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Torquay United, the Football League and other stuff


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Here’s a list of all the articles I’ve done outside of my blogs:

Sandals for Goalposts – co-editor and podcast host
A Beginner’s Guide to the Africa Cup of Nations: Preview – a tournament preview from the perspective of an outsider (12/01/13)
Cup of Nations 2013: SFG writers’ plus guests’ predictions – contributed my predictions for the tournament (17/01/13)
DRs ensure we’re Ghana have goals – match report of Mali vs Niger (20/01/13)
Msakni leaves it late as Tunisia leapfrog Elephants Togo top – match report of Togo vs Ivory Coast (22/01/13)
Burkina Fourso top group as Nigeria and Zambia miss vital Chansas – match report of Burkina Faso vs Ethiopia (25/01/13)
MALIcious performance as Ghana say Boye-Boye – match report of the third place play-off between Mali and Ghana (10/02/13)
Nigeria Keshi-n as Burkina Faso KaBORE – match report of the final between Burkina Faso and Nigeria (11/02/13)
2013 Cup of Nations review: Group A – contributed the South Africa review (13/02/13)
2013 Cup of Nations review: Group B – contributed the Niger review (14/02/13)
2013 Cup of Nations review: Group D – contributed the Togo review (18/02/13)
Cup of Nations 2013: SFG writers’ verdict – contributed my thoughts on the tournament overall (23/02/13)
Back on the Road to Rio – a round-up of World Cup qualification so far and a preview of the remaining matches (24/02/13)
My Favourite African XI (of all time) – picked my favourite African players (09/07/13)
World Cup Play-Offs: Ghana v Egypt – a preview of the upcoming first leg (10/10/13)
SFG Player of the Week: Britt Assombalonga – article on Peterborough’s Congolese forward (11/10/13)
World Cup Play-Offs: 1st leg observations – contributed the Ghana-Egypt review (16/10/13)
Greatest African World Cup Teams: Senegal 2002 – review of Senegal’s 2002 World Cup (10/03/14)
Japan 1-2 Ivory Coast: Drogba wins it by just being there – match report (15/06/14)
Ivory Coast 1-2 Colombia: Les Elephants no longer secure – match report (20/06/14)
Ivory Coast 1-2 Greece: Coward’s Way – match report (25/06/2014)
2014 World Cup Review: Nigeria – analysing the Super Eagles’ performances at the World Cup (06/07/2014)
Match Preview: DR Congo vs. Ivory Coast – preview of the crunch Africa Cup of Nations qualifier (08/10/14)

I also present the Sandals for Goalposts podcast:

Podcast #1
Podcast #2
Podcast #3
Podcast #4
Podcast #6
Podcast #7
Podcast #8
Podcast #9
Podcast #10
Podcast #11
Podcast #12
Podcast #13
Podcast #14
Podcast #15

Metro – Official Club Metro World Cup social reporter for Cameroon
Why Chelsea outcast Samuel Eto’o needs a strong World Cup for Cameroon – article on Samuel Eto’o and his role in the Cameroon team (07/06/14)
Underdogs Cameroon can frustrate Croatia in crunch World Cup clash – review of Cameroon vs Mexico and preview of Cameroon vs Croatia (17/06/14)
Cameroon must respond quickly to their disastrous World Cup – review of Cameroon vs Brazil and pondering the future (24/06/14)

Unibet – Ivory Coast expert
Ivory Coast v Japan: Expert v Expert Preview (15/06/14)
Colombia v Ivory Coast: Expert v Expert Preview (19/06/14)
Greece v Ivory Coast: Expert v Expert Preview (24/06/14)

