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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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“Person”(s) Of The Year 2013… “Charlotte Fakeovers”

“Person”(s) Of The Year 2013… “Charlotte Fakeovers”

By on Jan 2, 2014 in Latest, Politics, Scottish Football | 0 comments

As 2013 was such a rubbish year for football governance and finance, who better to be football’s “man” of it than someone called Charlotte, who told a tale of financial skullduggery and subterfuge and whose real identity, or possibly identities, remain concealed? Mark Murphy thinks “no-one.” The phrase “internet phenomenon” is, granted, clichéd journalese. And I...

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Of Snow, Wind, Rain, Ice & Men

Of Snow, Wind, Rain, Ice & Men

By on Jan 2, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 0 comments

We’re well past the initial point at which the weather has started to play merry havoc with the football season, and it was most likely this – a rash of cancellations following the latest round of storms and high winds – combined with New Year’s Day hangovers which combined to give BT Sport a record high television audience for its live match...

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