Author: Ian

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A Footballer Has Been Arrested

They’re champing at the bit already, of course. The tabloid press is already straining like a horse at the tape before the Grand National, walking that most narrow of tightropes of being as salacious...

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On Fatherhood & Football

They don’t warn you, of course. From the very moment that a wave of “I think I’m late” washes over your significant other for the first time to the point at which you’re looking...

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Lincoln City & The Not So Co-operative Bank

As the travelling supporters of Lincoln City Football Club left Blundell Park on the Sunday after Christmas, they might have been forgiven a little seasonal optimism. A Conference National win away to their local...

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And… We’re Back

There comes a point in every man’s life when he needs a holiday, and that’s exactly how I felt about this old place at the end of last summer. After more than eight years,...

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Blyth Spartans & The FA Cup Third Round

It’s the Third Round of the FA Cup this weekend and, while the lowest-ranked team left in the competition has a home draw against Championship opposition, they won’t be appearing live on the television...

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Ched Evans & A Hole Too Big To Be Dug Out From

For Sheffield United Football Club, the timing couldn’t have been much worse. This weekend is a weekend of international football and, since nature abhors a vacuum, there have been plenty of column inches to...

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A Little Love For The FA Cup

We live in an age during which, if I may be permitted to mangle the words of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus for a moment, change is the only constant. Professional football is changing, both...