Browsing Archives of Author »Robert Preece«

TrawlerMeets: Arseblog

March 3, 2012

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Many of you will know Andrew Mangan primarily by the alias of his award winning football blog, Arseblog. This is by no means a bad reflection on Mangan: the ardent Arsenal blogger has created not just an acclaimed blog, but also a vivacious online community surrounding his Arseblog brand over the last 10 years. Mangan […]

Are We Making Football Hooliganism Worse?

February 29, 2012

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Are the measures taken in football to control crowds merely a catalyst for a contradictory and adverse affect? They were when The Trawler’s @PreeceOfficer visited Milan. ‘So be a good boy and don’t get up to mischief.’ These are the words of George’s mother one Saturday morning in Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine. Dahl’s narrative […]

Arshavin: All He Needs Is Love

December 30, 2011

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With The African Cup of Nations just around the corner, many domestic fringe players are presented with the opportunity to impress their manager and supporters whilst others are away. Andrei Arshavin will be hoping to do just that. If I were to say that Andrei Arshavin will be replacing Gervinho for the next couple of […]

Britain needs talent

July 28, 2011

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‘If England had the equivalent of the French youth academy Clairefontaine they would already have won another major championship.’  Sven-Goran Eriksson Clairefontaine academy is a haven for young French footballers. Located near Paris – the heart of France, players are taken at 13 years of age, made to be good, and then pumped out into the […]

A player that should have been: Adriano

June 20, 2011

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Pace, power, fast feet and a lethal left foot, Adriano Leite Ribeiro or ‘Adriano’ was once dubbed the next Ronaldo. He has played for a host of Italy’s top teams, scored crucial goals for both club and country and like many footballing greats, was not just a great goal scorer but also a scorer of […]