Pat Jennings: Safe as Houses

Pat Jennings

With 119 appearances, Pat Jennings is the most capped Northern Irish player of all time. Although he had a very distinguished international career, it is Jennings time at the two London football giants, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal which is remembered by fans of the game. Even though he played for these fierce traditional rivals, fans of both teams still revere Jennings for his contribution to both outfits.

Jennings is widely regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers of his generation and played over 1097 games of top-level football, an incredible achievement.

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Real Football 2013 Review: Android & iPhone

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There hasn’t been a version since 2013 of Game Loft’s popular Real Football series, I’ve no idea why because their 2012 version was spot on and with 2013 turning freemium it was time for a new version to be introduced into 2014 or this year with a more balance in app purchase model or a completely paid for game.

So I thought I’d take a look back at 2013’s game as it’s just as playable now as it was 2 years ago when it was released although the more discerning football gamer may have a few problems with it such as myself.

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Goal United Review – A Slick, Browser-Based Football Management Game

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Depth in a Shallow World

Out of all the sports in the world, I would probably class football as one of the most fickle that one can become interested in. Players are hired and dropped at the drop of a hat and even the most loyal of football fans can be massively annoyed with their team one week and in love with them the next. I equate being a fan of a particular football team with being in a bad relationship where the football fan is most definitely the wife because no matter how badly his football club treats him (losing matches, not hiring the right players, raising season ticket prices from extortionate to unreasonable levels; why Leeds Football Club, why!? ), he constantly says he loves his club anyway, indicating a misplaced devotion and unwillingness to accept the fact that football is a shallow as a puddle on flat ground in the height of summer. It came as a great surprise to me then that upon satisfying my curiosity about browser-based football management game Goal United, I was met not with the shallow experience I was expecting but by some addictive management action with serious quantities of content that can keep you entertained almost indefinitely.
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Reasons to Hate Chelsea Football Club

(Note: the opinions expressed in this piece are entirely that of the author, who along with being a neutral fan of football, has successfully coached Under 11 boys and girls teams and played on a competitive basis in the local district men’s league. The relevance of this to this article should be irrelevant, but it is being expressed as a means of communicating to the reader that this is not some crazy rant, although to the untrained eye it may come across as one. Conversely, it is the measured views of a long-time football stakeholder, who has had enough of the shenanigans of this particular club and would like to express them on behalf of those supporters who feel the same. (Which, I imagine, are quite a few).

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The Draw of Fantasy Soccer

It’s hard to fathom the sheer intensity of sport that has been afforded to the general public this year…as one great event ends, another begins….and still in this ‘summer like no other’ we have the Ryder Cup to indulge – another event which captures the imagination like few others. As a colleague of mine put it this week, “I don’t like golf…but I like the Ryder Cup.”

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Soccer’s token representation at SPOTY highlights the lack of celebration for modern-day football

I write this on the eve of Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY), the event which promises to showcase the very best of sport within this vintage year of 2012. It is sure to be an event of great celebration, where the achievements of our Olympians, Paralympians, tennis players, cyclists, rowers and golfers amongst others are all to be highlighted, remembered and celebrated.

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Downhill Snowboard Review

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Snowboarding games haven’t truly been fashionable for many years, and it is questionable whether they really took off in the first place. While these sorts of games may have been popular with snowboarders themselves, they didn’t really penetrate the market and indeed the lives of many young individuals in the way that other board-sports games like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skateboarding did. Nevertheless, the snowboarding “profession” has long since penetrated the flash game market and there are quite a few titles that provide some flash-based, snow-draped fun. Combining the balancing concerns of a physics-based game with the skills and manoeuvres of classic snowboarding title, Downhill Snowboard is a challenging little number with many peaks to conquer and many 360 flips to be performed.

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Volley Challenge 2009/10 Review

volley challenge

Some people just aren’t cut out for the traditional football game, perhaps due to the long and arduous process of playing through 90 minutes of match play, or even because of the pressures of playing career simulators and following a player through his life as a professional footballer.

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