Category: The Ball

Portsmouth’s Five O’Clock Shadow Must Be Removed 13

Portsmouth’s Five O’Clock Shadow Must Be Removed

It is, as if you hadn’t already noticed, open season on Portsmouth. There had been precious little sympathy for the supporters in the club in the media, but when it was confirmed that the club were back in court over a challenge by HMRC over the legitmacy of them placing themselves into adminstration, the gloves came off.

Bournemouth & Cardiff’s Risky Strategies 4

Bournemouth & Cardiff’s Risky Strategies

Two clubs that haven’t yet resolved their differences with the taxman are AFC Bournemouth and Cardiff City. Mark Murphy has been taking a look at both clubs, and finds a bit of a high risk strategy taking place at each.

Richard Scudamore Is Let Off The Hook 7

Richard Scudamore Is Let Off The Hook

Presidents of the United States have their annual “state of the union” addresses. The Queen has her annual Christmas TV broadcast. And the equally important Richard Scudmaore, Premier League-land’s head of state, has his annual exercise in nauseating sycophancy from Daily Telegraph football correspondent, Henry Winter.

Wayne Bridge, Tabloid Fluff & The World Cup 7

Wayne Bridge, Tabloid Fluff & The World Cup

Wayne Bridge probably won’t be going to the World Cup finals, then, but John Terry’s “friends” leaking derogatory comments to the press about him say more about Terry than they do about Bridge – namely, that he is a wretch.

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E30 0

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E30

This week’s Shit Shot Mungo sees Mungo McCrackas resolutely fail to change the course of history when, having slipped through a portal in time and space, he ends up playing in the 1967 England vs Scotland home international match.

Barry Hearn On Administration 10

Barry Hearn On Administration

Michel Platini, with all of the elegance that one might expect from a man with such a playing career, describes it as “financial doping”. It is, in short, the accumulation of debt to purchase...

Beyond the Debt – A Supporters’ Rally 0

Beyond the Debt – A Supporters’ Rally

It’s not often that we advertise on here, but on Saturday, before their Unibond League Premier match against North Ferriby United, FC United of Manchester will be holding a rally in the cause of supporter-owned clubs.

Portsmouth’s Administration – Postponement Or Salvation? 10

Portsmouth’s Administration – Postponement Or Salvation?

The mask now seems likely to slip. After seventeen years of wearing a mask of opulence and limitless wealth, the Premier League self-made reputation as The Richest League In The World will face its most severe test yet, as Portsmouth face the inevitable and collapse into administration.

Chester City: The Death Rattle – Part 14 18

Chester City: The Death Rattle – Part 14

It almost feels as if we should be apologising for the amount of time that has been given over to Chester City on this site over the last few weeks. However, this story has unravelled into one of the most extraordinary football stories of recent times, and it still is not being reported to the extent that it should be elsewhere.

Dr Sulaiman’s Resignation From Fratton Park 1

Dr Sulaiman’s Resignation From Fratton Park

Sulaiman Al-Fahim offered his resignation as a director of Portsmouth Football Club in a characteristically farcical fashion. Mark Murphy takes a look at this, and wonders aloud what his motives for such a decision...