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Six Of The Worst: Football’s Failed Rule Change Experiments

Six Of The Worst: Football’s Failed Rule Change Experiments

By on Feb 8, 2014 in History, Latest | 3 comments

The way that the game is played might have changed, but the rules of football, both on and off the pitch, have proved to be remarkably resilient to change over the years. Although there have certainly been significant changes to the game over the course of the last three or four decades or so – the introduction of the backpass rule, for example, or changes to...

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Peter Pannu Is *Still* Considerably Richer Than You

Peter Pannu Is *Still* Considerably Richer Than You

By on Feb 7, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 1 comment

I do appear to have invoked plenty of memories “for those of a certain age” in recent articles. And I’m about to do so again.  In January 1979, the then Prime Minister James Callaghan returned from a summit in Guadeloupe to a Britain entering its infamous “winter of discontent.” Rubbish was left uncollected and the dead unburied thanks to various trade unions...

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Hamlet Under The Hammer, Again

Hamlet Under The Hammer, Again

By on Feb 6, 2014 in Latest | 6 comments

With a unique name, a history that includes winning the FA Amateur Cup on four occasions, and distinctive pink and blue colours, Dulwich Hamlet Football Club is one of the most idiosyncratic presences in English football. But after a little more than one hundred and twenty years of existence, one of London’s best-known non-league clubs is, despite success on...

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Plymouth Argyle: James Brent – Licensed To… Do As He Wishes

Plymouth Argyle: James Brent – Licensed To… Do As He Wishes

By on Feb 5, 2014 in Latest | 23 comments

Whatever Plymouth Argyle chairman and owner James Brent is, and opinions vary passionately among Pilgrims fans on that, he is no “football man.” Nor is he a “philanthropist,” “benefactor” or “particularly nice.” Brent regularly admits to mistakes in his running of the League Two club. So regularly that it was a surprise that BBC Radio Devon’s Gordon Sparks was...

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Swansea City’s Great Managerial Gamble

Swansea City’s Great Managerial Gamble

By on Feb 5, 2014 in Latest | 1 comment

So, farewell then, Michael Laudrup. It would be easy to spin the story of his departure from the Liberty Stadium yesterday as being just another case of the insanity of the world of football management in the twenty-first century. True enough, the Swans are just two points from the relegation places in the Premier League, but the bottom half of the table is awfully...

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Bundesliga Round Up – Week 19: Let’s Talk Tactics

Bundesliga Round Up – Week 19: Let’s Talk Tactics

By on Feb 4, 2014 in Bundesliga, Latest | 0 comments

I’m aware that posts about tactics can be something of a turn off in these web pages but you may be interested to learn about the possible start of a rethink regarding formations in the German club football. As in most senior European leagues, Bundesliga coaches tend to use a five man midfield with a single striker up front. Sometimes that striker has been replaced...

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We Need To Talk About Financial Fair Play… Again

We Need To Talk About Financial Fair Play… Again

By on Feb 3, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 0 comments

Was it just a matter of striking coincidence or was there something more in the timing of a story in the Daily Mail which stated confidently that “Rivals” are “ganging up to ban City” with a challenge over the blue half of Manchester’s attempts to comply with regulations meant to limit the extent to which sheikhs, oligarchs and other...

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The Madness Of Leeds United Takes Several New Twists

The Madness Of Leeds United Takes Several New Twists

By on Feb 1, 2014 in Latest | 2 comments

Well, at least the supporters of Leeds United can take a crumb of comfort from the fact that, after twenty-four hours that has been their club become the laughing stock of the entire Football League, they have a team and a support of which they can till be proud. At Elland Road this afternoon, a crowd of more than 31,000 people saw Leeds put Huddersfield Town to the...

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