April 2008

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God Save The Queens

The English FA Cup isn’t the only cup competition to have provided its fair share of shocks. The Scottish Cup has also been full of surprises, with Celtic having already been knocked out at home by Aberdeen, and it was the Dons’ turn to be on the receiving end of a bloody nose yesterday, when…

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April 13, 2008
Ian

A Tale Of Two Cities

It takes quite an effort to provide a crashing comedown after making the European Cup semi-finals for the third time on four years (or whatever), but Liverpool’s ownersm seem, somehow, to have managed it. Tom Hicks’ letter to Liverpool’s chief executive Rick Parry, in which he asked him to resign, doesn’t carry any weight. In…

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April 12, 2008
Ian

A Stupid Song, A Tree & A Record Losing Goalscorer

When St Albans City Football Club was formed in April 1908, few could have imagined the impact that they would have upon English football – not very much at all. In fact, were human civilisation to end tomorrow, alien archaeologists from the future would almost certainly conclude that their total contribution to that strange cultural…

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April 10, 2008
Ian

The Cure To All Woes

After the excitement comes the inquest, and the subject that has been one of the most hotly debated over the last couple of days has been this: what to do about Arsenal? Their defeat at Liverpool coupled with their less than shining form over the last couple of months or so has provoked furious brow-furrowing…

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April 10, 2008
Ian

Liverpool vs Arsenal

This is serious. This is BIG. A clash of the titans. The greatest show on earth. Star wars. The Battle Of Britain. The Day Of The Triffids. It’s the quarter finals of the European Cup, and it’s all back to Anfield after last week’s underwhelming draw between Liverpool and Arsenal. The two sides, of course,…

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April 8, 2008
Ian

Tough Love

I thought I’d better warn you first – this isn’t going to make for particularly happy reading. I have, however, been doing a considerable amount of pondering about the number of clubs falling into financial difficulties this season. We continue to live in an age of comparative wealth. The Football League TV deal is dwarfed…

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April 7, 2008
Ian

The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Striker

Will there be a more poignant image taken this season than this one of Barnsley’s Kayode Odejayi? With twenty minutes played in the second half of this afternoon’s FA Cup semi-final between Barnsley and Cardiff City, he was put through on goal with a glorious chance to level things up. One can only imagine what…

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April 6, 2008
Ian
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