Betting Instinct – monthly paid contributor
Saints to tame Panthers in the Superdome – preview of the week’s NFL games (05/12/2013)
Aston Villa are now serious relegation candidates – preview of Aston Villa vs Arsenal (12/01/2014)
Laudrup’s sacking is just what Swansea needed – preview of Swansea vs Cardiff (07/02/2014)
Hamilton the man to beat in Australia – preview of the Australian Grand Prix (12/03/2014)
Bahrain Grand Prix – Mercedes set to continue dominance in the desert – preview of the Bahrain Grand Prix (02/04/2014)
Hamilton hoping for a champagne shower, not a rain shower – preview of the Monaco Grand Prix (21/05/2014)
Could we see the first ever African World Cup winner in 2014? – World Cup preview focusing on African teams (06/06/2014)
Rosberg and Mercedes look to make history at Hockenheim – preview of the German Grand Prix (17/07/2014)
Watch out for a Raikkonen renaissance at the Belgian Grand Prix – preview of the Belgian Grand Prix (20/08/2014)

Prostate Cancer UK
Torquay United’s Best Number 9s – listing the top 5 best and worst number 9s (21/08/2012)
Torquay United’s Greatest Captain – discussing my selection for Torquay’s best leader (13/08/2013)

The Football League
In Opposition: Torquay United vs Exeter City – answering questions on the upcoming Devon derby (19/12/2012)

Forza Italian Football
World Cup Podcast – Day 7 – Tiki Taxi For Spain – made an appearance on the podcast to talk about Cameroon vs Croatia (19/06/2014)

The Two Unfortunates
Torquay United: Providing A Case Against Fans in the Boardroom – article on Torquay’s latest problems (14/03/2013)

The Boar
Di Resta becomes F1’s new ‘Flying Scotsman’ – a summary of his career so far (29/01/2011)
Cult Heroes: Gilles Villeneuve – a brief recollection of Gilles’ finest moments (18/02/2011)
Southern Discomfort – on the problems of the English South Coast’s football clubs (15/03/2011)
Vettel win ominous for season ahead – 2011 Australian GP review (29/03/2011)
Unstoppable Vettel makes it four in a row – 2011 Malaysia GP review (11/04/2011)
Chinese takeaway for Hamilton – 2011 Chinese GP review (18/04/2011)
Seagulls take flight towards the Championship – Leagues One and Two review/preview (18/04/2011)
A nightmare in the Theatre of Dreams – review of the League Two play-off final (09/06/2011)
The cult and cliché of the ‘sleeping giant’ – deconstruction of the notion of ‘sleeping giants’ in football (18/08/2011)
Remembering Dan Wheldon – obituary of the former IndyCar champion (17/10/2011)
NFL: unpredictable and entertaining – review of off-season events in the NFL (30/03/2013)
Moss is wrong: female drivers will soon be thriving in Formula 1 – on why female motor racing drivers can succeed (03/05/2013)
Leagues One and Two: play-off final preview – wrote a preview of the League Two play-off final (18/05/2013)
Football League 2013-14? Anything could happen – a season preview of the Championship, League One and League Two (02/08/2013)
NFL 2013 Season Preview: Part 1 – a preview of the AFC (06/09/2013)
NFL 2013 Season Preview: Part 2 – a preview of the NFC (08/09/2013)
Vettel consistent but not yet great – a reappraisal of the F1 champion’s career (22/10/2013) [nominated for Best Boar Sport Article of the Year]


We Are Going Up! – Torquay United correspondent
Back to the Future? – Torquay United season preview (28/07/2011)
Revenge is a dish best served after two matches – review of the first couple of weeks of the season (15/08/2011)
Whinge when we’re winning – review of the second half of August/first half of September (10/09/2011)
The case against football fans’ forums – a whine about online internet fans’ forums and their destructive power (21/10/2011)
39 long, galling years of waiting – focusing on Torquay’s Devon derby win over Plymouth (25/11/2011)
“There’s a long, long, long way to go” – on the Christmas and post-Christmas period (23/01/2012)
So near and yet so far – reviewing the end of the season (25/05/2012)
Benched – on the off-season and previewing the 2012-13 season (14/08/2012)
Verging on glory and self-destruction – on the first part of the 2012-13 season (11/11/2012)
Gulls’ results spiralling out of control – on the festive period and Torquay’s poor form (26/01/2013)
Survival – but this is only the beginning… – a review of Torquay’s 2012-13 season (16/05/2013)
Waiting on a sunny day… – a preview of Torquay’s 2013-14 season (30/07/2013)
Paying for three managers… – a review of the season so far, including a discussion of the sacking of Alan Knill (02/01/2014)
The end is nigh… – a discussion of our impending relegation (10/03/2014)

