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Was The Brotherhood Of Fans A Figment Of My Imagination After All?

Matt Johnson is a friendly fellow with, as you will shortly find out,¬†awesome social skills. Lately, however, he has found himself wondering whether the football supporters that he approaches and talks to on trains share his enthusiasm for chewing the cud on the subject of the national game with people he’s never met before. Matt…

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May 2, 2012
Ian

Premature Rejection: The Fourth Estate And Roy Hodgson

Once the announcement had been made, they acted with admirable speed. It took just two days from an announcement appearing on the Football Association’s website on Sunday afternoon for an interview to be held and, this afternoon, a press conference to follow confirming that Roy Hodgson is the new manager of the England national football…

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May 2, 2012
Ian

The Morning After The Night Before: Fall-Out From The Manchester Derby

If the Premier League excels at any one thing, then that thing must be spectacle of the type that we saw at the City of Manchester Stadium last night. The significance of this meeting between Manchester City and Manchester United – both literal and symbolic –¬†could not have been lost upon anybody that cast so…

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May 1, 2012
Ian

The Decline Of Match Of The Day

Viewers of the BBC’s flagship football programme Match Of The Day were treated to a somewhat extraordinary sight last weekend when presenter Gary Lineker launched into a somewhat bizarre impersonation of the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger complaining about refereeing decisions going against his team during their match earlier that day against Stoke City. Whilst this…

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April 30, 2012
Ian
Mungo S04E09

Mungo S04E09

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April 30, 2012
Ian

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
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