Posts by Mark

The 2012 Ballon D’Or – Messi The Magnificent… But Not The Magnanimous

By on Jan 10, 2013 in European Club Football, Latest | 4 comments

As far as I know, about the only angle not taken on Luis Suarez’s handball for Liverpool at Mansfield in the FA Cup last Sunday is that “Lionel Messi would never do that.” Messi as latter-day saint is a theory familiar to viewers of Sky Sports’ La Liga coverage. Their commentators, Gerry Armstrong especially, eulogise over his goals and his attitude: the way he...

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Blackburn’s Shebby Singh Faces The Nation

By on Jan 4, 2013 in Finance, Latest | 12 comments

Frost/Nixon it wasn’t. Yet Blackburn Rovers global advisor, ex-player and TV pundit Shebby Singh was ‘interesting’ when interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live’s 6-0-6 phone-in programme last weekend. Rovers fans, though, might have found another word beginning with ‘I’ for Singh after his BBC Radio performances this week. Handing an important role to an ex-player and TV...

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The Murphs: The Most Important End Of Year Awards… Of That Name

By on Dec 31, 2012 in Latest, Opinion | 1 comment

The “even if Lionel Messi wasn’t the best player of 2012 as a whole, Andres Iniesta didn’t quite do enough and we’re not giving an award to that preening prick Cristiano bloody Ronaldo” player-of-the-year award: LIONEL MESSI. If Cristiano Ronaldo feels hard done to by missing out on the World Player of the Year award again this year, it will, of course, partly be...

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Charles Green: TUPE Or Not TUPE – Is That Still The Question?

By on Dec 24, 2012 in Latest, Scottish Football | 3 comments

An unforeseen side-effect of the Rangers International Football Club share issue was the regurgitation of the “TUPE” issue surrounding the transfer of old Rangers players to Charles Green’s new Rangers on June 14th. The share prospectus, issued on December 5th, referenced an Employment Tribunal claim against Rangers Football Club Limited “on behalf of 67 un-named...

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A Mess Of The Blues: Birmingham City’s Slide Continues

By on Dec 12, 2012 in Finance, Latest | 8 comments

The Rao family at Blackburn Rovers have long since garnered the awards as the most gullible fallers for English Premier League (EPL) hype. But the original remain Hong Kong hairdresser Carson Yeung and his band of merry distant associates at Birmingham City. Yeung and Co, mostly “Co”, threw £81.5m at the two Davids, Sullivan and Gold, to take the Blues off their...

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