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Popplewell, Hillsborough And The Bradford Fire

By on Oct 21, 2011 in History, Latest | 0 comments

“Soccer attracts more hackneyed hyperbole than most sports. We talk about “tragedy” when we mean “disappointment” and “disaster” when we mean “defeat”. When real tragedy and disaster occur, we tend to be stuck for the rights words.” Those words, written by David Lacey of the Guardian a quarter of a century...

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The Premier League’s Voodoo Plan

By on Oct 21, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 3 comments

Now really, what’s so bad about this Elite Player Performance Plan that’s put so many in a tizzy? This weekend, there will still be hundreds of thousands of fans filling English Premiership stadiums eagerly cheering their clubs on to victory or putting two fingers up at their opposition just as always, as football yobs are wont to do these days. There...

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The Football League Turkeys Vote Christmas For The Premier League

By on Oct 20, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 8 comments

Everybody, we are sometimes told, loves a bargain, and this morning an agreement was reached between the Premier League and the Football League which will likely mean that England’s biggest clubs will have an unlimited supply of one of the most valuale assets in the game: young players. The Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) was an agreement which hinted at...

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The Sheffield Derby Throws The Sun Into A Tizz

By on Oct 19, 2011 in Latest, Opinion | 2 comments

It is a truth universally acknowledged that football matches – and in particular local derbies – can bring out the worst in people. Where, however, is the line in the sand? What is the definition of what acceptable behaviour inside a football ground? This week, we have seen an example of a national newspaper attempting to draw that line, and they ended...

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A Celtic Encounter

By on Oct 19, 2011 in European Club Football, Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

Every so often events conspire to make us question whether there is indeed some footballing god directing proceedings from, somewhere. After UEFA’s initial decision to remove Swiss club FC Sion from the Europa League, the club they had previously beaten on aggregate in the final playoff round–that club being Celtic FC–were awarded their place in...

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Voices Of Football: Peter Jones – The BBC’s Voice Of Football

By on Oct 18, 2011 in History, Latest | 3 comments

If football has changed almost over the last twenty or thirty years or so, one of the more comforting ways to reach back into the past is to delve into the all too rare BBC radio commentaries of matches from days gone by, and in particular to locate the lush, almost melodic vocal range of Peter Jones. Over a period from 1966 from his sadly premature death in 1990,...

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Plymouth’s Administration: More Questions Than Answers

By on Oct 18, 2011 in English League Football, Finance, Latest | 0 comments

It is never helpful if, while writing about a situation, one of its main protagonists pipes up just before the proof-reading stage to issue a statement claiming the equivalent of “the earth is flat, the moon is made of cheese, and I’m taking my ball home if anyone argues.” So it was that Mark Murphy’s latest summary of the latest events at Plymouth Argyle was a bit...

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The Hillsborough Debate …Parliament Shines

By on Oct 17, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 2 comments

This evening, at the Houses of Parliament, we saw a revelation. After twenty-two and a half long years, the Members of Parliament present decided unanimously and without the need for a vote that the government should release all of its documents relating to the Hillsborough disaster of 1989, bringing, at long last, a chink of light to the ongoing battle of the...

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