Category: The Ball

The Premier League Ponders A Salary Cap 9

The Premier League Ponders A Salary Cap

The Premier League’s Annual General Meeting this summer will provide stringent salary cap regulations for English football’s top tier, to judge by the plethora of club chairmen who have offered unsolicited opinions in favour...

Who Owns Your Club? 1

Who Owns Your Club?

If there has been one fundamental sea change in the politics of football over the last twelve months, it has been that more and more people are finally asking the question of who owns...

FC United Coming Home? 21

FC United Coming Home?

Someone in FC United’s offices at Hope Mill in Manchester is very good at burying bad news. On Wednesday night the team suffered their heaviest ever defeat, 1-5, handed out by rivals, league leaders, and all round terrible bastards Bradford Park Avenue. Supporters could be forgiven for waking up Thursday morning and feeling a little bit glum.

The World Cup Of National Anthems: Part Four 3

The World Cup Of National Anthems: Part Four

For many people, major sports tournaments are the only occasion that national anthems are heard. These peculiar tunes have become a genre of their own, transcending the mere hymns that many of them were in first place, and they range from the gloriously uplifting to mournful dirges. The selection of words has, in many countries, brought about national debate that has been all-encompassing. In the case of Spain, it was decided that it would probably be for the best just to not bother having any for the sake of national unity.

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E33 0

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E33

With Glen Roeder back at Heart of Clackmannanshire, the seemingly impossible task of the club avoiding relegation has suddenly become considerably more achievable. The Clackers’ new manager is only a temporary measure, though, and...

How Would Football Survive A Digital TV Shake-Up? 2

How Would Football Survive A Digital TV Shake-Up?

It’s the elephant in the Premier League boardroom. The seventeen years of the expansion (and, subsequently, the debt) of the Premier League has been built largely on television money, but possible upcoming changes to...

The World Cup Of National Anthems (Part Three) 3

The World Cup Of National Anthems (Part Three)

For many people, major sports tournaments are the only occasion that national anthems are heard. These peculiar tunes have become a genre of their own, transcending the mere hymns that many of them were in first place, and they range from the gloriously uplifting to mournful dirges. The selection of words has, in many countries, brought about national debate that has been all-encompassing. In the case of Spain, it was decided that it would probably be for the best just to not bother having any for the sake of national unity.