Posts made in 2008

Fortune’s Always Hiding?

By on Dec 31, 2008 in English League Football | 3 comments

West Ham United have been, financially speaking, probably the English football club that has been the hardest hit by the recent changes in the international financial climate. At the start of September they lost XL Holidays, their shirt sponsors. The company went into liquidation and, in doing so, became one of the first truly visible signs of the worsening global...

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Non-Match Of The Week: Lewes P-P Kettering Town

By on Dec 29, 2008 in Latest | 1 comment

The peculiarities of the Christmas programme mean that many people end up with their body clocks thrown out of kilter. The Christmas break was followed by the weekend – was yesterday Saturday or was it Sunday? The full football programme made it feel like a Saturday afternoon, but it wasn’t – a feeling that has been exacerbated by having a full...

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When The Lights Went Out (Revisited)

By on Dec 28, 2008 in Latest | 1 comment

It’s reassuring to come back from the Christmas break to find that the fallout from the much aborted FA Cup match between Droylsden and Chesterfield is still rumbling on. After the first match was abandoned due to fog with Droylsden leading by a single goal, the two sides drew 2-2 at Saltergate. Chesterfield were then winning the replay 2-0 when an electrician...

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When The Lights Went Out

By on Dec 23, 2008 in Finance, Non-League | 4 comments

AFC Wimbledon supporters will already be aware of the occasionally intransigent ways of the Ryman League. A couple of seasons ago, when an administrative error meant that one of their players was incorrectly registered with the Football Association of Wales rather than the FA, they were docked fifteen points until an independent committee stepped in and reduced the...

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Match Of The Week: LDU de Quito 0-1 Manchester United

By on Dec 21, 2008 in Latest | 0 comments

It probably won’t count for much come the end of the season, but Manchester United became the World Club Champions this morning – the first English club to win the FIFA World Club Cup. This year’s World Club Cup has been hamstrung, as ever, by the imbalance of competition. This was further emphasised by LDU de Quito’s surprise in the Copa...

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