Yearly Archive: 2008

Men Behaving Badly 3

Men Behaving Badly

The moralistic tone of the nation’s newspapers was hardly surprising. Considering the nature of the behaviour of Ashley Cole during last week’s match between Spurs and Chelsea and Javier Mascherano’s sending off on Sooper...

Spring Cleaning 0

Spring Cleaning

In previous years, the Easter weekend was the time of year when everything suddenly became clear. This year, however, many things seem just as unresolved as they did last week. Partly it’s because Easter...

Crossing Swords At Upton Park 2

Crossing Swords At Upton Park

In the football anthology “My Favourite Year”, Nick Hornby ruminates upon the subject of generation gap in football and the irony of seeing Peter Lorimer (in his final season at Leeds United) playing against...

Championship Contenders 4

Championship Contenders

You have to, in some senses, wonder what they have to do in order to win any praise. With an extraordinarily close league table and three out of four of the places in the...

Windy Millers 0

Windy Millers

As the football season wends its way towards its conclusion, it’s easy to forget the harsh realities that many clubs have to operate under in order to put a team out each Saturday. That...

Easter Shopping Options 14

Easter Shopping Options

On the 30th March, Grimsby Town take on Milton Keynes Dons in the final of the Johnstones Paint Trophy at Wembley Stadium. Now, if you’ve been reading this site for any period of time,...

Match Of The Seventies – 1974/75 0

Match Of The Seventies – 1974/75

All is quiet in the football world (apart, that is, from the financial crisis engulfing Rotherham United – more of which at a later date – and Celtic getting beaten at home by Aberdeen...

It Couldn’t Have Been, Could It…? 5

It Couldn’t Have Been, Could It…?

At the end of last week, the draw was made for the quarter finals of the Champions League. Theoretically, this should be a pretty straightforward affair. There’s no seeding, and anyone can get drawn...

Lewes 0-2 St Albans City 1

Lewes 0-2 St Albans City

Thank you again, Southern Rail. I don’t know how important their engineering works are at the moment, but they have, for the last couple of months, made a complete hash of more or less...

You Too Could Own A Piece Of Edgeley Park! 0

You Too Could Own A Piece Of Edgeley Park!

If you’re looking for a decent synopsis of how the average English football supporter can be made to suffer in a wide variety of different ways, you’d have to search pretty hard to find...

The Match Of The Weekend? 0

The Match Of The Weekend?

A quick look down the fixture lists for the Premier League and Football League for tomorrow seem to indicate that this might just the worst weekend of the season, football-wise. Now, Middlesbrough, Derby County,...

Franchising In Scotland 1

Franchising In Scotland

In Scotland, the harsh realities of the wrong people getting involved in football clubs has been even more pronounced that it has been in England in recent years. Meadowbank Thistle were unceremoniously moved to...

Send My Regards To Queen Street 3

Send My Regards To Queen Street

It was only three months ago that Horsham FC briefly made national news headlines after holding League One Swansea City to a 1-1 draw in the Second Round of the FA Cup. They lost...

Goodbye Lenin 2

Goodbye Lenin

On the “6-0-6″ BBC Radio phone-in show, BBC football commentator and apparently self-styled “Voice Of The People” Alan Green stated that he thinks that, should two English teams make it to the final of...

Tales Of The Unexpected 4

Tales Of The Unexpected

You could tell that, by yesterday lunchtime, large parts of the media had run out of things to say about this year’s FA Cup. With Manchester United and Chelsea having been eliminated, the autocues...

Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 West Ham United 3

Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 West Ham United

We emerge from the bowels of London’s expansive underground system at Seven Sisters tube station into pouring rain. Where the hell did this come from? It wasn’t doing it in Brighton, where it was...