Posts by Ian

Pilgrim’s Progress: Plymouth’s Run To The FA Cup Semi-Finals, 30 Years On

Pilgrim’s Progress: Plymouth’s Run To The FA Cup Semi-Finals, 30 Years On

By on Apr 12, 2014 in History, Latest | 0 comments

This weekend, Sheffield United will take to the pitch at Wembley for their FA Cup semi-final against Hull City as representatives of the third tier of English football. It’s uncommon but not completely unheard of for clubs from this level to get this far in the competition, although none has ever made the final itself, with the last club to get this far being...

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Assem Allam’s Pyrrhic Name Change Poll Victory

Assem Allam’s Pyrrhic Name Change Poll Victory

By on Apr 8, 2014 in Latest, Politics | 2 comments

There are, of course, lies, damned lies and statistics. It’s worth pointing out before we go any further that the decision of the owners of Hull City AFC to poll their supporters over their desire to change the name of the club to “Hull Tigers” from the start of next season was never terribly likely to have an effect upon FA’s upcoming...

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“Full Of Thieves And Crooks”  – Massimo Cellino Delivers His Verdict

“Full Of Thieves And Crooks” – Massimo Cellino Delivers His Verdict

By on Mar 31, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 1 comment

Twenty-five thousand people listened to it in two hours, and now a lot of them are looking for some answers. Over the weekend, a Leeds United supporter managed to get hold – from, it should be added, publicly available sources – of the telephone number Man Who Be The New King Of Elland Road, Massimo Cellino, and gave him a call, with surprising results....

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Manchester United vs Manchester City: A Personal View

Manchester United vs Manchester City: A Personal View

By on Mar 26, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 2 comments

As the full-time whistle blew at Old Trafford this evening, the strangest feeling came over me. Prior to the match, if you’d asked me, I’d have probably said that I wanted Manchester City to win this match. It’s a reflex reaction to twenty years of unprecedented success from Manchester United – the taste of schadenfreude can be prove to be...

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Leeds United & The Lottery Of The Owners & Directors Test

Leeds United & The Lottery Of The Owners & Directors Test

By on Mar 24, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 2 comments

So there, then, is the decision of the Football League. Massimo Cellino has been adjudged by the Football League to have failed its Owners & Directors Test on account of his conviction under Italian law over the non-payment of tax for a boat that he owned. The League’s statement on the matter was clear enough to leave little quesion in the minds of those...

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