad still looks a bit thread bare so they will need to add more quality and experience if they want to survive this season.

With the clubs likely to be around them all improving their squads they will need to do something or they might be playing Championship football next season.

Pendle Prediction – 18th Place.

 

   west hamWest Ham United

Players In – Aaron Cresswell (undisclosed), Cheikhou Kouyate (undisclosed), Diego Poyet (undisclosed), Enner Valencia (undisclosed), Mauro Zarate (undisclosed), Carl Jenkinson (loan), Diafra Sakho (undisclosed).

Players Out – Joe Cole (released), Jack Collison (released), Alou Diarra (released), Stephen Henderson (free), George McCartney (released), Matt Taylor (free).

West Ham were one of a number of clubs that were involved in a relegation battle last season even though they finished in 13th place they were only 7 points off the drop.

West Ham fans, I’m sure will say that they were never in trouble and after 27 games they were mid table and looking safe, but only 3 wins in the final 11 games meant they were drawn back into the battle. With Kevin Nolan being the clubs top scorer with only 7 goals, you can see why they struggled having Andy Carroll out injured for most of the season didn’t help them, and with their other attacking options only getting 9 goals between them they, like West Brom were lacking a goal scorer.

This summer West Ham have bought well, they have brought in two new forwards in Mauro Zarate, the former Birmingham strikers re-joins the Premiership hoping to do a little better than the 4 goals in 14 appearances he managed last time around, and Enner Valencia, the Ecuadorian forward was impressive in the World Cup, he managed 3 goals in 3 games but it wasn’t enough to help Ecuador progress. Cheikhou Kouyate has been brought in from Anderlecht his presence, strength and pace in the centre of midfield will definitely add to their team.

West Ham should be stronger than they were last season and a mid-table finish is on the cards for the club but they will need Valencia, Zarate and Sakho to hit the ground running to make sure they stay well away from a relegation battle especially as their main striker Andy Carroll is out injured and will miss at least the opening 3 months of the season.

Pendle Prediction – 11th Place.

So here is the complete Pendle Predicted League Table:

1. Manchester City    man city

2. Chelsea    chelsea

 

3. Arsenal    arsenal

 

4. Manchester United    man utd

 

 

5. Liverpool    liverpool

 

6. Tottenham Hotspur    spurs

 

7. Everton    everton

 

8. Newcastle United    newcastle

 

9. Swansea City    swnasea

 

10. Hull City   Hull

 

11. West Ham United    west ham

 

12. Stoke City    stoke

 

13. Crystal Palace    palace

 

14. Southampton    soton

 

15. Queens Park Rangers    qpr

 

16. Aston Villa    astonvilla

 

17. Sunderland    sunderland

 

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18. West Bromwich Albion    wba

 

19. Leicester City    Leicester

 

20. Burnley    burnley

 

Pendle Premier League Preview 2014/15 – Part 4

Posted on: August 13th, 2014 | by Steve | No Comments

Welcome to part 4 of the Pendle Sportswear Premier League preview blog. In this post we will be looking at the prospects for Queens Park Rangers, Southampton, Stoke City and Sunderland. Let us know what you think by commenting on twitter and facebook.

 qpr Queens Park Rangers

Players In – Rio Ferdinand (free), Steven Caulker (undisclosed), Jordan Mutch (undisclosed), Mauricio Isla (loan).

Players Out – Yossi Benayoun (free), Hogan Ephraim (free), Aaron Hughes (free), Andrew Johnson (released), Stephane Mbia (free), Luke Young (free), Esteban Granero (undisclosed), Samba Diakite (loan).

After being favourites to come straight back up, it wasn’t that easy for QPR, finishing in 4th place and having to win the Play-off to return. After overcoming Wigan Athletic in the Semi-Final, they beat Derby County in the Final with a 90th minute winner to return to the top flight. This season will be very different for QPR, they have made a few signings so far this window and I’m sure you can expect plenty more and the obvious sight of Harry Redknapp from his car window on deadline day.

Young England defender Steven Caulker has been brought in to strengthen their defence and should prove an excellent signing for the club, despite going down with Cardiff last season he was one of the standout players in that side, and some believe he did enough to earn a place on the plane to Brazil for the World Cup. Rio Ferdinand has also been brought in, his experience will be vital for both the progression of Caulkers career and also the R’s first season back in the Premiership. The return of Julio Cesar, Loic Remy and Adel Taarabt  from their loan deals will also help adding much needed depth to the squad.

QPR will likely be fighting against the drop for the majority of the season but in the end they should stay up due to the experience in the squad. Like Burnley they will be relying on their home form throughout the season and that could prove vital. If they can bring in a couple more quality players they might even manage to climb into mid table.

Pendle Prediction – 15th Place.

 soton Southampton

Players In – Dusan Tadic (undisclosed), Graziano Pelle (undisclosed), Ryan Bertrand (loan), Fraser Forster (undisclosed), Saphir Taider (loan).

Players Out – Guly do Prado (released), Jonathan Forte (released), Lee Barnard (free), Rickie Lambert (£4 mill), Luke Shaw (£27 mill), Adam Lallana (£25 mill), Dejan Lovren (£20 mill), Calum Chambers (£16 mill).

