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Month: December 2018

Most Memorable Game of 2018: The Night I Saw Messi

Most Memorable Game of 2018: The Night I Saw Messi

‘Don’t be so hard on yourself no,’ words booming around Wembley prior to kick off, would also be those echoing around the Tottenham dressing room at the final whistle. It was the first time I had seen Messi in the flesh and he was at his mercurial best. Seeing him walk on to the pitch, the first thing that struck me was his size. I found it deeply ironic, that he came up to most players’ chest, yet he would…

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Guess Who?

Guess Who?

Former Aston Villa academy player, Oli Manoochehri talks about a teammate but can you guess who it is? He broke into Villa’s first team in 2008 and has since gone on to play for several clubs, including Blackpool and Sheffield Wednesday. Answer in the comment section.  Please follow & like us 🙂

Blues Shoot Down Stoke

Blues Shoot Down Stoke

In front of the biggest crowd of the season, Birmingham unleashed two Christmas crackers to down Stoke and their former manager, Gary Rowett. Maghoma’s effort was straight out of the top draw, but he was upstaged by Omar Bogle, whose bolt out of the blue, made it 2-0 and ensured all three points. Blues raced out of the blocks. Stoke were less spritely and Jota almost gave them a nasty fright inside the first thirty seconds. Martins Indi was caught…

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Barrow Battle to Beat Moors

Barrow Battle to Beat Moors

It’s the season to be jolly, well not if you ask Barrow manager Ian Evatt. The former Blackpool defender was on the warpath during his side’s 1-0 victory away at Solihull Moors. Evatt played the role of pantomime villain perfectly. His barking at the fourth official drew moans and groans from the home support. Although their complaints might well have been directed at those on the pitch, such was the lack of quality on display. The game was scrappy, neither…

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The Language of Football

The Language of Football

Deaf England footballer, Oli Manoochehri reveals how players deal with communicating on the pitch. Considering communication is such an important factor of the modern game, the answer is surprising. The first thought would be sign language but as Oli reveals, not everyone uses it. In Oli’s case, when he joined up with the squad, he didn’t even know sign language. He has since learned, but it is still not used on the pitch. ‘There is no need, we have done…

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Oli and the Deaflympics

Oli and the Deaflympics

Footballer Oli Manoochehri wasn’t to be denied a second time. Having missed out on the European Championships, he wasn’t going to let the Deaflympics pass him by. After recovering from a broken leg, he was determined to be part of the GB team that went to Turkey. Sure enough, Oli made it and his experience was unforgettable. He can’t help but smile as he remembers his time out there. ‘It was incredible, for two weeks, I felt like a professional…

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Spurs Silence the Gunners

Spurs Silence the Gunners

Spurs showed a cutting edge and avenged their NLD defeat a couple of weeks ago. Goals from Son and Alli ensured their passage into the last four. 2-0 winners on the night. As expected, the atmosphere was bouncing prior to kick off. Queuing outside the turnstiles, Arsenal fans were buoyant. Mocking their neighbour’s lack of stadium and trophies, they were in fine voice. They would have been singing even louder, had Arsenal been more clinical. The home side with a…

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Moors Show the Magic is Still Alive!

Moors Show the Magic is Still Alive!

The magic of the FA Cup is very much alive! Just ask the 400 Solihull Moors Fans who travelled up to Blackpool last night. Solihull may have lost 3-2 but their battling performance was something to be admired. The National League side took Blackpool all the way, and so nearly pulled off the unthinkable. At the end of the game, Moors players hauled themselves over to the travelling support. Dead on their feet, it was clear they had nothing left…

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Oli Manoochehri: Turning to Deaf Football

Oli Manoochehri: Turning to Deaf Football

Oli Manoochehri is an international footballer for England and Great Britain. Not many can say that. Oli is deaf, but he has never used it as an excuse. Whereas some would see it as a hindrance, Oli has never let it affected him. Even when he was released from Aston Villa, at sixteen-years-old, Oli didn’t use his deafness as a reason. Unbeknown to him at the time, that disappointment would lead him to achieving things in football, of which he could…

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Ref, we won’t blame you, call it off and go home!

Ref, we won’t blame you, call it off and go home!

Henley Forest versus Feckenham was Saturday afternoon football in all its glory. It had everything, hungover players, dodgy decisions and spectators in sedans. On a mud bath pitch, Henley ran out 3-1 winners. The conditions were horrendous. The rain was relentless. The cold was excruciating. No wonder, the players left it, until the absolute last minute, before exiting the changing room. Henley’s Matt McCarthy was grateful for the delay. The goalkeeper, visibly shaking. It may have been the weather but…

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