Those who followed Evan Ferguson from the beginning always knew he was going to break big time.

No matter how many goals Evan Ferguson scores, he will never forget what should have been his first at senior level. The goal that never happened came in a Dublin Derby for Bohemians at St Patrick’s Athletic in 2020. With the match taking place in lockdown, the stadium was virtually empty when Ferguson – the … Read more

Brighton 5-0 Grimsby: Seagulls reach FA Cup semi-finals with comfortable victory

Brighton is now back in the hands of the locals, but for a few hours on Sunday, something fishy happened as this seaside town fell to an invasion by Harry Haddocks. Grimsby supporters went everywhere with their inflatable friends, the League Two club shop having sold 3,000 for this trip. They went down the Lanes, … Read more

Antonio Conte was right in his speech against the Tottenham players, but he must also take responsibility

Before he starts clearing his desk, Antonio Conte is eager to let off some steam. First about the Tottenham fans, impatient and dissatisfied with the size of the task against AC Milan, and about the club’s culture, steeped in failure with its losing mentality. Now the players, selfish and fireless, unable to play when the … Read more

Sheffield United 3-2 Blackburn: Tommy Doyle sends Blades to FA Cup semi-finals

Occasionally, things line up beautifully. A youngster whose grandparents lifted the FA Cup with Manchester City in 1969 scored a last-minute winner; progression to the semi-final gave Sheffield United a real boost. They needed it. Not just for the romance of Wembley and not just to continue the momentum they hope will see them back … Read more

Man United: Erik ten Hag’s midfield dilemma as his side look to beat Real Betis in the Europa League

Erik ten Hag has been juggling team selections all season and things are getting even more complicated for the Manchester United manager because of Casemiro’s disciplinary record, with his role in Thursday night’s Europa League tie. fair against Real Betis a matter for debate. Casemiro’s second red card in 39 days against Southampton means the … Read more

Erik ten Hag praises Alejandro Garnacho for taking ‘another step’ in his Manchester United development

Erik ten Hag praised Alejandro Garnacho for taking another step in his development after the 18-year-old inspired Manchester United to a late victory over West Ham in the FA Cup. Three days after winning the Carabao Cup Final against Newcastle at Wembley, the Red Devils refocused on a Round 5 clash that looked to be … Read more

Local hero Harry Clifton is well aware of the impact Grimsby can have on people’s lives.

Harry Clifton was following Grimsby Town before he knew it. ‘My mum was pregnant with me, but it still didn’t stop her from going to Wembley!’ laughs the Mariners midfielder about his mother, Julie, watching the Football League Trophy Final in April 1998. ‘Apparently I was shooting nonstop during the game.’ Clifton was born in … Read more

Football League focus: Seven EFL clubs are in FA Cup action, and some are ready to shock the big boys

The FA Cup returns this week for its much-maligned round of midweek fixtures – but at least we can be excited about a lower league presence. Seven Football League clubs make up the 16-team fifth round, and while just one draw is a full EFL clash, don’t bet against some shocks. So, from Harry Haddock’s … Read more

Bristol City v Manchester City – FA Cup: Start time, team news and how to watch

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will travel to Championship side Bristol City in the FA Cup fifth round – with the hosts looking to cause a dramatic upset. Guardiola’s side qualified for Matchday 5 of the competition after defeating Premier League leaders Arsenal at the Etihad – Nathan Ake scoring the only goal of the game. … Read more