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One in Eight (thousand)

A warm Sunday morning in May. I’m up (too) early and heading off to my local football ground. Its cup-final day for the local youth leagues and I shall be officiating in a couple of games, first as an assistant referee, then I shall swap with the man in the middle who will be my […]

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Let the numbers do the talking

Lawro – Mark Lawrenson – former player, football pundit and expert took a bit of a battering today, with a website castigating his weekly predictions of upcoming football fixtures: The table based on Mark Lawrenson’s predictions is actually ridiculous Reading the article, it goes on to rubbish Mr Lawrenson’s weekley predictions for Premier League fixtures. […]

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When Refereeing and Maths Collide

Regular followers of my blog know that I like my sport and some of you are aware that I am a qualified football referee and regularly ply my (alternate) trade as the “man in black.” With my referee’s hat on, I am an active member of a forum that discusses the finer points of the […]

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Ranking the rankings

And so, with a moth invasion rather than a pitch invasion, the Euro 16 competition has come to an end, with Portugal claiming the crown of champions with an extra time winner. Not many predicted them as tournament winners, but then that is one of the beauties of the beautiful game, its unpredictability: “Favourites win […]

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You are the ref

Regular readers will know that, in addition to maths, I like my sport and, as age diminishes my already limited ability, I find myself increasingly taking to pitch to officiate rather than play. Although it is some fifteen years or more since I qualified as a football ref., I have kept myself abreast of the […]

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