Category: The Ball

Scottish Football: A Seven Point Plan 3

Scottish Football: A Seven Point Plan

The end of last week saw the publication of two more contributions to the ongoing debate about the future of Scottish football – the results of a survey of fans by Supporters Direct, and then part one of the much-trumpeted McLeish report, containing a raft of recommendations focussing on youth development and the grassroots of the game.

Andrew Andronikou: Football Club Saviour 8

Andrew Andronikou: Football Club Saviour

A source close to Portsmouth FC’s administration recently described Portsmouth FC’s most public joint-administrator, Andrew Andronikou, as a saviour of Swindon Town, who spent six years of this decade in a financial hole, having...

Manchester City Scrape The Goalkeeping Barrel 17

Manchester City Scrape The Goalkeeping Barrel

The last couple of days must have been filled with conflicting emotions for Gunnar Nielsen. The twenty-three year old Faroese goalkeeper became the first person from his home island to play Premier League football...

The Monday Morning Link Emporium 0

The Monday Morning Link Emporium

We know how you feel. We share your pain. It’s Monday morning, and you’re sitting in front of your monitor, bleary-eyed and holding a cup of coffee with the consistency of molasses in your...

Grays Athletic 2-1 Forest Green Rovers 5

Grays Athletic 2-1 Forest Green Rovers

All of the decisions at the top of the Blue Square Premier table have already been made, but the final day of the season brings an intriguing battle to avoid relegation from the league...

Portsmouth’s Pain In The Neck 6

Portsmouth’s Pain In The Neck

Nothing in Adrian Chiles’ BBC career became him like the leaving of it, as Shakespeare might have written of his fellow-midlander if he watched ‘Match of the Day 2’. “This is what modern football...

World Cup Preview: Group B 2

World Cup Preview: Group B

The 19th FIFA World Cup kicks off in eight weeks today, and as such Dotmund continues his almost-in-depth look ahead to this summer’s festivities. Today he continues his preview of each of the eight groups, having been sent foraging for facts on the internet with only his trusty big pencil for company. Up for examination in this week’s post, Group B.

What Chester Did Next 8

What Chester Did Next

In less than seven days time, representatives from City Fans United will sit down with members of Cheshire West and Chester Council. The aim of CFU is to secure the lease on The Deva...

Southend United & Fossett’s Folly 1

Southend United & Fossett’s Folly

Southend United were under threat of extinction thanks to a £400,000 Inland Revenue demand. Whilst their new ground at Fossett’s Farm is seen as the solution to the club’s long-term financial difficulties, the Shrimpers...

The Blue Square South Bottleneck 14

The Blue Square South Bottleneck

In the Blue Square Premier this season, there is only one round of matches left to play and many of the awards and trinkets have already been tidied up. Stevenage Borough are the champions...

Smith steps down from SFA 0

Smith steps down from SFA

Gordon Smith’s resignation this week, after nearly three years as Chief Executive at the Scottish Football Association, came initially as a surprise, though it seems rather less of one now that the idea has sunk in.

Portsmouth’s Debt Up To £119m 7

Portsmouth’s Debt Up To £119m

The full extent of the financial horror at Portsmouth, then, is starting to become apparent. It is starting to feel as if every time the club’s administrator, Andrew Andronikou, opens or moves anything, there...

Adrian Chiles Departs The BBC 7

Adrian Chiles Departs The BBC

So, farewell then, Match of the Day 2 – at least, farewell in its current guise as the best football programme on television. The long-predicted transfer/defection of former business journalist and current and forever...

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Few Tears For John Batchelor

The former York City owner John Batchelor died at the relatively youthful age of fifty-one in a Stockport hospital on the eleventh of April. The news of his death has been greeted with a...