Posts by Mark

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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In Defence Of The Europa League

By on Dec 10, 2012 in European Club Football, Latest | 1 comment

Somebody’s got to say it. The Champions League is, for all the quality of football on show, a bit ‘same old, same old.’ Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, blah, blah… Oh, and Chelsea… usually. The Europa League, for all empty seats on show until its very latest stages, has more of the unpredictability of a genuine cup competition, even if the...

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The UEFA Champions League: So… How Lucky Were Celtic?

By on Dec 7, 2012 in European Club Football, Latest, Scottish Football | 7 comments

As slightly cumbersome Celtic centre-back Efie Ambrose got another indeterminate body part in the way of another intricate Barcelona passing move, my shredded nerves were joined by an extra sense of unease, as I thought of Chelsea. Celtic’s rearguard action in the Nou Camp on October 23rd was almost universally praised and manager Neil Lennon’s team were deemed...

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