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Troy Townsend: Why Kick It Out’s Equality Inspires programme is so important for young footballers today

Troy Townsend at Wembley

Ask anyone about racism in football and they’ll all say the same thing: “more needs to be done.” At Kick it Out, though, they are working tirelessly to promote equality in football and eradicate what is one of the long-lasting stains on the beautiful game. For the second season running, the organisation, along with the Premier League, took their work ... Read More »

OTPN INTERVIEW: Bournemouth and England U20 captain Lewis Cook on Leeds to the Premier League and beyond

Richard Amofa with Lewis Cook

Lewis Cook had just walked out of the changing room. Warm up done. Kit administered. Shinpads applied. Before him stood the imposing figure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Wayne Rooney too. Cook was about the make his Premier League debut, and there is no bigger introduction to the Premier League stage than an encounter with Manchester United. “Seeing them all in the ... Read More »

Inside the Manchester City Academy: An interview with director, Mark Allen

Manchester City academy director, Mark Allen

This is a fuller version of a piece I wrote for the Daily Telegraph back in October. You can read that piece, here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2016/10/29/how-manchester-city-are-revolutionising-the-entire-football-acad/  Thank you to Manchester City for providing the access, and to Mark Allen for showing me around their wonderful facilities. Jump on the Metrolink tram at Manchester Piccadilly for four stops and you’ll arrive at Manchester City’s ... Read More »

#OTPNInterview – Robbie: Arsenal Fan TV

Robbie Arsenal Fan TV

This man is usually the man asking the questions, as seen on his popular YouTube channel, Arsenal Fan TV. But don’t be fooled, Robbie is not a man to sit on the fence. He holds pertinent opinions of his own and packs a punch with them too. Obviously of an Arsenal persuasion, times have changed from when the North London ... Read More »

Harry Redknapp: “I don’t think Rashford will play” at Euro 2016

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp doesn’t believe that young Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford will get game time at Euro 2016. The 18-year-old was named in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad for the European Championships after a whirlwind start to his international career. However, despite the fact that Rashford scored on his international debut against Australia on May 27, Redknapp believes that the young ... Read More »

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