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Day: January 6, 2008

Baker & Kelly On Sunday

I’ll get a full review of this weekend’s FA Cup action on here tomorrow but, for now, you’ll have to make do with another new episode of Baker & Kelly from...

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Losing His Grip?

There was a time when one could have regarded Alex Ferguson as being “one of us” at the top end of English football. He was the former union shop steward from Govan, the supporter that had got lucky and, as many people were very quick to tell us, he had never forgotten his socialist background. The problem with that statement, though is that it is untrue. Alex Ferguson, now the proud owner of a knighthood, has forgotten his roots, and is now nothing more than just another rich man, dining out at the Premier League trough. If you wanted any further proof of this, it could be seen in the recent interview in the press, during which he bemoaned the atmosphere at the New Year’s Day match as being like a “funeral”, and also took the time to have a go at FC United and the Independent Manchester United Supporters Association for “not being the conscience” of Manchester United into the bargain. These are curious statements to come from a man so close to the centre of the Manchester United universe – a man who should really understand the dynamics of football crowds. When, then, did Ferguson start to lose touch? Was it when he accepted the knighthood? Was it when he took the Glazer shilling and started to decry those at Old Trafford that were unhappy at the...

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