Monthly Archive: December 2008

Fortune’s Always Hiding? 3

Fortune’s Always Hiding?

West Ham United have been, financially speaking, probably the English football club that has been the hardest hit by the recent changes in the international financial climate. At the start of September they lost...

When The Lights Went Out (Revisited) 1

When The Lights Went Out (Revisited)

It’s reassuring to come back from the Christmas break to find that the fallout from the much aborted FA Cup match between Droylsden and Chesterfield is still rumbling on. After the first match was...

When The Lights Went Out 4

When The Lights Went Out

AFC Wimbledon supporters will already be aware of the occasionally intransigent ways of the Ryman League. A couple of seasons ago, when an administrative error meant that one of their players was incorrectly registered...

In Praise Of… Viktor Boskovic 2

In Praise Of… Viktor Boskovic

They were different, different times. Foreign players started appearing in English football in something approaching significant numbers in the late 1970s, but foreign managers remained anathema for more than a decade. There was, however,...

The Strangest Cup Run Of The Year 4

The Strangest Cup Run Of The Year

As noted on here last night, Blyth Spartans made it a record eight non-league clubs in the Third Round of this year’s FA Cup with their 1-0 win against AFC Bournemouth at Croft Park...

Paul Wince 2

Paul Wince

As I write this, Blyth Spartans have just beaten AFC Bournemouth in an FA Cup Second Round replay at Croft Park. The reward for Blyth is a Third Round match against Blackburn Rovers at...

In Praise Of… Steve Bull 0

In Praise Of… Steve Bull

The recent departure of Steve Bull from the managerial job at troubled Conference North club Stafford Rangers was, according to the club itself’s press statement, “No reflection on results achieved on the field play...

The After Show Party 11

The After Show Party

Long time readers will remember how exciting things all got last December, when we won the award for being the “Best Blog That You’ve Never Heard Of” at the 2007 Soccerlens Awards. Well, another...

Match Of The Week: Al Ahly 2-4 Pachuca 0

Match Of The Week: Al Ahly 2-4 Pachuca

The FIFA World Club Cup got under way last week, and it’s time to bring you all up to speed with the latest events from Japan. Three matches have already been played, and there’s...

Setanta & I 3

Setanta & I

Like many people, I had managed to avoid paying to watch the football on the television for many years. During my twenties, Monday night was reserved for going to the pub for the live...

Helpful Suggestions To UEFA (Part 372) 5

Helpful Suggestions To UEFA (Part 372)

Hands up how many of you watched a live Champions League match on the television this week? Not many? Thought not, and there’s a reason for it. The group stages of the Champions League...

The FIFA World Club Cup 2008 (Part Two) 5

The FIFA World Club Cup 2008 (Part Two)

As promised last night, here’s the second half of our look at the competitors in this year’s FIFA World Club Cup, starting with the representatives from the host nation, Japan. Host Nation Representatives: Gamba...