Premier League transfers after Brexit

The UK left the EU at the end of 2020 and with the end of freedom of movement came a new regime for football transfers with players coming from an EU country now requiring a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) to be able to play in the UK. The January transfer window was generally quiet with not much money being spent (impact of Covid has perhaps some responsibility for that) but the only comments I can find regarding the new system from a prominent manager came from Sam Allardyce. The West Brom head coach made comments early in the window that the new system was making it harder for him. On January 4th, he told reporters…

Sam Allardyce. [Image from the Premier League].

‘I have found three players already who were capable of coming here and they’re not allowed. It’s a shame. Due to the new regulations in terms of the permit they were unable to come to this country, whereas (previously) they would have done. I have to look at that and think ‘can he qualify?’ read more

FA Cup First Round Proper 2018/19: Review

It is one of the most famous cup competitions in world football and in November it began again in proper. The Qualifying rounds started not long after Chelsea lifted the famous cup in May in what proved to be Antonio Conte’s final game in charge. Now, it was time for the First Round Proper. For those who came through the qualifying rounds, it’s their first chance to play against football league opposition and only two away from a potential big money clash with a Premier League side. However, at this stage teams from League One and League Two came into the fray.

Chelsea won the FA Cup back in May. [Image from BBC Sport].

The prize for progression to the Second Round is £36,000 which comes from the FA Prize Fund. While that is not a lot considering some of the crazy sums of money you see in football these days but to some of the smaller clubs, it is big. For some of the clubs in the lower reaches, that could go towards helping secure their squads yearly wage bill or fund much-needed developments in the clubs infrastructure. read more