Pete Hall


Pete is a freelance football journalist from Manchester, based in London. He predominantly writes for Sky Sports, but regularly contributes to FourFourTwo, Bleacher Report, Eurosport, ITV and others.
  • Protecting Marcus Rashford – Can’t We Just Let Him Play Football?

    There is nothing more heartwarming than seeing an enthusiastic, embryonic talent make it big in the Premier League, Roy of the Rovers style. Marcus Rashford's raw energy and palpable intensity makes him instantly attractive to the fervent football fan, lifting the crowd with his lung-busting runs at defenders. Since bursting on to the scene last season against Arsenal, his rise has been somewhat meteoric - from just one Manchester United reserves appearance to Euro 2016 in under a year - and now he is regarded as England’s next great hope. ...

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  • He Gets Knocked Down, But Gets Up Again – Keeping Wilfried Zaha Down Proving Difficult

      We, the average fan, are no stranger to the attitude of footballers being called into question. Whether it is Lord Nicklas Bendtner’s palpable chutzpah, Mario Balotelli’s frequent stupidity or El Hadji Diouf’s unabating desire to offend all who encompass the Senegalese; there are plenty of individuals who regular tarnish the general view of the most watched sportsmen on the planet. Wilfried Zaha is another who has certainly attracted some negative headlines in his short career to date. ...

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  • Time Is Right For Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain To Seek Appreciation Away From Arsenal

    Archive: On March 10th, Pete Hall wrote the below on the need for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to seek appreciation away from the Emirates, with a bid from Liverpool being accepted, it seems we may be about to find out if Oxlade-Chamberlain is making the correct decision in opting for a move. How is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain still only 23? It seems as though the former Southampton youngster has been on the periphery of an under-performing Arsenal squad for eternity, readily receiving praise from a manager who describes him as a key member of the squad, before overlooking his charge for a starting berth in major fixture. ...

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  • Eddie Howe’s Stock Declines As Bournemouth Slide Continues

      It is nigh on impossible not be envious of Eddie Howe. He still has a full, pristine head of hair, has kept himself in admirable shape, doesn’t look a day over 30, has achieved legendary things with little resource, all while being one of the most eloquent, mild-mannered men in football. ...

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  • Claudio Ranieri’s Sacking Was Understandable, But Timed Inexplicably

    It had been coming, despite nobody wanting to admit to it, Claudio Ranieri’s job had been on the line for several weeks. ...

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