2006

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Wretched & Gutless

I don’t know how long these “honeymoon periods” are supposed to last, but I think it’s safe to say that Steve McClaren’s is over. The last four days have seen two utterly spineless England performances in a row, and things aren’t going to get any better. As I write this, Gary Lineker, Alan Hansen and…

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October 11, 2006
Ian

Down And Out?

More sad news from the lower reaches of the football ladder, where yesterday’s Non-League Paper reported on the crisis facing Conference South club Farnborough Town. Farnborough scratch a living on the outer edge of what many of you would regard as “real” football. Their woes go back, ironically, to what might otherwise have been their…

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October 9, 2006
Ian

Olympic Diving

I’m probably not going to make myself very popular by saying this, and it may well contradict a considerable amount of what I said over the course of the World Cup, but I thoroughly enjoyed Didier Zokora’s dive for Spurs against Portsmouth on Sunday afternoon, and not merely because of my club affiliations. It was,…

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October 3, 2006
Ian

An Incontinent Blatter

Everyone’s favourite interventionist autocrat has been up to his old tricks again. This time, good old Sepp Blatter has been whining that penalty shootouts are no way to finish a World Cup, and that we can look forward to changes in time for South Africa 2010. Blatter has gone on record as saying that he…

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September 30, 2006
Ian

The Under-Achievers

It’s six weeks since the new season started, and I have to say that the sunny optimism has worn off. A fourth defeat in a row (albeit a very unfortunate one) yesterday means that St Albans are now in freefall towards the Nationwide Conference relegation zone, but at least we had the advantage of low…

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September 24, 2006
Ian

On The Hour, Every Hour

I’m starting to think that I may be a curse on some of these managers. Earlier on in the season, I took a little time to have a look at how Niall Quinn was getting on at Sunderland (considering their upturn under Roy Keane, Quinn must now qualify as one of the worst managers in…

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September 21, 2006
Ian

All Bunged Up

Due to my shift patterns at work, I’ve not been able to update this week, when I had intended to. I had hoped to round up all of last weekend’s excitement and a quick look at the midweek fixtures this evening, but the fact of the matter is that it all really pales in comparison…

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September 19, 2006
Ian
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