September 2008

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Hammers, Blades & The Damage Done

Such was the effect of Bryan Robson’s predictably disastrous spell of Sheffield United in charge the following season, the saga of The Blades, West Ham United and Carlos Tevez has been largely forgotten by the media over the last twelve months or so. The story has, however, roared back into the headlines following the release…

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September 23, 2008
Ian

The Goal That Never Was

It was, by any standards, the most bizarre moment of the football season so far, and it’s difficult to imagine that it will be bettered. During Saturday afternoon’s match in the Championship between Watford and Reading, a goal was awarded that was not only controversial but didn’t actually happen at all. The strangeness started after…

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September 22, 2008
Ian

Match Of The Week – Preston North End 1-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers

The term “sleeping giant” is a misused one, often used to describe a club that had a few glorious seasons, many years ago. If there are two clubs that deserve this particular epithet, then it would probably have to be Preston North End and Wolverhampton Wanderers. These are clubs that have hit the highest heights…

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September 21, 2008
Ian

In Praise Of… Justin Fashanu. Norwich City vs Liverpool. February 9th, 1980.

You have to have some degree of sympathy for David Fairclough. Hamstrung from the start by the “Supersub” nickname that he acquired when he first appeared for Liverpool, everything he did seemed to be overshadowed by something or someone else. So it was with his hat-trick for Liverpool against Norwich City in February 1980 –…

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September 20, 2008
Ian

In Praise Of… The St Albans City Club Video (1991/92)

It seems almost difficult to believe now, but there was a time when, if you saw the football on the television, that was it. You’d see the goals once, maybe twice, and then they’d disappear into the vaults of the BBC and ITV, only to resurface once or twice at random intervals on the likes…

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September 19, 2008
Ian

Stable Management And The Conference

An interesting article by David Conn in The Guardian yesterday highlighted steps being taken by the Football Conference to limit the boom and bust culture which has blighted the league over the last few seasons. They have lost Scarborough, Canvey Island, Halifax Town and Boston United in recent years, and drastic measures have been put…

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September 18, 2008
Ian

Subsidising The Ultra-Rich

Bernie Ecclestone is said to be worth £2.243bn, according to the 2008 Sunday Times Rich List. Lakshmi Mittal has done even better for himself than Bernie. Mittal is, according to this year’s Forbes Rich List, the fourth richest man in the world. He is worth an estimated £20bn. Flavio Briatore doesn’t quite exist in this…

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September 17, 2008
Ian
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