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Bundesliga Round Up: Week 21 – HSV change coach after Braunschweig defeat

Bundesliga Round Up: Week 21 – HSV change coach after Braunschweig defeat

By on Feb 16, 2014 in Bundesliga, Latest | 0 comments

Hamburg coach Bert van Marwijk just barely escaped with his job last weekend after the 3-0 defeat to Hertha. This weekend the axe finally came down and after 143 of the longest days of his life the former Dutch national team coach was paid off. The decision was taken shortly after Hamburg lost their relegation six pointer at bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig, 4-2....

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Tom Finney: The Loss Of One Of Football’s Great Gentlemen

Tom Finney: The Loss Of One Of Football’s Great Gentlemen

By on Feb 15, 2014 in History, Latest | 0 comments

There will be tears at Deepdale this afternoon, of course, and understandably so. After all, the announcement of the death of Tom Finney yesterday at the age of ninety-one has brought the curtain down on one of football’s most enduring love affairs, that of the modest player blessed with abilities beyond the reach of all bar a select few and the club that he...

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John Still, The Knowledge & Luton Town’s Renaissance

John Still, The Knowledge & Luton Town’s Renaissance

By on Feb 12, 2014 in Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

There are many aspects of pride to being a football supporters, some of which are laudable whilst others are less so. At the less extreme end of this spectrum is the pride of being the supporter of a club in the Football League. It’s a club that – along, of course, with the Premier League – only ninety-two clubs can be members of, and losing that...

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Going, Going, Gone – The Bell Tolls For The Boleyn Ground

Going, Going, Gone – The Bell Tolls For The Boleyn Ground

By on Feb 11, 2014 in Latest | 1 comment

The “Sold” sign went up at The Boleyn Ground yesterday, a point of no return in West Ham United’s enduringly controversial plans to leave The Boleyn Ground, the club’s home for the last one hundred and ten years, for the newer pastures of the Olympic Stadium in nearby Stratford. Yet whilst this was an announcement that was expected by most,...

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It’s Turning Ugly At Hamburg

It’s Turning Ugly At Hamburg

By on Feb 9, 2014 in Bundesliga, European Club Football, Latest | 1 comment

Last Wednesday, about 400 Hamburg fans march to the club’s training ground as a demonstration of support for the beleaguered squad who had lost five games in a row, a run that saw the club descend to second from bottom of the Bundesliga. Hamburg have never been relegated from the first division and they were founder members when the league was formed in 1963. After...

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Six Of The Worst: Football’s Failed Rule Change Experiments

Six Of The Worst: Football’s Failed Rule Change Experiments

By on Feb 8, 2014 in History, Latest | 3 comments

The way that the game is played might have changed, but the rules of football, both on and off the pitch, have proved to be remarkably resilient to change over the years. Although there have certainly been significant changes to the game over the course of the last three or four decades or so – the introduction of the backpass rule, for example, or changes to...

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Peter Pannu Is *Still* Considerably Richer Than You

Peter Pannu Is *Still* Considerably Richer Than You

By on Feb 7, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 1 comment

I do appear to have invoked plenty of memories “for those of a certain age” in recent articles. And I’m about to do so again.  In January 1979, the then Prime Minister James Callaghan returned from a summit in Guadeloupe to a Britain entering its infamous “winter of discontent.” Rubbish was left uncollected and the dead unburied thanks to various trade unions...

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