Plymouth’s Takeover Takes A Worrying Twist

By on Oct 2, 2011 in English League Football, Finance, Latest | 1 comment

So near, yet so far. The future of Plymouth Argyle seems likely to be thrown into fresh turmoil if rumours that started circulating late yesterday afternoon regarding an attempt on the part of three former directors of the club to buy the mortgage held over its Home Park ground by Lombard North Central PLC. Just over week ago, it seemed as if the future of the club...

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The FA Cup Second Qualifying Round: Merstham 0-2 AFC Sudbury

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

This is the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, isn’t it? By this stage of the competition, we would usually be wearing something approaching our winter woollies and sipping at Bovril which remains scalding hot for three minutes for turning stone cold in the amount of time that it takes to blink, but summer has come late this year, and Surrey is unusually...

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A Brand-Conscious North London Derby

By on Oct 1, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

To be shocked at the crass commercialism in today’s money-soaked English Premiership is to be slightly naive. To develop a toothache upon hearing about how today’s top flight clubs sell their souls to fund their businesses or discover sneakier means of getting their hands deeper into your wallets, however, is perfectly normal. As we approach another...

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Mungo S04E02

Mungo S04E02

By on Sep 30, 2011 in Art, Latest, Mungo | 0 comments

This month’s visit to Primrose Hill Ramblers finds Mungo in his traditional ebullient early-season form, with innumerable negative consequences for everyone around him. Meanwhile the Ramblers manager Arnaud Finger further expands on his footballing philosophy and all marvel at how over-rated thought can sometimes prove. David Squires drew this all as it...

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Shadows On The Wall: Whyte Wants Out of Scotland

By on Sep 30, 2011 in Latest, Scottish Football | 6 comments

Making a reference to Greek philosophy when discussing Glasgow Rangers probably sounds far too distorted to be credible. It likely is, but it was difficult not to consider Plato’s Allegory of the Cave when hearing owner Craig Whyte talk of reviving the Atlantic League idea or somehow getting Rangers accepted into the English league system. Much like the...

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Football’s Culture Of Perceived Slights

By on Sep 29, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 2 comments

It was a moderately diverting night in Valencia. Chelsea put in a solid performance and had come close to what would have been a solidly impressive win, only for Solomon Kalou’s momentary lapse of reason for minutes from time, which cost Chelsea a penalty kick and, subsequently, two points in their Champions League group. Injury time ran down without major...

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Pants And Publicity For Bath City

By on Sep 28, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 3 comments

How often does an FA Youth Cup game get national coverage? I’m not talking ages old clips of a young Wayne Rooney or David Beckham or John Terry replayed in some ‘before they were famous’ programme while non-entity talking heads try to be witty, I mean actual coverage of the events of a game. Today various tabloids carried reports on Newport...

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Port Vale – Bullet The Blue Sky

By on Sep 28, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

After months of turmoil – preceded by years of worry and struggle – Port Vale’s tale could be nearing a happy ending, provided the right protagonists hold their nerve and the decision-makers do something like ‘the right thing.’ When last we were in Burslem, boardroom changes were afoot, with the prospect of two new directors, both popular with supporters campaigning...

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