Southampton were one of the stand out teams in last season’s Premier League, finishing in 8th place, this was largely due to their players out performing their expectations. The front three of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez were their star players from last term, Lallana scored 9 and assisted 6 goals, Rodriguez scored 15 and assisted 3, and Lambert scored 13 assisted 10, which shows how strong their front line was.

Southampton have one of the best youth systems in the country, in recent years producing such talented players as Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the most expensive player in the world Gareth Bale, and last seasons side was no different. Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana and James Ward-Prowse becoming established Premiership players after coming through the youth ranks at Southampton.

Southampton’s great form last season has resulted in some of their top players leaving the club, Lallana, Lambert and Dejan Lovren have all joined Liverpool for a combined £49 million, while Luke Shaw has joined Man Utd for £27 million and Calum Chambers left the club to join Arsenal. Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez have also been rumoured to be leaving with Tottenham leading the chase for the pair.

This has left The Saints with a squad that may have to set their targets lower than last season . Graziano Pelle has been added as a replacement for Rickie Lambert, Dusan Tadic has been brought in to replace Lallana, and Southampton have brought in Ryan Bertrand on loan to replace Luke Shaw, but they are going to have to spend a lot of the money they have received to replace these players and get a team that can compete in the Premiership.

This could prove to be a long, hard season for Southampton, losing so many first team players will be hard, replacing these players is going to be key for them to stay in the Premiership and they will need to make sure they buy the right players to do the job. Ron Vlaar has been rumoured to be coming in as a replacement for Lovren which would be good but not a great signing. They have brought in Pelle, who comes with an impressive record from Feyenoord, 50 goals in 57 league games, they will need him to continue that goal scoring record if they are to finish in the top half this season. It will be interesting to see who they do sign in the window but with the start of the season fast approaching they need to do something fast.

Pendle Prediction – 14th Place.

 stoke Stoke City

Players In – Phil Bardsley (free), Mame Biram Diouf (free), Bojan Kikic (undisclosed), Steve Sidwell (free), Dionatan Teixeira (undisclosed)

Players Out – Matthew Etherington (released), Michael Kightly (undisclosed).

A 9th place finish in last season’s Premiership was definitely a surprise to most people, but with only 10 points between them and 13th place they could’ve finished anywhere in between. A similar season could well be on the cards for The Potters, and their final position could be affected by what the teams around them are doing in the transfer window.

Stoke have made a few free transfers in this window so far with Phil Bardsley, Steve Sidwell joining the squad with plenty of experience battling against the drop and the signing of Mame Biram Diouf will add to their front line, but the signing of Bojan Krkic from Barcelona has to be the surprise transfer of the season. The 23 year old Spaniard joins up with the squad with a reputation that, unfortunately for him, he has never really lived up to. Only time will tell if he can start fulfilling his early potential but for now Stoke can only hope that they have managed to bag themselves a potential star.

With the side Stoke have currently, another mid-table finish seems most likely but maybe a few places lower than last season. If Bojan can be the player he was touted to be then they could rise up the table and even challenge for the Europa League places but that may be a big ask.

Pendle Prediction – 12th Place.

 sunderlandSunderland

Players In – Jordi Gomez (free), Billy Jones (free), Patrick van Aanholt (undisclosed), Costel Pantilimon (free), Jack Rodwell (undisclosed).

Players Out – Phil Bardsley (free), Jack Colback (free), Carlos Cuellar (released), Andrea Dossena (released), Craig Gardner (free), Billy Knott (free), Louis Laing (free), Oscar Ustari (released), David Vaughan (released), Kieran Westwood (released), Ignacio Scocco (undisclosed).

Sunderland struggled in last season’s Premiership and if it wasn’t for the late rally of 4 wins and 1 draw in their last 6 games they would’ve gone down. Bringing in Gus Poyet as manager definitely changed the clubs fortunes as under Paulo di Canio they were certain for the drop.

All in all last season was one that many Sunderland fans will want to forget, but allowing players like Phil Bardsley, Jack Colback and Craig Gardner to all leave the club may prove to be a mistake and, with the exception of the hugely talented Jack Rodwell, the signings they have made aren’t the most exciting. Billy Jones has signed from West Brom to replace the exiting Bardsley, and it will be interesting to see if Jordi Gomez will be able to make a bigger impact than he did when he was with Wigan, Patrick van Aanholt, the former Chelsea player has been a regular for Vitesse on loan over the past two seasons, like Gomez he also has previous Premier League experience. The signing of Costel Pantilimon should be a good signing for the club, he will certainly be the first choice keeper for the club next year, but the question remains whether they can score enough goals to keep their place in the Premier League?

The Sunderland squad seems solid if unremarkable and their overall fortunes will rely greatly around the unrivalled team spirit that guided them to safety so dramatically at the end of last season.

If they can replicate that never say die attitude and maybe add another goal scoring threat to their squad The Black Cats could push further up the table, if not it could be another tense relegation battle for the Sunderland fans.

Pendle Prediction – 17th Place.