November 2008

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Match Of The Week: FA Cup Second Round – Histon 1-0 Leeds United

Three times they have been the champions of England. FA Cup winners thirty-six years ago. Leeds United’s mere presence in the early rounds of the FA Cup is a powerful symbol of how far from grace they have fallen in recent times. In contrast, ten years ago Histon were a village club playing in the…

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November 30, 2008
Ian

Tax Returns

It’s probably safe to assume that Donal Macintyre isn’t that much of a football fan. Not because he gives the impression of being someone that hates football, even though his previous dalliance with the game was an expose of the “Chelsea Headhunters” for the BBC. I say this because, if he was familiar with the…

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November 29, 2008
Ian

France, England & The Future Of European Football

France and England have a complex relationship. Both are considerably more like each other than either would like to admit and, even after thirty-five years of European integration, any attempts by the French to dictate European political policy are likely to be greeted with honks of derision in the British press. This is exactly what…

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November 27, 2008
Ian

Review: 1966 Uncovered by Peter Robinson et al

Some events in human history, a sage once noted, are so great that even those that weren’t  born at the time can remember what they were doing at the time. A large number of these events come, perhaps unsurprisingly, from the 1960s, when satellite technology first tentatively fired live television images around the world. Whether…

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November 27, 2008
Ian

Scenes From Football History – 1982/83: How Fulham Blew It

From the mid-1960s on, football grew massively as a passive spectator sport. The realisation that football could evolve as a spectator sport for people that weren’t even at the match was a revolution in terms of the perception of the game. By 1983, moves for live televising of league football for the first time were…

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November 26, 2008
Ian

Holidays In The Sun

Sepp Blatter is worried. The global downturn in the economy has left him fretting about the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. A couple of years ago, a World Cup in South Africa was the dream ticket for him. A first for the continent of Africa, which would guarantee that he would be remembered as…

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November 24, 2008
Ian

(Almost) Forty Years Of The FA Trophy

If one competition brought the curtain down on the era of the distinction between the amateur and the professional within English football, it was the FA Trophy. Since the nineteenth century, the amateurs had been playing in their own competition, the FA Amateur Cup. Everyone, of course, took part in the FA Cup, and the…

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November 23, 2008
Ian
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