Posts by Mark

Won’t Somebody Please Think Of The Children? The 2013 Under-20 World Cup

By on Jun 22, 2013 in Latest | 0 comments

Even I, a serial stalker of low-to-middle-ranking international football tournaments on British Eurosport, was caught unawares by this year’s Under-20s World Cup, which will already have started by the time this so-called preview sees the light of day. My attention was focused on the unexpectedly entertaining Confederations Cup, covered live on terrestrial telly...

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Interviews With The Vampires Part Two: Charles Green Meets Keys & Gray

By on Jun 5, 2013 in Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

It is a story that, depending on which side of Glasgow football’s ‘Old Firm’ fence you sit, either keeps on giving or won’t go away, even if its central figure since last May supposedly has gone away. Charles Green, erstwhile Rangers CEO and serial belier of the phrase “no-nonsense”, left the Ibrox board on the thirty-first of May, as promised when he left his...

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Interviews With The Football Vampires: Part One

By on Jun 3, 2013 in European Club Football, Latest | 0 comments

The last few days have seen the publication/broadcast of two hugely contrasting examples of the football interview. First up was what happened when a leading football figure was interviewed by his (self-styled) fiercest critic. Second came three blokes having a chat on anything but the issues that mattered, about an issue that really mattered. In part two, we hear...

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A Night At The Opera: England’s Really Friendly Friendly

By on May 30, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

In the twenty-two years since I made the last of my then-regular Wembley trips for England internationals, almost everything has changed, including, of course, the stadium itself. But there were some old-fashioned fears being expressed prior to this week’s England friendly with Ireland. Most media attention was focused on the English hooliganism which stopped the...

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Dumber & Dumber Still – The Birth Of Achill Islam CSC

By on May 29, 2013 in Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

The language was fierce. Emotions were clearly running high. “Total scum.”  Disgusting filth.” “Absolute scum.” “Vile f***ers.”  “Terror-loving scum.” A whole group of people condemned – as scum, mostly – for the actions, supposedly in the name of those people, of a very few. Far-right extremists have been the focus of attention in Britain since the grisly...

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