Politics

Assem Allam’s Pyrrhic Name Change Poll Victory

Assem Allam’s Pyrrhic Name Change Poll Victory

By on Apr 8, 2014 in Latest, Politics | 2 comments

There are, of course, lies, damned lies and statistics. It’s worth pointing out before we go any further that the decision of the owners of Hull City AFC to poll their supporters over their desire to change the name of the club to “Hull Tigers” from the start of next season was never terribly likely to have an effect upon FA’s upcoming...

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Democracy Or Gerrymandering? The Hull City Vote Goes Public

Democracy Or Gerrymandering? The Hull City Vote Goes Public

By on Mar 21, 2014 in Latest, Politics | 3 comments

It was noted on this site at least a couple of years ago that democracy in terms of football had the potential to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, genuine efforts to engage supporters to be active rather than passive in terms of involvement with their clubs arrive at their natural conclusion in the existence of supporters trusts, both at clubs where the...

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No End In Sight To The Agony Of Coventry City Supporters

No End In Sight To The Agony Of Coventry City Supporters

By on Mar 12, 2014 in Latest, Politics | 5 comments

Steven Pressly celebrated his first anniversary as the manager of Coventry City last Saturday. It didn’t turn out to be a particularly happy anniversary for the Sky Blues manager. His team has won just three of its twelve league matches so far in 2014 and, whilst his team sits in eleventh place in the League One table at the moment, it is only six points above...

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In Defence Of “Stand”

In Defence Of “Stand”

By on Feb 20, 2014 in Latest, Politics | 5 comments

It is, perhaps, a sign of the organisation’s success that there seems to have been, since its inception, a been a steady stream of people lining up to take a pop at the football supporter’s pressure group Stand. Formed a couple of years as Stand Against Modern Football, the group might well consider that such costs are worth bearing, when the alternative...

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Southampton & The Sexism Of – Some Of – The Football Press

Southampton & The Sexism Of – Some Of – The Football Press

By on Jan 16, 2014 in Latest, Opinion, Politics | 3 comments

As the supporters of several different football clubs will most willingly attest, the concentration of too much in one set of hands can have unwanted side-effects. Over the last couple of years, the reputation of the now former Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese had risen from being the man who steadied the club’s ship after its flirtation with insolvency...

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The Petulant Outbursts Of Assem Allam

The Petulant Outbursts Of Assem Allam

By on Jan 15, 2014 in Latest, Politics | 4 comments

There’s nothing like a bit of blackmail to liven up English football in a quiet news week (and, alas, FA Cup third round replay week is such a week). Good job, then, that Hull CITY owner Assem Allam isn’t resorting to blackmail in order to force English football’s governing body (the Football Association, in case you didn’t recognise them from the description) to...

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