Laura Howard

Arsenal triumph in London derby spectacle

The most highly anticipated game of the FAWSL’s opening weekend saw a clash of two title hopefuls in the Champions League finalists and defending champions, Chelsea, and last year’s third-placed team, Arsenal. Held at the Emirates and broadcast on Sky Sports, the game truly set the standard for where women’s...
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Posted Sep. 7, 2021

Football creates lasting legacies for host cities

Despite England's loss at the final of the Euros, choruses of ‘it’s coming home’ ringing out from beer gardens and pubs across England are still echoing in our minds. Yet football has become a truly global game and now contributes sizeably to tourism across the world. While this year’s Euros took on an alternative hosting arrangement, with games spread across multiple venues throughout Europe, the hosting of international tournaments can be both a blessing and a burden on the home nation.
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Posted Jul. 16, 2021

Cavendish equals Merckx’s record in remarkable return

Behind all the clamour and furore surrounding England’s historic journey to the Euro 2020 finals, another Englishman’s success has been somewhat overshadowed. While the nation’s eyes have been fixed on football, Mark Cavendish has been charting a resurgence in the cycling world that has seen him equal a record no...
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Posted Jul. 15, 2021

Football creates lasting legacies for host cities

The Euros are now well underway and choruses of ‘it’s coming home’ ring out from beer gardens and pubs across England. Yet football has become a truly global game and now contributes sizeably to tourism across the world. While this year’s Euros has taken on an alternative hosting arrangement, with games spread across multiple venues throughout Europe, the hosting of international tournaments can be both a blessing and a burden on the home nation.
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Posted Jul. 11, 2021

Why Bukayo Saka should start against Italy

He’s been pictured riding a unicorn into English hearts and held aloft by teammates, carried like a king, but for Bukayo Saka the summer of 2021 really has been the stuff of fairy-tales. From debates surrounding his place in the 23-man squad at the outset of the tournament, Saka’s aptitude...
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Posted Jul. 10, 2021

The WSL Hall of Fame

Following the announcement of Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry as the first inductees into the EPL Hall of Fame, Laura Howard assesses who should be the first names on the WSL's list.
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Posted May. 11, 2021

Alex Scott close to being named host of Football Focus

The expected appointment of Alex Scott as the first permanent female host of Football Focus represents another pioneering move but one that should not come as a surprise. In a career that has seen no shortage of firsts for women in football, Scott has certainly proven her ability in analysis...
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Posted Apr. 22, 2021

Joe Montemurro leaves behind a platform for success

It was announced at the end of March that Joe Montemurro would be stepping down from his tenure as the head coach of Arsenal Women at the end of the season. As a lifelong Arsenal fan Montemurro has called the decision “the most difficult of his coaching career”.  He can...
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Posted Apr. 15, 2021