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Match Of The Week: Lewes 0-4 AFC Hornchurch

By on Oct 30, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

Non-league football has experienced a culture of boom and bust for as long as it has existed. From the shamateurism of the 1950s and 1960s, through to more recent vanity projects, there has never been a completely level playing field in the semi-professional football, and what becomes troubling about this is, of course, what happens to a club when the money runs...

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This Week In Plymouth: The Final Chapter & A New Beginning

By on Oct 28, 2011 in English League Football, Finance, Latest | 1 comment

Clever man, that James Brent, the (drum roll)… new owner of Plymouth Argyle. In the past week he has revealed himself to be far from the philanthropic ‘saviour’ many fans have keenly labelled him, while displaying a sure political touch, to protect his financial interests, against those of staff, players and administrators owed money. Yet across those same seven...

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My Favourite Match: Chelsea vs Liverpool, The 1996/97 FA Cup

By on Oct 28, 2011 in English League Football, History, Latest | 1 comment

We briefly started the My Favourite Match season during the summer with my own personal selection of the 1984 European Championship semi-final between France and Portugal. This morning it’s back, with Andrew Harding recalling a 4-2 win which, as a seven year-old, came to define his relationship with the London club. When posed with the question what is my...

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Second Time Lucky: A New Home For FC United Of Manchester, This Time?

By on Oct 27, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

This time. Perhaps this time. FC United of Manchester have been once bitten and can certainly be forgiven for being twice shy over their planning application for a new ground of their own, to be built in the Moston area of the city. Their previous attempt to do exactly this in Newton Heath ended in failure after government cuts slashed their hopes, but this time...

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CPO Say No To Chelsea

By on Oct 27, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

On the train home from Liverpool last night after their League Cup win at Everton, Chelsea supporters could have been forgiven having something on their minds. For today, considerations regarding the Champions League, the Premier League, the League Cup and even the investigation into comments which may or may not have been made by John Terry last weekend took a back...

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Subbuteo, Manchester United & Me

By on Oct 27, 2011 in Latest, Opinion | 1 comment

I just bought an A4 print of a 1992-1994 Manchester United home kit Subbuteo player. I’m not a massive fan of Subbuteo, but there’s something about the aesthetic of it all that pleases me on a very base level. So much so that having ordered the print I had to stop myself from going to Ebay and buying numerous teams decked out in classic United kits. I’ve not played...

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A Phoenix With Trimmed Wings: Farnborough FC’s New Reality

By on Oct 26, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

The fifteenth of May must have felt like a long time ago for the supporters of Farnborough FC on Tuesday night. On that particular day, Farnborough stood at the cusp of a place in the Blue Square Premier. Having finished in second place in the Blue Square South behind champions Braintree Town, they started their play-off final with home advantage and as the...

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An Alternative View on the Media Bans

By on Oct 26, 2011 in Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

Football clubs and the media covering them live together as slightly estranged bedfellows, desirous of one another’s company but at times cold or distant when the other’s been bad in the sack. Quite often it is the club in some capacity turning away, demanding the media pick up the blanket off the end of the bed and to go sleep on the couch for the...

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