Author Archives: Lawrence Bowen

A keen sports fan with a particular interest in football and tennis, Lawrence lives near Reading in Berkshire and has held a season ticket for Reading F.C for 7 years. He has attended the University of Southampton since September 2012 and studies English and History, which gives him plenty of time to get into a variety of footballing arguments and debates. @LawrenceBowen93

Should we cap the number of foreigners in the Football League?

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At the end of a qualification campaign that has only thrown up more questions than answers about the future of English national football, Gareth Southgate, the newly appointed England U-21’s boss, has called for a cap on the number of foreigners playing in the Football League. Obviously this would increase the sheer number of English footballers playing regular football, but ... Read More »

Can Reading save their season?

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Last Sunday saw yet another disappointing result to add to Reading F.C’s fairly dismal start to the 13/14 season, a 0-0 draw at home to Brighton in which Nigel Adkins’s usual fast passing play was abandoned for a McDermott-esque celebration of the long ball. Exasperated moans punctuated the deafening silence from the home crowd as brief moments of short concise ... Read More »

Why won’t England use the U21s?

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In the squad for the England games against Moldova and Ukraine, two players apparently urgently required were Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling. Both of these players are quite outstanding young talents, Barkley has possibly been Everton’s best player so far this season whilst Sterling’s superb blend of pace and trickery is well known from the first half of last season, ... Read More »

Ross Barkley, Everton’s next big thing?

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Whilst the last great talent off Everton’s production line sat disgruntled on the Old Trafford bench, their latest bright young product was winning many more admirers. Ross Barkley’s name has been on the lips of many on Merseyside for a few years now as one the new crop of next big things, but only now, under a new manager at ... Read More »

Relegation, but a bright future for both Reading and QPR

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By Lawrence Bowen, A scoreless, boring draw quite adequately summed up both Reading’s and QPR’s season, with both teams being scarcely able to summon up the quality and skill to even attempt to save themselves from the drop. It was a game devoid of any passion or clear skill, and it was more than a little depressing that both sets ... Read More »

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