Stuart Holden Shines in Bolton Win

December 13, 2010 — by Sean1

US national team midfielder Stuart Holden (who currently holds first position for tackles won in the EPL) scored a dramatic late winner for Bolton Wanderers on Sunday upon his return from a thigh injury. The prolific twitterer (@stuholden) has become a fixture in Owen Coyle’s side, and though Bolton had gone down to ten men Holden continued to attack, turning a chested trap into a powerful one-time volley that slid in at the near post.

Fat Sam, having seen his team level with two minutes left and up a man, was more than displeased after the match, calling his squad a bunch of old women. Asked if he was sick from the result, he responded:

“Sick is an understatement. We defended like a bunch of old women. I’m sick they went down to 10 men, because, with 11, I thought we were going to go on and win it.”

Bolton have surpassed all expectations this season both in style and points earned. They’ve played a pleasing brand of football, and now sit six in the table with a +6 goal difference.


CultFootball Editors: “If we wrote for the Guardian, we’d have a million hits a week”

September 17, 2010 — by Sean

Give those guys at cultfootball some credit, ya tossers.

Today’s statement by Fat Sam has set us thinking along the same lines here at the CultFootball headquarters. While we have historically ranged in the high double–low triple digit daily readership, we’re of such quality that a more monied institution with better resources would 1. be lucky to have us, and 2. increase our hit rate thousands of times over.

What inspiration is it you ask? Allardyce’s “better than this” comments that were surely made from a pub stool:

“I’m not suited to Bolton or Blackburn, I would be more suited to Inter or Real Madrid,” Allardyce said. “It wouldn’t be a problem to me to go and manage those clubs because I would win the double or the league every time. Give me Manchester United or Chelsea and I would do the same, it wouldn’t be a problem. It’s not where I’m suited to, it’s just where I’ve been for most of the time.”

Well touch me in the morning, this guy is really on to something.