Last season's top two meet at Etihad tonight
25 August ~ It seems likely that fans of Manchester City and Liverpool will approach tonight's Premier League clash in stark contrast to the way they left their previous league encounter in April. A 3-2 win at Anfield left Liverpool on a high: with only four games left the elusive title was in their grasp and a sensational run of form had left their fans exuberant and full of expectation. City, meanwhile, skulked away with the resignation that it wasn't going to be their year. Neither set of fans envisaged the impending dramas to come.
24 August ~ The broadcaster James Alexander Gordon died this week. He had read the football results on BBC radio for 40 years before retiring last year. In WSC 60 (February 1992) Harry Pearson met him – and even discovered what he wore when doing his job
For over 18 years now, James Alexander Gordon has read the classified football results on Sports Report. His voice, with its immaculate enunciation and sternly stressed syllables, is as much a part of British Saturday tea-time as the jaunty rumpity-tum-tee-tum music which precedes it, Battenberg cake and meat paste sandwiches.
Commemorating Coventry's munitions factory workers
23 August ~ A match recreating a game played during the First World War between women from Coventry's munitions factories will take place this at 2pm on Bank Holiday Monday. Coventry City Ladies FC play the match at the Butts Park Arena and will be wearing First World War era kit with the names of the original players printed on their backs. The match is part of a project called "No Game for Girls", which seeks to tell the untold story of women's football during the War. More information on the background to the match can be found here.
Includes levels one to four of pyramid
23 August ~ A new app has been launched that shows the nearest non-League matches to the user for any day of the 2014-15 season. The app, currently available for iPhone or iPads only and includes lists for steps one to four of the non-League pyramid, encompassing 12 leagues. It means you can easily find non-League matches going on around you on any given day of the season and also has information on each club. It is available from iTunes and costs 69p.
Real Madrid and Barcelona to reassert dominance over Atlético
22 August ~ Diego Simeone, coach of reigning La Liga champions Atlético Madrid, was in typically sharp form as he spoke this week about Spanish Supercopa opponents Real Madrid. "With €95 million [£76m] we have signed nine players," Simeone said. "Real Madrid have signed two players for €95 million. That is the difference." He had a point, even if his sums were actually wrong. Real's two new galacticos James Rodríguez and Toni Kroos cost a combined €105m, while a further €10m was spent on goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
Face tough test against KSC Lokeren
21 August ~ Hull City's Europe League tie at KSC Lokeren has been deemed too unexciting for ITV's thrill-packed Thursday night schedule. But for those of us who spent a chunk of their 1970s and 1980s childhoods surreptitiously listening to other British clubs' adventures in Europe on a crackly transistor radio secreted under the bedcovers, a trip to a rickety old stadium in Belgium is an almost unimaginable delight. Hull spent most of those decades bumbling round the lower divisions between bankruptcies. Consequently, their ticket allocation for the first leg in Flanders sold out rapidly.
Competition modelled on English FA Cup
20 August ~ The FA Cup may have lost a good deal of its credibility in England in the past couple of decades, but it's still thought of fondly in Australia, where for many years the final was the only English domestic game screened live on TV. But when Football Federation Australia (FFA) finally achieved its long-awaited goal of a national knockout competition, that residual affection was much less relevant than the pressing need to breach the gaping and often fractious divide between the A-League and the semi-professional state leagues below.
Two administrations still haunt the Eagles
19 August ~ "Who needs a manager?" sung the Crystal Palace fans at the Emirates on Saturday after new signing Brede Hangeland put is in the lead at Arsenal. However mischievously sung, and however tempting a managerless scenario for us might be, Tony Pulis had barely left before the unseemly scramble to replace him had begun. It was reported that over 30 applications had been received within 12 hours. Co-chairman Steve Parish apparently claimed that the board had a successor in mind with significant experience in the Premier League as both a player and manager. All while the aftershocks of Pulis's departure were still being felt.
New structure and kick-off times for Lega Pro
18 August ~ The Italian professional leagues are due to kick off on August 29 and yet apart from Serie A we still do not know their final composition, even though the fixture lists have been published. This is because when cash-strapped Siena were excluded from Serie B it was decided not to replace them, but to continue with 21 clubs as part of a plan to reduce this league to 20 clubs as soon as possible. However, orders have gone out that Serie B must revert to 22 clubs, and so now the question is who will take Siena's place.