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Port Vale In Administration: The End Of The Beginning

“It will be the perfect administration, if true,” wrote the BBC’s Matt Slater on March 19th, in response to Port Vale joint administrator Gerald Krasner’s prediction of getting a deal with creditors signed off by the end of April. Krasner, to the surprise of no-one with experience of the self-confident Leeds United ex-chairman, was being…

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April 8, 2012
Ian

Arsenal’s Year Again? The Return Of The FA Womens Super League

Tomorrow afternoon sees the return of the FA Womens Super League, with eight teams doing battle in the first summer league version of a tournament that the FA hopes will dramatically increase interest in the competition. A signifier of how important they consider the development of this years competition to be and the extent to…

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April 7, 2012
Ian

European Championship Stories: 2000 – Belgium, The Nearly Men

On the sixth of December 2011, Belgium finally ended a record-breaking run of five hundred and forty-one days without a formal government when new Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo was sworn in by King Albert II in Brussels. Following the general election of June 2011, the fragmented political landscape was represented by eleven different political…

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April 7, 2012
Ian

Meet The Continental Star

Writer and photographer David Bauckham has been on his travels again, this time to the West Midlands to meet the Caribbean team Continental Star, a football club that is also registered as Charity and works as a social enterprise. You can see more of David’s photography here, and you can follow him on Twitter by…

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April 5, 2012
Ian

A Bird’s Eye View: The BBC Tackles Sexism In Football

The wry announcement beforehand ‘so *is* there sexism in football?’ wasn’t a great start was it? Neither was scheduling it for 10.45pm, tucked away after the lottery draw. Okay, so it was never going to be telling us anything new but BBC1’s ‘Sexism in Football?’ documentary was at times refreshingly honest, even if as Anna…

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April 5, 2012
Ian

An Incredible And Uncredible “Rescue Plan” For Northwich Victoria

The news, such as it is, from Northwich Victoria continues to baffle and perplex. The last time we heard from this particular club, it was starting to sound as if the proverbial fat lady was starting to clear her voice. With crowds already having dropped following their eviction from the Victoria Stadium in January, it…

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April 4, 2012
Ian

Suffolk Punch: How Ipswich Town Shocked The Football League In 1962

It is entirely appropriate that Ipswich Town should have chosen last Saturday’s home league match against Barnsley as an opportunity to rename their South Stand as The Sir Alf Ramsey Stand, for this month marks a very special anniversary in the history of the club. It is fifty years ago this month the Ipswich Town…

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April 3, 2012
Ian
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