Monthly Archive: March 2008

The Match Of The Weekend? 0

The Match Of The Weekend?

A quick look down the fixture lists for the Premier League and Football League for tomorrow seem to indicate that this might just the worst weekend of the season, football-wise. Now, Middlesbrough, Derby County,...

Franchising In Scotland 1

Franchising In Scotland

In Scotland, the harsh realities of the wrong people getting involved in football clubs has been even more pronounced that it has been in England in recent years. Meadowbank Thistle were unceremoniously moved to...

Send My Regards To Queen Street 3

Send My Regards To Queen Street

It was only three months ago that Horsham FC briefly made national news headlines after holding League One Swansea City to a 1-1 draw in the Second Round of the FA Cup. They lost...

Goodbye Lenin 2

Goodbye Lenin

On the “6-0-6″ BBC Radio phone-in show, BBC football commentator and apparently self-styled “Voice Of The People” Alan Green stated that he thinks that, should two English teams make it to the final of...

Tales Of The Unexpected 4

Tales Of The Unexpected

You could tell that, by yesterday lunchtime, large parts of the media had run out of things to say about this year’s FA Cup. With Manchester United and Chelsea having been eliminated, the autocues...

Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 West Ham United 3

Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 West Ham United

We emerge from the bowels of London’s expansive underground system at Seven Sisters tube station into pouring rain. Where the hell did this come from? It wasn’t doing it in Brighton, where it was...

Tired & Emotional 4

Tired & Emotional

Savour this evening, and tomorrow. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that you should savour the rest of this season’s FA Cup competition, because Big Money won’t allow an oversight like...

Too Much, Too Young? 0

Too Much, Too Young?

Some of you will have already seen the piece that I wrote for “Pitch Invasion” on the boom & bust football culture in Essex over the last fifteen years or so. The dangers of...

The Texas Link Repository 0

The Texas Link Repository

It’s Friday night and I’m feeling lazy, so here’s a quick look at the rest of the internet this week. – After what I can only describe as “too long”, the venerable magazine When...

Fade To Grays 1

Fade To Grays

How far would you go for your principles? It’s a question that many people spend a lot of time pondering over without ever having to see it through, but after a meeting at Soho...

Sol Campbell’s Bulging Packet 4

Sol Campbell’s Bulging Packet

I do go, on the whole, fairly easy on footballers. Whilst managers, chairmen, owners and even fans themselves drive me to distraction on occasion, the players themselves, no matter how bad their behaviour may...

Crowded Out 4

Crowded Out

Here’s something to ponder when you’re considering Richard Scudamore’s claim that it is vital that the Premier League plays matches abroad because they only have 335,000 consumers at home: last night, on a bitterly...

Milan vs Arsenal 13

Milan vs Arsenal

Well, good evening, everyone. Here’s something strange. I switched on the television at 7.30, and (lo and behold) ITV1 is showing Manchester United vs Lyon – a match which is surely a nailed-on home...

Fantasy vs Reality 2

Fantasy vs Reality

At least on the pitch, this season hasn’t been a bad one for the dreamers amongst us. Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup at home by lower division opposition, a team from...

Match Of The Seventies – 1973/74 0

Match Of The Seventies – 1973/74

We’re up to 1973/74 on “Match Of The Seventies”, and what a peculiar season it was. Tonight’s episode features Leeds United’s record-breaking unbeaten run, Liverpool tearing Newcastle United a new hole in the FA...

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Leyton Orient 1

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Leyton Orient

Such is the nature of this season’s League One table that this afternoon’s match between Brighton & Leyton Orient matters. Albion have had a most peculiar season. After a reasonable start, they fell away...