Posts by Mark

Hillsborough: Changing Perspectives

By on Sep 17, 2012 in Latest, Politics | 3 comments

Now the whole truth about Hillsborough is out, perspectives on the tragedy have changed, as they have continually down the years. This week I read past Hillsborough material from my magazine and book collection; When Saturday Comes (WSC) magazine editorials from June 1989 and March 1990; and two chapters from Nick Hornby’s 1992 book Fever Pitch and from each of...

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Port Vale: Reserving The Right To Criticise

By on Aug 31, 2012 in Finance, Latest | 1 comment

The benefits of hindsight are many. And reviewing the fretful close season that Port Vale fans have just endured, I am glad that I “knew the result” of the negotiations on Lancashire businessman Keith Ryder’s putative club takeover. Otherwise I would have feared for them mightily. Vale ended last season in administration with “preferred bidder” Ryder having agreed a...

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The 2012 Olympic Games: Footballs Legacy

By on Aug 15, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

The dust is very gradually settling on an almost entirely successful London Olympic Games. And the BBC aren’t about to let us forget how good they were, as they had as successful a Games as anybody – even “Square Eyes”, the TV critic in satirical magazine Private Eye, gave the BBC’s Games coverage a great review, and (s)he never gives great reviews. So most of the...

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The 2012 Olympic Games: The Mens Medal Matches

By on Aug 13, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Only a few souls got into Newcastle’s St. James’s Park in time to see Mexico play South Korea in the two sides’ men’s Olympic football tournament group game. And their emotions now probably range between smug (“I saw the Gold and Bronze medalists playing each other”) and disbelieving (“I saw the Gold and Bronze medalists playing each other???”). That wretched 0-0...

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Port Vales Summer Of Optimism Returns To Square One

By on Aug 11, 2012 in Finance, Latest | 3 comments

200% has observed events at Burslem from a distance over the summer, as Port Vale appeared to be slowly edging towards an exit from administration. In recent weeks, Vale have begun to slowly edge nowhere. In the first of a two-part piece, Mark Murphy summarises what has happened, and what hasn’t happened at the club since April. In part two, he will try to detail...

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