Posts by Mark

The Petulant Outbursts Of Assem Allam

The Petulant Outbursts Of Assem Allam

By on Jan 15, 2014 in Latest, Politics | 4 comments

There’s nothing like a bit of blackmail to liven up English football in a quiet news week (and, alas, FA Cup third round replay week is such a week). Good job, then, that Hull CITY owner Assem Allam isn’t resorting to blackmail in order to force English football’s governing body (the Football Association, in case you didn’t recognise them from the description) to...

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Bolton Wanderers: Tales From The Gartside

Bolton Wanderers: Tales From The Gartside

By on Jan 9, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 5 comments

If New Year’s Eve is a day to bury bad news, then New Year’s Eve 2013 was a day for football to bury very bad news indeed. Chelsea received the denunciation of a cynical football press for revealing their latest ludicrous losses, producing only part of their results and doing so on New Year’s Eve. Under all that attention, any non-EPL club’s results seemed destined...

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“Person”(s) Of The Year 2013… “Charlotte Fakeovers”

“Person”(s) Of The Year 2013… “Charlotte Fakeovers”

By on Jan 2, 2014 in Latest, Politics, Scottish Football | 0 comments

As 2013 was such a rubbish year for football governance and finance, who better to be football’s “man” of it than someone called Charlotte, who told a tale of financial skullduggery and subterfuge and whose real identity, or possibly identities, remain concealed? Mark Murphy thinks “no-one.” The phrase “internet phenomenon” is, granted, clichéd journalese. And I...

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World Cup Magic: 1978 – Ticker-Tape & Tartan Travesty

World Cup Magic: 1978 – Ticker-Tape & Tartan Travesty

By on Dec 24, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Although I watched the 1974 World Cup finals as an eight-year-old recently converted to football, 1978 is the earliest tournament I properly remember. And I was the only one among the football fans at our rugby-playing school who tipped hosts Argentina to win. For the second World Cup finals in succession, the Anglophile British media had to pretend to support...

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Rangers: Winners & Losers From Another AGM

Rangers: Winners & Losers From Another AGM

By on Dec 20, 2013 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 1 comment

The wretched soap opera which has been based in Govan in West Glasgow for so many years now has come to a potentially seminal episode. Rangers International Football Club PLC held its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) after the company, which runs the new Rangers FC, posted losses of approximately an arm and a leg during its first year of trading; gargantuan losses...

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