2008

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Individual Honours In A Team Game

In one of the less surprising announcements of the last few weeks, this year’s Ballon D’Or (which they used to just call “The European Footballer Of The Year”, but such is the power of modern marketing) has been won by Cristiano Ronaldo. It seems peculiar that a player whose year will most likely be defined…

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December 3, 2008
Ian

Football In The Regions: London

Watching him a couple of years ago on “Sunday Supplement”, it was difficult to think of Jimmy Hill as a revolutionary. Yet there, before our very eyes, was the man that kick-started the television revolution in British football. The spiritual great-grandfather of Setanta’s cameras in the dressing rooms and the ongoing debate over goalmouth technology,…

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December 2, 2008
Ian

Football Blogging And An Undignified Race For Popularity

It’s that time of year again. The end of year polls are here, and it’s time for me to call upon you all to vote for me in the annual Soccerlens Awards. Such awards leave me with mixed emotions. On the one hand, I am always flattered beyond all reason to receive any attention of…

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December 1, 2008
Ian

Reality Bites Revisited

We did the travails of Weymouth FC on here before, in January 2007. Things seem now to be going from bad to worse down in Dorset, with the latest rumours involving a merger with their nearest and bitterest rivals, Dorchester Town of the Blue Square South. Since January 2007, times have been tough for Weymouth…

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December 1, 2008
Ian

Match Of The Week: FA Cup Second Round – Histon 1-0 Leeds United

Three times they have been the champions of England. FA Cup winners thirty-six years ago. Leeds United’s mere presence in the early rounds of the FA Cup is a powerful symbol of how far from grace they have fallen in recent times. In contrast, ten years ago Histon were a village club playing in the…

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November 30, 2008
Ian

Tax Returns

It’s probably safe to assume that Donal Macintyre isn’t that much of a football fan. Not because he gives the impression of being someone that hates football, even though his previous dalliance with the game was an expose of the “Chelsea Headhunters” for the BBC. I say this because, if he was familiar with the…

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November 29, 2008
Ian

France, England & The Future Of European Football

France and England have a complex relationship. Both are considerably more like each other than either would like to admit and, even after thirty-five years of European integration, any attempts by the French to dictate European political policy are likely to be greeted with honks of derision in the British press. This is exactly what…

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November 27, 2008
Ian
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