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The Petulant Outbursts Of Assem Allam

The Petulant Outbursts Of Assem Allam

By on Jan 15, 2014 in Latest, Politics | 4 comments

There’s nothing like a bit of blackmail to liven up English football in a quiet news week (and, alas, FA Cup third round replay week is such a week). Good job, then, that Hull CITY owner Assem Allam isn’t resorting to blackmail in order to force English football’s governing body (the Football Association, in case you didn’t recognise them from the description) to...

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Puncheon Above His Weight

Puncheon Above His Weight

By on Jan 14, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 0 comments

It has been a busy few days for Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon. On Saturday afternoon, he was in the thick of the action for Palace at White Hart Lane as the visitors laboured towards little end result and a defeat which helped to steady Tim Sherwood’s Tottenham Hotspur ship following their defeat at Arsenal a week previously in the FA Cup, whilst...

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Trying To Make Sense Of The Cardiff City Numbers

Trying To Make Sense Of The Cardiff City Numbers

By on Jan 12, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 4 comments

Yesterday afternoon at The Cardiff City Stadium, a home defeat and the hands of West Ham United pushed The Artists Formerly Known As The Bluebirds into the relegation places. This, it seems reasonable to suggest, was not part of the plan. This was after all new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first home league match in charge of the club, and furthermore their...

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A Watershed Moment In The Battle Against Homophobia?

A Watershed Moment In The Battle Against Homophobia?

By on Jan 10, 2014 in Latest, Politics | 0 comments

It’s a truism to say that the past is a foreign country, but it certainly feels that way at times. It’s a little over twenty-two years since Justin Fashanu came out thanks to a lurid story in The Sun – much of which, Fashanu later told the Gay Times, was simply untrue – but the differences between that and the coming out of the former Aston...

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Bolton Wanderers: Tales From The Gartside

Bolton Wanderers: Tales From The Gartside

By on Jan 9, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 5 comments

If New Year’s Eve is a day to bury bad news, then New Year’s Eve 2013 was a day for football to bury very bad news indeed. Chelsea received the denunciation of a cynical football press for revealing their latest ludicrous losses, producing only part of their results and doing so on New Year’s Eve. Under all that attention, any non-EPL club’s results seemed destined...

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Stockport County: Walking A Tightrope

Stockport County: Walking A Tightrope

By on Jan 7, 2014 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 1 comment

There comes a point in football at which even the most precipitous falls start to slow and reverse themselves, and there has been no other club in England in recent years that has spiralled in a downward direction as dramatically as Stockport County Football Club. Twleve years ago, the club was playing its football in the Championship, but one financial diasaster...

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Aston Villa & The Pursuit Of Mediocrity

Aston Villa & The Pursuit Of Mediocrity

By on Jan 6, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 5 comments

Upon the tootling of the full time whistle at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon, a somewhat familiar chorus of booing rang around one of the few remaining historical homes of English football. A home defeat at the hands of a Sheffield United team that is currently struggling to keep its head above water two divisions below them isn’t a result that it’s...

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Eusebio & The 1968 European Cup Final

Eusebio & The 1968 European Cup Final

By on Jan 5, 2014 in History, Latest | 1 comment

There was a time when it was a sport rather than a merely a business. The scene was Wembley Stadium, on the twenty-ninth of May 1968. In Czechoslovakia, the Prague Spring was in full effect. Just a few weeks previously, Dr Martin Luther King Jr had been assassinated in Memphis, whilst both Paris and London groaned under the weight of student protest against the...

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