March 2008

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Spring Cleaning

In previous years, the Easter weekend was the time of year when everything suddenly became clear. This year, however, many things seem just as unresolved as they did last week. Partly it’s because Easter is so damn early this year, and partly it’s because many of English football’s more pressing tête à têtes this year…

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March 24, 2008
Ian

Crossing Swords At Upton Park

In the football anthology “My Favourite Year”, Nick Hornby ruminates upon the subject of generation gap in football and the irony of seeing Peter Lorimer (in his final season at Leeds United) playing against Andy Sinton (in his first season as a seventeen year-old for Cambridge United). An icon of the 1970s lining up against…

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March 21, 2008
Ian

Championship Contenders

You have to, in some senses, wonder what they have to do in order to win any praise. With an extraordinarily close league table and three out of four of the places in the FA Cup semi-finals, you’d think that the media might just take the opportunity to reappraise the Championship, but no. On one…

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March 20, 2008
Ian

Windy Millers

As the football season wends its way towards its conclusion, it’s easy to forget the harsh realities that many clubs have to operate under in order to put a team out each Saturday. That harsh reality has, however, reared its ugly head again, with Rotherham United becoming the third Football League club to be placed…

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March 19, 2008
Ian

Easter Shopping Options

On the 30th March, Grimsby Town take on Milton Keynes Dons in the final of the Johnstones Paint Trophy at Wembley Stadium. Now, if you’ve been reading this site for any period of time, you’ll know my opinion on Milton Keynes and, indeed, the freaks that have started following them, and I’m not going to…

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March 19, 2008
Ian

Match Of The Seventies – 1974/75

All is quiet in the football world (apart, that is, from the financial crisis engulfing Rotherham United – more of which at a later date – and Celtic getting beaten at home by Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup), so it’s time for another episode of Match Of The Seventies. This one is from the 1974/75…

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March 19, 2008
Ian

It Couldn’t Have Been, Could It…?

At the end of last week, the draw was made for the quarter finals of the Champions League. Theoretically, this should be a pretty straightforward affair. There’s no seeding, and anyone can get drawn against anyone else, so all they have to do is draw out the eight names out, and tell the world who…

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March 17, 2008
Ian
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