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Dan Whelan

Dan is currently working as a columnist for Plymouth Argyle's award-winning programme, The Pilgrim.  He covers a variety of footballing topics but specifically enjoys writing about the inner-workings of the football fan.

He does this by drawing on his experiences following Argyle and his observations of the behaviour of supporters in both their natural environment (the terraces) and their technological playground (Twitter).

 


Total articles: 30

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Opinion
Success is overrated
12:00 Thursday 23rd May 2019

If you are first, you are first. If you are second, you are nothing. The late great Bill Shankly's quote was thrown back in Liverpool supporters' faces when they were pipped to the title by Manchester City. How ironic that…

League One
Plymouth Argyle set for huge rebuild after relegation
17:00 Monday 13th May 2019

Plymouth Argyle should have been safe weeks ago. But, after suffering a frustratingly avoidable relegation back to League Two, Chairman Simon Hallett now finds himself faced with a huge rebuilding project to undertake. The first item on…

Non League
The Jaws of Victory: Netflix special tells the tale of Torquay's greatest escape
16:20 Friday 8th March 2019

Netflix is a veritable treasure trove of entertainment.  There is something for everyone. If a group of lovable gay men transforming the life of a hapless fashion victim floats your boat, Netflix has you covered. If crime dramas are your…

Non League
Could Stockport County's promotion push be derailed by FA Trophy ambitions?
17:00 Thursday 28th February 2019

The last time Stockport County met Manchester City, the Hatters won 2-1 at Edgeley Park thanks to a double from 19-year-old academy product John Hardiker. Since that last meeting, the clubs have gone in opposite directions.  Indeed that…

Championship
Nathan Jones leaves Luton for Championship challenge
12:05 Saturday 12th January 2019

In an article on its website on the 6th of January, Luton Town wished manager Nathan Jones a happy third anniversary in charge of the club. It praised the work he had done, including a club-best 51% win ratio, and signed off: ‘Happy Anniversary…

League One
Why hasn't twelve-goal Ladapo won over the Green Army?
09:00 Wednesday 12th December 2018

Freddie Ladapo has been the only bright spark in the dismal first half of Plymouth Argyle's League One season. The striker signed for Crystal Palace in 2016 after some impressive displays for non-league Grays Athletic and Margate…

Features
The downfall of the Football League Trophy
13:00 Sunday 25th November 2018

Alan Partridge is decked out in his shortest shorts, the underpant lining has long since perished.  He is striding around his room at the Linton Travel Tavern, Dictaphone in hand.  He presses record. ‘David Prutton to host Checkatrade…

Opinion
Knight of the Twitter Realm
15:00 Tuesday 13th November 2018

Like a gas leak in contact with a naked flame, Twitter and Leon Knight is a volatile combination that will always cause damage. Over the years the journeyman striker has courted controversy and invited criticism for his ill-advised, prejudiced…

League One
Under-fire Plymouth boss Derek Adams hits back
08:00 Saturday 27th October 2018

Outrage and adulation are never too far apart in football. This was certainly the case at Plymouth Argyle this week when a tumultuous few days saw a storm of indignation rip through Home Park before giving way to brighter skies. The tempest…

International
How Eric Dier's tackle on Sergio Ramos made us all smile
12:00 Thursday 18th October 2018

Sergio Ramos is widely regarded as football's most unscrupulous player. Whatever ethics, morality or sportsmanship he once possessed are overridden by an unwavering desire to win. He is one of the toughest opponents in the game. But on…

Premier League
A tale of two Phils - How Jones and Foden epitomise their clubs
10:00 Thursday 27th September 2018

A collective groan rose around Old Trafford Tuesday night when Phil Jones trundled towards the box to take his turn in the League Cup penalty shootout against Derby County. Both teams were perfect to that point. However, perfect isn't a…

Womens Football
What do female footballers expect from male fans?
12:00 Thursday 2nd August 2018

Here’s what I know: Women are as entitled as men, end of.  Naturally, that includes making a living as a professional athlete.  Attitudes towards women in sport are often old-fashioned and, on occasion, kitsch. There is…

World Cup
Gareth Southgate exorcises his demons with England's World Cup performance
12:30 Friday 13th July 2018

Gareth Southgate’s feebly struck, slug-botherer of a penalty defined him for so long, at least in international terms. Twenty-two years ago, the ball rolled towards the goalkeeper, a forlorn missile of misery. The hopes…

World Cup
World Cup Semifinal: England, Croatia have come furthest for either since the 90s; who will go the distance?
08:30 Wednesday 11th July 2018

If football is to take another step on its journey home, England must find a way past their toughest opponents yet. They take on Croatia in Moscow tonight. In seven previous meetings between the two sides, England have won four and lost twice…

World Cup
Is Luka Modric playing for his freedom?
08:00 Wednesday 11th July 2018

Luka Modric is playing for much more than a place in the final. Croatia’s World Cup semi-final against England could be his last match for a long time.  Real Madrid’s ethereal playmaker has been in inspired form in Russia. …