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Match of the Weekend 4 – The Conference Playoff Final – York City 2 – 1 Luton Town

“We’re a Football League club, how good is that?” – Gary Mills’ reaction to York City’s return to the league was typically unshowy, embodying the calm, quiet way the Minstermen have gone about their season.

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May 20, 2012
Ian

Match of the Weekend 3 – The Champions League Final – Bayern 1 Chelsea 1 (3-4 on penalties)

And so it finally came to pass. Nine years after Roman Abramovich arrived at Stamford Bridge and spent like no other owner before him, and Chelsea win the one prize that always eluded Roman’s riches. Ironically, this comes just a week after Sheik Mansour’s Manchester City won the league on even greater resources than Chelsea…

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May 20, 2012
Ian

Match of the Weekend 2 – The Scottish Cup Final: Hibernian 1 Heart of Midlothian 5

Having waited 118 years for a second all-Edinburgh Final, the Scottish Cup final ended up being a disappointment for neutrals, and especially Hibernian fans, as Heart of Midlothian ran out comfortable 5-1 winners, for their eight victory in the competition, their third Cup win in fourteen years. It was a game overshadowed by controversy, especially…

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May 20, 2012
Ian

Match of the Weekend 1 – The Championship Playoff Final: West Ham United 2 Blackpool 1

West Ham United are back in the Premier League, after Ricardo Vaz Te’s late strike gave them victory over a doggedBlackpoolside. In a match that inevitably gets linked with the £90million that the club will earn from being in the Premier League for  a season (and the parachute payments should the winning team last just…

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May 19, 2012
Ian

Queens Park Rangers Beat The Premier League Drop: Why It Matters

At 15.45 last Sunday it was all pretty much over. Despite a valiant park-the-bus effort, my beloved Queens Park Rangers were a goal down at Manchester City. And, horror of horrors, Bolton had come from a goal behind to lead at Stoke. At Stoke! But no-one ever comes from behind at the Britannia. The superhoops…

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May 19, 2012
Ian

100 Owners: 98. Henry Norris (Arsenal)

The formative years of professional football in England were a turbulent time, a period in which the rules – both written and unwritten – which underpin our notions of how a football club should be formed and what its reasonable constituency should be were effectively non-existent. Although football clubs in the Midlands and the North…

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May 18, 2012
Ian

Now That Rangers Are Saved, Part Three

Rangers’ spell in administration was best summed up deep in one of Court of Session Judge Lord Hodge’s many Rangers pronouncements over recent months. Paragraph fifty of his directions to administrators Duff & Phelps on the once thorny subject of Ticketus began “Administration has developed as a very flexible procedure to cope with the likely…

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May 17, 2012
Mark
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