1. Valley Floyd Road, My Only Desire

    Ten years ago, a little club called Charlton Athletic won a play-off to the then-called Premiership. It was a thrilling game, that both Charlton and Sunderland supporters alike cite as their "greatest game...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about almost 6 years ago 318 reads 2 comments

  2. Manager Roundabout 2008

    Originally this article was to be written about Kevin Keegan and the city of Newcastle. It was to lament the passing of a manager who could have made a very stupid club very big...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about over 6 years ago 304 reads 1 comments

  3. Championship Roundup Week One

    Queens Park Rangers VS Barnsley. Last season Barnsley surprised everyone with a spectacular FA Cup winning streak that included the giant killings of Chelsea and Liverpool...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about over 6 years ago 264 reads 4 comments

  4. Return to The Front: Simon Martin

    It's been four months since I last wrote for Bleacher Report, and it has been far too long by far. First and foremost, I'd like to thank a lot of people. It was a difficult time I worked in, and a difficult time I worked through...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about over 6 years ago 263 reads 6 comments

  5. Tribute to English Football Player Frank Lampard

    I've been away for a few weeks now for various reasons. Suffice it to say it has not been a great few weeks for me...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about over 6 years ago 1,951 reads 3 comments

  6. Manchester United-Arsenal: Young Guns Run Out of Firepower

    In a dramatic match, Arsenal's title hopes, and their last chance of a trophy, disappeared. Arsenal have been a fantastic team to watch all year...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about over 6 years ago 3,746 reads 18 comments

  7. Best of EPL 2007/08: The Year the Magic Came Back

    There are so many moments from this season of football that stood out for me. Watching Chasetown FC beat Port Vale in the FA second round was a particular favourite of mine, hearing the non-league ...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about over 6 years ago 778 reads 10 comments

  8. Do We Dream Enough? A Charlton Fan Looks Skywards

    Sometimes, I wonder whether it's all worth it.Charlton Athletic spent eight years in a row in top flight football, and what did we get out of it? Our highest ever position, seventh ...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about over 6 years ago 1,617 reads 14 comments

  9. The Heartbreak of Handball: Pompey, Charlton and Other Errors

    It's heartbreaking when you've come so far to be denied your chance at the FA cup, and no neutral supporter could have felt any more sympathetic with Kevin Philips yesterday after seeing ...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about over 6 years ago 1,011 reads 6 comments

  10. Bribery in the English Premier League? FA Investigates

    In what has to be the most horrifying news this week, allegations have been made against a former Premier League footballer (as of now his name has not been revealed) that he took a bribe to throw a game in the last two years...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about over 6 years ago 1,012 reads 4 comments

  11. Controversial Rant No. 157: What Has To Change for EPL '08-'09

    The season 2007/08 isn't quite over, but we've seen enough football to know that there are things that must change before next season, to avoid repeats of the controversial, sometimes farcical, incidents we have all been privy to...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about over 6 years ago 1,282 reads 7 comments

  12. One Down, Two To Go: EPL Relegation Torment

    It's official: the relegation axe has fallen on the first team this season, Derby County. All in all, we knew it was coming, and now it is mathematically impossible (bar three teams being deducted 10 points each, of course) for the club to stay up...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about almost 7 years ago 711 reads 5 comments

  13. Inter the Void: Jose Mourinho Returns to Football?

    A few years back, I was taken to an Inter Milan match by my father, who at the time was helping Charlton Athletic with a delightful union with Inter Milan, and had been given tickets to a match...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about almost 7 years ago 1,074 reads 9 comments

  14. Foreign Ownership: A Blight on the EPL

    This week Queen's Park Rangers of the championship became the latest club to be owned by a foreign national - namely, Flavio Briatore, the new chairman of QPR Holdings Ltd (the company behind the club)...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about almost 7 years ago 650 reads 2 comments

  15. Foul Ref! The Laws of the Game, Part Two

    With all the hullaballoo surrounding the behaviour of players and the judgment of referees, I felt it was time to revive this series with a look at Law 12 (Fouls and Misconduct) of the 17 rules that football referees officiate by...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about almost 7 years ago 788 reads 2 comments

  16. Referee Watch #2: A Football Ref Speaks Out.

    It's not often I look over wistfully at the Rugby fields at my university, but a few weeks back, that's exactly what I was doing.The referee was having fun...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about almost 7 years ago 983 reads 7 comments

  17. Charlton Athletic-Crystal Palace: A Plea Against Hooliganism

    On September 1st 2007, a little team in the Southeast of England had an away match at an arch-rival's ground.The team was Charlton Athletic, and the ground was Selhurst Park...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about almost 7 years ago 5,091 reads 67 comments

  18. True Spirit of the FA Cup: Barnsley 1 - 0 Chelsea

    The spirit of the FA Cup has returned, as Barnsley--Championship team Barnsley--have beaten Chelsea in the FA Cup quarterfinal this evening!I can't remember the last time I screamed ...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about almost 7 years ago 4,725 reads 2 comments

  19. FA Cup: Milan Baros Breaks Mancunian Hearts

    A devastating defeat for Manchester United today at the hands of old Liverpool nemesis Milan Baros paved the way for a completely unique set of FA Cup finalists this year...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about almost 7 years ago 1,265 reads 10 comments

  20. Goodbye Gretna? The SPL Minnows in Trouble

    A sad day for Scottish Football fans as Gretna, a club that has worked tirelessly over the years to battle their way through the SPL, revealed that it is facing bankruptcy...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about almost 7 years ago 702 reads 4 comments

  21. Great Footballers, Pt. 3: Super Striker Teddy Sheringham Retires

    It was a sad day for football fans when the news became official, hitting the papers: Teddy Sheringham—the striker who had touched the hearts of thousands—would be hanging up his boots for good...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about almost 7 years ago 62 reads 9 comments

  22. The East/West Divide: Relegation Gets Messy in the EPL

    Barclays Premier League Table PGDPTS1Arsenal2836652Manchester United2843643Chelsea2725584Everton2720505Aston Villa2815486Liverpool2624477Blackburn283458Manchester City283459Portsmouth27114410West ...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about almost 7 years ago 608 reads 2 comments

  23. EPL Record-Breakers: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Funny

    So over the last few months I've been writing some pretty serious, mildly controversial articles (ahem). Therefore, I think it's high time that I wrote about something of more interest...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about almost 7 years ago 1,323 reads 4 comments

  24. Eduardo da Silva vs. Martin Taylor: Tackling the Real Issues

    Eduardo da Silva will probably never play football again.Having broken his leg in no less than four places (the fibula, twice on the ankle, and once on the back of the shin), his injuries were ...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about almost 7 years ago 5,795 reads 40 comments

  25. Arsenal Gunning for Games Overseas?

    Arsene Wenger has given his backing to the EPL's controversial plans for a 39th league game, to be played overseas.His statement, released today, reads "There's two things I like about it...

    Simon Martin Written by Simon Martin about almost 7 years ago 585 reads 4 comments