Posts made in 2009

Yes, It’s Sulaiman Al-Fahim Again!

By on Oct 19, 2009 in English League Football, Finance, Latest | 5 comments

You’d have thought that even the publicity junkie that is Sulaiman Al-Fahim would keep as low a profile as possible, after his dismal, embarrassing failures at Portsmouth, but no. Having done a round of self-justificatory chats with the UK press, who didn’t balk at pointing out the flaws in every argument he put forward, he returned to the happier, compliant hunting...

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Match Of The Week: Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea

By on Oct 18, 2009 in English League Football, Latest | 2 comments

There’s something afoot in the court of Chelsea. After a start to the season that carried on the way that last season ended (high octane football mixed with the arrogance of the club that knows that it is amongst the best in Europe), they have started to look just a little bit ropey of late. Their win over Liverpool last weekend needs to be offset against a...

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Supporters Direct Arrive At The Crossroads

By on Oct 17, 2009 in Latest, Politics | 3 comments

This year’s annual Supporters Direct conference found the organisation at something of a crossroads. The high profile failure of Supporters Trusts at Notts County and Stockport County have caused a deal of unwanted attention to be cast upon SD (even though they are obviously not for responsible for the goings on at specific trusts) and, with continuing...

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Trouble Brewing At The Wessex Stadium, Yet Again

By on Oct 16, 2009 in Finance, Non-League | 5 comments

In his 2006 book “Floodlit Dreams”, writer Ian Ridley brilliantly summed up the small town politics that drive the running of so many football clubs. He had taken the chairmanship at Weymouth Football Club with big ambitions, but a combination of under-achievement on the pitch, vultures circling overhead and internal squabbling saw him eventually removed...

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From The Supporters Direct Annual Conference

By on Oct 16, 2009 in English League Football, Latest | 1 comment

It was as if Birmingham was doing its best to live down to my expectations. Brighton, just after noon, had been warm and sunny – a splendid Indian summer’s afternoon. By the time I alighted the train at Birmingham International railway station, however, the sky was slate grey and rain was falling. With it being the middle of the afternoon, I felt that it...

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