2008

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Match Of The (Mid)Week: Lincoln City 1-2 Kettering Town

The FA Cup manages strange and unusual ways to mete out justice. Just ask Tommy Hutchison, who scored both goals in the 1981 final – one at each end, for Spurs and Manchester City. A week ago on Saturday, Kettering Town of the Blue Square Premier must have felt as if they had done enough…

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November 19, 2008
Ian

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 football’s greatest manager. It’s probably fair to say that the managerial achievements of Brian Clough will never be repeated again. He…

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November 18, 2008
Ian

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 stinging attack on Trevor Brooking in an interview with The Times towards the end of last week. Brooking had previously gone…

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November 17, 2008
Ian

Match Of The Week – Leeds United 1-2 Huddersfield Town

It’s difficult to say whether this proves anything or whether it’s just a coincidence, but a high number of the most objectionable people that I have met in the course of my adult life have been Leeds United supporters. The guy that played football for the same team as me and said to me, just…

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November 16, 2008
Ian

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 they have purred with the same quiet efficiency of his vintage teams of days gone by, but these performances have been…

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November 15, 2008
Ian

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 and after matches or Ebbsfleet United and the ongoing row over whether their supporters should pick the team (not to mention…

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November 13, 2008
Ian

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 on the sword in order to spare the greater dignity of The Club. The flipside to this was the sacking which,…

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November 12, 2008
Ian
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