The week that Walsall beat England

Well, not quite! But I was slightly amused yesterday, when it dawned on me that in the space of seven days I was on the pitch at Wembley addressing more than 72,000 football fans for a Saddlers match on the Sunday; and then the following Saturday I was on the pitch at Walsall addressing less than […]

I’m really not convinced the Wemley Stadium station announcer needs to be this loud

This is what the announcer at Wembley Stadium Station sounds like… …From the 10th floor of the nearby Holiday Inn. I really do not think that he really needs to be anywhere near this loud! VID-20150322-00000.MP4

Panini FIFA World Cup Sticker Swaps

Are you collecting the Panini FIFA World Cup stickers? My son is, and has a number of swaps to pass on and is in need of just 16 to complete his album. The stickers he needs are: 00, 14, 34, 62 172, 174 339 401, 454, 462 527, 558, 571 614, 625, 635. The swaps that he has […]

The Step-Over King to hang up his boots

The word legend is often overused – particularly when it comes to footballers. Of course, fans will have their favourites, especially when it comes to former players; but while most former players are still held with affection, and have names that conjour up remarkable memories, not many deserve the title “legend”. But sometimes the word is […]

Black Country’s European football bank holiday festival (also applies to East Mids)

If you’re wondering what to do during the next Bank Holiday, I’ve got just the solution: England has been chosen as the venue for the Group 1 matches of this year’s European Championships and the matches take place at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium and Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium over the Bank Holiday (half term) week. There are […]

Manager of the Season Awards (alternative list)

We’re coming to the tail-end of the English football season and, for many, it’s all over bar the shouting. Promotion and relegation positions are being confirmed; as are play-off positions. So the question turns to who will win Manager of the Season award. Here’s my (slightly tongue-in-cheek) alternate list of who should win Manager of […]

Chelsea FC have no place targeting the Black Country

I don’t usually pay much attention to advertising – even though I’ve provided the voice-over in a radio advertising campaign on Beacon, BRMB (both now rebranded Free Radio), WABC and Signal (okay, I was the producer, but it still counts – I’m available for hire as a voice artist!). But I do glance occasionally at […]

Alan Buckley – a true Walsall legend

The 1983/84 football season will live long in the memory of Saddlers’ supporters. An appearance in the semi-final of the League Cup coincided with the re-opening of what was now to be known as Birmingham International Airport. British Airways too full creative advantage by launching an advertising campaign featuring a photo of the Walsall team […]

Danger lies ahead for the Walsall squad

I said, in a rare piece of commentary, at the start of the football season, that “the road to Wembley starts here.”  It was an optimistic look forward to a hoped-for season of long cup-runs and league success for Walsall FC. Just before last season started, the Saddlers staged a pre-season open training session on […]

Liverpool Cathedral hears of Hillsborough blunders

New inquests for the 96 Liverpool supporters killed in the Hillsborough disaster could be held after an independent panel, chaired by the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd James Jones, revealed that 41 of the victims might have survived with better medical care. The panel was highly critical of the police, who, at the 1989 […]

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