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Off The Ball, City – Norwich’s End Of Season PR Calamity

This, there can be little doubt, has been a miraculous season for Norwich City to the extent that there is an element to the narrative of the clubs last three seasons. In August 2009, they were adjusting to their first season in the bottom two divisions of the Football League with considerable difficulty. A seven-one…

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April 19, 2012
Ian

Doncaster Rovers’ Blip Cannot Mask A Miraculous Ten Years

It had been a long time coming and there will be those who believe that there was an air of inevitability about it, but when the relegation of Doncaster Rovers from the Championship last weekend, it came with a degree of controversy that only the end of the domestic football season can bring. The battle…

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April 19, 2012
Ian

Chelsea’s Golden Night: Barcelona Are Brought Down To Earth At Stamford Bridge

They came,they saw and they kept possession as ever, but this time they couldn’t quite conquer. Barcelona arrived in West London this evening with the sound of a Spector-esque wall of praise ringing in their ears. They’re a great side. Indeed, if it is possible to draw comparisons across the different eras of the game,…

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April 18, 2012
Ian

Roberto di Matteo Brings Chelsea’s Dysfunctional Family Back Into Line

Chelsea will take the field at Stamford Bridge this evening for the first leg of a Champions League match against Barcelona which must surely rank amongst one of the more unlikely to be played all season. The sacking of Andre Villa Boas was supposed to draw a line below the competive side of Chelsea’s season,…

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April 18, 2012
Ian

European Championship Stories: 2008 – The End Of Politics

In Vienna in June of 2008, Fernando Torres broke free from his marker and shot the only goal in the final of that summers European Championships. It was a goal that ended almost half a century without a major tournament win for Spain, and it marked the calcification of new Iberian footballing hegemony within Europe…

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April 17, 2012
Ian

Ashley Young Is But The Tip Of The Iceberg In Footballs Culture Of Cheating

So, Ashley Young took a tumble for Manchester United against Aston Villa yesterday afternoon and now the whole man and his or her dog is up in arms about it. It was the second week in a row that Young had been up to such antics, with a swan dive against Queens Park Rangers last…

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April 16, 2012
Ian

Smash & Grab! Bristol Rovers – The Warboys & Bannister Years

It is now almost forty years since Bristol Rovers ran up one of the most remarkable unbeaten runs in the entire history of the Football League, and their attack at the time was one of the most feared around. Here’s Paul Caulfield on a team that is fondly remembered by its supporters, and the strikers…

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April 16, 2012
Ian
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