December 2008

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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 XL Holidays, their shirt sponsors. The company went into liquidation and, in doing so, became one of the first truly visible…

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December 31, 2008

Non-Match Of The Week: Lewes P-P Kettering Town

The peculiarities of the Christmas programme mean that many people end up with their body clocks thrown out of kilter. The Christmas break was followed by the weekend – was yesterday Saturday or was it Sunday? The full football programme made it feel like a Saturday afternoon, but it wasn’t – a feeling that has…

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December 29, 2008

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 abandoned due to fog with Droylsden leading by a single goal, the two sides drew 2-2 at Saltergate. Chesterfield were then…

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December 28, 2008

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 with the Football Association of Wales rather than the FA, they were docked fifteen points until an independent committee stepped in…

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December 23, 2008

Match Of The Week: LDU de Quito 0-1 Manchester United

It probably won’t count for much come the end of the season, but Manchester United became the World Club Champions this morning – the first English club to win the FIFA World Club Cup. This year’s World Club Cup has been hamstrung, as ever, by the imbalance of competition. This was further emphasised by LDU…

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December 21, 2008

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, one notable exception – Viktor Boskovic of Danefield United. Boskovic was a true trailblazer, breaking down barriers that eased the way…

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December 20, 2008

Match Of The (Mid)Week: Gamba Osaka 3-5 Manchester United

This site is a champion of the FIFA World Club Cup, but it’s important to make a differentiation at this point. This site is emphatically not in favour of its current format, which is hopelessly lop-sided and, in their over-enthusiasm to not be too inconvenient to the big European clubs, FIFA have created a competition…

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December 18, 2008
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