How much can England rely on Rio Ferdinand and John Terry?

One of the many questions that hang over the England team going into this summer’s European Championship is how well their two senior centre-backs will be able to hinder the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimović and Karim Benzema. John Terry and Rio Ferdinand are coming to the beginning of the end of their careers and are facing, … Continue reading

Everton just hate starting over

If there’s one certainty about the Premier League that’s more acknowledged than the fact that Everton finish seasons better than they start them, it’s that they start them worse than they finish them. These lines show the progression of David Moyes’ side’s points total in the last seven seasons (including 2011-12 so far). Points are … Continue reading

That’s how you’re gonna beat em, Craig. They keep underestimating you.

In my mind, Craig Bellamy’s career has been very cyclical. It seems that he is being repeatedly underappreciated when playing for larger clubs. After signing for Coventry in the summer of 2000, his career has panned out something like this: 1. Performs well at a “small” club (one that is neither in the Champions League nor … Continue reading

Not so bad once you’re up? The fortunes of teams promoted to the English top flight

There was once a time when a club could make an impression on the upper reaches of the top flight soon, or even immediately, after being promoted. The below graphic charts the fortunes of teams in their first, second and third seasons after promotion from the English second tier over the last forty years. You … Continue reading

City Six Tee

    Umbro have put the above design of mine on a T-shirt. It recalls Manchester City’s 6-1 win over Manchester United in anticipation for their upcoming meeting in the third round of the FA Cup. It makes up the eleventh entry in the “12 Tees of Christmas” of their excellent Tee Shop, but has tragically sold … Continue reading

Football Faces 1: What is a bubble coat?

I’m very happy to present the first post on On Goals Scored by a guest contributor. This is the work of Kay; a Newcastle United and Júbilo Iwata supporter who likes to draw (among other things) the intriguing faces of those blokes that tell footballers what to do. As an avid but unlearned watcher of … Continue reading

What does a football look like?

One hundred pictures of footballs from crests of clubs and national teams or associations. On Goals Scored: failing to answer questions that no one asked. See also: The graphical vocabulary of the 2011-2012 Premier League crests, Cresty bits quiz

NUFC 5 – 0 MUFC: Five goals, fifteen years, two dimensions

Fifteen years ago today, Newcastle United beat Manchester United by five goals to nil. It was class. My tribute comes in the form of five still images, each showing one of the five goals. Since my days doodling as a schoolboy I have tried to draw goals. By “goals” I mean acts of scoring in … Continue reading

One Too Many Managers

I recently posted a series of graphs showing the effects of changing manager on the battle against relegation among newly promoted teams. As a Newcastle fan and punishment glutton, I had no choice but to apply the same to the masterpiece in the field of managerial mess that was the Magpies’ 2008-09 season. The aim … Continue reading

I’m Sticking With You / After Promotion

It’s only the start of October and newly promoted teams QPR, Norwich and Swansea have already dropped thirteen points each. The directors of those clubs must surely be thinking about jettisoning their managers and bringing in new faces. Sure, Neil Warnock, Paul Lambert and Brendan Rodgers won promotion last season – but what have they … Continue reading