Posts by Ian

Port Vale In Administration: The End Of The Beginning

By on Apr 8, 2012 in English League Football, Finance, Latest | 1 comment

“It will be the perfect administration, if true,” wrote the BBC’s Matt Slater on March 19th, in response to Port Vale joint administrator Gerald Krasner’s prediction of getting a deal with creditors signed off by the end of April. Krasner, to the surprise of no-one with experience of the self-confident Leeds United ex-chairman, was being somewhat bullish. But Vale’s...

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Arsenal’s Year Again? The Return Of The FA Womens Super League

By on Apr 7, 2012 in Latest | 0 comments

Tomorrow afternoon sees the return of the FA Womens Super League, with eight teams doing battle in the first summer league version of a tournament that the FA hopes will dramatically increase interest in the competition. A signifier of how important they consider the development of this years competition to be and the extent to which the powers that be regard social...

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European Championship Stories: 2000 – Belgium, The Nearly Men

By on Apr 7, 2012 in History, International Football, Latest | 0 comments

On the sixth of December 2011, Belgium finally ended a record-breaking run of five hundred and forty-one days without a formal government when new Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo was sworn in by King Albert II in Brussels. Following the general election of June 2011, the fragmented political landscape was represented by eleven different political parties taking seats in...

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Meet The Continental Star

By on Apr 5, 2012 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

Writer and photographer David Bauckham has been on his travels again, this time to the West Midlands to meet the Caribbean team Continental Star, a football club that is also registered as Charity and works as a social enterprise. You can see more of David’s photography here, and you can follow him on Twitter by clicking here. When one follows non-League...

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A Bird’s Eye View: The BBC Tackles Sexism In Football

By on Apr 5, 2012 in Latest, Opinion | 4 comments

The wry announcement beforehand ‘so *is* there sexism in football?’ wasn’t a great start was it? Neither was scheduling it for 10.45pm, tucked away after the lottery draw. Okay, so it was never going to be telling us anything new but BBC1′s ‘Sexism in Football?’ documentary was at times refreshingly honest, even if as Anna Kessel...

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