Posts made in July, 2006

Trouble At Villa

By on Jul 19, 2006 in English League Football | 6 comments

And the award for Most Chaotic Pre-Season Build-Up goes to… Aston Villa. In a tale of intrigue and double-dealing that would do Ian Fleming proud, Villa’s pre-season has gone up in a cloud of smoke that reeks of intrigue, double-dealing and wheeler-dealing in the corridors of Villa Park. The in-fighting and back-biting are threatening to tear the club in...

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A True German Hero

By on Jul 17, 2006 in Latest | 8 comments

Germany’s relationship with England has been strained over the last hundred years or so, to say the least. There have, though, been a couple of people that have helped to bridge the gap between these two nations, and none have stuck in the mind for quite as long as Bert Trautmann. Born in 1923, Trautmann’s early life was as unremarkable as possible for...

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Flick To Kick

By on Jul 15, 2006 in Latest, Opinion | 0 comments

It’s video games nowadays. It’s all about large groups of geeks trying to find the Holy Grail of matching arcade-style excitement with “realism”. Now, I’m not a luddite. I have a PS2 and a copy of “Pro-Evolution 5″. I intend, at some point, to write a definitive history of the football computer game, from “NASL...

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Turin Brakes

By on Jul 14, 2006 in Latest | 1 comment

So, the prosecution have spoken, and it’s bad news for at least three out of the four. Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina are all down. It’s a kick in the teeth for those that had argued – including Silvio Berlusconi – for “clemency”, because Italy won the World Cup. Hmm. Nothing to do with your interests, surely, Silvio? Are you...

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Here Is The News!

By on Jul 13, 2006 in Latest | 1 comment

Sod my favourite ten football shirts. That can wait. Remember what I said about there being no close season any more? Well, it’s true. This has been a terrific week for the bizarre and the extraordinary, and it deserves some sort of reporting. We kick off (or, rather, as we’ll see, we don’t) at Clarence Park, St Albans, where St Albans City were...

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