Also appeared on Episode 28 of the podcast, discussing Torquay’s recent form

Apocalypse Football – co-editor and founder member
Football Footnotes: An Introduction (20/04/2013)
Football Footnotes: West Bromwich Albion – Artim Sakiri (21/04/2013)
Gotze, Bayern, capitalism and the European Super League (23/04/2013)
Football Footnotes: Chelsea – Juan Sebastian Veron (24/04/2013)
7 reasons why we’re not bothered about the lower leagues (26/04/2013)
Football Footnotes: Liverpool – Robbie Fowler (second stint) (30/04/2013)
Villas-Boas: the emperor’s new clothes? (01/05/2013)
Football Footnotes: Aston Villa – David Unsworth (03/05/2013)
Why Hull City will stay up (or, a defence of Steve Bruce) (07/05/2013)
The chalice (09/05/2013)
Why it should have been Mourinho (10/05/2013)
Wigan’s triumph proves that the sky is the limit (11/05/2013)
Nothing to celebrate? Then don’t celebrate (20/05/2013)
Predicting the unpredictable: how to predict League Two (31/07/2013)
The 2013-14 English Football Season Review (01/08/2013)
International Dream Teams, 1993-2013 – Italy (06/10/2013)
England will revert to type in 2014 (16/10/2013)
Football Footnotes: Everton – Paul Gascoigne (24/10/2013)

A Castigation: Formula 1 – a bit of a rant (19/03/2012)
Actually, the Championship is shit – polemical response to a previous article (04/04/2012)
Hooray for the Cardiff Dragons – on the rebranding of Cardiff City and how awful it is (09/05/2012)

I also contributed an article to the second Surreal Football ebook (released 20/12/2012), entitled “Help for Heroes can do one”.

The Daisy Cutter
Fixture Focus: Fleetwood Town v Torquay United – I contributed the Torquay side of this match preview (17/08/2012)
The Football League Round-Up I – on Paolo Di Canio at Swindon and other FL news (04/09/2012)
The Football League Round-Up II – focusing on a Devon derby (09/09/2012)
The Football League Round-Up III – focusing on Cardiff vs Leeds (17/09/2012)
The Football League (Cup) Round-Up – a review of the 3rd round of the League Cup (27/09/2012)
The Football League Round-Up IV – on the Brian Clough Trophy match (30/09/2012)
Right Man, Wrong Job, Wrong Time – exploring the reasons why good managers do bad jobs (26/10/2012)

The Fans’ Paper
Bore Draw at Plainmoor – match report of Torquay United vs Oxford United (01/01/2012)

The Calendar Squeeze – on the races trying to get onto the F1 calendar and those that might get knocked off it (16/10/2010)
The Story of BMS Scuderia Italia – a biography of the plucky Italian minnow team (27/10/2010)

F1 Flops, Motor Racing legends – a collection of brief biogs of drivers who flopped in F1 but have been successful elsewhere (20/01/2011)

The Fastlane
Maserati vs Aston At San Luis – a preview of the season finale of the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship (04/12/2010)
Never Gonna Give You Up – Nigel Mansell’s many comebacks (18/04/2011)

Also wrote for, the content part of which has since closed, and CFM (the articles that I wrote for that website can be found in my blog)


Written by James Bennett

February 24, 2012 at 20:56

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