Category: The Ball

Chester’s Near Miss 15

Chester’s Near Miss

Chester City’s Stephen Vaughan still hasn’t sold his interest in the club, and his latest appointment at The Deva Stadium does little to instil much confidence that anything is going to improve in the near future. However, at least one potential buyer now seems to be off their radar.

A Twohundredpercent Christmas Message 0

A Twohundredpercent Christmas Message

It’s Christmas Eve, so we are turning the site over to professional footballer and convicted pelican-slapper Mungo McCrackas of the Heart of Clackmannannshire Football Club for our very first annual Christmas message. It’s a bit like the Queen’s Christmas message, only with more mentions of Italian sports cars.

Mark Bright: Football Co-Commentator & All-Round Sage 26

Mark Bright: Football Co-Commentator & All-Round Sage

Mark Murphy got a bee in his bonnet whilst watching the Sunday afternoon match between Newcastle United & Middlesbrough, and it came in the form of co-commentator Mark Bright. In the best interest of his sanity, we thought it that it would be for the best to let off steam on the subject here.

Might The Fab Four Become The Super Seven? 19

Might The Fab Four Become The Super Seven?

As the Premier League reaches the half-way point in its season, Mark Siglioccolo takes a look into his crystal ball and wonders whether the days of Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea might be coming to an end. Who, though, will have the nerve to stare them out?

Keeping It On An Even Keel At Bedford Town 4

Keeping It On An Even Keel At Bedford Town

Bedford Town of the Southern League Premier division are in a slow state of decline, having released four of their players just before Christmas. The supporters trust would like to help, but they still aren’t even recognised by the club itself. It’s a familarly depressing tale.

To Mark, Happy Christmas, Love Man City XXX 3

To Mark, Happy Christmas, Love Man City XXX

Manchester City have sacked Les Hughes, then, and replaced him with Roberto Mancini. Is this the wrong decision at the wrong time, or have their owners identified a problem at the club that is not immediately visible to the outside world? We shall see – and probably not until it’s too late.

Match Of The Week: Fulham 3-0 Manchester United 2

Match Of The Week: Fulham 3-0 Manchester United

Fulham brushed aside Manchester United in the Premier League yesterday afternoon with a performance which suggested that 2010 could be a very good year for the London club. Roy Hodgson may be very much from the old school, but his team is thoroughly modern.

The 1962/63 Season: When Winter Really Came To Britain 5

The 1962/63 Season: When Winter Really Came To Britain

If you spent the weekend sitting at home and cursing because your match has been called off this afternoon, it may help to look back upon the 1962/63 season, when the worst winter in over two hundred years brought football to a standstill and almost led to the relegation of Manchester United.

The Value Of Shareholder Democracy At Rangers & Watford 12

The Value Of Shareholder Democracy At Rangers & Watford

Both Watford and Rangers have had disagreements at boardroom level over the last couple of weeks. Mark Murphy has been looking at both clubs, and arrives at the conclusion that under all of the smart talk, no-one – not even those directly involved – knows exactly what is going on.

The Highland League Shows Itself Up In Public 5

The Highland League Shows Itself Up In Public

The Highland League has threatened to fine a sixteen year old for – with the permission of his club – videoing their matches and uploading them onto YouTube. The most depressing thing about the whole story is that it’s not even surprising ant more that a football body would do this.

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E21 3

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E21

“Shit Shot Mungo” goes on a two week holiday tonight while the artist drinks himself to a dose of port and stilton induced gout, although I have been advised that there will be some sort of mungoings-on over the Christmas break. Get it while it’s hot!

A Scrum For The Soul Of Kings Lynn 6

A Scrum For The Soul Of Kings Lynn

The body of Kings Lynn Football Club is still warm, but the race is already on to secure the lease to The Walks and start the club afresh from the beginning of next season. While one of the interested parties offers a quick fix, though, the long term should be the supporters’ aim.

England 2018 – Now Unsupportable? 32

England 2018 – Now Unsupportable?

Hats off to the 2018 World Cup committee! They trimmed the list down from sixteen to twelve cities as potential venues to host matches for the 2018 World Cup should England, and they left Milton Keynes in. Presumably they didn’t want our support.

Battle For Control Of Watford 6

Battle For Control Of Watford

Watford Football Club is at the point of falling victim to a vicious power struggle that is now threatening its very existence. Can the protagonists be persuaded back from the brink, or is everybody concerned more interested in lining their own pockets than the future of the club itself?

How Mick McCarthy Let Wolves Down 11

How Mick McCarthy Let Wolves Down

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy may be claiming some sort of moral victory as the result of only losing 3-0 to Manchester United last night, but he appears not to have taken the supporters that travelled to Old Trafford into account.