Middlesbrough’s Close Encounter With Bankruptcy Revisited

By on Sep 6, 2011 in English League Football, History, Latest | 1 comment

The Insolvency Act of 1986 was enacted on the twenty-fifth of July of that year, and its ramifications would come to change the face of English football, through the introduction of Company Voluntary Arrangements. Prior to the introduction of this law – which was introduced by the government in a bid to entice more entrepreneurial activity in companies with...

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Match Of The Midweek: England 1-0 Wales

By on Sep 6, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 6 comments

There are empty seats at Wembley this evening. The FA’s hyperbolic per-match ticket advertising for this match may have made inferences to this being the match that everybody wants to see, but the fact that the advertisements were on display anywhere at all told its own story. There are red dots pock-marking the background at the national stadium this evening,...

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Flaking Out the SPL

By on Sep 6, 2011 in Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

Typically the quality of a pie, whether savoury and sweet, tends to be judged first on the crust. After all, this is the first thing you see before considering purchasing a pie, the contents of which might never be fully known until you take that first bite. A crust appearing soggy, doughy, and rather bland usually sees the pie being passed over in lieu of the pie...

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The Tropic Of Ruislip: An Afternoon Out With Wealdstone FC

By on Sep 6, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 3 comments

For our very last Non-League Day related story, David Bauckham travelled up to Middlesex for the Ryman League Premier Division match between Wealdstone and Bury Town. I was once asked by someone to explain this “football pyramid thing” that I kept banging on about and it was only then, as a follower of non-League football for many years, that it dawned on me that...

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Garry Cook & Manchester City: More Questions Than Answers

By on Sep 5, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 4 comments

Part of the problem with a twenty-four hour rolling news culture is that the need for instantaneous news, justice and retribution becomes like a drug. The story of Garry Cook’s email account has already buzzed around the world and it seems that most people have already made up their minds before Manchester City Football Club has even had the chance to finalise...

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Mungo S04E01

Mungo S04E01

By on Sep 5, 2011 in Art, Latest, Mungo | 0 comments

Some of you may have been worried about the fate of Mungo McCrackas, currently the world’s third-best Scottish football player. You’ll be pleased to hear that he rides again thanks to the dazzling pen wrangler David Squires. It’s Mungo’s first day at Premier League newcomers Primrose Hill Ramblers and that means meeting the press. But will...

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A Song For All Fans

By on Sep 5, 2011 in Latest, Opinion | 0 comments

Perhaps best left in the hands of pop culture or professional music critics rather than some stodgy old football blog, it still bears mentioning that today would have been Farrokh Bulsara’s 65th birthday. Or course, we knew him better as Freddie Mercury, the original front man for Queen, who died from complications due to HIV/AIDS in 1991. While originally...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: Non-League Day Special

By on Sep 4, 2011 in Latest, Video | 1 comment

It was Non-League Day this weekend, as you will all now be thoroughly aware, so to close up on this it’s time for this week’s Non-League Videos Of The Week, this week featuring no fewer than six matches, from the Blue Square Premier, the Blue Square South, the Northern Premier League, the Southern League and the FA Cup. We’re not going to waste...

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