Posts by Mark

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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The 2012 Ballon D’Or – Messi The Magnificent… But Not The Magnanimous

By on Jan 10, 2013 in European Club Football, Latest | 4 comments

As far as I know, about the only angle not taken on Luis Suarez’s handball for Liverpool at Mansfield in the FA Cup last Sunday is that “Lionel Messi would never do that.” Messi as latter-day saint is a theory familiar to viewers of Sky Sports’ La Liga coverage. Their commentators, Gerry Armstrong especially, eulogise over his goals and his attitude: the way he...

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Blackburn’s Shebby Singh Faces The Nation

By on Jan 4, 2013 in Finance, Latest | 12 comments

Frost/Nixon it wasn’t. Yet Blackburn Rovers global advisor, ex-player and TV pundit Shebby Singh was ‘interesting’ when interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live’s 6-0-6 phone-in programme last weekend. Rovers fans, though, might have found another word beginning with ‘I’ for Singh after his BBC Radio performances this week. Handing an important role to an ex-player and TV...

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