Opinion

The Fall And Plateau Of Manchester United

The Fall And Plateau Of Manchester United

By on Apr 3, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 2 comments

It is more of an FA Cup word than a Champions League word. But there’s no denying that during their 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich this week, Manchester United were “plucky.” The FA Cup analogy is not entirely inappropriate. I’d missed the meetings where everyone was told that United were in for the sort of walloping Arsenal and Tottenham have almost patented in big...

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It will take more than Psycho to fix Forest

It will take more than Psycho to fix Forest

By on Apr 3, 2014 in English League Football, Latest, Opinion | 11 comments

If grounds could talk, its tale would be the grandest of them all. It is no Camp Nou, no Santiago Bernabéu. You could hardly find a more inauspicious set for this Hollywood plot. Across the waters of the Trent, beyond the graffiti-spattered Lady Bay Bridge and gloomy, half-abandoned industrial units, Nottingham Forest’s giant, dirty goalpost of a Trent End is...

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Manchester United vs Manchester City: A Personal View

Manchester United vs Manchester City: A Personal View

By on Mar 26, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 2 comments

As the full-time whistle blew at Old Trafford this evening, the strangest feeling came over me. Prior to the match, if you’d asked me, I’d have probably said that I wanted Manchester City to win this match. It’s a reflex reaction to twenty years of unprecedented success from Manchester United – the taste of schadenfreude can be prove to be...

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The Despotism & Ignorance Of Vincent Tan

The Despotism & Ignorance Of Vincent Tan

By on Mar 4, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 8 comments

Perhaps now we at least might have some understanding of why Vincent Tan has been so insistent on the subject of changing the colours of Cardiff City’s shirts over this last couple of years or so. By wearing red, all associated with the club are better prepared to mask the redness of their faces as the club’s owner repeatedly drags its name through the...

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Get Well Soon, Butch: On The Subject of Wilkins’ Progress

Get Well Soon, Butch: On The Subject of Wilkins’ Progress

By on Feb 22, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 1 comment

Depression is a horrible, confusing and misunderstood affliction. Not only does the settling of a dark cloud over the mind have a rubberising effect on the emotions, blowing the most ridiculously tiny considerations out of all proportion whilst shrinking everything that matters to mere triviality, but it also is also a condition that still, even in the twenty-first...

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“Downgrading MANU To Hold”: On Football And The Stock Markets

“Downgrading MANU To Hold”: On Football And The Stock Markets

By on Jan 29, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 0 comments

I had assumed that the strange whirring noise I heard the other day was one of the mini-tornadoes that has added to Southern England’s recent weather woes. Now I wonder if it was Manchester United legend Sir Matt Busby spinning in his grave so violently as to trigger storms across what cynics might consider United’s main catchment area. There was a scene in the 2011...

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