February 2007

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Championship Managers

Now that all of the hullabaloo surrounding this week’s Champions League matches has died down (and aren’t the months of January, with just the league and FA Cup to distract us, bliss, might I add?), it’s time to take one of my periodic looks down the football food chain at one of the other divisions….

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February 22, 2007
Ian

The Daily Match (Part 4)

It’s the opening day of the 1983/84 season, and “Match Of The Day” is kicking off with a Midlands derby from Villa Park between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion. For those of you from abroad that have always wondered what he sounds like, the commentator is John Motson and, yes, that is the Tottenham…

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February 22, 2007
Ian

The Crushinators

How much has European football learnt over the last eighteen years or so? It is, I rather think, a fair question because, on the evidence presented before us last night during Manchester United’s extraordinary Champions League match against Lille, the only rational answer that I can think of is: “not very much, no”. Fences around…

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February 21, 2007
Ian

The Daily Match (Part 3)

Well, it’s the FA Cup this morning, and from the year that I was born, no less. Orient cause something of a surprise by coming from behind at Brisbane Road against Chelsea. Commentary from Barry Davies.

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February 21, 2007
Ian

Grounds For Action

Well, it certainly feels like it’s about time. By 2018, it will be over half a century since England last hosted a World Cup, and it’s pleasing to see that a concerted effort is going into preparing everyone for a sustained bid to host the tournament in eleven years’ time. In the half a century…

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February 20, 2007
Ian

The Daily Match (Part 2)

I promised you a match every night, and I’ve managed to find twenty already that fit the bill. Tonight’s match comes from Division Two in 1976-77, in the middle of Chelsea’s “Building Site” phase. The visitors to a Sahara-esque Stamford Bridge were promotion rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers. Commentary comes courtesy of the much-missed Brian Moore.

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February 20, 2007
Ian

An Open Letter To Craig Bellamy

Occasionally, I wonder what exactly goes on in the head of the modern footballer. Their experience of the game is unique – once upon a time, they were nothing more than employees of their club. They seldom earned more than the people that watched them play week in week out, and when they retired, they…

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February 19, 2007
Ian
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