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Pilgrim’s Progress: Plymouth’s Run To The FA Cup Semi-Finals, 30 Years On

Pilgrim’s Progress: Plymouth’s Run To The FA Cup Semi-Finals, 30 Years On

By on Apr 12, 2014 in History, Latest | 0 comments

This weekend, Sheffield United will take to the pitch at Wembley for their FA Cup semi-final against Hull City as representatives of the third tier of English football. It’s uncommon but not completely unheard of for clubs from this level to get this far in the competition, although none has ever made the final itself, with the last club to get this far being...

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The Uncrowned Prince

The Uncrowned Prince

By on Mar 30, 2014 in European Club Football, History, Latest | 0 comments

The memories of football fans, laced as they often are with a solid lack of sentimentality (at least we pretend they are), often leave little room for reminiscing about big money players who should have made it big, but didn’t. Believe me, I’m far from alone in this regard. Indeed, I’ve got the “him? ach, he was rubbish” sneer down to a...

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Tom Finney: The Loss Of One Of Football’s Great Gentlemen

Tom Finney: The Loss Of One Of Football’s Great Gentlemen

By on Feb 15, 2014 in History, Latest | 0 comments

There will be tears at Deepdale this afternoon, of course, and understandably so. After all, the announcement of the death of Tom Finney yesterday at the age of ninety-one has brought the curtain down on one of football’s most enduring love affairs, that of the modest player blessed with abilities beyond the reach of all bar a select few and the club that he...

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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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Eusebio & The 1968 European Cup Final

Eusebio & The 1968 European Cup Final

By on Jan 5, 2014 in History, Latest | 1 comment

There was a time when it was a sport rather than a merely a business. The scene was Wembley Stadium, on the twenty-ninth of May 1968. In Czechoslovakia, the Prague Spring was in full effect. Just a few weeks previously, Dr Martin Luther King Jr had been assassinated in Memphis, whilst both Paris and London groaned under the weight of student protest against the...

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Snatch Of The Day

Snatch Of The Day

By on Dec 6, 2013 in History, Latest | 0 comments

That money dominates all other considerations in twenty-first century professional football is a fact that has become so ubiquitous that to repeat it yet again feels almost superfluous. Yet the evidence is all around us. It’s in the desperation of some owners to rebrand their clubs to appeal to the mirage that is the infinite riches of the far east. It’s...

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Sixty Years Ago Today: England Brought Down To Earth By Magnificent Magyars

Sixty Years Ago Today: England Brought Down To Earth By Magnificent Magyars

By on Nov 25, 2013 in History, Latest | 0 comments

Seldom has there been one match that has come to define the fortunes of two football nations as appropiately as the afternoon in November 1953 when the Hungarians landed in London. The shock and horror with which the result that afternoon was greeted, however, also indicated the begnning of another trait in the history of the English national team, a brief period of...

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Football On The Box – From The North: Granada

Football On The Box – From The North: Granada

By on Nov 12, 2013 in History, Latest | 0 comments

The news that ITV will be losing live coverage of the Champions League from the start of the 2015/16 season is a bitter blow to a company that was once the great innovator in terms of the development of football as a medium of entertainment in this country. Coming, as it does, on top of the end of FA Cup coverage on the channel in the near future, only a handful of...

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