January 2008

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To The Manor Born

Grosvenor Vale is about as far from the Premier League as most people could imagine. The pitch there is surrounded with a wooden picket fence that harks back to a long-forgotten era and the club that uses it, Ruislip Manor has a long (if inglorious) history. Their neighbours Wealdstone are former non-league giants who found…

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January 31, 2008
Ian

Tuesday Night Review

This week’s midweek matches, the vast majority of which were played last night, seemed to catch many people unaware. This certainly seemed to be what happened at The Reebok Stadium, where just 17,700 people took the time to drop by for their 0-0 draw with Fulham. The missing thousands must have known something. Meanwhile, Arsenal…

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January 30, 2008
Ian

When Soap Operas Collide

The Simpsons has a habit of occasionally dropping in cameo performances from the stars of other animated series, and it always leave me feeling strangely uncomfortable. Seeing Fred Flintstone sitting on the couch at 742 Evergreen Terrace has the effect of making me look around, just to check that the world is still turning and…

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January 29, 2008
Ian

Some Final Thoughts On Havant & Waterlooville

There has been plenty of comment in many different places on the subject of Havant & Waterlooville’s FA Cup run, and their performance on Saturday. There are many people more closely involved in what has been going on than I am, but I thought that I would take opportunity to add some final, personal thoughts…

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January 28, 2008
Ian

FA Cup Fourth Round Review

The FA Cup Fourth Round, played out last weekend, was most peculiar. There were sixteen matches played, involving thirty-two clubs, and not a single one was drawn. It was the first time that this had happened in a shade of fifty years. I bet no-one at the BBC saw that one coming. Equally strange is…

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January 28, 2008
Ian

AFC Sudbury 3-0 Tilbury

Sometimes, you just get the feeling that something bigger is going on elsewhere. Kings Marsh Stadium in Sudbury, Suffolk is a very agreeable place to watch football – it’s usually football of a reasonably high quality and the beer is cheap and plentiful – but yesterday afternoon everybody’s thoughts were trained elsewhere, a couple of…

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January 27, 2008
Ian

FA Cup Fourth Round Preview

It’s the last weekend in January, and this can only mean one thing. The FA Cup Fourth Round. We’re down to the last thirty-two now, and by the time that we’ve made the last sixteen, at least eight of the clubs involved won’t even be from the Premier League, half of whose clubs bit the…

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January 25, 2008
Ian
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