July 2008

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Seeing The Wood For The Trees

If you live in the south of England, one of the biggest myths that you grow up with is the one that says that, “All Manchester United supporters are football tourists from Devon, Surrey, Ireland, Norway and South Korea. All football supporters in Manchester support City”. This is frequently cast around by City supporters and,…

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July 22, 2008
Ian

Laws Of Diminishing Returns

The casual observer might have thought that the world was at their feet. A not unimpressive mid-table finish and a Wembley win against Torquay United in the FA Trophy coupled with the deep pockets of Eurostar and the worldwide interest of MyFootballClub should, in theory at least, have set Ebbsfleet United up for an improved…

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July 21, 2008
Ian

A Few Home Truths

The trouble with this pre-season that runs for weeks and weeks is that it starts to drag. For those of us with no particular interest in the rumour mill, who are just hoping that their their team starts the new season with the requisite number of players and substitutes, it starts to get a little…

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July 21, 2008
Ian

Game, Sepp & Match

Sometimes, the question of whether FIFA has any morals or not is so cloudy that the casual reader can scarcely see the hand in front of their face. It is aloready fairly clear that FIFA’s ultimate aim in the current climate is self-preservation. Sepp Blatter will continue to attack the big clubs in whatever way he can…

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July 18, 2008
Ian

Let’s Take A Look At That Again…

There are some creations in football that are so commonplace that we seldom stop to think where they came from, but without them, the game would be unrecognisable from the one that we know today. Without them, we’d still be using tape for crossbars and referees would still be wearing plus fours. The death of…

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July 17, 2008
Ian

If You’re Clicking Your Heels

It’s the final year of the Intertoto Cup, the competition that everybody wins (you’ll find some Newcastle United supporters that claim that victory in last year’s tournament was their first major trophy since the 1969 Fairs Cup). From next year on, the competition will be absorbed into the preliminary stages of the UEFA Cup, and…

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July 16, 2008
Ian

It’s All In The Head

As last season kicked off, Scott Carson must have thought that the world was at his feet. He had come a long way very quickly. He had been spotted in 2002 playing for non-league Workington’s youth team by scouts from Leeds United, and was just nineteen years old when Rafael Benitez was persuaded to pay…

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July 15, 2008
Ian
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