January 2009

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Parklife

Every Sunday morning, through the mist of breath that smells of last nights drink and Deep Heat on park pitches the length of Britain, a strange, almost tribal dance takes place. It isn’t a universal ritual for the amateur footballers of the country, but it is one that most of us have gone through at…

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January 15, 2009
Ian

Tony Adams Will Not Win “Manager Of The Year”

Portsmouth’s 2-0 at Bristol City in the FA Cup papered over a couple more cracks in what is rapidly becoming a disastrous season for the Hampshire club. The Premier League table remains kind to them – they have won just once in the last two months in the Premier League, and some of those matches…

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January 14, 2009
Ian

Little Rays Of Sunshine

It’s probably fair to say that we would all like the league tables at the end of the season to have been decided by events that take place on the field of play. This is why the points deductions that were handed out by the Football League during the summer left such a bad taste…

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January 12, 2009
Ian

Rafa’s Rapidly Approaching Nervous Breakdown

Regardless of one’s opinion of Alex Ferguson, you can’t help but admire the way that he plays everyone around him. With the security blanket of twenty-three years behind him and the status of being more or less completely unsackable, he seems to have an affect on other managers that utterly disables them, turning into fuming…

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January 9, 2009
Ian

The Name Game

In July 2008, buoyed by their promotion into the Football League, Aldershot Town announced a new sponsorship deal. From the start of this season, EBB Paper would be the clubs new sponsors, and would have their name emblazoned across The Shots’ shirts. More importantly than this, EBB also signed a naming rights deal from Aldershot’s…

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January 9, 2009
Ian

Chasing The Argonauts

In the name of “progress”, we continue to be reminded about the dangers of frachising in football, and we continue to be right to stay vigilant against attempts to parachute teams into the Football League or senior non-league football. The fundamental principle is that, subject to concerns over the health and safety of large crowds,…

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January 8, 2009
Ian
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