You’ve worked your way to a hard-fought 2-2 draw away at the league leaders and all but won a point which will help you in your relegation battle, when your centre-half does this as the clock ticks over to 90 minutes. Cercle Brugge’s Jesper Daland is the man who came up with de blunder in de laatste minuut according to this Dutch journalist. Whatever the language, some things are just universal…
On Boxing Day 1920 53,000 supporters packed into Goodison Park to watch Preston’s Dick, Kerr Ladies FC take on St Helens Ladies. Yet within a year the FA had banned women’s football, arguing it was “unsuitable for females”, a ludicrous decision which wasn’t overturned until 1971.
There was a fairly forgettable mid-table clash between Torino and Bologna in Serié A this week that was brought to life, and ultimately decided, by this comical array of defending from Bologna. Top, top teamwork.
New rules regarding the attending of mass events – which includes football matches – come into effect today, and fans aged 18 and over need to be aware of the new requirements under the Government’s ‘Plan B’ for dealing with COVID-19 over winter.
This year we’ve been promoting #TerraceTalk – a fan-led mental health initiative – to encourage open and honest conversations about mental health and encourage supporters who need them to seek out mental health support services.
On Wednesday 8th December the Government announced its intention to move to “Plan B” in response to the Omicron variant. This means fans will need a “vaccine passport” or negative test in order to access large sporting events.
The chair of the Fan-led Review has targeted the next Queen’s Speech for the implementation of her report’s recommendations – and says she would be disappointed if it wasn’t delivered in that time frame.
Athletic Bilbao got away with one this week against La Liga minnows Granada, rescuing a point thanks to this very unfortunate series of events which somehow saw Luís Maximiano push the ball over his own line (1m 12s)
There you are, going about your day, encouraging football clubs to think a little more about their long-term financial health and ways to increase supporter engagement when – BAM! – a club CEO compares your ideas to the Great Leap Forward (Chairman Mao’s disastrous policy which led to the deaths of at least 15m Chinese citizens).
We’re all still getting used to the err, charms, of UEFA’s third tier European club competition – the Europa Conference League – but Tammy Abraham seems to adjusting well. The Londoner got a brace against Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk, which could have been a hattrick if not for missing this sitter.
Sports minister Nigel Huddleston today (25th November 2021) responded in the House of Commons to yesterday’s Fan-led Review of Football Governance report and said the Government would work “at pace deliver the independent regulator and any powers that might be needed.”