Category Archives: Thematic Articles

Articles on themes within football.

Casual football-betting for dummies (or: how to lose £1 in 90 minutes), part 3


Part 3 – Matchday. Following on from my extravagantly fabricated scene-setting in the previous post, this is how my afternoon might have panned out as I paid heed to the five games on which £45.36 was riding on September 24th: … Continue reading

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Casual football-betting for dummies (or: how to lose £1 in 90 minutes), part 2


Part 2 – Divine inspiration (or a lack thereof). Saturday morning.  Bleary-eyed, you knock off the ear-piercing alarm which you forgot to turn off at the end of the working week, at an hour that seems frankly unfathomable.  A vice-grip … Continue reading

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Casual football-betting for dummies (or: how to lose £1 in 90 minutes), part 1


Part 1 – The mindset of the gambler. “Pure calculation means fairly little and has none of the importance many gamblers attach to it,” wrote Fyodor Dostoyevsky in his biographically-inspired 1867 novel, The Gambler.  “They sit over bits of paper ruled … Continue reading

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Football – it’s just not cricket (obviously)


It is bizarre how often football can become analogous to life more generally.  Countless times (to the dismay of my uninterested friends) I find myself able to wheedle in football anecdotes into unrelated conversations.  The purpose, rather than being to … Continue reading

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The war of allegiances


Sunderland’s 20-year-old loanee striker Danny Welbeck became the latest player to win a senior England cap when he replaced Ashley Young for the final 10 minutes against Ghana two weeks ago.  While he will have been proud to have made … Continue reading

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