Author: Ian

Which Way Now For Celtic & Rangers? 3

Which Way Now For Celtic & Rangers?

The fact that Rangers and Celtic believe themselves to be too big for Scottish football is one of the oldest stories around but, as Gavin Saxton writes, their biggest problem is that the English don’t really want them and “The Atlantic League” remains a non-starter.

Pay Through The Nose Per View 6

Pay Through The Nose Per View

When Ukraine play England in the World Cup qualifiers, will anybody be watching? With it costing up to £11.99 and the match being largely meaningless for England it seems unlikely, particularly when there are plenty of alternatives for the discerning football fan, both live and on the television.

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Football Authorities & The Law

The FA has to face to to Alex Ferguson and the Football League has to contend with Notts County, QPR and Leeds United. Will they make strong decisions which demonstrate who actually run football, or will they cave in and make decisions which, well, demonstrate who actually runs football.

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Shit Shot Mungo: S02E11

This week’s Shit Shot Mungo sees the Clackas thrust suddenly into a deep and sudden financial crisis after chairman and magnet magnate Sir Roddy Bulbs’ money runs out. With the team resorting to drastic measures to make end meet, though, a mysterious figure appears from the shadows…

The Fall & Rise Of The Football Collection Tin 3

The Fall & Rise Of The Football Collection Tin

The collection tin rattling outside a football ground was, for some years, the clarion call of the truly desperate club. They were at their loudest at Notts County in 2004, who have also caught the zeitgeist by grabbing some millionaire owners from the, ahem, “Middle East”.

Roy Keane – Look Into His Eyes, If You Dare 0

Roy Keane – Look Into His Eyes, If You Dare

Roy Keane, the nearest thing that we have to a Dark Knight in English football, is on the brink at Ipswich Town and the next five matches – at most – will determine whether the stays or goes. He left Sunderland when the going got tough. Will he stick it out this time?

Rangers & Celtic: The Decline Of The Northern Empire? 7

Rangers & Celtic: The Decline Of The Northern Empire?

Rangers & Celtic played out the first Old Firm match of the Scottish league season yesterday. Recent results in Europe have led some to believe that there is a slim possibility that their hegemony may be broken in Scotland but, as Gavin Saxton notes, they still remain too strong for the rest of the SPL.

An Open Letter To The Owners Of Chester City FC 3

An Open Letter To The Owners Of Chester City FC

The situation at Chester City, as we have noted on here before, appears to be going from bad to worse. Chester supporters have come together in a bid to try an establish what on earth actually is going on at their club, and an open letter to those running the club is reprinted below.

Football On The Internet… But Nowhere Else? 8

Football On The Internet… But Nowhere Else?

The World Cup qualifier between Ukraine and England is going to be broadcast, but it seems likely that it will only be available over the internet, and to those with a reasonably fast broadband speed. Is this the best way forward for football broadcasting?

Match Of The Week – Reading 0-2 Middlesbrough 1

Match Of The Week – Reading 0-2 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough are trying to find an instant route back into the Premier League but, after a strong start, the wheels have come off their wagon a little of late. Their opposition this weekend, Reading, may be starting to offer cautionary tale on the dangers of not getting promoted straight back after relegation from the Premier League.

FC United of Manchester & The Spirit of Volunteering 2

FC United of Manchester & The Spirit of Volunteering

The passing of a match day helper at FC United of Manchester is a sad loss for her club, but it should also serve as a moment for the rest of us to pause for thought and thank everybody that gives up their own time to do unpaid work for them.

Managers Notes – Saturday 3rd October 2009 2

Managers Notes – Saturday 3rd October 2009

League One club Perfidious Albion haven’t had a very good start to the season, having lost each of their opening ten matches by three goals to nil. Their new manager is Terry Muggins, and these are the programme notes for his first match in charge of the club.

Is The Portsmouth Crisis Deepening? 5

Is The Portsmouth Crisis Deepening?

With Peter Storrie openly admitting that the money has run out, the players either getting paid late or not getting paid at all and Sulaiman Al Fahim now having apparently been admitted to hospital, the situation at Fratton Park seems to be unravelling with each passing day.

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Shit Shot Mungo S02E10

It’s a little bit later than usual, but here’s this week’s episode of Shit Shot Mungo. This week’s episode sees Heart of Clackmannanshire lose 101-0, while chairman Sir Roddy Bulbs finds out that the bottom may be falling out of the magnet market. Tense times.

Micky Adams – Old School Manager 2

Micky Adams – Old School Manager

Port Vale manager Micky Adams put his entire first team squad on the transfer list after they lost at Notts County, which rather begs the questions of whether there is any evidence that such strong-arm managerial tactics work and, well, whether there even exists such as thing as literal “transfer list”.

For The Sixteenth Time This Season… Chester City 3

For The Sixteenth Time This Season… Chester City

Blue Square Premier club Chester City are having a testing week, having parted ways with their manager, a fight in the dressing room at half-time during their match on Tuesday night and now the production of a bizarre financial spreadsheet which raises more questions that it answers.