Posts by Ian

Going, Going, Gone – The Bell Tolls For The Boleyn Ground

Going, Going, Gone – The Bell Tolls For The Boleyn Ground

By on Feb 11, 2014 in Latest | 1 comment

The “Sold” sign went up at The Boleyn Ground yesterday, a point of no return in West Ham United’s enduringly controversial plans to leave The Boleyn Ground, the club’s home for the last one hundred and ten years, for the newer pastures of the Olympic Stadium in nearby Stratford. Yet whilst this was an announcement that was expected by most,...

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Six Of The Worst: Football’s Failed Rule Change Experiments

Six Of The Worst: Football’s Failed Rule Change Experiments

By on Feb 8, 2014 in History, Latest | 3 comments

The way that the game is played might have changed, but the rules of football, both on and off the pitch, have proved to be remarkably resilient to change over the years. Although there have certainly been significant changes to the game over the course of the last three or four decades or so – the introduction of the backpass rule, for example, or changes to...

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Hamlet Under The Hammer, Again

Hamlet Under The Hammer, Again

By on Feb 6, 2014 in Latest | 5 comments

With a unique name, a history that includes winning the FA Amateur Cup on four occasions, and distinctive pink and blue colours, Dulwich Hamlet Football Club is one of the most idiosyncratic presences in English football. But after a little more than one hundred and twenty years of existence, one of London’s best-known non-league clubs is, despite success on...

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Swansea City’s Great Managerial Gamble

Swansea City’s Great Managerial Gamble

By on Feb 5, 2014 in Latest | 1 comment

So, farewell then, Michael Laudrup. It would be easy to spin the story of his departure from the Liberty Stadium yesterday as being just another case of the insanity of the world of football management in the twenty-first century. True enough, the Swans are just two points from the relegation places in the Premier League, but the bottom half of the table is awfully...

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We Need To Talk About Financial Fair Play… Again

We Need To Talk About Financial Fair Play… Again

By on Feb 3, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 0 comments

Was it just a matter of striking coincidence or was there something more in the timing of a story in the Daily Mail which stated confidently that “Rivals” are “ganging up to ban City” with a challenge over the blue half of Manchester’s attempts to comply with regulations meant to limit the extent to which sheikhs, oligarchs and other...

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