How the back-pass rule changed football in England almost overnight

Lewis’ latest piece for These Football Times looks at how outlawing the ability to pick up a back-pass in 1992 changed the English game for the better.  Football is a simple game. Besides perhaps the offside rule, which may be complicated to an outsider who doesn’t watch the game, the rules are pretty self-explanatory. You learn […]

EFL Weekly – Gameweek Roundup 6-7 October

With the latest international break looming on the horizon, teams across the SkyBet Championship were eager to put on a show to send fans home happy and give themselves momentum heading to the imminent two-week break from action. As ever, there were plenty of goals, drama and surprises to keep you on your toes, and […]

‘The fixture to define this Premier League era’ – Liverpool v Man City preview

Klopp v Guardiola. Super Sunday. The best two teams in England go head to head. Heavy metal gegenpress meets the super-attacking jugo de posicion. Judgement Day. Sky Sports can push whatever slogans they want in the lead up to this match, it won’t boost their numbers that much, because everyone from around the world will […]

Opinion: Leeds must show they have bouncebackability after first defeat

For Football League World, Lewis Steele looks at how Leeds United need to recover from their first league defeat.  Leeds suffered their first league defeat of the season last weekend as ex-manager Garry Monk led his Birmingham side to a 2-1 victory at Elland Road. It was far from disastrous, with Leeds playing satisfactory on […]

The rise of Edin Džeko from besieged Sarajevo to breaking records across Europe

As originally featured on This Football Times, Lewis Steele charts the rise of Edin Džeko from the war-torn Sarajevo to the top of the footballing ladder. The story of most world-class footballers starts on a local park, where the future star would spend hours a day kicking a ball around with friends from an early age. […]

Opinion: Jack Grealish must prove his worth following new deal

For Football League World, Lewis Steele calls for Jack Grealish to step up to the next level whereby he starts ‘winning games on his own’.  Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish penned a new big-money deal on Monday, keeping him in contract at Villa Park until 2023. The intricacies of the contract were not disclosed however, […]