Crippy Cooke
Crippy Cooke is a Football Writer for He's had work featured on Zoo, MSN, London 24, The Telegraph, and was recently named Writer of the Year on He's 23 and resides in Stroud, Gloucestershire where he now works as a freelance writer.

Entries by Crippy Cooke

FTBpro PFA Fan Player of the Month Award - The Six Finalists

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2014 | (17:45)

The votes are in and six finalists have emerged for January's FTBpro PFA Fan Player of the Month award.

Luis Suarez, Santi Cazorla, Eden Hazard, Yaya Toure, Yohan Cabaye and Emmanuel Adebayor are the first six finalists of the New Year after some impressive performances in the Premier League....

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Are Some Premier League Owners Bringing the Game Into Disrepute?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 January 2014 | (23:00)

This season, more than ever, has seen owners of Premier League sides under intense scrutiny for their media-attracting antics when altering the fabric of a club.

Cardiff City are certainly the biggest example of this as the Bluebirds have been recently involved in a highly-publicised fallout between chairman Vincent...

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Why Isn't Good Work-Rate the Norm for Attackers in the Premier League?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 November 2013 | (09:28)

Following West Brom striker Shane Long's magnificent performance in the 2-2 draw against Aston Villa, it calls into question why more attacking players in the Premier League aren't as hard-working on and off the ball.

Long, 26, was West Brom's lone forward and ran the Villa defence ragged throughout....

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Should Football Referees Be Made to Wear Head-Cams

(0) Comments | Posted 13 November 2013 | (08:47)

In the aftermath of a weekend which saw two game-changing penalties incorrectly given in the Swansea/Stoke clash and the Chelsea/West Brom match and a red card worthy tackle not punished in the Sunderland/Man City game, is it now time that referees are made to wear head-cams during the matches so...

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When Is the Right Time to Drop an Error-Prone Goalkeeper?

(2) Comments | Posted 8 November 2013 | (23:00)

With Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini finally making the decision to give under-fire goalkeeper Joe Hart a place on the bench in favour of City's number two choice, Costel Pantillimon, it raised a particularly interesting question. When is the right time to drop a first-choice keeper if he continues to...

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The Premier League Still Lacks Consistent Refereeing

(0) Comments | Posted 29 October 2013 | (15:40)

With the FA celebrating their 150th anniversary, so many years of change and hard work to better the sport threatens to be overshadowed by the problems still existing in the modern game - most notably with officiating.

It seems as if a weekend of games doesn't go by without a...

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Why Is Crowd Control Still an Issue in the Modern Game?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 October 2013 | (17:15)

After a linesman was deliberately hit with a flare during a recent Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur, many feel that not enough is being done to combat such incidents during games.

While two men were arrested following the incident, it still highlighted how there is a...

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The Growing Strength of the English Premier League

(1) Comments | Posted 15 October 2013 | (17:25)

When talking about the Premier League, the debate still rages as to whether it's the strongest division in the world, or the most entertaining. There's certainly a case for both, and this season so far is evidence of that.

Many regard a strong league as one where no side...

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How Twitter Has Changed Football in England

(2) Comments | Posted 8 October 2013 | (17:14)

As if there were not enough ways for professional footballers to land themselves in hot water, Twitter was born.

A social networking website where any person can connect with millions of other people has now meant that footballers are putting themselves in the spotlight by airing their views online.


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