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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: 38

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Womens Football
Record breaking Manchester Derby signals growing appetite for women's game
09:00 Tuesday 10th September 2019

The Women’s Super League showpiece opener between Manchester City and Manchester United was my first live experience of a ladies football match. Like many others, I had watched the summer’s World Cup in France from the comfort…

Opinion
Bury, Bolton: Why big clubs should help smaller sides in need
19:01 Thursday 29th August 2019

Bury Football Club is gone; expelled from the Football League on Tuesday night. The 'enormous regret’ felt by EFL Executive Chair Debbie Jevans, did little to quell the anger and sadness of the club's supporters.…

League One
Why are Argyle fans happy to see Ladapo go?
12:00 Tuesday 2nd July 2019

In December, I may have mentioned that Freddie Ladapo was underappreciated by Plymouth Argyle fans.  At that point, he had 12 goals to his name. Argyle were third from bottom, four points adrift. Without his goals, Argyle would…

Womens Football
Why is the Women's World Cup still sweating misogyny?
15:01 Friday 28th June 2019

Comparison is the thief of joy, at least that’s what Theodore Roosevelt said.  Can this theory be applied to women’s football? Should we compare the Lionesses with Southgate’s Lions? Or the current World Cup with…

Opinion
Why has pre-season become more annoying than enthralling?
17:00 Sunday 23rd June 2019

I hate pre-season. Many people will away the long summer weeks in a depressed slump.  They don’t know what to do with themselves. Their Saturdays become just another shapeless splodge on their week and Sunday nights…

Womens Football
Can Phil Neville find redemption with the Lionesses in France?
08:00 Sunday 9th June 2019

Gareth Southgate’s Russian redemption was a joy to watch. Since 1996 when his feebly struck penalty was saved by a grateful Andres Kopke, until around the time Eric Dier sent England through against Colombia, the Three Lions boss had…

League One
Why Plymouth Argyle should not benefit from Bury's demise
15:00 Monday 3rd June 2019

There is something uncouth and insensitive about fans of the super-rich clubs boasting about which world stars they are going to sign with their bottomless pit of money.  Especially when there are clubs in the Football League who find…

Womens Football
English football isn't ready for a female manager
17:00 Wednesday 29th May 2019

Emma Hayes wants the Chelsea job if Maurizio Sarri leaves. The notion that men’s football in England is even remotely prepared to accept for a female manager is absurd.  Absurd and sad. In an ideal world where all things are equal,…

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…