Jamie Spencer
Jamie Spencer is a graduate of the University of Sheffield and is currently a football writer for FTBpro.com as well as having had work published on Zoo Today and MSN Sport. Living in Greater Manchester he supports his local team - United, and is also a lover of international athletics, tennis and the NFL.

Entries by Jamie Spencer

Why Arsenal's 'Invincibles' Legacy Is Bittersweet at Best

(2) Comments | Posted 22 October 2014 | (00:00)

A full 10 years have passed since Arsenal reached the magical record breaking mark of 49 games unbeaten, but it will always serve as a constant reminder that the future can never be as bright as those amazing few months now long.

The run started with a 6-1 hammering of...

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England Should Only Pick Players Who Are No Longer Eligible for the Under-21 Team

(1) Comments | Posted 9 October 2014 | (00:00)

The problems of the England football team are well publicised - the players aren't good enough, tactics are too one dimensional, there is no national identity and most importantly youngsters aren't being developed properly in age-restricted teams to rival the likes of Spain and Germany.

If FA Chairman Greg Dyke...

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Four Reasons Behind Southampton's Resurgence in 2014/15

(1) Comments | Posted 4 October 2014 | (00:00)

Southampton finished eighth in the Premier League in 2013/14, the club's highest ever finish in the post-1992 era, coming just three short years after the Saints were in English football's third tier.

A summer of change that saw the manager and several key players sold then left the club among...

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Alan Pardew Is Lucky He Wasn't Sacked by Newcastle Months Ago

(1) Comments | Posted 24 September 2014 | (00:00)

Tony Pulis left Crystal Palace by mutual consent on the eve of the new Premier League campaign, but the 2014/15 edition of the 'sack race' is still yet to claim its first real victim. As always, several managers will be disposed of over the course of the season and the...

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How Manchester United's Six Summer Signings Look So Far

(0) Comments | Posted 18 September 2014 | (00:00)

In the space of a few short months, an ailing Manchester United squad that stumbled to a seventh place Premier League finish last season has had a complete face lift.

Louis van Gaal arrived to formally start work in mid July and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward spent the next...

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Manchester United Must Not Let 'Fantasy Football' Tactics Kill the Heart and Soul of the Club

(0) Comments | Posted 11 September 2014 | (00:00)

Manchester United fans' initial displeasure at an apparent lack of transfer activity over the summer to fix a clearly broken squad was quickly reversed in the final two weeks of the window. Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind arrived for the relatively modest fees of £16m and £14m respectively, but the...

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The Glazers Aren't the Problem for Manchester United in the Transfer Market

(4) Comments | Posted 20 August 2014 | (16:34)

Manchester United's American owners have been at the centre of another protest over the last week as fans took to social media in huge numbers to call for the Glazer family to sell the club and get out.

As rumours filtered through that transfer target Mehdi Benatia could be on...

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The Five Greatest Seasons in Premier League History

(0) Comments | Posted 15 August 2014 | (00:00)

The 2014/15 Premier League season promises to be one of the best yet with eagerly anticipated competition throughout the table from top to bottom. Louis van Gaal's arrival at Manchester United adds to an already enticing title race, while the battle to beat relegation is far from predictable.

But over...

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Chelsea Will Never Be Self-Sufficient With Jose Mourinho in Charge

(0) Comments | Posted 8 August 2014 | (00:00)

Chelsea have undoubtedly been one of the best teams in Europe over the last decade. The Stamford Bridge club has won three Premier League titles, two of which were record breaking, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League. It is a list of honours...

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Premier League Clubs Exploit Fans With Excessive Replica Shirts and They Can't Afford to Stop

(0) Comments | Posted 2 August 2014 | (00:00)

The dawn of the Premier League era brought with it many changes to English football, most of them good. Television coverage reached ground breaking new levels to give fans the ultimate experience, while the additional finances made way for many of the best players in the world to flock to...

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Four Reasons Why the New Season Stands to Be the Best Premier League Title Race Ever

(1) Comments | Posted 25 July 2014 | (15:36)

The Premier League title race of 2013/14 provided plenty of dramatic twists and turns, resulting in one of the most exciting campaigns in years. But there is already plenty of reason to believe that the new season will be even better and here's a look at why.


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Why Germany's World Cup Win Is an Important Lesson for England

(2) Comments | Posted 19 July 2014 | (00:00)

Germany's World Cup win in Brazil was the country's fourth overall, but the first since re-unification of the national team in December 1990 and a first major tournament win of any kind since 1996.

During those 18 barren years, Germany had still usually performed well on the international stage, perhaps...

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The Key to England's Short Term Improvement Is Simply to Try Harder

(1) Comments | Posted 15 July 2014 | (00:00)

England's failure at this World Cup was clear for all to see. The Three Lions finished bottom of their group with just one point from three games and scored two paltry goals, securing their exit after only a week into the month long competition.

Roy Hodgson's team qualified for the...

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Five of the World Cup's Greatest Underdog Fairytales

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2014 | (00:00)

The history of the World Cup is full of the best teams, players and coaches of all time, but every year there are also true underdog fairytales, without which the competition wouldn't be anything like as special as it is.

So far 2014 has proved to be no different. Algeria...

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Why It Would Be Right for Roy Hodgson to Step Down as England Manager

(5) Comments | Posted 30 June 2014 | (00:00)

England's performance in Brazil has been their worst at a World Cup finals tournament since 1958. The team were eliminated from the group stage with a game to spare after losses to Italy and Uruguay, but FA Chairman Greg Dyke has already declared that manager Roy Hodgson will remain in...

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Would Louis van Gaal's 5-2-2-1 System Be a Good Fit for England?

(5) Comments | Posted 21 June 2014 | (00:00)

On just the second day of the 2014 World Cup, football fans around the world were treated to an enthralling game that will likely become one of the most famous in tournament history.

Spain travelled to Brazil as one of the favourites to defend the crown they had won inSouth...

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Who Is the Greatest World Cup Player of All Time?

(0) Comments | Posted 12 June 2014 | (09:39)

The identity of the greatest player in the history of the World Cup has sparked numerous debates over the years and several players from different generations could all be considered for their various achievements on the world's biggest stage.

Looking solely at their performances in the World Cup itself, here...

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Five of the World Cup's Forgotten Legends

(0) Comments | Posted 5 June 2014 | (13:52)

The history of the World Cup is full of legendary players, but as time passes, the memories of those amazing individuals from the earliest competitions have begun to fade.

Here's a reminder of the greats that went before us...

5. Sandor Kocsis and Nandor Hidegkuti

The Hungarian team of 1954,...

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Four Ways Manchester United Will Be Different Under Louis van Gaal in 2014/15

(0) Comments | Posted 31 May 2014 | (00:00)

Louis van Gaal is regularly lauded as one of the great coaches of his generation and has won seven league titles with four different clubs across three countries. As such, Manchester United fans will understandably be hoping that his arrival at Old Trafford after the World Cup will signal a...

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The 9 Step Guide for Newly Promoted Clubs to Survive in the Premier League

(1) Comments | Posted 5 May 2014 | (00:00)

For newly promoted clubs, surviving in the Premier League is never an easy task. Over the years some clubs have made a seamless transition to the top flight, whilst others have looked out of their depth from the word go.

In 21 completed Premier League seasons, around half of all...

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