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James Dean
A lover of football. Season ticket holder at Sheffield Wednesday and known as the "Andrea Pirlo of the North".

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The Men United March
18:48 Friday 25th March 2016

Much loved presenter, and King of Saturday football coverage, Jeff Stelling is currently walking 10 marathons in 10 days for ‘Men United March' in support of Prostate Cancer UK. Day 4 of his journey brought him to South Yorkshire and Derbyshire…

Kings of Catalonia, Kings of the World
08:30 Friday 4th March 2016

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to undertake what felt like football's greatest pilgrimage – visiting the Camp Nou to see FC Barcelona in their quest for another La Liga title. After a decade of being held aloft as the ultimate footballing…

'Rock and Roll Football'
12:30 Thursday 21st January 2016

On June 30th 2015, Sheffield Wednesday took the bold step of appointing their first ever foreign coach. Carlos Carvalhal took the reins at Hillsborough prior to a seismic shift in direction for the Owls. The Portuguese manager now has his team…

European Football
Gary Neville's Leap of Faith
16:39 Tuesday 8th December 2015

In the last four years, Gary Neville's emergence as the best ‘pundit' on television has helped him almost wholly change public perception of his character. Unsurprisingly, many Chairman have sounded him out for roles within their football clubs,…

Chelsea - Close to Crisis?
13:06 Friday 30th October 2015

As Eden Hazard's decisive penalty kick was saved by Jack Butland in Tuesday's League Cup tie, Chelsea crashed out of the competition and left Stoke with just one win in the last seven games. Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, is attempting to…

Northern Ireland - Kings of Qualifying
14:05 Monday 12th October 2015

After a two year campaign, Northern Ireland beat former European Champions Greece to qualify for next Summer's tournament in France. When they arrive next June, it will have been thirty years since their last appearance at a major competition.…

Non League
Staying Local - Get Ready For Non League Day
17:48 Monday 5th October 2015

With the international break looming large for fans of Premier League and Championship clubs, it can be a frustrating two weeks until kick off in the next game. But football doesn't stop whilst waiting for a tepid and uninspiring round of European…

An Alternative View of the Beautiful Game
13:29 Wednesday 1st July 2015

James Dean reviews - Football FAQ, an opinionated guide about the world's most popular game. Like any focal point of popular culture, whether it be sport, music or the arts it can be easy to concentrate on milestone moments or the upper echelon…

New Money, New Manager
15:29 Monday 15th June 2015

On the 29th January, Sheffield Wednesday fans were given the prize that they had waited many years for - a takeover by a wealthy owner, with Premier League ambitions. Like many Championship clubs, the gap between mid-table mediocrity and dining…

“Was that the worst ever performance from a referee in the Premier League?'
14:26 Wednesday 25th February 2015

The above was a question posed by the outspoken former head of referees, Keith Hackett, following Chelsea's draw with Burnley at the weekend in which Martin Atkinson controversially turned down two penalty claims, before sending off Nemanja…

Goals win games but Sheffield Wednesday have only netted twice since October
13:11 Tuesday 25th November 2014

James Dean takes a look at an Owls side that started their season well but have slid down to mid-table. After a promising start to the season, Sheffield Wednesday have gone 11 games without a win. Of those 11 games, 7 have passed without the…

Premier League
Time Is Running Out For Alan Pardew At Newcastle United
15:53 Monday 13th October 2014

With no league wins this season, the Newcastle United faithful have begun to get restless and Manager, Alan Pardew, is taking the blame. Loud and visible protests have taken place since the Magpies' shameful display in a 4-0 defeat at Southampton…

Match of the Day at 50
13:04 Friday 29th August 2014

This week the National institution that is Match of the Day turned 50 years old, but in today's world of dedicated sports channels and round the clock football coverage is the show any more than a much loved novelty? If you were to listen to…

Luis Suarez - 'Bitegate' Part III
16:22 Monday 30th June 2014

“The player Luis Suárez is to be suspended for nine (9) official matches. The first match of this suspension is to be served in the upcoming FIFA World Cup™ fixture between Colombia and Uruguay on 28 June 2014. The remaining match suspensions…

England National Team
Greg Dyke and the FA Commission – So close, yet so far
12:19 Monday 12th May 2014

Last week, Greg Dyke and his Commission divided the footballing community in England with their report on the current state of English football and their blueprint for future international success. Finally we have a debate on how our game must…