Posts by Ian

Stockport County: Walking A Tightrope

Stockport County: Walking A Tightrope

By on Jan 7, 2014 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 1 comment

There comes a point in football at which even the most precipitous falls start to slow and reverse themselves, and there has been no other club in England in recent years that has spiralled in a downward direction as dramatically as Stockport County Football Club. Twleve years ago, the club was playing its football in the Championship, but one financial diasaster...

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Aston Villa & The Pursuit Of Mediocrity

Aston Villa & The Pursuit Of Mediocrity

By on Jan 6, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 5 comments

Upon the tootling of the full time whistle at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon, a somewhat familiar chorus of booing rang around one of the few remaining historical homes of English football. A home defeat at the hands of a Sheffield United team that is currently struggling to keep its head above water two divisions below them isn’t a result that it’s...

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Eusebio & The 1968 European Cup Final

Eusebio & The 1968 European Cup Final

By on Jan 5, 2014 in History, Latest | 1 comment

There was a time when it was a sport rather than a merely a business. The scene was Wembley Stadium, on the twenty-ninth of May 1968. In Czechoslovakia, the Prague Spring was in full effect. Just a few weeks previously, Dr Martin Luther King Jr had been assassinated in Memphis, whilst both Paris and London groaned under the weight of student protest against the...

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Of Snow, Wind, Rain, Ice & Men

Of Snow, Wind, Rain, Ice & Men

By on Jan 2, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 0 comments

We’re well past the initial point at which the weather has started to play merry havoc with the football season, and it was most likely this – a rash of cancellations following the latest round of storms and high winds – combined with New Year’s Day hangovers which combined to give BT Sport a record high television audience for its live match...

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There Are No Prizes: The 200% End Of 2013 Awards

There Are No Prizes: The 200% End Of 2013 Awards

By on Dec 31, 2013 in Latest | 3 comments

It’s the time of year when handing out awards for things that have happened to people and organisations over the previous twelve months or so comes into vogue, and even though the football season somewhat inconveniently doesn’t pay too much attention to the machinations of the Gregorian calendar, we’re going to give it a go anyway. (For those of...

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