July 2008

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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

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…

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July 30, 2008

The Cost Of Living

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…

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July 29, 2008

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

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….

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July 27, 2008

Football, Hooliganism & The United States

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…

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July 24, 2008

Quiet Optimism

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…

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July 24, 2008

Underneath The Archie

For the many things that British football has exported across the world – naked greed, hooliganism, you know the sort of thing – but some of them, just some of them, have been worthwhile. The league system is an British invention, as is international football. One of the less celebrated exports, however comes in the…

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July 23, 2008

Too Many Captions, Too Little Time

Taken from the inside of the toilets of the Premier League’s headquarters, this photograph is so rich with possibility that I couldn’t not post it up here. I always told you that Richard Scudamore is full of shit.

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July 22, 2008
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