Day: November 7, 2012

Match Of The Past: Wolverhampton Wanderers

It’s time for our final Match Of The Past from the Championship, and this evening we feature Wolverhampton Wanderers, and six matches from the years between 1969 and 1988. We kick off with a trip to White Hart Lane to play Tottenham Hotspur, and this is the first of three matches from three consecutive seasons from the early 1970s. The following season sees Wolves at home against Everton on a snow covered Molineux pitch on Boxing Day 1970, and our third match sees them at home in November 1971 against the team that would end the 1971/72 season as the surprise champions of England, Derby County. We then skip forward to the end of the decade for a Second Division match against Bolton Wanderers from May 1977. Having already secured promotion back to the First Division, Wolves travelled to Burnden Park to deny a Bolton side that was itself pushing for a return to the top flight. This was the start of a yo-yo period for the club, and our penultimate match sees Wolves travel to The Hawthorns in November 1983 for a derby match against West Bromwich Albion, having been promoted to the First Division the previous summer but failing to win a single match up to that point that season. Finally, we skip to 1987/88 and the Sherpa Vans Trophy final against Burnley. The club had endured...

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Hearts Up Against It

Today’s news that the Hearts have been served with a winding-up petition for almost £450K in unpaid tax comes as little surprise to those of us who have been following the club’s fortunes over recent years. But such is the capricious and unpredictable nature of owner Vladimir Romanov that it’s impossible to tell, at this stage, whether this is just the latest in a series of mini-crises between which the club is stumbling on an ongoing basis, or whether this really is the beginning of an endgame. Shortly after news of the action broke this afternoon, a statement appeared on the club’s website titled ‘The future of Heart of Midlothian’. It observes that: Without the support of fans there is, as we issue this note, a real risk that Heart of Midlothian Football Club could possibly play its last game next Saturday, 17 November against St Mirren. This isn’t a bluff, this isn’t scaremongering, this is reality. Since Hearts have not always been in the habit of acknowledging the seriousness of their evident financial problems, the tone of this statement has to come as a major worry. A deal may yet be struck or some money found from somewhere in the eight days before the petition falls due, but this is clearly not a matter to be taken lightly. All this has come in the midst of their efforts...

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Why Money Negates Luck For Manchester City This Season

Luck, of course, is the one currency that denies analysis in modern football. The rub of the green doesn’t necessarily follow patterns, no matter how much pundits try to claim that it “evens itself out over the course of a season”, and both good luck and bad luck can manifest themselves at the most opportune of moments. Last night at The City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester Citys luck ran dry. A perfectly good goal denied for one of the more mysteriously raised linesmans flags of the season so far and a shout for a penalty kick in stoppage time that was met by the referees whistle blowing for full-time rather than a penalty kick are the sort of factors in the ebb and flow of a football match that all the money in the world cannot take care of. Yet the fact of the matter remains that Manchester City remain in serious danger of not qualifying for the next round of the Champions League on account of their own sloppiness rather than these ill-advised refereeing decisions. Any viewing of their record in this years competition can only look at their overall performance in this years competition so far and consider that focusing on the micro rather than the macro would be a refusal to address the problems that the team has had on the pitch so far this season....

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