Category: The Ball

Owen Coyle Hasn’t Only Let Burnley Football Club Down 27

Owen Coyle Hasn’t Only Let Burnley Football Club Down

Owen Coyle has been receiving plaudits all season. He has refused to break the bank at Burnley and kept his faith in many of the journeymen that got the club into the Premier League. Then, though, he went and blew it, and another little piece of the romance of football died on the inside.

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E23 0

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E23

There’s high excitement at Twohundredpercent Towers tonight as this week’s “Shit Shot Mungo” features the triumphant return of that Japanese goal-scoring machine (literally), The Goalinator. And this time, as manager Gary Burns finds out about the full power of The Goalinator to his cost.

10 Must-See Football TV Shows & Films 21

10 Must-See Football TV Shows & Films

The relationship between football and the box in the corner of your living room is a somewhat complex one. There is some great stuff out there. You just have to wade through a lot of crap to get to it.

Angola 2010: The African Cup of Nations 6

Angola 2010: The African Cup of Nations

Mark Murphy is our man for the African Cup of Nations, which begins this month in Angola. Mark takes us through the runners and riders for the second most important footbll competition that will be played in Africa this year.

Can Football Be Saved? A Five-Point Manifesto 19

Can Football Be Saved? A Five-Point Manifesto

A new year is the perfect time for a fresh start, and Rob Freeman has been looking at ways that football could clean up its financial act once and for all in 2010 with five eminently implementable rule changes that would improve the game for all of us.

Match Of The Week 2: Manchester United 0-1 Leeds United 5

Match Of The Week 2: Manchester United 0-1 Leeds United

Manchester United were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One Leeds United this afternoon. Could the time be right for a club from outside of the top two divisions to get to an FA Cup final for the first time? Much will depend on whether they can – or will – hold onto Jermaine Beckford.

Match Of The Week: Stevenage Borough 4-1 Cambridge United 2

Match Of The Week: Stevenage Borough 4-1 Cambridge United

Stevenage Borough are flying high while Cambridge United are unexpectedly floundering, and with Stevenage’s rivals at the top of the table, Oxford United, frozen off for the second match in a row, it was a golden opportunity for the Hertfordshire club to hit the top of the Blue Square Premier table.

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E22 1

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E22

The final Mungo of 2009 sees Heart of Clackmannannshire’s Mungo Crackas having spent the last two weeks failing to score a goal. Chairman and magnet magnate Sir Roddy Bulbs, however, has some news that may change the club’s fortunes in the new year.

A Tussle With The Tax Man 10

A Tussle With The Tax Man

Portsmouth are due in court in February over an unpaid tax bill. The club states that HMRC are being unfair, but is this merely more bluster to cover up the fact that their club is hopelessly insolvent, and even if they get through this, how might they cope with relegation?

2009 – Year Of Missing The Point 4

2009 – Year Of Missing The Point

2009 was the year in which the wheels constantly threatened to come completely off football’s financial wagon without actually doing so. Mark Murphy takes a look over the great and good of the last twelve months and wonders how they – almost – all managed to get away with it.

Match Of The Week: Peterborough United 4-4 Cardiff City 6

Match Of The Week: Peterborough United 4-4 Cardiff City

Peterborough United came from 4-0 down to manage a draw against Cardiff City yesterday, a result that said something about the spirit of their team and about the shortcomings of a Cardiff City team which is trying to think of itself as a Premier League club in waiting.

Chester’s Near Miss 15

Chester’s Near Miss

Chester City’s Stephen Vaughan still hasn’t sold his interest in the club, and his latest appointment at The Deva Stadium does little to instil much confidence that anything is going to improve in the near future. However, at least one potential buyer now seems to be off their radar.