July 2007

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A Ray Of Light At The End Of The Pier?

You don’t expect to hear good news from the government these days, but the Home Office passed some on to my home town this morning when they gave planning permission for Brighton & Hove Albion to build a new stadium at Falmer. This saga has been dragging on for years, one hopes that it will…

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July 24, 2007
Ian

A Hostile Take-Over?

I’ve been keeping something of an eye on the events at My Football Club for a little while. For those of you that weren’t already aware of what this is, it’s a grand experiment set up by Will Brooks which hopes to buy an English football club and run it with ordinary people running it…

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July 23, 2007
Ian

Radio Times

I have to admit a small frisson of excitement at the news that Danny Baker and Danny Kelly are rumoured to be starting a football podcast at the start of next season. Their radio shows for Talk Radio and Virgin Radio in the late 1990s were genuinely brilliant, and it’ll be great to see them…

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July 22, 2007
Ian

Posts & Nets: My Magnum Opus

Of all the paraphernalia in and around a football pitch, nothing grabs my attention quite like the goals themselves. There. I said it. There is something indescribably aesthetically pleasing about goal posts and goal nets. They add completeness to a football pitch. A football stadium during the summer, when the posts have been taken down…

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July 22, 2007
Ian

A Load Of Old Balls (And One Recent One)

Exactly as it says on the tin. Here are nine great footballs (and one utterly useless one) that have graced the pitches and back gardens of the world over the last forty years or so, in chronological order (up to a point). 1. The 1966 World Cup Final Ball: The end of an era, this….

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July 18, 2007
Ian

A Triumph Of Science Over Art

I do hope that none of you bet good money on the predictions that I put on here. At the end of last week, I confidently predicted that Argentina would confidently brush Brazil aside of this year’s Copa America, and what happened? More or less the exact opposite, of course. The easy explanation is to…

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July 16, 2007
Ian

Worthing 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

I expressed serious concerns about the concept of the pre-season friendly on here the other day, but I was nominally excited about the match between Worthing and Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon. It was too hot for football, I was tired (having already been at work for four hours in the morning) but,…

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July 15, 2007
Ian
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