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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.



“with Paul Nicholls and Tom Williamson making up the numbers ” !!! What happened to ‘we’re all in this together” OK, that’s it, I’m spending every spare minute checking the form – I’ll be camped outside Valentine Park spying on the Phoenix.. 😊

The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: 27 in 28 (Part 1)

Maybe we could have an alphabetic series on an alphabetic range of sports. Start with abseiling, badminton, canoeing, dog sled racing, equestrian … you get the picture…

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

Mike, does any team have a Pokemon type critter as a mascot, or some Godzilla type monster? I’d go for them. Great read by the way.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

East Adelaide! Nice. At least you read it – I’ll see if the powers that be can make the changes 👍

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 7

They still have draws in Ice Hockey don’t they? How many points for a draw?

Golden-point bonus points are unfair

Are you sure? This would only make sense if a win in regular time was worth three points. What you have described couldn’t have come from the minds of humans surely? Brain-dead zombies maybe.

Golden-point bonus points are unfair

In that case can I just comment by cutting and pasting last weeks inspired/lame comment? Seriously good stuff, Geoff – I learned something… I think

The Wrap: The art of writing the recurring rugby column

As I write this on my commute to work I notice someone has stuck a Sydney FC logo to the bus window. The derby is definitely back. Really enjoyable read, Stuart.

Sydney has its derby back

Fighting words Tom Williamson! The Crowd are the ones you really have to worry about. Good one and welcome to the panel.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 1

I think an under-appreciated reason for some dull games is the heat during the summer in matches not played during the evening. Some players are looking fairly knocked out by half-time in some of those games. I’m not sure if even 5:00pm starts are optimal. Perhaps A-League fans should be petitioning governments to abandon daylight savings so we don’t have to put clocks forward…or is it backwards….

ABC viewers must see attacking football when they watch the A-League

Yes I did, Jimmy. In fact I spent more time thinking about the title than the content… but don’t tell anyone.

Hey A-League, wake me up when September ends

Cheers Griffo. I gave up with FIFA when 7 year old relatives started to run rings around me. I’ve been getting into a bit of NFL to be honest.

Hey A-League, wake me up when September ends

I saw the incendiary device in the photo and thought, cool, we have another quantum physics article. Nice work Professor Tuckerman. Seriously though, it is welcome news that the assistant commissioner is a fan of the game. Also, can you somehow split the off-season atom so that we can start the A-league season? My thumbs are getting blisters from twiddling.

Better policing will help improve A-League atmospheres

Interesting article, Mike. A 3 part reply:
1. If MVFC permanently move to AAMI then really it is only SydFC, Brisbane and Wellington that would be playing in oversize venues. Wellington is tricky but part of me thinks SydFC and Bris SHOULD be playing in big stadiums – and the solution, as you touch on, is how to fill them – or at least to average 20-25k per game. Sometime football people aim too low.
2. How many currently existing boutique stadiums would be good enough for a 2nd div? I doubt there would be 12. Would there be even 5 or 6?
3. Why no quantum physics in the article?

Boutique stadiums are a must for a national second division

Nothing live for me this week – mini matches rule

Did anyone watch an EPL game live this weekend?

Is the A-League independent as of now? I have heard of 1 August deadline but not heard confirmation that it has happened. If the draw has not been released are the discussions still between FFA and Foxtel or is it between the A-League and Foxtel? Who is the chairman of the independent A-League?

A-League independence is almost here but how commercially daring can it be?

Just needs a final lick of paint and all should be ready for the season opener….

I'm on the Western United bandwagon - and you should be too

I have a feeling I don’t get 9Gem. Hmmm…. radio and The Roar blog should do it

The Ashes: England vs Australia, first Test preview, prediction

9Network? But I can’t see it on any of my TV guides. Is it on one of their subsidiary channels (which I don’t get?)
PS Great preview Scott.

The Ashes: England vs Australia, first Test preview, prediction

Assuming the foot-shooters were clean

Shayna Jack reportedly faced with four-year ban by ASADA

Not League Cup, but the FA Cup rounds are on weekends. Lighting wouldn’t be such an issue for a mid-week round of NPL if they are not being televised to broadcast standard.

There'd be more magic in the FFA Cup if teams could play at home

Not in England.

There'd be more magic in the FFA Cup if teams could play at home

What I’d like to see is some Saturday/Sunday afternoon matches – at least we don’t have the lighting issues.

There'd be more magic in the FFA Cup if teams could play at home

What a fantastic game of cricket. The rules re super over were well known in advance – no complaints from me. Knowing that with 1 ball left in the super over there could only be one winner made it all the more exciting.

England win World Cup final in thrilling super over finish against New Zealand

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

Confirmed: David Gallop stepping down as FFA CEO