Arsene-All FC: In Arsene We Trust (A Bit)

Arsene-All FC: In Arsene We Trust (A Bit)

After 21 years, Arsene Wenger has finally announced he will be leaving the Arsenal manager’s post. He finishes up as, by some distance, the most successful Arsenal manager in 133 years. 21 Apr 2018
Craig Johnston – Surfing for Southern

Craig Johnston – Surfing for Southern

Few people in Australian football polarise the fans like Craig Johnston. Loved by some for his exploits at Liverpool in the 80s – loathed by others for his refusal to play for the Socceroos, and forever haunted by his comment that: “Playing football for Australia was like surfing for England”. 16 Apr 2018
Arzani MUST go to Russia

Arzani MUST go to Russia

Can there be any further doubt? Does anyone still question Daniel Arzani’s right to a place in Russia? 25 Mar 2018
Where to next for rudderless Mariners?

Where to next for rudderless Mariners?

I really liked Paul Okon. I did briefly resent him for not keeping John Hutchinson as his assistant, but I liked his passion and the style the players showed (occasionally) under his tenure. Now he is gone, and the Mariners are adrift in the darkness. 20 Mar 2018
Victory in Asia: A great result for Australian football

Victory in Asia: A great result for Australian football

I am very far from a Melbourne Victory fan, but I am a huge Australian football fan. Accordingly, I always support the Aussies, no matter who, in the ACL and boy was I cheering loudly for Victory tonight. 13 Mar 2018
If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the Dutch Oven

If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the Dutch Oven

Okay, first the positives. I was very pleased when I saw Bert van Marwijk appointed Socceroos coach. He’s had fabulous experience, knows how to succeed at the World Cup, and got the best out of a Saudi Arabia team from whom we took four points home and away. 10 Mar 2018
When will refs and commentators learn the rules?

When will refs and commentators learn the rules?

I’ve written before about how ridiculous it is that professional commentators and (even worse) referees don’t know the rules. 17 Feb 2018
Legacy Schmegacy - Another Cahill clanger

Legacy Schmegacy - Another Cahill clanger

Super, Super Tim... Super, Super Tim... Super, Super Tim, Super Timmy Cahill! These words would have been sung tens of thousands of times in Germany and in the years shortly after. I haven’t heard them for a while... 3 Feb 2018
Arnie v Musky: The Bigger Blue

Arnie v Musky: The Bigger Blue

The Big Blue is on tonight – Australia Day – the two biggest teams in Australia with two of the biggest personalities in charge. Arnold v Muscat. What is it that drives these two? And where are they likely to be in 12 months time? 26 Jan 2018
The State of the Game

The State of the Game

Not so long ago, football in Australia was riding a wave. The A-League was going from strength to strength, the country was in love with the FFA Cup, expansion had been promised and the Socceroos were brushing aside the cannon-fodder of Asia. 20 Dec 2017
Australia's Russian Bolters

Australia's Russian Bolters

Who are the bolters for Russia 2018? The Socceroos have qualified for a fourth consecutive World Cup Finals. That’s brilliant – but seven months out, we need to re-appraise. Especially up front. 25 Nov 2017
Calling All Coaches!

Calling All Coaches!

We all want Ange to stay on with the Socceroos, but what if he quits? We need to start looking at the options. 21 Nov 2017
Australia v Honduras 2nd Leg: Diary of a Socceroos tragic

Australia v Honduras 2nd Leg: Diary of a Socceroos tragic

I would’ve gone to the game but had to go to Melbourne for work today, which meant getting up really early (3.45 am) and I’m way too tired to cope with the journey home to the Central Coast afterwards. Therefore, I am now drinking vino at home and pouring my guts out as the night unfolds… 15 Nov 2017
Mariners rising part two

Mariners rising part two

A couple of weeks ago I said I was putting my head on the chopping block by suggesting the Mariners could make the finals after getting one point from two games. After last night, my neck feels decidedly safer. 11 Nov 2017
Small clubs, big cultures

Small clubs, big cultures

Football is not just about 22 people running around a pitch for 90 minutes. It takes a hell of a lot of work to make football happen and, at amateur level, the game is sorely dependent on way too small a group of time-poor individuals. 30 Oct 2017
Mariners Rising?

Mariners Rising?

Okay…I’m putting my neck on the chopping block here. I’m suggesting the Central Coast Mariners – one point out of six so far – can make the top six this season. 17 Oct 2017
When Is The Ref's Decision Final?

When Is The Ref's Decision Final?

There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and mistakes by referees. 6 Oct 2017
The Science of Set Moves

The Science of Set Moves

There's more to football than just speed, strength and skill. Adrian Deans takes a look at the science of football, with apologies to Einstein and Monty Python... 4 Oct 2017
Fickle Fan Forums

Fickle Fan Forums

It would have been so much easier to be a footballer in the days before social media… 25 Sep 2017
An Arsenal fans' message to Alexis Sanchez

An Arsenal fans' message to Alexis Sanchez

Heading into the new EPL season there’s something Adrian Deans desperately needs to get off his chest. 8 Aug 2017
Conversation with the Eurosnobs

Conversation with the Eurosnobs

Adrian Deans, a lifelong Arsenal fan but also passionate Mariners supporter, goes undercover to talk with a bunch of Eurosnobs about the merits of the A-League and the Socceroos. 24 Jul 2017