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Paul Nicholls

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Joined April 2014







Sydney based writer with a particular interest in the history and culture of sport. Likes Sydney FC in the A-League and Cronulla Sharks in the NRL.



Absolutely Griffo. Quite a few changes – hopefully the Stajcic case was the lowpoint.

Confirmed: David Gallop stepping down as FFA CEO

Awesome read.

What the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup - and everything before it - means to me

Such a soft penalty that one. These pitch side reviews are farcical – I see the Premier League are going to cut down on most of these in their VAR which is a good thing.
But USA far too good and congrats to them. Great game by the Dutch keeper as well

When you play like the USA, you can say whatever you want

Fascinating sub-plot to the World Cup – just as America starts to gear up for the next Presidential election. Mr Trump will want to score political points but as the US team is so popular at the moment he would need to be careful how he does it. Ms Rappinoe seems to be a forceful personality – will the whole team stand with her? Is it a bad look for woman’s soccer if they decline the invitation? Will be interesting to see what happens.

Rapinoe vs Trump: Disrespectful or inspiring activism?

Awesome story. Thanks for this

The night old soccer came home

I think people underestimate the strength of RL and soccer in the west of Sydney. Parra and Penrith have massive followings even if they are reluctant to go to games. I also think GWS did themselves no favours by aligning themselves with Canberra – it’s given them an in-built identity crisis from day one.

GWS are tearing up the AFL, so where are the fans?

I have hardly looked at the Rugby columns for a while and am wondering why considering how good this article is (although the tech videos are a bit distracting!) It does say something that I have come to this page after watching the great sporting package that is state of origin. If anything, NRL is getting more popular in Oz and Rugby seems to be losing its way. I just wonder whether we shouldn’t just embrace this – let the players go to UK and France for as much money as they can get. Put pressure on IRB to have International breaks so the best players can be picked for internationals and at the same time reduce the number of internationals that are played – I’m actually getting bored of playing NZ so many times. Is there some kind of transfer system in Rugby? Could clubs/states/provinces be rewarded for helping produce good players for overseas clubs? Maybe if Aus rugby was just a feeder comp for Northern Hemisphere rugby then we might at least see some very competitive young players going around. Club football (soccer) in Brazil and Argentina is still fairly popular even with the best players in Euro clubs. I do have a soft spot for the great sport of Rugby that my father played and loved and hope there is a resurgence in the Australian game soon. Great read, Nic.

Will Australian rugby become a farm for the north?

A good optimistic piece Stuart … although “the new 13-team A-League season” I counted only 11 !! But that’s neither here nor there. On point 1) Great idea but the fact we are only getting 1 not 2 new teams and therefore still just 5 games a week means it feels slightly half-hearted. I’m truly baffled why they didn’t go to 12 straight away. Thoughts? I’m more looking to the following season when there are 12 teams.
5) I think this one is massive – if the new stadium doesn’t boost WSW and the league then there are problems. They have made a great start by playing Leeds Utd – hopefully that sets the bar – as long as seats are not too expensive I would like to think WSW could average 20k next season.
And… go the ’tildas !!!!!!!!!!!!!

What is the state of play in football after another stagnant A-League season?

Great article Jordan. Isn’t football a game for the people? Surely Perth Glory represent the people of Perth. This game is a showpiece – let’s get it out of the garage and put it on the big stage.

This A-League grand final bandwagon talk must stop

Interesting how this worked out and it’s hard to argue considering the criteria you set. At the end of day there are 4 Victory players but only one Glory player. My changes: Reddy in for Thomas, Davidson for Deng, O’Neill for Isais and sorry to say I don’t think Ninkovic has been at his best this year – I would swap him for Castro.

The Roar’s A-League team of the season are Johnny Warren Medal contenders

Wasn’t the exact tweet “Sydney can’t lose from here”? In which case he was technically correct?

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 25

Champers? Compliments of The Roar? Is it Pinot Roar? Yes, yes, sharing is caring.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 25

The Crowd are on a roll – the people have spoken!

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 24

Was a great venue and a great weekend. Such great potential in the future for football journalism and literature and football itself. Good to see such a diverse group, young and old, men and women. Very good write up Stuart and on a personal note you did very well in your session!
Punter, Stevo, AG074, Nemesis, Midfielder – get yourself along to next year’s conference!

2019 Football Writers Festival: An inspiring weekend with Jens and Foz

Very well said Matt. Relocation is not expansion – it is robbing passionate RL fans of their sport and dropping it into an area where no-one gives a toss. In anti-corporate terms it’s a lose-lose scenario. The Bears would be massive.

Relocation is madness. Bring back the Bears

Hi Mr Football. I was interested to note that when questioned about it just the other day, the new SW Sydney franchise people said they absolutely welcomed promotion and relegation. Just a bit of bravado or is this representative of a new way of thinking?

What do football fans want from an Australian second division?

Financial viability is a huge factor Redondo but who really is an expert on this aspect? Not me. Mr Nogarotto and co. have made some pretty bullish noises about this – I expect they are in a better position than me to make it happen.

What do football fans want from an Australian second division?

Cheers Nem. There are so many facets to this I could have kept writing and writing but if you gaze too far ahead you’ll never see the challenges right ahead of you. The thing that impresses me (and even surprises me) is the absolute enthusiasm and commitment of the people involved.

What do football fans want from an Australian second division?

Should we demand a recount Griffo? (Although I’d probably go backwards if we did)

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 21

All 13 home games. Does that mean next season will have 26 or 27 rounds?

Western Sydney Stadium is the feel-good story the A-League needs

Thanks for the grand walk down memory lane. Well played David

A lifetime of great sporting memories

Trophy? Please make those enquiries Stuart. I’m clearing a space on my mantle piece just in case.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 20

My bad. Castro of course. Well spotted Haydos.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 19

So my one point was actually good? Well it’s certainly tight at the top. Should be another cracking round this week.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 19

I’d agree with all of these but I think you’ve left out the biggest one – that is to ensure that the best Australian players are available for most of the tournament – which can only happen if Internationals end after the Sydney test. People are getting sick and tired of watching 2nd rate teams going around. If international white ball games must be played, do that later in Feb after the BBL

What Cricket Australia must do to fix the Big Bash for 2020