Articles by Mark Docherty


VAR at the World Cup: An Early Verdict

By Mark Docherty   The World Cup sees the world’s greatest players, coaches and teams come under scrutiny from pundits and supporters from every nation.  However, this year one group of people has faced more…


Football’s Biggest Balancing Act

By Mark Docherty   Some of the most exciting talents in modern football are fledgling youngsters who are still making the transition into professional footballers who can be relied upon to drive a team to…


Magic Sponge: One Month On

By Mark Docherty   One month ago today I underwent Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction and began the long road to recovery from one of football’s most feared injuries. Due to the fact that my level…





Enough is Enough: It’s Time for Video Referees!

Written by Mark Docherty Thursday night’s World Cup qualification playoff saw Northern Ireland’s chances of getting to Russia take a massive hit after their 0-1 defeat to Switzerland. While the overall performance from the Ulstermen…


The Impossible Job of the Football Chairman

Written by Mark Docherty So much of a club’s success can be down to the financial backing given to the manager, while a lack of investment can be equally responsible for a poor season. However,…