July 2007

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Gone But Not Forgotten (Part 1)

Yes, indeed – yet another occasional series, this one celebrating the clubs that we have loved and lost. Nowadays, relegation from the Football League is far from the end. As Carlisle United and Doncaster Rovers have demonstrated, it can even be the jolt that a complacent lower division club needs to spring back into life….

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July 31, 2007
Ian

The End Of The Summer

To be absolutely honest, I ended up not watching too much of the Asian Cup. The bits and pieces that I did see, however, confirmed the following: that Australia aren’t half as good as they think they are are, that Japan and South Korea have both singularly failed to capitalise on their relative success at…

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July 30, 2007
Ian

More Baker & Kelly

The interminably long summer is nearly over. The Scottish League season starts next weekend, and the rest of Europe’s will awaken from their slumber over the next weeks or so. This evening, however, we’re taking another trip back in time to the 9th of April 1998 with Baker & Kelly. I’ll probably stick another one…

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July 29, 2007
Ian

Ducking The Issue

St Albans City, it has to be said, don’t really have any local rivals any more. Traditionally, going back years and years, their rivals were Hendon and Enfield, but these clubs both had other, bigger fish to fry, and Boreham Wood, whilst close geographically, were not similar enough in size and stature to form any…

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July 28, 2007
Ian

What’s In A Name?

What price would you put on the name of your club? I ask the question now because a bright spark at newly-promoted Conference club Farsley Celtic has decided that now is just the right time to consider changing the name of the 99 year-old Yorkshire club to “FC Leeds” or “Leeds Celtic”. “If we need…

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July 27, 2007
Ian

Baker & Kelly – 4th April 2007

After last night’s marathon (and somewhat garbled) entry, I thought that I deserved an evening off tonight. So, in lieu of having very much to say (apart from how difficult it is to research the annual Football League re-election lottery properly when you only have a spare couple of hours in the evening), here’s some…

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July 26, 2007
Ian

The Greatest Success Story Of The Last 20 Years?

What would you rank as the greatest footballing success story of the last twenty years? Inevitably, your minds are drawn towards the Premier League, the all-seater stadia and your Sky Saturday bonanza, but you’re mistaken. It took a lot of pain at Hillsborough and the pricing out of the game’s traditional working class support, but…

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July 25, 2007
Ian
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