February 2008

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Ceci N’est Pas Un Maillot Français

I woke up this morning and day had indeed turned into night. One of the small constants of the football world is that Adidas make the French national kit. Ever was it thus, and ever should it be. Indeed, such had the ties between the FFF (the French Football Association) and the German kit manufacturers…

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February 23, 2008
Ian

Carling Cup Final Preview

The end of the season starts here, with the League Cup Final on Sunday afternoon between Spurs and Chelsea. On paper, this should be a comfortable win for Chelsea, but Spurs don’t often lose cup finals (even though they lost their last one, a League Cup Final against Blackburn Rovers in 2002), and the news…

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February 22, 2008
Ian

Another Fabulous FA Fudge

You wouldn’t have expected an outright condemnation straight away, would you? I mean, it would surely be asking too much for the FA to take one look at Scudamore’s Insane Plan For Global Domination and say, “You know, the only reason they’re doing this is to get even richer than they already are. They’ll give…

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February 21, 2008
Ian

Casual Acquaintances

There has been high excitement in parts of south-west London and Surrey this week, with the announcement of ticket details for the Corinthian-Casuals’ 125th anniversary match against AFC Wimbledon at Wembley on April 13th. The Casuals occupy a unique place in the history of English football, and it is no overstatement to say that their…

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February 21, 2008
Ian

Northern Lights

The Northern League is the second oldest football league in the world, and they are exceptionally (and rightly) proud of the fact. Even though non-league football’s big reorganisation of 2004, in which two regional “second” divisions were added to the Football Conference, pushed it a step down the ladder, it remains a league that is…

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February 20, 2008
Ian

…And Chelsea Will Play…

There has been a mixed reaction to last weekend’s FA Cup results. The split seems to have been something like 50/50. On the one hand, there are those like James Lawton of The Independent, who regarded Arsenal’s performance at Old Trafford on Saturday evening as a portent of doom for the FA Cup. He seems,…

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February 19, 2008
Ian

"I’d Like To Thank Mum & Dad… God…"

Well, hooray! We won an award! As some of you may recall, this little blog was nominated for a couple of gongs at the Soccerlens 2007 Football Blog awards. Well, it managed second place in the two categories for which it was nominated, but managed to win the Editor’s Choice for “The Best Blog That…

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February 19, 2008
Ian
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