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Month: January 2019

The Kids Are Alright!

The Kids Are Alright!

Moors Academy were a class above their opponents as they ran out 5-0 winners at home to Coventry Alvis on Saturday afternoon. The Moors youngsters ran rings around a much more experienced outfit and in truth, it could have been double figures, had the home side been more clinical. On five minutes, Moors skipper Ethan Sephton spurred the game into life. The left-back beat his man, before cutting the ball back to Dylon Bennett who finished with aplomb. 1-0 Moors….

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Robbo: Tackling Depression in Football

Robbo: Tackling Depression in Football

It is easy to forget that modern day footballers are humans too. But too often this becomes overlooked, all too often we associate a player off form as one who doesn’t care, as a twenty-something who has no sense of the real world, no drive or determination. If a player’s performance starts to dip, we immediately question his loyalty, whether or not he is angling for a move away or he simply sees himself as more than the club. It…

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Geoff Thomas Remembers Graham Taylor

Geoff Thomas Remembers Graham Taylor

Ex England and Crystal Palace midfielder, Geoff Thomas, has every reason to speak harshly of Graham Taylor, but he doesn’t. Geoff’s infamous miss against France left Graham Taylor a decision to make. One on one with the goalkeeper, Thomas decided to chip it but he got his angles wrong and it went horribly wide. It would prove to be Geoff’s last game in an England shirt. ‘Graham may have thought that I would crack in the next game. Would I…

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Robbo: A Tribute to Graham Taylor

Robbo: A Tribute to Graham Taylor

Sent back to the reserves with no explanation, Paul Robinson would often be found scratching his head, trying to figure out what he had done so wrong? The answer would often be nothing, or if there was a reason, Paul would never find out. It was just the way Graham Taylor worked. Having trained with the first team, all of a sudden, Robbo would find himself going on loan to a non-league side. ‘He (Taylor) wanted you to learn, he…

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Robbo: Cleaning Boots is a Thing of the Past

Robbo: Cleaning Boots is a Thing of the Past

‘Robbo! Robbo!’ The dreaded shout. It meant a 17-year-old Paul Robinson hadn’t done his job properly. Robbo had clearly missed a spot on Andy Hessenthaler boots. A young Paul knew all too well, the consequences. ‘Forfeits, it might be two minutes in the ice bath, or strapped to the goal posts covered in boot polish, we were made to pay.’ These were the good old days. The days when players had respect for their elders. When academy players knew their…

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Robbo: Stepping into the Dugout

Robbo: Stepping into the Dugout

Paul Robinson was never going to hang up his boots and simply retire. He was always going to be involved in the game. Paul reveals that he always had an eye on management. As he reached the twilight of his career, Paul had completed his coaching badges and was already making the transition from player to coach. Even as a player, Paul was forever soaking up the manager’s ideas. ‘You’re thinking when one day you want to become a manager,…

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Stratford’s Cup Run Continues

Stratford’s Cup Run Continues

Six goals were shared at the Arden Garages Stadium last night. Stratford and Kettering played out an entertaining 3-3 draw. The teams couldn’t be split in ninety minutes, so the league cup quarter final was decided on penalties. Stratford kept their nerve from the spot, winning 4-1 and marching on to the last four. The fans had barely taken their seats by the time Kettering raced into the lead. Stratford were unable to deal with a ball over the top…

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Moors Ease Past Eastleigh

Moors Ease Past Eastleigh

A professional performance saw Solihull Moors see off Eastleigh, 4-1, yesterday. In a very one-sided affair, Moors looked a step above the Hampshire side. It hadn’t been the most fruitful festive period for the home side, so a win was vital here and after Daniel Wright put the home side ahead, the result never looked in doubt. On twenty-five minutes, the non-league journeyman showed the type of class and poise that has seen him score over 100 goals in his…

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