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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: 43

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League Two
Why Carl Fletcher is the right man for Leyton Orient
13:01 Saturday 26th October 2019

Carl Fletcher has been given his second managerial job - almost seven years after his first one ended. He takes over Leyton Orient at a time when the sadness over the death of former manager, Justin Edinburgh, is still felt at…

Spain
El Clasico on hold as Catalan independence movement disrupts La Liga
17:00 Thursday 24th October 2019

El Clasico has been postponed and there is no doubt which club is happier about it. The last time Real Madrid beat arch-rivals Barcelona in a league fixture was in 2016. On that night Cristiano Ronaldo’s 85th-minute strike wrapped up…

League Two
How Lowe can Plymouth Argyle go?
09:00 Saturday 12th October 2019

Angry is perhaps not the right word - but a number of Plymouth Argyle fans certainly aren't best-pleased at the moment... When Ryan Lowe arrived in the summer, following a long and protracted divorce from his beloved Bury, there was…

Spain
Is it time Martin Odegaard returned to Madrid?
09:02 Tuesday 1st October 2019

Martin Odegaard is only 20 years old. A fact which seems ridiculous when you consider how long he has been in our footballing consciousness. He started training with Norwegian side Stromsgodset at the tender age of 13 - which, again, seems…

League One
Peterborough must earn promotion to keep ahold of their three key stars
09:00 Saturday 28th September 2019

Of the 20 goals Peterborough United have scored this season, which is the most in the division, the deadly front three of Marcus Maddison, Mohamed Eisa and Ivan Toney has scored 19. In nine games so far The Posh have won four, drawn two…

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…