Posts made in July, 2008

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

By on Jul 30, 2008 in English League Football, Latest | 1 comment

League football might just be the greatest export of Victorian Britain. It seems scarcely credible that it was a little short of one hundred and twenty years ago that The Football League kicked off for the first time, so now feels like an appropriate time to celebrate the anniversary of a venerable institution which has time and again confounded its critics, both...

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The Cost Of Living

By on Jul 29, 2008 in English League Football, Latest | 2 comments

Reading lists of of football attendances records can make for dispiriting reading. After reaching highs in the late 1940s and late 1960s, crowds at English football went into a tailspin that nearly killed the club game for good. During the 1982/83 season, Tony Gubba reported for “Football Focus” upon the malaise that was sweeping the game. Liverpool, the...

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When Is A Pre-Season Tour Not A Pre-Season Tour?

By on Jul 27, 2008 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

Well, it seems like a fairly obvious question, doesn’t it? The pre-season tour has become part of the football landscape, with clubs of all shapes and sizes taking advantage of cheap air flights to take the opportunity to get in some pre-season bonding and throw in a couple of practice matches at the same time. However, up in Yorkshire, newly-promoted Unibond...

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Football, Hooliganism & The United States

By on Jul 24, 2008 in Latest | 5 comments

For those of us watching from the other side of the Atlantic ocean, Major League Soccer is, to say the very least, an education. English football developed into what it is today as the result of one hundred and twenty years of evolution. MLS, by comparison, hasn’t had much time to develop a universe of its own. It has had to be, in the already cluttered...

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Quiet Optimism

By on Jul 24, 2008 in Latest | 2 comments

Over the last couple of years, we have been less than complimentary about ITV’s football coverage. However, I’m not one to bear a grudge, and I’m now quietly optimistic that it might be set to improve. Whisper this quietly, but… I’m starting to think that they might have put someone that cares in charge of their football coverage. The...

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