Can Coventry City Emerge From The Shadows Of The Championship?

By on Sep 11, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 2 comments

The unmistakeably musty scent of stagnation has been in the air at Coventry City of late. As memories of the club as mainstays of the top division of English football fade to become little more than a memory, this is a club that feels shiftless, as if it hasn’t successfully asserted a new identity since leaving Highfield Road for The Ricoh Stadium in 2005....

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Michael Dye: The Death Of A Football Supporter And Tabloid Values

By on Sep 10, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 4 comments

There will be a sombre mood in the air at The Cardiff City Stadium this afternoon, as the team takes to the field for its home league match against Doncaster Rovers. The death of Cardiff City supporter Michael Dye shortly before the start of Tuesday night’s European Championship qualifier between England and Wales cast am obvious pall over the subsequent...

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A Right Of Reply For Supporters Direct

By on Sep 10, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

Last weekend, SJ Maskell wrote on the matter of questions that she felt should be answered by Supporters Direct. They asked for a right of reply and we were glad to agree to it, so here’s their Communications Manager, Kevin Rye, with some responses to the points raised. Following SJ Maskell’s piece Supporters’ Trusts: Some Hard Questions, we were prompted to...

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Everton’s Union Blues

By on Sep 8, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 20 comments

Three years ago, the publication of accounts for the holding companies of Arsenal and Everton provided a stark contrast between clubs who were, at the time covered by those accounts, three places apart in English club football’s pecking order. While Arsenal were opening superstores in Vietnam, Everton were forced to outsource their own merchandising due to poor...

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A Welsh Premier League Odyssey: Part Two

By on Sep 7, 2011 in Latest, Welsh Football | 6 comments

Just a couple of weeks ago, Neil Mace was a Welsh Premier League virgin. Last weekend, he continued his discovery of the Welsh national league with a trip to Port Talbot. There’s no escaping the fact that Port Talbot is an industrial town, the approach to the town is laden with cooling towers, steelworks and blast furnaces. It feels like a community built around...

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Why Chorley Supporters Will Be Home Alone On Saturday

By on Sep 7, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 7 comments

We have noted on here before that non-league football can be a hand to mouth existence for many clubs, all of which makes the recent behaviour of Northern Premier League club Chorley FC in relation to the ticketing and policing arrangements for their match against FC United of Manchester on Saturday even more perplexing than they might otherwise be. Chorley are due...

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