Yearly Archive: 2008

Blyth Spirit 1

Blyth Spirit

Even though the FA Cup has regained some of its sheen over the last couple of years, the new financial realism of the modern game tends to take its toll on any pretensions of...

Buying & Selling 4

Buying & Selling

Those of us that spend the majority of our time watching lower league or non-league football have no involvement in the awful process and uniquely undignified process of buying tickets. Outside of the Premier...

There’s No Business Like Snow Business 1

There’s No Business Like Snow Business

It is always surprising when it snows in England, and the fact that it takes everyone by surprise causes a few problems. The trains, which seem to have been designed to only run properly...

Exodus From Genesis 2

Exodus From Genesis

Without wishing to blow my own trumpet too much, there are times when I think that perhaps this site should renamed, “Well, I Warned You That This Would Happen”. What is more surprising is...

Frozen Out 3

Frozen Out

Looking at the average attendance tables for the Ryman League Division One North doesn’t make for especially happy reading if you are interested in the well-being of the non league game in North-East London....

Draw Specialists 3

Draw Specialists

The draw for the First Round of the FA Cup took place today and, after the shenanigans of last year’s competition, there has been a considerable amount of interest in this year’s draw. It...

Evans Above (Or Perhaps Below) 0

Evans Above (Or Perhaps Below)

The announcement of the death of David Evans last week will send many people of a certain age on a trip down memory lane. Evans was the Conservative MP for the Welwyn-Hatfield constituency for...

The Gartside Plan 4

The Gartside Plan

Exciting news from the glamorous world of Bolton Wanderers, where chairman Phil Gartside is worried about the influence of foreign chairmen in the Premier League.  His solution to things getting out of hand is...

Team works 0

Team works

A quick note to all the journalists who have spent the last week and a half expounding just how far Emile Heskey has come on as a player in the last few seasons: he...

In praise of: Pepi Bican 0

In praise of: Pepi Bican

When people grapple with the ultimately unneccesary but nevertheless fascinating topic of the greatest football players ever, hardly anyone would even mention Josef “Pepi” Bican.  This very fact alone has always made him a...

Too good to go down 4

Too good to go down

Ten years.  It will be eleven come next April and May when the season reaches its business end.  That is how long ago it was that all three clubs promoted to the Premier League...

A tale of two managers 0

A tale of two managers

The 2010 World Cup kicks off in just 600 days from today.  This fact has made the looming prospect of South Africa seem a little bit too real for Argentina’s coach Alfio Basile.  Following...