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Gentleman

A Gentleman by name and nature and an Arsenal season ticket holder (soft spot for the Owls & East Midlands football) for 14 years prior to the move to the Emirates. Have never seen the Gunners win in Sheffield!. A published award winning author and keen blogger with solid contacts within the game, particularly at Football League and non-league level. If you tweet I am apparently @NJGHobbs

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Sunderland Survival: Chelsea kick-start, Norwich City next, but can Mackems wack ‘Em?

Sunderland Survival: Chelsea kick-start, Norwich City next, but can Mackems wack ‘Em?

The 2-1 Chelsea giant-killing in the League Cup, showed the hidden spirit that epitomises Sunderland, a side once inspired by that cavernous Fulwell End, home of the Ha’way the lads Roker Park roar. The spirit wills a way, something even an Arsenal fan in plain clothes understood, while standing there on that end, albeit with restricted […]

Newcastle, Swansea and Leeds in for a winger then?

Newcastle, Swansea and Leeds in for a winger then?

While Newcastle United, Swansea City and Ajax tee up deals for Blackpool FCs Ince, Leeds United play an equally clever game with St Etienne for  Gradel. Interesting turns of events at both Championship clubs, today, look set to send the valuations of both wingers so North they will have snow on them before the winter window […]

Sky Bet League 1 Goal Machines – Coventry, Bradford & That Chelsea lad

Sky Bet League 1 Goal Machines – Coventry, Bradford & That Chelsea lad

The Coventry City, Bradford City, Leyton Orient, MK Dons and Tranmere Rovers hot-shots are vying for the League 1 golden boot with just two goals between them.   The surprise leader of the pack is Nahki Wells, a 23 year old whippet, with 14 goals from 16 appearances, averaging a goal every 91 minutes notching 6 […]

Championship Goal Machines – Leeds, Burnley, Blackburn & Derby look favourites.

Championship Goal Machines – Leeds, Burnley, Blackburn & Derby look favourites.

Burnley FC, Leeds United, Queens Park Rangers, Derby County, Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers, Huddersfield Town and Watford FC hot-shots all feature in the race for the Sky Bet Championship golden boot.  The top ten predators in the Championship have turned or won games with goals, their stock in trade, that constitute the very live blood of […]

Liverpool Humiliation Left Spurs AVB A Dead Man Walking?

Liverpool Humiliation Left Spurs AVB A Dead Man Walking?

Liverpool inflicted pain and shame at White Hart Lane as André Villas-Boas endured a five nil humiliation in front of the Tottenham Hotspur far from full of faith yesterday. Henderson and Suárez led Capoue and Dawson a merry dance with a goal and a brace respectively as Flanagan and Sterling also pitched in, to expose the equally […]

Leeds & Sheffield Wednesday do Yorkshire Proud

Leeds & Sheffield Wednesday do Yorkshire Proud

Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday enjoy wins, Huddersfield Town and Doncaster Rovers lose, while Barnsley could only draw with fellow strugglers Yeovil. Welcome to the Rants wrap for Yorkshire on a mixed day for the local rivals that sees Leeds look like promotion contenders, Huddersfield dominant but frustrated and the Owls looking like they  have […]

League 1 Away Support: Is Coventry City,Wolves,Sheffield Utd or Bradford City Best?

League 1 Away Support: Is Coventry City,Wolves,Sheffield Utd or Bradford City Best?

Coventry City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sheffield United and Bradford City could never be accused of being your run of the mill lower League teams, yet League 1 is where they reside off the pitch. The incredible away support of the four  however shows a loyalty that beggars belief for those keeping the faith at clubs batting […]

Arsenal: Pretenders or Contenders as Manchester City & Chelsea Loom Large?

Arsenal: Pretenders or Contenders as Manchester City & Chelsea Loom Large?

The Manchester City and Chelsea matches may not cost Arsenal the Premier League crown before a ball is even kicked in 2014 earnest, but, after Everton and Napoli it will show whether the passing princes can play their flowing football against the best. After defeat against Manchester United, the Gunners were easily contained against Everton […]

Profile: Leeds November PoM Ross McCormack

Profile: Leeds November PoM Ross McCormack

The Watford FC 3-3 thriller showed that Leeds United’s Cardiff City steal Ross McCormack has a range of crosses that would frighten vampires. So Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov, a fellow Scot with an Eastern European ring to his name had best watch out as Rovers host the Whites and the travelling hordes this weekend. […]

London Away Crowds, Is QPR, Watford, Millwall Or Charlton The Top Travellers?

London Away Crowds, Is QPR, Watford, Millwall Or Charlton The Top Travellers?

The away support of championship clubs Charlton Athletic, Millwall FC, Queens Park Rangers and Watford FC is simply staggering given the competition from  six Premier League teams and a total of 14 League clubs in London. But then loyalty, or as the bean-counters like to call it ‘brand loyalty’ is stronger in football than anywhere […]

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