Posts made in October, 2008

Draw Specialists

By on Oct 26, 2008 in Non-League | 3 comments

The draw for the First Round of the FA Cup took place today and, after the shenanigans of last year’s competition, there has been a considerable amount of interest in this year’s draw. It is, for some clubs, the culmination of many weeks’ hard work. The preliminary rounds started in August, and six rounds have already played in this year’s...

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Evans Above (Or Perhaps Below)

By on Oct 25, 2008 in Latest | 0 comments

The announcement of the death of David Evans last week will send many people of a certain age on a trip down memory lane. Evans was the Conservative MP for the Welwyn-Hatfield constituency for ten years from 1987 until 1997, but to football supporters he was better known as “the man that banned away supporters from Kenilworth Road”. He represented many...

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The Gartside Plan

By on Oct 24, 2008 in English League Football, Latest | 2 comments

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 teams each. This is where he loses me...

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Team works

Team works

By on Oct 23, 2008 in Latest | 0 comments

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 reason he now looks like Pelé’s younger brother is simple: Fabio Capello...

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

By on Oct 22, 2008 in English League Football | 0 comments

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...

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