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The Return Of The Saints: Southampton’s Rapid Ascent To The Premier League

If there was any hint of tension in the air at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday lunchtime, it didn’t hang around for very long. It took them a little under sixteen minutes for Adam Lallana to give Southampton the lead against a Coventry City that had already been relegated from the Championship with room to…

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April 30, 2012
Ian

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 29/04/2012

This weekend saw the end of the normal season for many of the leagues below the Football League and the beginning of the play-offs in some. This weekend, we’re going to have a look at a few of the outstanding issues at the top and bottom of the leagues, starting in the Blue Square Bet…

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April 29, 2012
Ian

Roy Hodgson… England Manager?

The timing was just right for tomorrow morning’s newspapers, but the name isn’t the one that most had expected to see at the top of their short-list. Earlier this evening, a statement appeared on the Football Association’s website confirming that they have made a formal approach to West Bromwich Albion to speak to Roy Hodgson…

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April 29, 2012
Ian

Whitehawk FC: Nouveau Riche Out-Muscle The Old Stagers

After nine months and thirty-nine matches, then, it all came down to ninety minutes on the final day of the season in the Ryman League Division One South yesterday. That it did came down to an incident on the opening day of the league season. Whitehawk FC played an ineligible player in their first match…

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April 29, 2012
Ian

Another Week On The Edge For Rangers

It’s not as easy as it looks, this administration lark. In my time writing on football finance, I have yet to experience any sympathy for an administrator, or believe that maybe senior ones are earning their weekly wage packets-per-hour. But gone is the sense that Dave Clark and Paul Whitehouse would have been better administrators…

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April 27, 2012
Mark

Final Day Shoot-Outs In The Ryman League

It is not that often that league title races are open enough to go to the final day of the season with the whereabouts of the championship trophy still undecided, but this season two of the divisions of the Ryman League will end with five clubs still hoping to win automatic promotion as champions of…

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April 27, 2012
Ian

Northwich Victoria: Time To Step Away From This Sinking Ship

There is always something faintly pathetic about the list of creditors for a football club’s proposed CVA. It’s not so much the big creditors that sink the heart – after all, those that pour money into the black hole of a football club, for example, have paid their money and taken their choice – but…

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April 27, 2012
Ian
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