Posts made in December, 2008

In Praise Of… Viktor Boskovic

By on Dec 20, 2008 in Latest, Opinion | 2 comments

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...

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

By on Dec 18, 2008 in Latest | 0 comments

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 which is neither flesh nor fowl. The...

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The Strangest Cup Run Of The Year

By on Dec 17, 2008 in Latest | 3 comments

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 last night. That number could yet increase, considering that Droylsden have to replay their FA Cup match against Chesterfield after last night’s match against them was...

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Gamba Osaka vs Manchester United – A Public Service Announcement

By on Dec 17, 2008 in Latest | 0 comments

Thank you to those of you that have emailed me regarding tomorrow’s FIFA World Club Cup semi-final between Gamba Osaka and Manchester United. Just to confirm, the match is being shown live on British television, on Channel Five. Kick-off is at 10.30 am, and the programme starts at 10.20. So far as I am aware, the final will be shown on Channel Five on Sunday...

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Paul Wince

By on Dec 17, 2008 in English League Football | 2 comments

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 the start of January, and there is a possibility that Blackburn will not have a new manager by then. It was a monumental evening’s work for Blyth, who harried and harrassed...

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