Category: The Ball

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Football’s University Challenges

This week sees the climax of the university football season, at Loughborough. Here’s Paul Caulfield with a look at the hinterland at which football and education meet. In January, the London Evening Standard published...

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When Football Was Good: Part 3

TONY DALEY Winger. Born 18th October 1967, Birmingham. Clubs: Aston Villa (1985-1994); Wolverhampton Wanderers (1994-1998); Watford (1998-1999); Walsall (1999); Forest Green Rovers (1999-2002). League appearances: 340. League goals: 41. Domestic honours: 1994 League Cup....

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Birmingham City: The Receivers Take Control

So. Farewell, then. Peter Pannu. This time, for good and forever. Probably. Receivers are now in charge of Birmingham International Holdings (BIH), the Hong Kong-based corporate soap opera that is Birmingham City FC’s parent...

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When Football Was Good, Part 2

MAURICE MALPAS Full back. Born 3rd August 1962, Dunfermline. Clubs: Dundee United (1979-2000). League appearances: 617. League goals: 20. Domestic honours: Scottish League Championship 1982/83; Scottish Cup 1994. European honours: UEFA Cup finalist 1987....

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Chris Graham: The Rangers NED

The role of non-executive director is rather more serious than the abbreviation “NED” suggests. This is particularly true in Scotland…currently for two reasons. Because “ned” in Scotland is a derogatory term often said to...

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The Feyenoord Charity Smear

The Scottish mainstream media (SMSM) has taken a comprehensive booting in recent years for misreading the Rangers story, old and new. However, new lows were reached with coverage of a visit by fans of...

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A Little Perspective Over Villa Park

Between a sex toy being apparently strapped to the head of one of their supporters and a pitch invasion at the end of the match, it rather felt as if there might be something...

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When Football Was Good, Part 1

In the first of a groundbreaking new series of pictures, our resident idiot Dotmund explores a time when football was better than it is now. This week: Pat Nevin. PAT NEVIN Winger. Born 6th September...

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League Three By Stealth

It might be argued that the concept of league football is one of the greatest gifts that Britain has given the world. A number of teams play each other twice a season, once home...

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A Footballer Has Been Arrested

They’re champing at the bit already, of course. The tabloid press is already straining like a horse at the tape before the Grand National, walking that most narrow of tightropes of being as salacious...