January 2007

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Derby Days

A few weeks ago, I congratulated the Nationwide Conference for scheduling a round of local derby matches for Boxing Day. Never mind that I couldn’t go: it provided a big boost to crowds at a level of football where match day revenue means more or less everything. Bearing this in mind, why on earth did…

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January 23, 2007

Moving The Goalposts

So… goalposts. They’re an absolutely integral part of the game, but you don’t really hear that much about them, do you? Before every World Cup, there’ll be a debate about the balls that they’re using. How much lighter they are than before, what colour they are, how long it’ll be before they just give up…

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January 22, 2007

Gamblers Anonymous

How typical it is that, on the weekend that the FA schedule the big four to be playing against each other, that the most interesting story of the weekend should come at The Madejski Stadium, during Reading’s 3-1 defeat of Sheffield United, where Neil Warnock and the Reading assistant manager Wally Downes were sent off…

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January 21, 2007

Sense & Ineligibility

I have no great intention of turning this into an AFC Wimbledon blog, but something has come to my attention which warrants a follow-up to my match report from the other night. As you may recall, I mentioned that AFCW have had a rather splendid run in the FA Trophy, having beaten Nationwide Conference clubs…

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January 19, 2007

Newsround! (Part Two)

Now, I’m not after your sympathy much here, but Thursday nights are a pretty difficult night for me to write on here. It’s a bit too far removed from the Tuesday night matches, but still a little bit too far from Saturday to be able to offer a relevant precis to what has been going…

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January 18, 2007

Worthing 1-1 AFC Wimbledon

Imagine, if you will, that you’ve been watching the same team for years and years. Suddenly, and out of the blue, your team is taken over by a “business consortium”, which decides that the part of the country that your club and you are from isn’t profitable enough, and uproot it 60 miles away to…

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January 17, 2007

Killing The Golden Goose

It’s not often that something that happens on the terraces ever gets discussed on “Match Of The Day” these days, unless it’s a fat Geordie without his replica shirt on. These days, fans are little more than consumers – paying extras who turn up, buy merchandise, occasionally sing, and leave five minutes before time in…

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January 15, 2007
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