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Mick Bates

Mick is a passionate fan of Coventry City and has watched from the sidelines (and had the privilege of seeing the inner workings during an exciting two years in corporate sales there) to see the once mighty Sky Blues fall from the Premier League, then fail to sparkle in the Championship, relegated from League One and wind up in League Two before winning the most important fixture in football competitions - The Checkatrade Trophy final followed by a heart-stopping promotion back to League One.

As well as supporting the Sky Blues, Mick appreciates all levels of football and loves a good book to keep himself entertained as well as a few hours on FIFA or Football Manager as time allows.

He also keeps an eye on all the major English leagues and regularly enjoys a flutter looking for that elusive treble! 

Total articles: 129

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A British Raj: My Life In Football Behind Closed Doors
15:00 Sunday 4th November 2018

All too often, football biographies are about the players on the pitch or the man in control of the team. 'A British Raj' takes a look at a normal working-class man's journey through the football world. It tells how Raj Athwal…

Champions League
Italy Fail To Qualify For World Cup For First Time In 60 Years
10:58 Tuesday 14th November 2017

The Italian National Team has failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958! A 0-0 draw against Sweden at the San Siro on Monday night, was not enough to overturn the 1-0 defeat that the Azzurri suffered in Solna on Friday…

Book Review - The Illustrated History of Football
16:40 Thursday 30th March 2017

You might not instantly recognise the name.  However, the work of David Squires will be instantly recognisable to football fans around the world as his weekly comic strips have adorned the Guardian newspaper for several years now. His spot…

Book Review - Coventry City: A Club Without A Home
13:14 Wednesday 21st December 2016

Coventry City famously left their Highfield Road home in 2005 to play at the purpose built Ricoh Arena, but for a dark period of 18 months they moved out of nirvana to play at Sixfields Stadium, this is the full story behind what happened to…

Editors Thoughts
Twitter reacts to THAT Champions League last-16 draw
17:56 Monday 12th December 2016

If you were going to have a bet on which team Arsenal fans did not want to be up against in the last 16 of the Champions League, your money would have been as safe as houses if you'd have picked THAT team from Germany. Arsenal fans around the…

Editors Thoughts
Can you help save a football club?
15:39 Monday 21st November 2016

In recent years we've witnessed some familiar teams in the Football League running out of money and going into administration, some teams as Kettering Town and Portsmouth have survived, whilst the likes of Darlington FC have not been so lucky.…

England National Team
Jack Wilshere Q&A session ends before it begins
17:38 Wednesday 11th May 2016

Somewhere, a social media manager is seriously considering his position following after an #AskJackWilshere Q&A session ends a lot earlier than originally planned, by about a full day! We've seen several of these Question and Answers sessions…

David Moyes Sacked - Twitter Reacts
12:39 Tuesday 10th November 2015

He knew it was coming and so did but Twitter still went into overdrive yesterday when it was finally confirmed that David Moyes was sacked from Real Sociedad. As you'd expect www.thesackrace.com was one of the first to bring us the news on…

Premier League
Jurgen Klopp appointed new Liverpool manager - Internet explodes
17:30 Thursday 8th October 2015

It was finally confirmed today (Thursday) that former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp would at last be taking control of a team in the Premier League and that team would be Liverpool. Since the sacking of Brendan Rodgers there was a lot…

The Champions League Draw Was Made Last Night - See How The Internet Reacted
12:24 Friday 28th August 2015

Twitter once again proved to be a popular place during the UEFA Champions League Draw Football fans around the world tuned into the UEFA website and BT Sports (not Sky Sports, they were busy) to watch UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino…

Jose Mourinho Not Having The Best Of Times This Season
12:31 Monday 17th August 2015

Oh dear its not going well so far this season for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and following the defeat at the weekend against Manchester City could the title race already be over? The internet can be a cruel cruel world, one day you are top…

Twitter Reacts to Petr Cech's Nightmare Debut for Arsenal
14:42 Monday 10th August 2015

Things did not go according to plan for Arsenal's new keeper over the weekend. The arrival of Petr Cech at Arsenal was hailed as a success story before the first ball of the Premier League season had been kicked in anger, the former Chelsea…

Sepp Blatter resigns from FIFA, the internet reacts
13:27 Wednesday 3rd June 2015

After winning the latest bout of FIFA Presidential Elections, (despite a massive FBI investigation into "alleged" corruption) Sepp Blatter sensational resigned from his post, causing the Football World to cheer collectively at once. Never has…

Sepp Blatter remains in control of FIFA for another term, really he has....
10:10 Saturday 30th May 2015

FIFA and corruption seem to go hand in hand lately, despite the recent arrests of seven top ranking officials and the 2022 World Cups being awarded to Qatar it seems that we will be stuck with Sepp Blatter in control of HMS FIFA for another…

Editors Thoughts
Twitter Reacts To Nigel Pearson's 'Ostrich' Rant
12:26 Friday 1st May 2015

Nigel Pearson has had a tough season, his side Leicester City, look set to be relegated from the Premier League back down to the Championship, despite a promising start at the beginning of the campaign.He's also had a run in with a fan that…