Author: Ian

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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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Regorafenib: A Story Of Budgets Vs Patients

The concept of free, socialised healthcare at the point of source is something that most people in the United Kingdom take for granted. Since 1948, the National Health Service has been providing care of...

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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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Peeve Of The Day – Derogatory Nicknames

The first of a new series, in which I make the extent to which I’ve become a grumpy middle-aged man abundantly clear. “Never read below the line,” they say and, whoever they are, they’re...

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The Poverty Traps

Last weekend, an all-party report into poverty in Britain produced in conjunction with the Church of England has further embarrassed a government under whose watch sanction after cut has only seen the gap between...

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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...