2008

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Review: 1966 Uncovered by Peter Robinson et al

Some events in human history, a sage once noted, are so great that even those that weren’t  born at the time can remember what they were doing at the time. A large number of these events come, perhaps unsurprisingly, from the 1960s, when satellite technology first tentatively fired live television images around the world. Whether…

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November 27, 2008
Ian

Scenes From Football History – 1982/83: How Fulham Blew It

From the mid-1960s on, football grew massively as a passive spectator sport. The realisation that football could evolve as a spectator sport for people that weren’t even at the match was a revolution in terms of the perception of the game. By 1983, moves for live televising of league football for the first time were…

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November 26, 2008
Ian

Holidays In The Sun

Sepp Blatter is worried. The global downturn in the economy has left him fretting about the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. A couple of years ago, a World Cup in South Africa was the dream ticket for him. A first for the continent of Africa, which would guarantee that he would be remembered as…

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November 24, 2008
Ian

(Almost) Forty Years Of The FA Trophy

If one competition brought the curtain down on the era of the distinction between the amateur and the professional within English football, it was the FA Trophy. Since the nineteenth century, the amateurs had been playing in their own competition, the FA Amateur Cup. Everyone, of course, took part in the FA Cup, and the…

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November 23, 2008
Ian

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 or two that it should take. I’m not completely certain what is causing it – I am having a serious problem…

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November 22, 2008
Ian

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 is coming from the Conference North, with the distinct possibility starting to appear of one club trying to buy out their…

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November 21, 2008
Ian

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 took the decision to invest this trifling sum of money with the UK Intellectual Property Office to get the liver bird…

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November 20, 2008
Ian
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