Posts made in 2008

Holidays In The Sun

By on Nov 24, 2008 in Latest | 0 comments

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 a pace-setter, no matter what off colour activities may or may not be...

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(Almost) Forty Years Of The FA Trophy

By on Nov 23, 2008 in Non-League | 1 comment

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 Football League had been taking part on the...

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Rare Praise For The Premier League

By on Nov 22, 2008 in English League Football | 0 comments

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 with spam at the moment, or it could be the shiny, new...

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A Marriage Of Inconvenience

By on Nov 21, 2008 in Finance, Non-League | 4 comments

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 local rivals in a...

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All They Want Is Gold & Silver

By on Nov 20, 2008 in English League Football | 1 comment

£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 registered as a trademark. Perhaps...

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