Posts by Mark

Divided Opinion: Colin Murray & Tony Adams

By on Jan 25, 2013 in Latest, Opinion | 0 comments

Two footballing personalities of greatly differing pedigrees were in the papers this week, both of whom have divided opinion during their greatly differing careers – broadcast journalist Colin Murray and ex-player and manager Tony Adams. Having welcomed Murray’s choice as the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 host in 2010, I feel duty-bound to comment now he is to be...

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The 2013 African Cup Of Nations: The Group Matches, Round One

By on Jan 23, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

Blimey. They could have warned us Mark Bright was a British Eurosport analyst for the “AFCON 2013”. With the first group games being largely turgid, Bright had a lot of gaps in the action to fill. He chose to do so with “y’know,” – an ironic nervous tic when discussing tournament nerves. He rattled them off at ten-to-the-dozen at first, eventually settling...

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The African Cup Of Nations: Back So Soon?

By on Jan 19, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Whether it was a sign of maturity or resignation, it was good to hear so little moaning from Premier League clubs about losing African international players to Africa’s Cup of Nations, especially given the decision to move the biennial tournament away from World Cup finals’ years by holding tournaments in 2012 and 2013. But Premier League clubs have accepted their...

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Birmingham City: Peter Pannu In A Pickle

By on Jan 19, 2013 in Finance, Latest | 11 comments

It is exactly three years since the press-release heavy article in the Birmingham Mail newspaper announcing Birmingham City’s new sponsorship deal with Chinese sportswear manufacturers X-Tep. But even allowing for the spin, it shows how large a failure Carson Yeung and his associates’ Blues ownership has been. Three years on from heady days of live Chinese TV...

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Rangers: Jim Traynor Remembers “Sporting Integrity”

By on Jan 13, 2013 in Latest, Scottish Football | 4 comments

Many years ago, a Rangers-supporting friend, who also followed Kingstonian, said to me: “They do things differently in Glasgow.” At the time, this reminded me of an exchange which had just been reported in the diary section of When Saturday Comes magazine. Dutch superstar Ruud Gullit had expressed indignant surprise as the very physical nature of the English club...

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