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The Northern Premier League Hammers Another Nail Into The Northwich Victoria Coffin

That they were playing on a Friday night in the first place told a story of its own. Northwich Victoria were entertaining Hednesford Town in a Premier Division match of the Northern Premier League last night when the news came through which rendered any efforts that the team puts in for the remainder of this…

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April 14, 2012
Ian

Rangers Football Club: The Good, The Bad & The Loopy

You can say what you like about Scottish media coverage of Rangers’ financial crisis but you’re certainly spoilt for choice. Unfortunately, that choice is all-too-often between parallel universes, with a tangential universe thrown in every time club owner Craig Whyte is within range of a microphone (Whyte’s common criticism of HMRC as “living on a…

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April 13, 2012
Mark

European Championship Stories: 2004 – Greek Economies Of Scale

As football entered the twenty-first century its race towards full industrialisation had more or less been completed. Resource management had become everything. In club football, scouting networks had diversified in order to fall quickly upon any young player spotted that hadn’t already got a professional contract, whilst at international level the stigma surrounding appointing foreign…

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April 13, 2012
Ian

Is Gorgeous George Making Eyes At Bradford City?

There are some things that politics and football have in common, not least of which is the feeling that, in order to survive and thrive at the top table, you need a big ego. It should probably come, therefore, as no great surprise to hear that the new Member of Parliament for Bradford West, George…

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April 11, 2012
Ian

Alan Davies Shoots From The Hip & Ends Up With His Foot In His Mouth

We may never know which is the real Alan Davies: the apparently lovable jester who plays the dumb schoolboy to Stephen Fry’s headmaster on the television series QI, or the would be shock jock who has recently been appearing on the Arsenal podcast The Tuesday Club on a variety of different subjects of varying relevance…

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April 11, 2012
Ian

Rangers Supporters Groups & Doing The Right Thing

At virtually all clubs in crisis, supporters are portrayed as victims, with lashings of sympathetic media coverage coming their way. So it has been with Rangers fans. Fans are occasionally admonished for not caring about financial recklessness while it funds success. But such a charge is nothing compared to the mismanagement of their clubs. People…

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April 10, 2012
Mark

Chester FC & Northwich Victoria: Poles Apart In The Same Division

End of season title deciders in non-league football have a tendency to bring out vastly inflated crowds which hint at the potential of a club were it to be playing at a higher level, and this weekend was no exception with a crowd of 5,009 people turning out at The Exacta Stadium in Chester to see Chester…

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April 10, 2012
Ian
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