Posts made in January, 2009

The Late Jim Thompson

By on Jan 27, 2009 in Non-League | 0 comments

The death of Jim Thompson last week was a passing that left most people in the non-league game with mixed feelings. On the one hand, Thompson was the chairman of the Steering Committee which led to the formation of the Alliance Premier League in 1979. Within eight years, the closed shop of the Football League would be gone forever, and non-league football would...

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Match Of The Week II: Liverpool 1-1 Everton

By on Jan 25, 2009 in Latest | 0 comments

For the second time in seven days, Liverpool and Everton produced so much blood, so much thunder and not a great deal of end result. The two clubs will have to replay the week after next after a draw at Anfield which raises further questions about Liverpool’s ability to be able to last the course in a head to head battle with Manchester United to win the...

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Match Of The Week I: Lewes 0-1 Mansfield Town

By on Jan 25, 2009 in Finance, Latest | 3 comments

According to White Hart Lane legend, upon leaving White Hart Lane after an irrepairable breakdown in his relationship with the new owners, Keith Burkinshaw looked over his shoulder at the ground that he had rejuvenated so much during his time there and said, “There used to be a football club over there”. This is the overriding impression that one comes...

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In Praise Of… “The Beautiful Game? Searching For The Soul Of Football”, by David Conn

By on Jan 23, 2009 in Latest, Opinion | 9 comments

In November 2001, I (as was my wont at the time) made the short journey from my flat in the centre of St Albans to Clarence Park to watch The Saints play Basingstoke Town in the Ryman League Premier Division. It was an uninspiring match – a flattering 3-1 win – but more concerning was that, rather than being able to settle down to watch the results come...

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The Insufferable Arrogance Of Garry Cook

By on Jan 21, 2009 in English League Football | 4 comments

“We had entered into a confidentiality agreement weeks ago but, in my personal opinion, they bottled it”, said Garry Cook to BBC Radio upon his Kaka-less return from Milan. It didn’t end there. Having uttered his petulant sideswipe in the direction of Silvio Berlusconi and AC Milan, he was also less than complimentary about Kaka’s advisors,...

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