August 2008

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A Special Treat, For The New Season

Seeing as how it’s the start of the Premier League season and the FA Cup today, here’s a little something to keep you all entertained – a complete episode of 6-0-6 with Danny Baker, from the 3rd of November 1992. For those of you seeking some sort of guidance on when this was, it was…

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August 16, 2008
Ian

A Few Things About Local Derbies

What constitutes a local derby seems, on the face of it, to be a question with a pretty obvious answer. However, if we take a couple of minutes to actually examine it, it becomes more nuanced that you might at first think. Derby matches are usually local, but they don’t necessarily have to be. The…

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August 15, 2008
Ian

Biting The Hand That Feeds You

In an era in which it often feels as if too many people within football get too much praise, it sometimes feels as if there are too few people left that could be described as an “unsung hero”. If there is someone that has given selflessly of his time to produce something that is invaluable…

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August 15, 2008
Ian

An Early Kick-Off

Has it really been just ninety-one days since the 2008 FA Cup Final? Apparently it has, but the FA Cup gets back under way this weekend with the Extra Preliminary Round. On Saturday afternoon, 406 entrants will take their marks, dreaming of the twin tower, meeting the Queen… well, probably not. For clubs entering the…

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August 14, 2008
Ian

In Praise Of… Football Manager

For a twelve year old boy in 1984, could there have been a greater joy in the world then opening a birthday present to see the already-familiar rainbow logo that signified a Sinclair ZX Spectrum inside? I can’t imagine that there was. These were rapidly changing times, if one was a slightly nerdy child. Computing…

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August 12, 2008
Ian

Premier League Preview 2008/09

You might not guess it from this morning’s papers, but the new season has already begun, and many of last weekend’s result served as a handily timely reminder of how gloriously unpredictable football can be. It’s difficult to believe that the Premier League, which kicks off this weekend, will match the competitiveness of the Football…

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August 11, 2008
Ian

Match Of The Week – Wrexham vs Stevenage Borough

It is, perhaps, no great surprise that the two most funereal evictions from the Football League since the introduction of automatic promotion and relegation between Division Four and the Conference in 1987 both involved Welsh clubs. In the case of Newport County in 1988, it was like witnessing the last day at work of a…

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August 11, 2008
Ian
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