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A Welsh Premier League Odyssey: Part Two

By on Sep 7, 2011 in Latest, Welsh Football | 6 comments

Just a couple of weeks ago, Neil Mace was a Welsh Premier League virgin. Last weekend, he continued his discovery of the Welsh national league with a trip to Port Talbot. There’s no escaping the fact that Port Talbot is an industrial town, the approach to the town is laden with cooling towers, steelworks and blast furnaces. It feels like a community built around...

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Why Chorley Supporters Will Be Home Alone On Saturday

By on Sep 7, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 7 comments

We have noted on here before that non-league football can be a hand to mouth existence for many clubs, all of which makes the recent behaviour of Northern Premier League club Chorley FC in relation to the ticketing and policing arrangements for their match against FC United of Manchester on Saturday even more perplexing than they might otherwise be. Chorley are due...

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Middlesbrough’s Close Encounter With Bankruptcy Revisited

By on Sep 6, 2011 in English League Football, History, Latest | 1 comment

The Insolvency Act of 1986 was enacted on the twenty-fifth of July of that year, and its ramifications would come to change the face of English football, through the introduction of Company Voluntary Arrangements. Prior to the introduction of this law – which was introduced by the government in a bid to entice more entrepreneurial activity in companies with...

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Match Of The Midweek: England 1-0 Wales

By on Sep 6, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 6 comments

There are empty seats at Wembley this evening. The FA’s hyperbolic per-match ticket advertising for this match may have made inferences to this being the match that everybody wants to see, but the fact that the advertisements were on display anywhere at all told its own story. There are red dots pock-marking the background at the national stadium this evening,...

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Flaking Out the SPL

By on Sep 6, 2011 in Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

Typically the quality of a pie, whether savoury and sweet, tends to be judged first on the crust. After all, this is the first thing you see before considering purchasing a pie, the contents of which might never be fully known until you take that first bite. A crust appearing soggy, doughy, and rather bland usually sees the pie being passed over in lieu of the pie...

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The Tropic Of Ruislip: An Afternoon Out With Wealdstone FC

By on Sep 6, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 3 comments

For our very last Non-League Day related story, David Bauckham travelled up to Middlesex for the Ryman League Premier Division match between Wealdstone and Bury Town. I was once asked by someone to explain this “football pyramid thing” that I kept banging on about and it was only then, as a follower of non-League football for many years, that it dawned on me that...

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Garry Cook & Manchester City: More Questions Than Answers

By on Sep 5, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 4 comments

Part of the problem with a twenty-four hour rolling news culture is that the need for instantaneous news, justice and retribution becomes like a drug. The story of Garry Cook’s email account has already buzzed around the world and it seems that most people have already made up their minds before Manchester City Football Club has even had the chance to finalise...

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Mungo S04E01

Mungo S04E01

By on Sep 5, 2011 in Art, Latest, Mungo | 0 comments

Some of you may have been worried about the fate of Mungo McCrackas, currently the world’s third-best Scottish football player. You’ll be pleased to hear that he rides again thanks to the dazzling pen wrangler David Squires. It’s Mungo’s first day at Premier League newcomers Primrose Hill Ramblers and that means meeting the press. But will...

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