Author: Mark

The Old Firm: Mea Culpa

The Old Firm: Mea Culpa

The main hazard attached to stridency of opinion is that you are often wrong. Sometimes, my success rate is in line with a stopped clock. And it appears my suggestion that Celtic were more...

Coventry City’s Three Lost Years 0

Coventry City’s Three Lost Years

“We are either on the launch pad for success, or we can hover on the brink of disaster,” wrote popular Coventry City ex-chairman Joe Elliott. And as a summary of the Sky Blues’ current...

Football In Parliament, A Right Pair Of Richards 2

Football In Parliament, A Right Pair Of Richards

In the second part of this afternoon on the subject of football governance, Mark Murphy watched Dave Richards and Richard Scudamore giving evidence to The Culture Media and Sport select committee inquiry on football...

Football In Parliament: I Fought The Law 4

Football In Parliament: I Fought The Law

‘Parliamentary privilege’ is fascinating. It essentially means that members of parliament can say what they like in parliament without fear of an action for defamation. And in such a context, the prospect of Ken...

Footballs April Fools 1

Footballs April Fools

The UK football press and their April Fool jokes. Sometimes they are clever, sometimes they are obvious and sometimes you just don’t know. After all, every day seems to be April Fools Day in...

Port Vale And The Battle For Burslem 3

Port Vale And The Battle For Burslem

The mornings get warmer and the evenings get longer, but still the main protagonists in Port Vale’s takeover battle argue over how many angels you can fit on the head of a pin. The...

Celtic & Rangers: Old Firm, Old Enmity, New Century

Celtic & Rangers: Old Firm, Old Enmity, New Century

Imagine different circumstances surrounding Manchester United’s defeat at Liverpool last Sunday. Leave aside Jamie Carragher’s nasty tackle on Nani, Nani’s ability to race to the referee before collapsing in an injured heap and the...

Odd Goings-On At Blackburn And Watford 5

Odd Goings-On At Blackburn And Watford

There was a rumour circulating recently that Watford Football Club were in takeover negotiations with someone who had neither changed his name nor had a troubled business and financial background. These were quickly dismissed...

Port Vale And Plymouth Argyle: Money Men Updates 14

Port Vale And Plymouth Argyle: Money Men Updates

For what seems like longer than the three months for which it has actually been happening, fans of Port Vale have been bombarded with promises of multi-million pound investment by ironically-labelled ‘secret millionaire’ Mo...

A Rant Or Three 1

A Rant Or Three

While I was ‘away’ at the Asian Cup, English football ‘personalities’ maintained their capacity to infuriate – through stinking hypocrisy as much as the usual pig ignorance. Brady Everybody on the planet bar a...