Posts by Ian

Ashley Young Is But The Tip Of The Iceberg In Footballs Culture Of Cheating

By on Apr 16, 2012 in Latest, Opinion | 2 comments

So, Ashley Young took a tumble for Manchester United against Aston Villa yesterday afternoon and now the whole man and his or her dog is up in arms about it. It was the second week in a row that Young had been up to such antics, with a swan dive against Queens Park Rangers last weekend earning Queens Park Rangers’ Shaun Derry a red card and, just as yesterday,...

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Smash & Grab! Bristol Rovers – The Warboys & Bannister Years

By on Apr 16, 2012 in History, Latest | 7 comments

It is now almost forty years since Bristol Rovers ran up one of the most remarkable unbeaten runs in the entire history of the Football League, and their attack at the time was one of the most feared around. Here’s Paul Caulfield on a team that is fondly remembered by its supporters, and the strikers that took them to promotion from the Third Division. The...

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Successful Marketing At Needham: Andy Ollerenshaw Meets Needham Market FC

By on Apr 16, 2012 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

As this season winds towards its end, one small town in Suffolk’s football club is continuing its upward trajectory. Needham Market FC are in the play-off places in the Ryman League Division One North, only sixteen years after they were still competing in the amateur Suffolk & Ipswich League. Andy Ollerenshaw went to see what they’re getting so right...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 15-04-2012

By on Apr 15, 2012 in Latest, Video | 0 comments

It’s almost the end of the non-league season, so we’ve got six matches from the tops and bottoms of varying divisions for you this evening. At the top of the Blue Square Bet South, a win for Woking at Maidenhead United would be enough to take the title back to Kingfield, while if they failed Dartford could keep the title race going for another week if...

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The 2012 FA Cup Semi-Finals: Chelsea 5-1 Tottenham Hotspur

By on Apr 15, 2012 in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

Since they last won the FA Cup in 1991, Tottenham Hotspur reached the semi-finals of the competition on six occasions and lost every time. It is, perhaps, possible that this has has effect on the inner psychology of a club. Something close to indefinable, in the furrowed brows of the supporters when the final comes into view, in the words of journalists and the...

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