Danny Peacock August 21, 2018

The recent performances of Manchester United managed by Jose Mourinho and captained by Paul Pogba are a long way off those golden days of when Sir Matt Busby and his skipper Bobby Charlton were pulling up stumps in the sixties and when Sir Alex Ferguson and the likes of Robson, Bruce, Cantona & Keane in […]

Danny Peacock August 16, 2018

Post Ronaldo Real Madrid lost their first competitive game on Wednesday night as they fell apart in extra time of the European Super Cup final to hand cross city rivals Atletico a 4-2 win in Tallinn. For Real Madrid, as if conceding 4 goals in Coach Julen Lopetegui’s first game was bad enough, they never […]

Danny Peacock August 15, 2018

Something didn’t quite sit right after the 2018 Champions League final in which Real Madrid, the world’s most successful elite football club, beat Liverpool to win their third successive continental title, their fourth in five years and their thirteenth in a remarkable 62 year history of playing European Cup football almost double the amount of […]

Danny Peacock August 7, 2018

Little under three months ago Manchester City beat Southampton in the final Premier League game of the 2017/18 season to become the first EPL team ever (or at least since statistics were first recorded by SKY and co in 1992 when football began) to record 100 points in a record breaking 10 months where they […]

Danny Peacock August 2, 2018

It seems like days since the World Cup finished with a French Renaissance in Russia and already we are talking about the start of the new football league season which in England begins as early as tomorrow night. Yes ‘already’ you say. We are only just over the efforts of Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham who […]

Danny Peacock July 20, 2018

5 years ago today I was on the coaching staff at Non-League Grantham Town enjoying pre-season where we’d just beaten Lincoln City 2-1 in a pre-season friendly. A league below us after finishing 16th in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League North Division were a little known club called Salford City who on the same day […]

Danny Peacock July 19, 2018

They say football has gone mad (again). £66.8m for a goalkeeper? But ask any Liverpool fan and the price of winning a Champions League final cannot be compared with pound notes after Jurgen Klopp’s reds suffered a humiliating defeat against Real Madrid in May caused largely by two goalkeeping errors that you wouldn’t even expect […]

Danny Peacock July 17, 2018

After finishing fifth in the Premier League in defence of their 2016/17 title last season’s FA Cup success was not enough to keep Antonio Conte in his Chelsea job as Roman Abramovich eventually and predictably sacked the outspoken Italian despite his record as the clubs best ever boss on a points by game ratio. Statistics […]

Danny Peacock July 16, 2018

England’s final match in the World Cup was probably a match too much as they were soundly beaten by Belgium in the bronze medal game in St Petersburg but fourth place for Gareth Southgate’s men is no mean feat as the three lions finished with their most impressive tournament run in 28 years repeating the […]

Danny Peacock July 16, 2018

After four years of planning, 32 days of football 64 matches and 169 goals it is the tricolour of France that celebrates glory on the biggest stage of all. The World Cup winners 2018 have matched the great side of 1998 in claiming the trophy for the second time in the nations history and for […]

Danny Peacock July 13, 2018

I’ve had time to let it all sink in now and reflect that unfortunately football is not coming home just yet, but that’s not to say England’s performances in Russia this summer have disappointed after a fabulous tournament where they have scored more goals than any other England team previously and brought together a nation […]

Danny Peacock July 11, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo completed his £99m move to Juventus yesterday saying goodbye to a Real Madrid career where he scored 450 goals in 438 games winning fifteen major trophies with los blancos as well as four of his five Ballon d’Or’s playing his football at the Santiago Bernabeu. For Ronaldo this is a positive move keeping […]

Danny Peacock July 10, 2018

The Premier League is the best in the world? A phrase often muttered by English football fans as they compare notes with their foreign rivals but despite Real Madrid’s European dominance in recent times, can we finally say that ‘we’ have the best domestic league on the planet especially with two World Cup semi-finals featuring […]

Danny Peacock July 9, 2018

Saturday saw England take on Sweden in the Quarter Finals of the World Cup with a place in the last four at stake as Gareth Southgate’s young lions continued to drive the seemingly impossible ambition of bringing football home. This was not a game that I was worried about, this was not one that I […]

Danny Peacock July 4, 2018

England’s young team made history in Moscow and a nation proud after winning a World Cup penalty shoot out for the first time following failed attempts in 1990, 1998 and 2006 to knockout Colombia and march on to a Quarter Final appearance against Sweden this Saturday. For Gareth Southgate the man instrumentally behind England’s positive […]

Danny Peacock July 2, 2018

The passing of the sword in recent years has seen a decline in standards of the Spanish national team proved further as they slipped towards a round of 16 exit at the hands of hosts Russia yesterday despite dominating possession before crashing out of the 2018 World Cup in a penalty shoot-out. For Spain, winners […]

Danny Peacock June 29, 2018

A reality check perhaps after the hysteria of “it’s coming home” following a 6-1 thumping of Panama but in reality, this game never really mattered,  as England were always in a win win position win lose or draw. Personally, I would have liked to have seen England go for it and prove themselves as a […]

Danny Peacock June 26, 2018

Not my words, but those of Morocco’s Nordin Amrabat angered by a late Spanish goal that cost his nation victory in a dramatic World Cup match in Group B last night. The decision by the Referee Ravshan Irmatov of Uzbekistan not to award the goal following his Assistant’s raised flag was reverted to VAR and […]

Danny Peacock June 25, 2018

They say there are no easy games in International football but we all know that is not true. San Marino, Andorra, American Samoa and now Panama are living proof that there’s plenty of nations that may compete on a level playing field but are perhaps in reality too weak to take on the likes of […]

Danny Peacock June 22, 2018

With the world’s best player at your disposal one would think that your team should have a chance of winning the World Cup. For Argentina they have not just one world class player, but a number of players that regularly perform to high levels for some of the top football clubs on the planet. So […]