Author Archives: Ollie Bower

Ollie Bower is a football enthusiast who applies his trade at the University of Southampton where he studies History and Philosophy. An avid Manchester United fan, Ollie attempts to break the mould of the stereotypical London United supporter with football knowledge that threatens to verge on excessive. Ollie is a keen follower of all things football ranging from Ryman league level to Europe's elite, briefly stopping by in Npower’s Leagues One and Two. The London-based student has written for Hampton and Richmond FC and is looking to expand his journalistic pedigree with OTPN. Ollie is a firm admirer of the Gary Neville brand of footballing insight and enjoys said brand of footballing analysis. Follow @switchestheplay on Twitter to learn more of Ollie’s footballing opinions and aspirations.

Rooney saga could be make or break for Moyes

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The situation that David Moyes finds himself in regarding Wayne Rooney and the uncertainty that looms over England’s 5th all-time leading goal scorer is inconvenient to say the least. As if taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson wasn’t challenge enough, the debacle which it is fast becoming Wayne Rooney could quite plausibly shape the way many Manchester United fans view ... Read More »

Hampton and Richmond Borough Fc 0- Queen’s Park Rangers 4


(Pre-season match report). The pre-season calendar was well underway for both sides as Hampton and Richmond Borough Fc played host to a Queens Park Rangers XI consisting of their U 21 Elite development squad. Although there were no “star” names on show the R’s were a compact and skilful unit and after a tightly fought contest Rangers ran out 4-0 ... Read More »

2013/2014: The season to be frugal.

Mourinho (Left), Moyes (Right)

I am not urging the European elites to be prudent this summer, on the contrary; the “crazy” season as it’s known is immensely enjoyable for all football fans alike and the more big money transfers, the better, with here’s hoping my beloved Manchester United bring in a world class midfielder or two. Alas, United’s midfield frailties are for another day ... Read More »

United out as referee plays centre-stage

Nani see's Red

by Ollie Bower Real Madrid booked their place in the last eight with a 3-2 aggregate win over Manchester United, down in no small part to what can only be described as a refereeing howler. United took the lead courtesy of a Sergio Ramos own goal but the tie was turned on its head when Nani was given a more ... Read More »

De Gea steps up as the “Perfect Match” ends all square

Tight Margins- De Gea saving from Coentrao

By Ollie Bower It was one of the most anticipated matches in recent times and the battle of wits between Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho, arguably the two greatest managers in present day football certainly lived up to its expectation. Real Madrid took on Manchester United at the Bernabeu in the first leg of their last 16 tie with the ... Read More »

Fernando Torres: The Enigma


By Ollie Bower First and foremost, I am a big fan of Fernando Torres. If bias is detected in this article you now know the reason behind it; a soft spot will always be there for El Niño . The world of football became fully aware of Fernando Torres Sanz in the mid 2000’s; Atletico Madrid gained promotion to La ... Read More »

Loan Watch: Angelo Henriquez and Marouane Chamakh


First and foremost, Happy New Year! Now down to business. Although far from the most household of names both Marouane Chamakh and Angelo Henriquez will find themselves with pivotal roles to play in the next six months. With West Ham taking the gamble on Arsenal’s largely impotent forward Chamakh, Roberto Martinez has opted to bring in 18 year old Henriquez ... Read More »

Is the striking partnership a dead breed?


Yorke to Cole, Heskey to Owen, Ronaldo to Raul, Butragueño to Sánchez; fast forward to the current day and I implore you to think of a partnership that even comes close to the aforementioned classic partnerships. To say that anything is a “dead” breed requires insurmountable evidence, but if we look at world football today it does seem to indicate ... Read More »

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