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Jonny Keen

Glasgow based writer keen (geddit?) on the cultural elements of football. More interested in the fortunes of Cefn Druids or HJK Helsinki than the latest goings on at Manchester City or Real Madrid.

Once played 10 minutes of a game in the 17th tier of English football. He thinks the best food in football is to be found at Forest Green Rovers and Rayo Vallecano are the only club in Madrid. 

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Total articles: 25

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International
Can San Marino continue to improve after latest heroics?
12:01 Monday 18th November 2019

Beneath the glare of the floodlights, the charging winger latched onto the through pass, rounded the keeper and prodded the ball home home. Mobbed by his teammates, the goal scorer roared with triumph. The casual observer may assume, based…

Scotland
What next for Queen's Park after adopting professional status?
17:01 Sunday 17th November 2019

When Queens Park FC’s supporters met on Thursday night, they made a decision with deep ramifications - not only for their club but Scottish football as a whole. Members of Scotland’s oldest side voted overwhelmingly to…

Reviews
Book Review: Colin Grainger - The Singing Winger
15:01 Saturday 16th November 2019

When reading footballers’ autobiographies, I often get the impression their ghostwriters had the devil of a time getting anything interesting out of them. Picture some overpaid hack begging an ex-international to say something interesting,…

Championship
Is Michael O'Neill the hero Stoke City needs?
12:01 Thursday 14th November 2019

When Stoke City fired manager Nathan Jones nine months into his tenure, questions were asked about who should take the vacant position. Since the departure of Mark Hughes in 2018, the situation in Staffordshire has gone from bad to worse, a…

International
Can Wales qualify for Euro 2020?
12:00 Wednesday 13th November 2019

With two games left, the EURO 2020 qualifying groups are really heating up. The time has come for Wales manager Ryan Giggs to show the world what he’s made of and lead his squad into second place in group E; meaning automatic…

Welsh Premier
Can big money investment transform Cefn Druids?
12:01 Tuesday 12th November 2019

It’d be hard to find a more literal example of a club between a rock and a hard place than Cefn Druids. The Cymru Premier outfit’s small ground, appropriately named The Rock, was built in a disused quarry and is dominated by an…

Spl
Can Roy Keane kickstart his career in Edinburgh?
13:00 Saturday 9th November 2019

There’s a black cloud flying over Edinburgh. With both of the city’s top-flight clubs having dispensed with their respective managers, speculation is raging on who could take either hot seat. One name bandied about in conjunction…

Spl
Are Motherwell entering a golden age?
12:00 Monday 4th November 2019

The nights are drawing in and the weather in Scotland is turning from cold and rainy to even colder and rainier. Motherwell aren’t letting that bother them. In Lanarkshire, life is sweet. Manager Steve Robinson has led his young, energetic…

Germany
Can Gladbach maintain their Bundesliga title challenge?
16:01 Sunday 27th October 2019

When Mainz won promotion to the Bundesliga in 2002, there was one coach’s name on the lips of German football fans: Jurgen Klopp. But the enigmatic Liverpool boss wasn’t just winning titles and developing players in the Bundesliga.…

Non League
Can Altrincham sustain full time football?
09:00 Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Altrincham FC may not be the best-known club in Greater Manchester, but any Robins fan will tell you their heroes have every reason to be proud. Having knocked 17 Football League clubs out of the FA Cup over the years, including Blackpool,…

International
Can Steve Clarke revive Scotland's fortunes?
12:01 Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Heedless of the rain falling in relentless sheets over the stadium, the midfielder steps up for the free-kick. The ball curls neatly into the top corner. The 6-0 rout is complete. Despite a dominant display, no one is particularly…

International
How far can Canada go on the international stage?
19:01 Friday 18th October 2019

When it comes to footballing powerhouses of the world, Canada isn’t exactly the first nation that springs to mind. The Canucks made it to the World Cup finals once, back in 1986, where they lost all three group stage games down in…

Scotland
Can Kevin Harper inspire greater diversity in Scottish football?
17:01 Wednesday 16th October 2019

Step inside Cliftonhill stadium and you’ll be met with an anachronism. This is the home of Albion Rovers, one of the SPFL’s lowest-ranked clubs. While the tiny ground sits less than ten miles from Celtic Park, it might as well be…

Reviews
Book Review: Per Mertesacker - Big Friendly German
19:01 Friday 11th October 2019

It’s hard to stick a label on Per Mertesacker. A World Cup winner who captained Arsenal to an FA Cup win, the self-described beanpole was a highly regarded centre-back at the very top of the game, but never came to be regarded as a truly…

European Championships
Can Northern Ireland qualify for Euro 2020?
12:01 Thursday 10th October 2019

Euro Qualifying has gone about as well as could be expected for Northern Ireland. In their first four games, they took maximum points, largely thanks to a tight defence led by Jonny Evans. A quartet of wins, two each against Estonia and Belarus,…