Posts by Ian

Darlington FC: Saved, But At A Price

By on May 4, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

As has happened before in the recent history of the club, the battle to save Darlington FC went to the wire. Another deadline was hanging over the club this week with the a threat of liquidation waiting on the other side of it, but yesterday afternoon it was confirmed that the Darlington 1883 group, which has been battling to keep the club alive in this incarnation...

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On Mortality And Football

By on May 3, 2012 in Latest, Opinion | 6 comments

The culture of association football is sometimes best regarded as a blank canvas onto which we can project just about any value system. Over the years, it has come to take on its own ecosystem as a world of its own. It has clearly defined seasons, its own judiciary – which mirrors but seldom matches that of the outside world – and it demands its own...

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Premature Rejection: The Fourth Estate And Roy Hodgson

By on May 2, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 15 comments

Once the announcement had been made, they acted with admirable speed. It took just two days from an announcement appearing on the Football Association’s website on Sunday afternoon for an interview to be held and, this afternoon, a press conference to follow confirming that Roy Hodgson is the new manager of the England national football team. This, however, is...

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The Morning After The Night Before: Fall-Out From The Manchester Derby

By on May 1, 2012 in English League Football, Latest | 2 comments

If the Premier League excels at any one thing, then that thing must be spectacle of the type that we saw at the City of Manchester Stadium last night. The significance of this meeting between Manchester City and Manchester United – both literal and symbolic - could not have been lost upon anybody that cast so much as a cursory glance in the direction of the...

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