January 2009

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Another Three Years Of “Match Of The Day”

The news that the BBC has secured a further three years of Premier League highlights makes for a potentially intriguing situation. In August 2014, a year after their next contract ends, the BBC’s flagship (and, it’s probably fair to say now, only) football show will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, but the new contract will…

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January 31, 2009
Ian

Why England’s World Cup Is Far From Being In The Bag

When the English do something badly – and, let’s face it, this is not an uncommon appearance – it can be toe-curling. How many of you remember the bidding for the 2006 World Cup? The excrutiating sight of Manchester United being withdrawn from the World Cup to travel to Brazil for the World Club Cup…

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January 31, 2009
Ian

O Hell – Crisis At Leyton Orient?

It was only last week that we discussed Leyton Orient’s possible mooting of a move from their home at Brisbane Road to Harlow in Essex. It seemed likely at the time that this was an idea that was being, for the want of a better phrase, being run up the flagpole to see if it…

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January 30, 2009
Ian

Match Of The Midweek – Everton 1-1 Arsenal

Is there a more quintessentially English fixture in the football calendar than Everton against Arsenal on a Wednesday night at the end of January at Goodison Park? These are the two longest-serving members of the Premier League – Everton have been ever-presents in the top division for more than fifty years, and Arsenal have been…

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January 29, 2009
Ian

Football & The Internet: The Premier League Flexs Its Muscle

An official announcement this evening on the MyP2P site confirmed what has seemed more and more likely for the last few weeks or so. The Premier League is cracking down on the illegal streaming of its matches. The site confirms that will “once a judgement has been given, we will notify you of the outcome”,…

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January 27, 2009
Ian

The Late Jim Thompson

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…

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January 27, 2009
Ian

Match Of The Week II: Liverpool 1-1 Everton

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…

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January 25, 2009
Ian
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