Category: The Ball

A Final Word On John Terry 5

A Final Word On John Terry

In some respects, the furore surround the John Terry affair (for the want of a better phrase) says as much about the British and their attitudes as it does about Terry himself.

Eighteen Days Left To Save Notts County 3

Eighteen Days Left To Save Notts County

Tick, tock, tick tock. There are eighteen days left for Notts County to find the money to stave off a winding up order brought against them by HMRC, and whether this is close or not depends on who you listen to.

The Portsmouth Revolving Door Continues Spinning 2

The Portsmouth Revolving Door Continues Spinning

“In the future”, said Andy Warhol in 1968, “everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”. It is tempting to look at Portsmouth’s ownership record over the last year or so and arrive at the conclusion that they are trying some Warholian philosophy in their ownership policy, but the truth is somewhat more prosaic than this.

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E27 1

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E27

It’s the first anniversary of the debut of “Shit Shot Mungo” this week, and the artist has asked me to remind you all that you are quite at liberty to pop over to his website and buy his crap. This week’s Mungo sees the eponymous footballer in hospital with hideous facial injuries, and that can only mean one thing – love interest!

Chester City: The Norwegian Connection 7

Chester City: The Norwegian Connection

Back at home, Chester City stumble from crisis to crisis, but a sale price of £1 is attracting interest in people seem to like those odds. Their interests, however, are likely to be at odds with those of the supporters of the club.

Mansfield Town’s Act Of Faith In Their Supporters 12

Mansfield Town’s Act Of Faith In Their Supporters

Mansfield Town of the Blue Square Premier are running a little experiment on Saturday – their supporters can turn up at Field Mill for their home match against Gateshead and pay what they like to get in. It’s now down to the people of the town to show how much they value their football club.

In Praise Of… “Football Grounds With Alan Mullery” 1

In Praise Of… “Football Grounds With Alan Mullery”

There comes a point when even the most obsessive of us think, “You know, maybe this is too much”, and it’s entirely plausible to believe that many of us might reach that moment with this video. Yet somehow or other, this sixteen year-old film captures a critical juncture in the changing face of modern football.

Match Of The Midweek 1: Bury 1-0 Rochdale 0

Match Of The Midweek 1: Bury 1-0 Rochdale

Manchester City and Manchester United may live like kings, dining out on the excess of Premier League football, but this evening our attention turns to two of Manchester’s satellite clubs, both of whom may in the past have been considered also-rans of the local scene but both of whom, this season, are having rather good seasons – Bury and Rochdale.

Workington Find That The Long Journey Was Worth It 2

Workington Find That The Long Journey Was Worth It

It was one of the longest journeys that any club in this country had to make over the weekend, but there can be little doubting that supporters of Blue Square North club Workington AFC will be in no doubt whatsoever that it was worth it.

The John Terry Moral Conundrum 5

The John Terry Moral Conundrum

The tabloid circus seems likely to continue to run for a few more days at least. Meanwhile, the rest of us look on at it all and shake our heads. Sometimes, it simply feels that if football wants our respect and our patronage, it has a funny way of showing it.

Match Of The Week: Bury Town 5-0 Leighton Town 0

Match Of The Week: Bury Town 5-0 Leighton Town

Bury Town have rather been in the shadow of their local rivals AFC Sudbury in recent years, but they are having a good go at the Southern League Midland Division this season and, with top of the table Hitchin Town frozen off, they had a chance to go top of the table against mid-table Leighton Town yesterday.

Another Black Week For Portsmouth 8

Another Black Week For Portsmouth

Their website was closed for non-payment, there have been threats of resignation from Peter Storrie & Avram Grant and more protests are planned. Is there any way out of the current mess for Portsmouth that won’t result in absolute, final meltdown for the club.

The Glazer Protests: Where Do They Go From Here? 12

The Glazer Protests: Where Do They Go From Here?

The Manchester United supporters that wore gold and green scarves for the League Cup semi-final on Wednesday night were protesting, but it may be too late for them to have influence whatsover over what happens to the club that they support.

Peter Ridsdale: Chairman Turned Repeat Offender 25

Peter Ridsdale: Chairman Turned Repeat Offender

Cardiff City are due in court in a couple of weeks fighting off a winding up order, and the man in charge is a rather familiar one to supporters of Leeds United and Barnsley. Mark Murphy reports on Peter Ridsdale’s repeated misdemenaours and finds a predictable and depressing set of themes.

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E26 1

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E26

Mungo McCrackas seriously injured both of Heart of Clackmannannshire’s two goalkeepers, “Dangerous” Ducky Norton and Rab “Flappins” McGinty, in last week’s “Shit Shot Mungo”, so this week he has to play in goal for The Clackas in their match, whereupon he discovers previously untapped talents.