September 2008

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Liverpool supporters must be looking at The City Of Manchester Stadium and wondering where it all went wrong. So keen were they to jump into bed with the first “billionaires” to come along with a sackful of promises, that they found themselves landed with Gillett & Hicks. All they had to do was wait a…

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September 10, 2008
Ian

Review – “The Bromley Boys”, by Dave Roberts

When one indulges themselves with such a singular adolescent pastime as watching your local non-league team home and away, it’s easy to start believing that you’re the only person in the whole world that does this. Non-league crowds are, by and large, old. The average teenage boy turning up at a grubby semi-professional football ground…

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September 9, 2008
Ian

When Technology Fails

One of the great innovations of modern football is the ability for someone sitting at home to keep up to date with the latest scores in almost many match the you care to think of. It wasn’t so long ago that this was impossible. If you supported a non-league club, the chances were that you’d…

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September 8, 2008
Ian

Match Of The Week: Andorra 0-2 England

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss? It’s reassuring, in a way, actually. The new season has started, and England are being terrible. Last night in Barcelona, England toiled and struggled and huffed and puffed their way to a tortuously laboured win against a country with a population of less than half the…

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September 7, 2008
Ian

Dons On The Run

September seems likely to see the closure of yet another famous, old North London football ground, as Hendon FC finally prepare to leave Claremont Road after a protracted battle which has seen the club sail close to the brink of receivership several times. At the time of writing, they still don’t know when the final…

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September 6, 2008
Ian

A Tale Of Three Cities

It is a grim irony that the newspaper headlines have been consumed with the travails of three clubs who, at various points over the last two years or so, have been heralding brave new worlds of cash, star players and success. One of these clubs is just about to set out on a second odyssey,…

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September 5, 2008
Ian

Match Of The (Mid)Week: Leeds United 2-1 Bradford City

Spare your sympathy for the League Cup. It has a massive live match on Sky Sports and a place in UEFA Cup as a reward for the winners. There are no such rewards for the Johnstones Paint Trophy, the first round of which was played last night. Started by the Football League as the Football…

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September 3, 2008
Ian
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