Posts by Ian

West Ham United’s Faustian Pact Bares Its Teeth

By on Mar 31, 2012 in English League Football, Latest | 3 comments

A quite, considered hush fell over Upon Park about ten minutes into the second half of West Ham Uniteds match against Reading yesterday afternoon. As the visiting team dispatched their third goal, a penalty kick from Ian Harte after a clumsy tackle by Abdoulaye Faye in fifteen minutes either side of half-time and extended their lead to three-one, it was as if this...

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Peter Storrie vs The Pompey Community Share Scheme: Is This The Supporters Choice?

By on Mar 31, 2012 in English League Football, Finance, Latest | 4 comments

If there is one lesson that can surely be taken from the last few years of the subsistence of Portsmouth Football Club, it must surely be that this, perhaps above all other clubs, is the one that defines everything that is wrong with football club ownership in this country at this time. This is the club at which wages far above and beyond a level that could ever...

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Time For A Fresh Start For Northwich Victoria Supporters

By on Mar 30, 2012 in Finance, Latest | 6 comments

Seldom in recent years can there have been a greater contrast between a clubs performance on the pitch and the condition in which it finds itself away from it. Northwich Victoria, of the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League find themselves continuing to challenge for a play-off place for promotion into the Blue Square Bet North for next season, but such...

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European Championship Stories: 1996 – A Whole New Ball Game

By on Mar 28, 2012 in History, International Football, Latest | 2 comments

It almost goes without saying that the near-death Рand very much beyond Рexperiences suffered by English football during the 1980s shaped the game that we watch today. There was a time Рa period from the middle to the end of that decade Рwhen the definite feeling that this was a game on its last legs became tangible. Crowds dwindled to...

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Bradford City vs Crawley Town, Or The Decline & Fall Of Western Civilisation

By on Mar 28, 2012 in English League Football, Latest | 11 comments

To wake up this morning and watch the sport segment from the BBC’s Breakfast programme, one might have figured that League Two had witnessed the beginning of the decline and fall of western civilisation rather than a fight at the end of a football match. Brows were furrowed and the tone of the presenters was hushed and dark. Indeed, it was almost difficult to...

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