October 2008

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The Gartside Plan

Exciting news from the glamorous world of Bolton Wanderers, where chairman Phil Gartside is worried about the influence of foreign chairmen in the Premier League.  His solution to things getting out of hand is for the FA to better protect British owners, a salary cap for clubs and an exciting two-tier Premier League of 18…

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October 24, 2008
Ian

Team works

A quick note to all the journalists who have spent the last week and a half expounding just how far Emile Heskey has come on as a player in the last few seasons: he hasn’t.  He’s just as good (or, indeed, bad) as every one of you ever said, thought or wrote he was.  The…

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October 23, 2008
Ian

Match of the (mid) week: Manchester United 3-0 Celtic

And so, then, to The Battle of Britain, the Auld Rivals, the English Champions against their Scottish counterparts.  Unfortunately, the match had to come along and spoil all the romantic platitudes.  Celtic were completely outclassed, even though United were a little way off their current imperious, swaggering, best.  Pre-match rumours surrounded – predictably – Cristiano…

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October 22, 2008
Ian

In praise of: Pepi Bican

When people grapple with the ultimately unneccesary but nevertheless fascinating topic of the greatest football players ever, hardly anyone would even mention Josef “Pepi” Bican.  This very fact alone has always made him a figure of particular interest to me.  According to RSSSF, he’s the all-time most prolific goalscorer in world football, with 804+ goals in…

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October 21, 2008
Ian

Too good to go down

Ten years.  It will be eleven come next April and May when the season reaches its business end.  That is how long ago it was that all three clubs promoted to the Premier League the preceding season were relegated straight back down to the Football League.  1997/1998’s victims were Bolton, Barnsley and Crystal Palace.  But…

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October 20, 2008
Ian

A tale of two managers

The 2010 World Cup kicks off in just 600 days from today.  This fact has made the looming prospect of South Africa seem a little bit too real for Argentina’s coach Alfio Basile.  Following his side’s 1-0 loss to Chile this week – Argentina’s first against those opponents since 1973 – he has resigned his…

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October 18, 2008
Ian

Only two teams in Worthing

As was touched upon here recently, Sussex is a county with a well-established and extensive non-league football structure. However, it’s not something I was aware of at all until 1995, when I moved to West Sussex. Having grown up just outside Brighton, Brighton and Hove Albion were very much the only team on my radar,…

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October 17, 2008
Ian
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