Yearly Archive: 2008

Rare Praise For The Premier League 0

Rare Praise For The Premier League

Before I start this evening, please accept my apologies for problems with the loading speed of the site at the moment. It seems to be taking thirty seconds to load rather than the one...

A Marriage Of Inconvenience 6

A Marriage Of Inconvenience

After the forced decampment of Wimbledon to Milton Keynes, we thought, perhaps, “never again”. That was six years ago, but football franchising is raising its ugly head again. This time, however, the rumour mill...

All They Want Is Gold & Silver 1

All They Want Is Gold & Silver

£450 isn’t an exceptionally large amount of money these days, and it’s mere change down the back of the sofa to an organistation the size of Liverpool Football Club. Small surprise, then, that they...

In Praise Of… Brian Clough 0

In Praise Of… Brian Clough

The unveiling of a new statue of Brian Clough in Nottingham last week seems like as good a time as any to to take a quick look back at the career of arguably English...

Uncomfortable Truths 1

Uncomfortable Truths

So, is Brian Mawhinney, the chairman of the Football League, after a job working for the Premier League? I ask the question because it would appear to be the most obvious explanation for Mawhinney’s...

The Wenger Bus Is Coming? 0

The Wenger Bus Is Coming?

Arsenal’s season has thus far been characterised by what would appear be a split personality that would leave even Henry Jekyll nodding his head in silent admiration. There have been times this season when...

Taking The Piss Out Of The FA Cup 3

Taking The Piss Out Of The FA Cup

The slow burning feeling that football is set to turn into little than a reality TV show has been growing over the last few years. Whether through Setanta invading the dressing rooms before, during...

Bordering On The Ridiculous 0

Bordering On The Ridiculous

In the olden days, managers either resigned, or they were sacked. There was something noble about the resignation of a football manager. The admission that they weren’t quite up to the job. The falling...

Find Out What It Means To Me 2

Find Out What It Means To Me

Joe Kinnear, one suspects, has been out of football for too long. If he hadn’t been, he wouldn’t have been as completely unaware of the FA’s much publicised “Respect” campaign, and could have save...

Living Vicariously Through The FA Cup 3

Living Vicariously Through The FA Cup

As I hurtle unstoppably towards my late thirties, I tend to find that there is less and less to look forward to. Birthdays long ago became a cause for reflection and with an ever...

Up The Avenue 2

Up The Avenue

Of the smaller clubs that have had runs in the FA Cup over the years, some have had unhappy endings. Enfield, who became a national name in the 1970s and 1980s, have been the...

When Sutton Met Coventry 3

When Sutton Met Coventry

As the trains wend their way out of central London towards Surrey, one could be forgiven for missing Sutton in amongst the ever-expanding suburbia. These days, it’s quite difficult to make out where London...

A Brave New World 0

A Brave New World

Whilst noble in principle, the Abercrombie Report could hardly now be described as having been an unqualified success. The report, which advocated the mass decampment of a million and a half people from the...