Day: May 24, 2009

Match Of The Week: Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle United

It had been described as such all season, but it turned out that Newcastle United’s season wasn’t a soap opera after all. It was just an opera. Whilst soap operas usually offer comeuppance and redemption, operas can only offer the inevitability of the tragic ending. After nine months of trying to keep their heads above water, Newcastle United finally succumbed to the inevitable and were relegated from the Premier League. In the end, though, it was an almighty deflection – the sort of deflection that you could try and and replicate for hours on end without success – that took them down, but the truth of the matter is that the problems that have sent Newcastle on trips to Scunthorpe, Barnsley and Peterborough next season are institutional. There had been complaints about Manchester United fielding a reserve team at Hull, but the truth of the matter is that Newcastle were exceptionally lucky to be in with a chance or staying up going into today’s fixtures to start with. Most teams that have thirty-four points with one game of the season left to play would already have been sentenced to the drop. It was good news for them that Hull City, Sunderland and Middlesbrough had all been doing their best to match their ineptitude over the last few weeks. It was also a sign of just how desperate this current...

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Baker & Kelly Reloaded, Part 2 & Other News

As promised, the motherlode of the Baker & Kely collection have now been re-uploaded – instructions on how to get hold of them are here. The folder is just over 1gb, so make sure you have plenty of space before you embark on that little project. Also, the next project for the summer will be to re-upload all the football music that was once on this site and has disappeared. This will be done over the next few weeks or so and a new page will be added to the top of the site when this has been completed. In other news, this site has been nominated for EPL Talk’s end of season awards. I’m not, as a rule, a massive fan of these popularity contests, but complaining about it seems pretty churlish as well, so, should you wish to vote for us, then feel free. I will be very flattered all the same. I’m not going to be cleaning out a space on the mantlepiece in anticipation, though. There will be more on here later, on the subject of the somewhat undignified scramble to avoid relegation to the...

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