December 2008

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

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December 17, 2008
Ian

Gamba Osaka vs Manchester United – A Public Service Announcement

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,…

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December 17, 2008
Ian

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 the start of January, and there is a possibility that Blackburn will not have a new manager by then. It was…

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December 17, 2008
Ian

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 or Mr. Bull’s managerial skills, but is based purely on the cost cutting operation currently being undertaken at the club”. There…

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December 16, 2008
Ian

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 year has gone by and it looks as though we have gone up in the world because today it was confirmed…

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December 15, 2008
Ian

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 now break until Wednesday, when the first semi-final match is to be played. Then, on Thursday morning (GMT), Manchester United enter…

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December 14, 2008
Ian

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 match on Sky Sports. In more recent times, I availed myself of many of the dodgy options on offer with a…

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December 14, 2008
Ian
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