Sam Duffy


Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership off to a flyer

What a start! Less than two months into the new Scottish football season and its already proving to be somewhat of a rollercoaster for teams and fans throughout the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership. With six wins and a draw from their seven games so far, Celtic currently sit at the top of the pile with a couple of points’ breathing space; and, with Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock yet to win a match, they find themselves in an unfortunate relegation battle early on. Ross County started with a win, but since then... Read More

How to get started in rugby

Depending on whether you are a junior or an adult, there are various ways to get involved in playing rugby. Whether you’re interested in rugby union, rugby league, wheelchair rugby or touch rugby, there are opportunities all over the UK for people of all ages and abilities to take up the sport. You might want to take part just for fun and to stay active, or maybe it’s something you want to take a little more seriously. Many secondary schools across the UK have rugby as part of their regular... Read More

Mitre’s summer sports product guide

Summer can be a time of year when many people’s sporting activity eases off a little. The new football season is still a few weeks away, the school holidays are imminent and, sometimes, organised clubs and sports can take a break for a month or so too. Here at Mitre, we think that everyone should have opportunities to be active all year round, so we have compiled a list of our top products to help people make the most of the good weather (hopefully), whatever you’re up to this summer.... Read More


Picking The Right Equipment For Grassroots

This week our guest blog comes from one of our trusted suppliers, Mysportswear. What makes a great footballer… well, great? Is it the skills they hold when coming face to face with the ball… or is it something more? Is it the confidence and pride that’s gained from the moment the player puts on their team’s kit, and the knowledge that what they are wearing is more than just some colours and a number, but a stamp of approval and acceptance, helping them perform and feel like they are part of... Read More


EFL Cup Final 2017 Review: Manchester United 3, Southampton 2

For Manchester United and Southampton fans across the world, the EFL Cup Final at Wembley on Sunday 26th February was nothing short of a white knuckle ride. For Southampton, the final arguably belonged to them – but unfortunately, United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic stole the show, and the match finished 3-2 to Man U. This win meant United broke the infamous and longstanding record held by their northern rivals Liverpool, as they secured their 42nd major trophy. Despite United not dominating any significant part of the final, it was Ibrahimovic who stood... Read More

Celebrating Women’s Football on International Women’s Day

Women’s football hasn’t had an easy road in the UK. The first recorded tournament between a team of English women and a team of Scottish women was in 1881, but it’s reported that many women in this era played under false identities to avoid possible reprisals. Popularity of both participation and spectating grew over the next few decades; with one match at Everton’s Goodison Park, on Boxing Day in 1920, reported as having an attendance of 53,000 people, with another 10,000+ people turned away once the stadium was full. Women’s... Read More


EFL Cup Preview – Manchester United | Man U

We’re just days away from finding out who’ll be lifting the EFL Cup at Wembley. Manchester United will go into the game as slight favourites – but after easing through their semi-final fixtures against Liverpool the Saints will be more than confident that they can earn the victory that their EFL Cup performances have deserved. Firstly we look at Manchester United – a team who are no strangers to silverware. Although the last few years have seen a dip in fortunes for the Red Devils the tide seems to have... Read More


Road to the Final: EFL Cup

On Sunday 26th February we’ll have a champion. Manchester United face Southampton at Wembley to see who’ll be crowed the EFL Cup winner. And it’s going to be close. Manchester United are looking strong under Jose Mourinho – but Southampton have an incredible record this year in the cup, and after dispatching Liverpool over two legs nobody would bet against them winning this one. We take a look at their journey throughout the competition. Second Round Both teams had a fantastic year in 2015-16 and qualified for Europe meaning both... Read More

The S-League Returns!

The 2017 S.League is due to kick off on Sunday 26th February, when defending champions Albirex Niigata FC will take on Tampines Rovers FC. The match will take place at 6pm in the National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub, in what will be an explosive start to the season for the Singaporean football league. Following Albirex Niigata’s triumph last season, the pressure is on as they kick off in 2017 as champions. With head coach Naoki Naruo returning to Japan at the end of last year and former Shimizu... Read More


The EFL Cup Final: Preview

The 2017 EFL cup final is fast approaching, as Manchester United are due to take on Southampton on Sunday 26th February at Wembley Stadium. Despite Man United’s 2nd leg defeat against Hull, the Red Devils managed to secure their spot in the final by winning 3-2 on aggregate. If they are victorious at Wembley this month, this means José Mourinho will have managed to double the trophy tally of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, following last year’s FA Cup win under Louis van Gaal. Given that Manchester City were winners... Read More