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Matthew Smith

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Matthew Smith's Sportsblog

I’m Matthew Smith, just another wannabe journalist with their own suitably opinionated blog.
I’ll be taking a regular look at all that the wide world of sport has to offer, sticking my finger into as many subject pies as I can.

I’m an English Literature student at the University of Sheffield, and so am constantly learning and trying to become a better writer as time goes on. Although my opinions are all factually accurate and superb in every factor, feel free to leave a comment and disagree. Hey, if you like what you see, why not invite a friend over too.

I'm also Head of Online the University of Sheffield’s student media organisation Forge, so if you like the stuff here, why not try the stuff over there too, and vice versa.

Happy reading folks.

Quarter Season Predictions 2016/17: The Championship

Also getting relegated are Blackburn, whose malaise under poor ownership looks to be leading them closer to a Coventry-esque plughole, and Barnsley, who after such a fiery start are doing the opposite of last campaign and falling with an irreversible air. Expect Paul Heckingbottom to be in the Prem and third favourite for the England job next season then.
19/10/2016 15:05 BST

What Football Can Learn From Modern Films

Yet football exists in such an otherworldly situation it would be pretty much pointless to try and bring it down to earth by drawing it level with the rules or attitudes of any other sport. Instead, if we are truly looking to improve football, there is only one cultural medium so wildly inflated with money it could be compared to the maligned national game - the film industry.
05/09/2016 14:48 BST

Thoughts on Rio and the Empty Seats

In the end it is embarrassing for the IOC. This is their road show, and they have pitched up in the wrong part of town at the wrong time. It will be interesting what influence this has on where the games go next. 2024 could be hosted by one of four cities - the safe-enough bets of Paris, Rome or Los Angeles, or the outside shot of Budapest.
16/08/2016 16:30 BST

Time for Rio to Create Sporting Memories - The Real Legacy of London

Maybe it's because it seemed like there was so much sport between us and it over the past year - world cups in rugby union and Twenty20, the Euros, Wimbledon - but the Rio Games seemed in a permanent state of far-away-ness, but now the opening ceremony is this week.
01/08/2016 12:52 BST

Ranked: England's 21st Century Tournament Performances

I can only judge based on the England teams at major tournaments I have ever seen, with the first tournament I remember properly watching being, coincidentally, Euro 2000. There is no science to this, it is personal opinion. Feel free to debate the choices below the line. Nicely...
19/07/2016 11:06 BST

Five Things That Must Be Done to Save the England Team

Whoever takes over, listen: play Dele Alli as a number 10. Play Harry Kane as a number 9. Play Jamie Vardy as a striker. Play Wayne Rooney in midfield. Play with wingers (real wingers, not Sturridge and Vardy). And never, ever, let Kane take a set piece ever again. Ever.
03/07/2016 21:39 BST

'This Club Is Going Places' - England's First Phoenix Team Turns 15

Since Thursday, we have, rightly, heard of nothing but Brexit. For the next two years, unfortunately, we will hear of nothing but it either. So, if like me you need a brief oasis from the storm, here's a story from June 23 which I suspect you will not have heard.
27/06/2016 13:08 BST

England Could Win the European Championships

Euro 96, the best England showing in a Euros tournament starring more than four teams, was also dire. Few games were settled by more than one goal, possibly the best team (Italy) again went out in the groups, and then there was David Seaman's kits. But England almost won it. It could happen again.
19/06/2016 18:22 BST

Noble In, Wilshere Out: My England Squad for Euro 2016

On Monday, the England squad for Euro 2016 will finally be announced. Roy Hodgson delayed it from last week, presumably in case any more strikers get knee injuries which require months out just before a major tournament, although given Welbeck has already gone this seems less likely.
15/05/2016 20:08 BST

Can Rangers Win the SPL Next Year?

The struggle and eventual failure of last season under three different managers has been replaced by the side steamrollering their way to the title under Mark Warburton, a man who, if he can get Brentford to the English Championship play-offs, is surely capable of engineering a Rangers side that can finish above Partick Thistle and Hamilton Academicals.
02/05/2016 17:31 BST

Villa's Relegation Is More Surprising Than You Think

Their departure means the list of Premier League-era ever presents has been dwindled even further; as of next season, there will only be six clubs who have played in every season in the top flight since 1992 - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
17/04/2016 20:00 BST

Tales of Truro: The National League Is Set for a New Look Next Season

<strong>Following non-league football, you will often come across the same names in the so-called National League from season to season.</strong> There are names familiar to the more casual observer too - Kidderminster, Welling, Altrincham, Halifax, and Chester, to name a few.
11/04/2016 15:09 BST

Neville for England? Not Any More

People continue to parade Hodgson's constant selection of Rooney as evidence he is out of touch - ignoring the fact he also gave England debuts to Kane, Vardy, Drinkwater, Shaw, and Stones. And the fact Rooney is captain, and really quite good. If it ain't broke, don't fix it - particularly if you have some fairly stable glue to hand already.
05/04/2016 15:37 BST