A Culture Of Contempt, Abuse & Outrage

By on Sep 21, 2011 in Latest, Opinion | 3 comments

One of the more dispiriting cycles in which an element of English football support finds itself trapped reared its ugly head again last night. The unfailing of a flag with the word “Istanbul” spray-painted across the middle of it was yet another example of the culture of perpetual abuse and contempt that some seem to actively enjoy these days, and those...

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A Welsh Premier League Odyssey: Part Three – Carmarthen Town vs Bangor City

By on Sep 20, 2011 in Latest, Welsh Football | 5 comments

With my Welsh Premier League virginity now only a distant memory, I make my way west to Carmarthen for my third match of the season. Carmarthen Town are the perennial mid-table finishers of this league, although recent seasons and form so far suggests they could be in the midst of a relegation battle. Despite this they have displayed their ambition in signing Jack...

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The Beauty & Glory Of Missing An Open Goal

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

He shoots, he scores! Or, if you happened to be Fernando Torres yesterday afternoon, you didn’t. There are several reasons why a Premier League match which had, as they say, a little bit of everything will most likely remembered for one moment of aberration, some connected to the eye-watering amount of money that Chelsea played for said player, others through...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: The FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round

By on Sep 18, 2011 in Latest, Video | 1 comment

This week’s Non-League Videos Of The Week see us return to the FA Cup, which reached the First Qualifying Round – the third round of matches in this year’s competition. This round sees the first appearance of the clubs of the Premier Divisions of the Isthmian, Southern and Northern Premier Leagues, so there are some familiar faces taking their...

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Match Of The Week 2: Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Liverpool

By on Sep 18, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

When Kenny Dalglish railed against the refereeing decisions that he believes have cost his Liverpool side this season, he was tapping into a very modern phenomenon. The culture of criticising referees is not far short of being as old as the game itself, but in recent times it has started to take a slightly different feel, with endless television replays and the...

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Peter Reid Pays The Price At Plymouth

By on Sep 18, 2011 in English League Football, Finance, Latest | 3 comments

They lost again yesterday, of course, a two-nil reverse at Southend United which left them anchored to the bottom of the entire Football League and this morning, in an act entirely at odds with the slow, long, drawn out procedure of the take-over of Plymouth Argyle, Peter Reid paid the price for his failure as an alchemist with his job. He had been unable to muster...

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Match Of The Week: Blackburn Rovers 4-3 Arsenal

By on Sep 17, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 3 comments

For the second time this season, the heavens opened on a Saturday lunchtime for Arsenal in more senses than one today, and this time around they contrived to be more defensively profligate than on the previous occasion, last month against Liverpool. For all the hysteria in the immediate aftermath of that match, it was plausible to chalk down that loss as having had...

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Yesterday In Plymouth… Nearly There?

By on Sep 17, 2011 in English League Football, Finance, Latest | 0 comments

Yesterday in Plymouth, ‘Cornish-based property developer’ Kevin Heaney appeared to finally disappear from contention as the part-saviour of the Argyle Football Club, as he should have done months ago in Plymouth. And, it would seem, ‘Devon-based entrepreneur’ James Brent appeared to finally re-appear as the preferred bidder for the club, as...

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