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Stuart Thomas


Joined January 2015







Stuart Thomas is a sports writer, freelance journalist and copywriter who made the jump from Roar Guru to Expert in 2017. A former trainee professional golfer, his sporting passions are broad with particular interests in football, AFL and rugby league. His love of sport is only matched by his passion for gardening and self-sustainability. Follow him on Twitter @stuartthomas72, connect with him on Facebook and LinkedIn and see his work at



He was very young back in 2012 wasn’t he? Not ready and you are right, the weight of expectation was there. I’ve always harboured the view that he was the one we needed up front and was so pleased to see him get some consistent football at Perth in recent years. 25 is a perfect age for the Socceroos to use him again. I’m not sure what Arnold thinks of him. If he is any sort of fan, he will probably get a bench spot in January. Surely we have to make some changes up front considering the recent goal scoring form of the incumbents?

Is Taggart the man now that Timmy’s time is up?

Admittedly, two of those Socceroos goals came in a 8-0 whitewash. But I agree with this in principle. He converts. Last week I wrote a piece on Timmy and the stats were alarming around Australia’s attackers.

Leckie, Kruse, Juric and Troisi have 26 goals between them from 204 internationals.

I’d be far more comfortable with Taggart up front.

Is Taggart the man now that Timmy’s time is up?

Why are all the young quality strikers coming out of Queensland Waz? How do you do it? Must be Aloisi! Nice to have some Roar content on here. PS – Noticed I tipped your boys again. #inaloisiwetrust

Is Taggart the man now that Timmy’s time is up?

Agree Fadida, Taggart looks the only current Australian forward blessed with true nine qualities. Juric is close and Maclaren does have potential. If we did send him to the Asian Cup, could we do worse? I think not. The other boys are struggling to score, if he does as well, what is the difference. Give him a shot I say. It might just work. I would like to add again that I am not related to Adam or on his payroll. Just a fan.

Is Taggart the man now that Timmy’s time is up?

Who’d a thunk?

Napa, Klemmer find new homes in prop swap

I’m re-watching now and the Dutchman did a lot more than people are giving him credit for. A solid game. Perhaps the bumbling penalty tarnished it a little. Niedermeier was very good yet I felt Sydney’s limp attack asked few questions. Van der Linden was under the pump a lot and did a mountain of work. I enjoyed calling the game, it wasn’t the most tense of ‘blues’ but certainly had a lot on the line. I needed a central defender after struggling to find a stand out earlier in the weekend.

The A-League team of the week: Round 5

Have written about this for tomorrow. Brisbane will only get better and better as this season unfolds.

The A-League team of the week: Round 5

That was a bit of a mystery bet wasn’t it? Just working an a piece that features your main man right now. Should run tomorrow.

The A-League team of the week: Round 5

Yeah, I saw a few people frustrated with van der Linden online during the match, I thought he played strongly. I might have another look today. More alarmingly, Sydney looked impotent up front.

The A-League team of the week: Round 5

He is a freak Jordan. The best of the best. Light is still on before he hits the pillow, so fast he is.

Six talking points from A-League Round 5

Does anyone know the real story behind the Fornaroli non selection? I’ve contacted everyone I thought might have an answer and they all seem more interested in the Victorian election landslide. What is Joyce doing? Oh well, I’ll stick with my Taggart man-crush.

Six talking points from A-League Round 5

Well said Nemesis. When I met James I was stunned by his business acumen and a whole array of issues of which most be unaware. He is a very impressive chap. One of the best accents you’ve ever heard as well.

An invitation to the Football Business Network – Executive Event

Lovely take on the weekends action. Honda was class, Mudgee was cool and Keogh is heading towards a phenomenal season. What was your take on Redmayne’s effort in goal? Looked a little clumsy to me.

Six talking points from A-League Round 4

Nicely said Mike. Hopefully this is a terrific night for the locals and a well attended game. Small grounds do sometimes delivers a terrific atmosphere through the television screens and hopefully this is one of those occasions. Lest we forget.

An A-League match in Mudgee is the perfect addition to Remembrance Round

Just couldn’t squeeze him in. He played very well but gee the Mariners were poor. I was blogging the game so had a good look at him, as did Graham Arnold which is an interesting development.

The A-League team of the week: Round 3

A cultural review is an astonishing term. From where does culture stem in organisation? Leadership, plain and simple.

Cricket Australia release cultural review findings: 42 recommendations put forward in wake of ball-tampering scandal

No doubt he played exceptionally. I was covering the Roar game and admired the way he didn’t become tentative after the yellow. He did an excellent job of timing challenges and made astute decisions for the remainder of the game.

The A-League team of the week: Round 2

I’m hoping for a ripper derby and a plump crowd. Anything less than 30,000 will be alarming. Interesting new venue and I must admit to having grave concerns thanks to the absurd number of major infrastructure changes happening as we speak in Sydney.

Those outside Sydney need to appreciate what a monumental effort it is to attend the SCG. I live 25km from the SCG, travel time via public transport = 1 hour and 15 minutes (and that excludes the inevitable delays that occur in Saturday night traffic). I could run the gauntlet and take the M2 motorway which can be a blessing or a farce.

It puts everyone in a state of uncertainty and it is totally understandable that many choose to watch in comfort at home or their local establishment.

Not an excuse, just a reason.

The Wanderers' dwindling fan base proves why they're Sydney's second team

Ray Gatt’s piece in the Australian suggests Bolt’s people not happy with the small offer and an eventual parting of the ways may occur.

Bolt may be a cow on ice, but it looks like he's here to stay

Doyle was outstanding for the Nix. Must admit I probably haven’t respected his talent enough if that is what he is capable of.

The A-League team of the week: Round 1

I couldn’t find space for one player from Friday night. No one shone. It was that kind of game. Kurz produces that a fair bit. Effective and grinding. Both teams have a lot of improving to do. Roar were the team of the week for me. On his day, Taggart will put four of those chances away.

The A-League team of the week: Round 1

Well done Mike,

Just the positive type of piece that fits perfectly with the start of the season. In my view, it slots in well with the positive coverage of football here on the Roar. Might go and pick up the Sydney papers and see what kind of A-League coverage is featured ten pages from the back. Pardon my cynicism.

Keisuke Honda is the monster the A-League needs


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

Have never once forgotten to include the Roar. Left them out intentionally due to the semantics of the word luck perhaps, but never forgotten them. How could anyone forget the Roar, what with the silver fox in charge?

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

As you know I tip them often. If I don’t mention them I am dismissive of their chances, yet when I ride them all the way to the top six (like last year) and get behind them, I’m the kiss of death. In all seriousness, Taggart is the key. I really like Taggart. Go Taggart.

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