November 2008

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Rare Praise For The Premier League

Before I start this evening, please accept my apologies for problems with the loading speed of the site at the moment. It seems to be taking thirty seconds to load rather than the one or two that it should take. I’m not completely certain what is causing it – I am having a serious problem…

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November 22, 2008
Ian

A Marriage Of Inconvenience

After the forced decampment of Wimbledon to Milton Keynes, we thought, perhaps, “never again”. That was six years ago, but football franchising is raising its ugly head again. This time, however, the rumour mill is coming from the Conference North, with the distinct possibility starting to appear of one club trying to buy out their…

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November 21, 2008
Ian

All They Want Is Gold & Silver

£450 isn’t an exceptionally large amount of money these days, and it’s mere change down the back of the sofa to an organistation the size of Liverpool Football Club. Small surprise, then, that they took the decision to invest this trifling sum of money with the UK Intellectual Property Office to get the liver bird…

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November 20, 2008
Ian

Match Of The (Mid)Week: Lincoln City 1-2 Kettering Town

The FA Cup manages strange and unusual ways to mete out justice. Just ask Tommy Hutchison, who scored both goals in the 1981 final – one at each end, for Spurs and Manchester City. A week ago on Saturday, Kettering Town of the Blue Square Premier must have felt as if they had done enough…

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November 19, 2008
Ian

In Praise Of… Brian Clough

The unveiling of a new statue of Brian Clough in Nottingham last week seems like as good a time as any to to take a quick look back at the career of arguably English football’s greatest manager. It’s probably fair to say that the managerial achievements of Brian Clough will never be repeated again. He…

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November 18, 2008
Ian

Uncomfortable Truths

So, is Brian Mawhinney, the chairman of the Football League, after a job working for the Premier League? I ask the question because it would appear to be the most obvious explanation for Mawhinney’s stinging attack on Trevor Brooking in an interview with The Times towards the end of last week. Brooking had previously gone…

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November 17, 2008
Ian

Match Of The Week – Leeds United 1-2 Huddersfield Town

It’s difficult to say whether this proves anything or whether it’s just a coincidence, but a high number of the most objectionable people that I have met in the course of my adult life have been Leeds United supporters. The guy that played football for the same team as me and said to me, just…

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November 16, 2008
Ian
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