Yearly Archive: 2008

Tough Love 3

Tough Love

I thought I’d better warn you first – this isn’t going to make for particularly happy reading. I have, however, been doing a considerable amount of pondering about the number of clubs falling into...

The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Striker 1

The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Striker

Will there be a more poignant image taken this season than this one of Barnsley’s Kayode Odejayi? With twenty minutes played in the second half of this afternoon’s FA Cup semi-final between Barnsley and...

The Dark Side Of Non-League Football 2

The Dark Side Of Non-League Football

Congratulations, of sorts, to Kettering Town, who became (after Chelmsford City last week) the second club in English senior football to win their league championship yesterday. Their 3-0 win against AFC Telford United yesterday...

It Was Forty Years Ago Today 0

It Was Forty Years Ago Today

Well, it wasn’t exactly forty years ago today, but it was forty years ago West Bromwich Albion, the last of our four FA Cup survivors, last won the Cup. They stand alone amongst the...

Pompey Play Up 2

Pompey Play Up

There are a couple of clubs for whom 2007/08 could turn out to to be the perfect season. For supporters of, say, Hull City, promotion to the Premier League coupled with a failure on...

The 1912 Overture 1

The 1912 Overture

There are a couple of parallels between the FA Cup exploits of Cardiff City and Bansley. Both have won the FA Cup just the once, having lost the final two years previously. For Barnsley...

When Cardiff Won The Cup 2

When Cardiff Won The Cup

Over the next couple of days, we’ll be looking at the previous FA Cup exploits of this year’s four semi-finalists, starting with Cardiff City, who take on Barnsley at Wembley on Sunday afternoon. It’s...

Gasping As They Fall Across The Line 0

Gasping As They Fall Across The Line

We’ll be doing the FA Cup semi-finals on here over the next couple of days, but I thought that it was about time for a quick round-up of how things are going in the...

A Sensible Transfer 2

A Sensible Transfer

This morning’s announcement that MK Dons are applying to take over Gretna’s place in the Scottish Premier League shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone. Pete Winkleman knows the value of publicity if...

Red All About It 5

Red All About It

The possibility is starting to dawn on me that I might be cursed. I don’t mean this in the sense of someone being in ownership of a voodoo doll made in my image into...

With Deepest Sympathy 1

With Deepest Sympathy

About a month ago, I went greyhound racing at the Coral Stadium, in Hove. We had the best seats in the place, in the stand overlooking the finishing line. We had a (passable but...

Ghosts In The Machine 1

Ghosts In The Machine

With a Wembley cup final to look forward to and an outside chance of making the Conference play-offs, you might be tempted to think that now is the best time to be a member...

An Early April Fool’s Joke 2

An Early April Fool’s Joke

Take a close look at the picture on the left. That man is John Batchelor, and you might just be hearing quite a lot about him over the next few weeks or months. The...

The Death Of An Icon 1

The Death Of An Icon

Some of you may have noticed the minute’s silence prior to the match between France and England on Wednesday night. This was to mark the death, at the age of 49, of Thierry Gilardi,...

France 1-0 England (And Other Trivialities) 1

France 1-0 England (And Other Trivialities)

So, another Wednesday and another week of international friendlies. I’m always somewhat confused over whether we’re supposed to care or not, and you had to at least be somewhat impressed by the marketing skills...

Border City Blue 0

Border City Blue

The 8th of May 1999 was a big day for Carlisle United Football Club. Members of the Football League for just over seventy years, they were the only surviving club of the three Cumbrian...