Posts by Mark

Philliskirk’s Famous Five… Which Never Happened

By on Feb 26, 2013 in History, Latest | 0 comments

A recent tweet by the BBC’s Ian Dennis brought some memories flooding back. Not of Dennis’s angry reaction to my criticism of a Radio 5 Live show he hosted about UEFA’s Financial Fair Play initiative (although I thought Dennis was the programme’s only decent contributor). But memories of a curious FA Cup first-round tie from 1992. Dennis’s tweet concerned Oldham...

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Rangers: The Continuing Adventures Of Charles Green

By on Feb 25, 2013 in Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

The ability of Rangers CEO Charles Green to get up people’s noses has, depending on your opinion of him, with reached new heights or plumbed new depths of late. Indeed, if it wasn’t for the need to be hyper-sensitive when writing about Rangers – now that they are no longer “soft touches” for their critics (perceived or real) – you could say that Green is now...

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Kingstonian 9-3 Cray Wanderers – No… Really.

By on Feb 13, 2013 in Latest, Non-League | 1 comment

And it was 0-0 after half-an-hour… The Kingstonian press-box is no place for the hard-of-statistic. Even before the end of their remarkable Ryman Premier Division victory over Cray Wanderers, we’d established that Ks scored 10 and 11 in the same Amateur Cup run in the mid-1960s. Indeed, one press-box habitué was at the 10-0 victory over Callenders Athletic: “a works...

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The 2013 African Cup Of Nations – The Final, And Review

By on Feb 12, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

For all the praise heaped upon Burkina Faso for their unexpected run to the AFCON 2013 final, there is little doubting that Nigeria were the best team in the tournament. The Super Eagles only showed this intermittently in the final itself, most importantly with the appropriately-named Sunday Mba’s stunning winning goal and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama’s stunning...

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The 2013 African Cup of Nations: A Tournament Comes To Life

By on Feb 8, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

More often than not, major tournament semi-finals are deep disappointments. Even the best of recent African Cups of Nations have run out of some steam by the time there were only four teams left. So given this year’s deeply disappointing tournament so far – and the prospect of 90-120 minutes of nerve-shredded beach football – imagine my surprise when… Nigeria 4 Mali...

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