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The Most Important Manchester Derby Since The Last One

By on Oct 22, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 2 comments

It’s been a big week for Manchester. First of all the Manchester Egg was, thanks to the Food and Drink festival, brought to the wider audience it deserved, smashing out of the cult snack niche in to mainstream acceptance, and in doing so being treated with the same sort of awestruck reverence that greeted Marty McFly’s guitar playing at the Enchantment Under The Sea...

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Doncaster Rovers & The Agent: A High-Risk Transfer Policy?

By on Oct 21, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 4 comments

Of all the people that have come to encircle modern football in recent years, few have received the levels of vituperation that players’ agents have. It often feels as if nothing good comes from their involvement in the game, but this hasn’t stopped their influence expanding dramatically in recent years and it seems more likely than not that this sphere...

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Popplewell, Hillsborough And The Bradford Fire

By on Oct 21, 2011 in History, Latest | 0 comments

“Soccer attracts more hackneyed hyperbole than most sports. We talk about “tragedy” when we mean “disappointment” and “disaster” when we mean “defeat”. When real tragedy and disaster occur, we tend to be stuck for the rights words.” Those words, written by David Lacey of the Guardian a quarter of a century...

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The Premier League’s Voodoo Plan

By on Oct 21, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 3 comments

Now really, what’s so bad about this Elite Player Performance Plan that’s put so many in a tizzy? This weekend, there will still be hundreds of thousands of fans filling English Premiership stadiums eagerly cheering their clubs on to victory or putting two fingers up at their opposition just as always, as football yobs are wont to do these days. There...

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The Football League Turkeys Vote Christmas For The Premier League

By on Oct 20, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 8 comments

Everybody, we are sometimes told, loves a bargain, and this morning an agreement was reached between the Premier League and the Football League which will likely mean that England’s biggest clubs will have an unlimited supply of one of the most valuale assets in the game: young players. The Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) was an agreement which hinted at...

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The Sheffield Derby Throws The Sun Into A Tizz

By on Oct 19, 2011 in Latest, Opinion | 2 comments

It is a truth universally acknowledged that football matches – and in particular local derbies – can bring out the worst in people. Where, however, is the line in the sand? What is the definition of what acceptable behaviour inside a football ground? This week, we have seen an example of a national newspaper attempting to draw that line, and they ended...

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A Celtic Encounter

By on Oct 19, 2011 in European Club Football, Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

Every so often events conspire to make us question whether there is indeed some footballing god directing proceedings from, somewhere. After UEFA’s initial decision to remove Swiss club FC Sion from the Europa League, the club they had previously beaten on aggregate in the final playoff round–that club being Celtic FC–were awarded their place in...

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Voices Of Football: Peter Jones – The BBC’s Voice Of Football

By on Oct 18, 2011 in History, Latest | 3 comments

If football has changed almost over the last twenty or thirty years or so, one of the more comforting ways to reach back into the past is to delve into the all too rare BBC radio commentaries of matches from days gone by, and in particular to locate the lush, almost melodic vocal range of Peter Jones. Over a period from 1966 from his sadly premature death in 1990,...

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