August 2008

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Inside The Mindset Of The Premier League

Manchester City may be at the beginning of embarking upon a financial crisis that has never before been seen in English football, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not full of imaginative ideas for the future of the game. City’s “Executive Chairman” (yes, I know, I don’t know what an “Executive Chairman” is either) Gary…

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August 23, 2008
Ian

Weekend Break

I’m having a night off tonight. This is all in preparation for a very exciting weekend of football. It’s a Conference South special weekend, and I’ll be taking in St Albans City vs Chelmsford City tomorrow afternoon, followed by AFC Wimbledon’s match against Bromley on Bank Holiday Monday. Exciting times! Edit: By the way, if…

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August 22, 2008
Ian

Match Of The (Mid)Week: England 2-2 Czech Republic

Friendly internationals, we are told, are not about the result. They’re about the performance, and about preparing the team for competitive matches to come. What, then, are we to make of a match when more or less the only thing to come from a friendly match that can so much as remotely be regarded as…

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August 21, 2008
Ian

Merthyr Most Foul

Football club implosions can take several different forms, to the point that it is is probably fair to say that there is no one route to insolvency. Sometimes, mere spending beyond one’s means for a season is enough to have grim long-term ramifications, as happened to Bradford City, who are still paying the price for…

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August 20, 2008
Ian

Do We Really Care? I Mean, Really?

Oh, to spend a day living inside Fabio Capello’s head. The presumption had been that he would wait until after the friendly match tomorrow night against the Czech Republic at Wembley, but it now seems as if he just couldn’t control himself, and the announcement has been made. The England captain for the next two…

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August 19, 2008
Ian

Football’s Favourite Basket Cases

Plus ca change. In June 2007, we expressed our concerns over the new ownership taking over at Manchester City. “The military government in Thailand have already tried to seize all of his assets once”, we said. “I can imagine more stable financial backgrounds that he could have come from”, we said. Did anyone listen? Do…

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August 18, 2008
Ian

Match Of The Week – Hull City 2-1 Fulham

Before the realpolitik of the new season starts to properly bite, August gives us all a chance to suspend our disbelief and wallow in our dreams. The reality is harsher now than it ever was, with the brushed metal veneer of twenty-first century money shining in the background reminder us at every step of the…

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August 17, 2008
Ian
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