Category: The Ball

Few Tears For John Batchelor 26

Few Tears For John Batchelor

The former York City owner John Batchelor died at the relatively youthful age of fifty-one in a Stockport hospital on the eleventh of April. The news of his death has been greeted with a...

The Title That No-One Wants To Win? 1

The Title That No-One Wants To Win?

English football season has had more than its fair share of madness this season, but the race for the title is starting to give off a hint of being the title race that no-one...

World Cup Preview: Group A 5

World Cup Preview: Group A

The 19th FIFA World Cup kicks off in nine weeks today, and as such Dotmund continues his almost-in-depth look ahead to this summer’s festivities. Today is the beginning of his preview of each of the eight groups, having been sent foraging for facts on the internet with only his trusty huge mackerel baguette for company. Predictably enough, we start with Group A.

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E36 1

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E36

Well, it’s Thursday night and that can only mean one thing – it’s Shit Shot Mungo time. In this week’s episode, the fall-out from Sid “Bisto” Nixon’s funeral continues with the news that their...

Lewes 0-0 St Albans City 12

Lewes 0-0 St Albans City

It’s a fresh, spring evening, and the eyes of most of the football world are fixed upon the North London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. In one small corner of East Sussex, however,...

Stockport County – No-one Is Innocent 10

Stockport County – No-one Is Innocent

As football club nicknames go, “The Hatters” isn’t the luckiest. First Luton headed for a remake of their 1988 FA Cup semi-final meeting with Wimbledon this season, in the Blue Square Premier. And, for...

Technology In Football 15

Technology In Football

It rather seems as if every time there is a refereeing decision that costs a team a point or two, the usual suspects in the media start stating the case for all manner of...

County Deepen Celtic’s Woes 3

County Deepen Celtic’s Woes

When the draw for the Scottish Cup semi-finals was made all the talk was of Rangers and Celtic being kept apart for a potential Old Firm final. It hasn’t quite worked out that way....

Video Of The Week: Hooligan 2

Video Of The Week: Hooligan

This week’s “Video Of The Week” is “Hooligan”, a 1985 documentary made by Thames Television about a problem which, at the time, seemed to more or less intractably woven into the very fabric of...

Portsmouth 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur 0

Portsmouth 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur

It’s a question that many supporters of struggling teams have asked themselves over the years. Would you take a cup final appearance and relegation in the same season over years of relentless mediocrity? As...

Good Hosts and Bad Hosts 2

Good Hosts and Bad Hosts

Until someone figures out how to astroturf the moon and stop the corner flags floating away, all major sporting events have to take place somewhere. And when you have somewhere, you can rest assured that someone already lives there. The host nation and the home advantage are here to stay.