Yearly Archive: 2009
New Zealand have qualified for the 2010 World Cup finals by beating Bahrain in Wellington this morning, and this result may have stirred a few memories amongst men of a certain age that will remember their only other successful qualification attempt, from 1982.
The Premier League has decided that it doesn’t want The Old Firm and the baggage that they carry with them. It may take a change of attitude towards their neighbours for Celtic and Rangers to turn their own fortunes around, though – are they capable of such a transformation?
After last week’s swine flu debacle, Heart of Clackmanannshire Football Club find themselves in court in this week’s Shit Shot Mungo, accused of deliberately and maliciously spreading the virus through playing an infected team in a recent match. Can Mungo save the day? Probably not.
Darren Ferguson has left Peterborough United “by mutual consent”. This particular phrase is usually code for “we’ve sacked him but he has agreed to keep quiet in return for some money”, but in this case it may be more literal than is usual since the severance may suit all parties equally.
It’s certainly too soon to comment upon the circumstances surrounding the sad death of the Hannover 96 goalkeeper Robert Enke, but it isn’t too soon to take a moment to mourn the passing of an excellent goalkeeper and that rarest of things – a footballer with a conscience.
There’s an “R” in the month, so the name of Chester City must be being dragged through the mud. The Insolvency Service seem to have finally caught up with Stephen Vaughan, and he will be banned from acting as a company director from the end of this month. Will this change anything at Chester, though?
Charlton were in the Premier League not so long ago, but their decline has been into sharp focus by a trip to Northwich Victoria in the FA Cup this afternoon. Northwich, meanwhile, have endured a hideous twelve months and their continuing existence is little short of a miracle.
Southend United are the latest club to be in trouble with the taxman, and they have a date in court on Monday with a bill of over £600,000 to pay. Mark Murphy takes at look at the recent goings-on at Roots Hall – goings-on which are starting to become wearyingly commonplace this season.
The First Round of The FA Cup means that, albeit briefly, the media will focus some of its attention on smaller clubs. We thought it might be helpful to collate all of these articles together in one place, and the origin of the best of the bunch is something of a surprise.
Ho hum. Phil Gartside is back, this time with his third version of a neat little insurance policy that will mean that his club and others like them will never again have to sink to the level of playing anyone not “big” enough to play his massive, massive club, Bolton Wanderers.
In the fourth part of our look forward to the FA Cup First Round, we take a look back at the 1945/46 competition, which saw the innovation of two-legged matches, one of the great football tragedies of the twentieth century and ended with a burst ball and the lifting of a gyspy curse.
Swine flu fever has overtaken Heart of Clackammanshire this week but new manager Gary Burns isn’t going to let that get in the way of the club’s best winning run in years, in this week’s episode of “Shit Shot Mungo”, which also lays bare the truth of Mungo McCrackas Lemsip addiction.
We reported on the likely sale of the naming rights to St James Park on here last week, and Newcastle United delivered the punchline this week. Wait for it… until the end of this season, it will be named after Mike Ashley’s company. The man, we can only presume, is a comedy genius.