January 2007

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The American Dream

Let’s get one thing absolutely clear before we even start – the transfer of David Beckham from Real Madrid to LA Galaxy at the end of this season is approximately 10% about football, and 90% about image rights, marketing and those other twenty-first century creations which do so much to enhance the average fan’s experience…

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January 14, 2007
Ian

Reality Bites

I’ll attempt to put something up on here about the peculiar events of the last couple of evenings later tonight, but I felt that I should focus this evening on yet another of football’s very own patented financial crises. This time, the new comes from the “fifth division”, and it’s a story with a stupendously…

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January 11, 2007
Ian

Souled Out

There are some sights that you simply don’t see very often, and the game is a lot better off for many of their absence. Excess amounts of sand on the pitch were a staple of the groundsman’s armoury against matches being called off in the early 1970s, but this short term measure ruined pitches and…

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January 9, 2007
Ian

Drawn Again

There aren’t many things that transport me back to my childhood more than the fact that FA have reinstated the draw for the FA Cup to its rightful place, on Monday lunchtimes. Of course, times have changed since I was a child. In the days of my youth, the FA Cup draw was treated like…

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January 8, 2007
Ian

Singing In The Rain

As those of you that watched “Match Of The Day” last night will be able to attest, this weekend has seen some pretty damn terrible weather, and there can be little doubt that this had an effect on the quality of football played yesterday afternoon. First up, congratulations to Swansea City and Nottingham Forest, who…

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January 7, 2007
Ian

Number 14 Will Play…

Less than forty-eight hours to go now, and last night we took a little stroll down memory lane to take a look at some of the great upsets that the FA Cup Third Round has provided us down the years. Only the constraints of time prevented me from writing another couple of thousand words on…

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January 4, 2007
Ian

David vs Goliath

So, what do we love most about the FA Cup, then? Is it the big matches between Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United? Of course not. You’ve got the Premiership for that. Is it the occasional meetings of three-quarter strength Premiership clubs? Well, obviously not. What we love about the FA Cup is when lower…

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January 3, 2007
Ian
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