Sport Psychology

Football is becoming more and more a game played between the ears. There are huge pressures on players playing in front of bumper crowds and at Premier League level, each pass, tackle and header is recorded and scrutinised. Football can give you an almighty high one minute, only for you to be brought to an…

Video: Adam Campbell Interview

I met with Adam Campbell for a lowdown on our team mates in the Notts County dressing room. Adam has been a key man for the Magpies this season, racking up 48 games, making him the club’s highest appearance maker this season. He has also contributed 4 goals and some hugely important assists. Thanks for…

Building Team Spirit

What builds a great team? Individual class? A great manager? They both contribute, but a pivotal ingredient to a successful team is team spirit. When you study the League 2 table, you see the likes of Accrington Stanley exceeding expectations and pushing for automatic promotion. But when you play against them, you understand why. They…

Representing England

There aren’t many greater feelings than learning you have been selected to represent your country in your chosen sport. But that’s exactly what happened to me when I returned to pre season training at Sunderland in 2011. I was ecstatic to learn I had been called up for England under 20s for the upcoming World…

150 appearances

Last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Leyton Orient was my 150th professional start in all competitions. Though I prepared for it as if it was any other, it is a statistic I am proud of and hope to significantly build on as my career continues to unfold. It was disappointing to have come away with nothing…

The End of the Emergency Loan System

FIFA is to scrap the emergency loan system and the changes have received mixed opinions from managers up and down the country. Starting next season, players will only be allowed to go on loan in the summer or in January, leaving no opportunity to sign on a short term loan. Currently, lower league clubs are…

Marvellous Mariners

Non league football’s popularity has soared in recent seasons, helped largely by Jamie Vardy’s meteoric climb to the premier league. Elsewhere, the Class of 92 have developed a huge fan base with Salford City after their recent takeover. My hometown club, South Shields, are another club beginning to attract attention due to a record breaking…

Dele’s Development

Dele Alli’s exceptional goal against Everton on Sunday has fuelled further talk of the Spurs youngster forcing his way into the Euro 2016 squad. Alli showed excellent awareness to see the space in behind Everton’s defence and his composure to bring Alderweireld’s long ball down and calmly slot it past Tim Howard was majestic. It adds…

A Footballer’s Christmas

Christmas is a time for celebrating with family and friends, over indulging in food and drinking a pint or two. But for footballer’s, the Christmas period is a time for preparation and focus. A good run over the influx of games during the festive period can ultimately shape your season. With two games in three…

Fear Of Failure

Manchester United’s defeat to Bournemouth at the weekend was arguably their most shocking of the season and it followed their midweek Champions League exit, capping off what was an incredibly damaging week for the club. The Daily Mail has recently claimed that United players had “privately admitted they are afraid to make a mistake” for…

FA Cup Magic

November is almost upon us and with it comes the first round proper of the Emirates FA Cup. It is an eagerly awaited time of year for lower league players as we know that two successive wins puts us in the hat for the third round, where the big hitters enter the tournament. A luxury…