Tag Archives: Ollie Phelan

Premier League: Gameweek 25 Preview

9 Feb

Rarely do weekends of football contain such a wide array of vital fixtures, but this is one of those weekends, with significant matches affecting both ends of the Premier League table. In what could be a surprising weekend, I attempt to predict the results for each match. Continue reading


Mourinho Not the Special One for Manchester United

8 Feb

Ollie Phelan


For years, Manchester United fans have sat on their high-horses, looking down at those petty clubs who change managers as regularly as Katie Price changes husbands. Even Arsenal occasionally suffer doubts over the long-standing Arsene Wenger. Yet, with Sir Alex Ferguson entering his 70th year, how much longer can these fans stay perched up high? To steal one of Ferguson’s most famous quotes, they could be knocked off their perch in the near future. As a line in French film La Haine goes, it isn’t the fall that matters, but the landing. What matters is which manager is chosen to replace arguably the greatest in footballing history.

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Telling the Future: 2011/12 Premier League Season Predicted

13 Aug

Ollie Phelan

Finally, after surviving a long summer devoid of football, the Premier League is back for its 20th edition. Last season will be remembered for the bravery and heroics of small Blackpool and for Manchester United’s record breaking 19th league title. But what will make this league season memorable? Here, I put my neck on the line and predict how the 2011/12 Premier League season will play out. Continue reading

It’s Time for Arsenal to let Fabregas go

16 Jun

Another transfer window arrives, and with it comes another few months of feverish speculation among the press and fans alike. The majority of rumours will fizzle out to nothing; however one particular rumour keeps rearing its head every summer. The possibility of La Masía’s lost son, returning to the golden generation. For Arsenal fans, many will fear the loss of their captain and talisman; however I believe that this summer, the time is right for Arsenal to sell Cesc Fabregas. Continue reading

Return of the Full-Circle Blog

13 Jun

With the end of the public examination season looming, and excitement building for the start of the new football season in August, what better time to relaunch the Full-Circle Blog?

Last season, the Full-Circle Blog tentatively sampled the vast blogosphere and now is raring for more. This season, the blog will be based on topical posts, with other features including match analysis and the ‘Top Tens’ section.

All constructive criticism is welcomed and debate is encouraged. We are always on the look out for willing student writers, so check our ‘contact’ section if you want to contribute.

Arsenal: Unlucky, or Well Beaten?

12 Mar

Ollie Phelan

In the space of a couple of weeks, Arsenal have crashed out of two competitions and face the prospect of losing their double hopes if they lose to Manchester United tomorrow. Yet, it could have been so different for Arsenal. Many people, following the victory at the Emirates, believed Arsenal had what it took to defeat Barcelona and progress further. So now many are asking, had Robin Van Persie not been harshly sent off, could Arsenal have done the ‘impossible’?

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Wolves 2-1 United

8 Feb

Ollie Phelan

A spirited Wolves display and a Manchester United performance lacking in cohesion spelt the end of Man Utd’s long unbeaten run. We analyse where it went wrong for the league leaders. Continue reading