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World Cup Magic: 1978 – Ticker-Tape & Tartan Travesty

World Cup Magic: 1978 – Ticker-Tape & Tartan Travesty

By on Dec 24, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Although I watched the 1974 World Cup finals as an eight-year-old recently converted to football, 1978 is the earliest tournament I properly remember. And I was the only one among the football fans at our rugby-playing school who tipped hosts Argentina to win. For the second World Cup finals in succession, the Anglophile British media had to pretend to support...

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On Coventry City, Cardiff City & Hull City’s Winter Of Discontent

On Coventry City, Cardiff City & Hull City’s Winter Of Discontent

By on Dec 23, 2013 in Latest, Politics | 0 comments

There are three football clubs at which the Christmas period may well prove to be a period of reflection. The circumstances that have engulfed these three clubs over the last few weeks and months have come to act as something of a barometer for the state of professional football in this country at the moment. None of them are sufficiently insignificant as clubs to...

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A Wet Saturday Afternoon In Brighton

A Wet Saturday Afternoon In Brighton

By on Dec 22, 2013 in English League Football, Latest | 2 comments

There fall some days when you know, you can just feel, that this isn’t going to be your day. Saturday lunchtime in Brighton town centre has started with a little light Christmas shopping accompanied with the slowly dawning realisation that no, I hadn’t bought the tickets that said I would for that afternoon’s Championship match between Brighton...

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Rangers: Winners & Losers From Another AGM

Rangers: Winners & Losers From Another AGM

By on Dec 20, 2013 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 1 comment

The wretched soap opera which has been based in Govan in West Glasgow for so many years now has come to a potentially seminal episode. Rangers International Football Club PLC held its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) after the company, which runs the new Rangers FC, posted losses of approximately an arm and a leg during its first year of trading; gargantuan losses...

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World Cup Magic – Sun, Sea, Sand & Toni Schumacher: Espana 1982

World Cup Magic – Sun, Sea, Sand & Toni Schumacher: Espana 1982

By on Dec 19, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

They say, of course, that the best World Cup finals is the one that was held when you were ten years old. In the summer of 1982, I was three months shy of my tenth birthday and this tournament marked the consummation of a love affair that had been growing, steadily and inexorably, for the previous three years or so, and in addition to this there was the small matter...

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The Hedge Fund & The Football Club: A Year-Round Pantomime

The Hedge Fund & The Football Club: A Year-Round Pantomime

By on Dec 18, 2013 in Finance, Latest | 8 comments

Every once in a while, we receive an anonymous email or two here at the 200% underground bunker. Usually it’s a gramatically incompetent stream of abuse from an ├╝ber-fan because we’ve been mean about his – and let’s face it, it’s only going to come from a “him”, isn’t it? – football club, the little diddums, but...

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Cardiff City – Tan vs McKay: Seconds Out… Round Two

Cardiff City – Tan vs McKay: Seconds Out… Round Two

By on Dec 17, 2013 in Latest, Opinion | 4 comments

It was, perhaps, unsurprising that barely forty-eight hours after a one-nil victory against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend ended a run of five matches without a win, storm clouds should start to circle The Cardiff City Stadium again. There has, after all, been something of a fractious atmosphere surrounding the club over the last few months or so, and even...

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