January 2009

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Upon reflection, this week probably wasn’t the best week to start reading “The Damned United”, David Peace’s outstanding debut novel about Brian Clough’s ruinous forty-four days in charge at Leeds United. Clough comes across in it as frustrated to the point of being a tortured soul, the massive ego becoming a security blanket against the…

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January 6, 2009
Ian

There Was A Store Where The Creatures Met

While England was fixated on the FA Cup and doing its normal trick of simultaneously going on about it at great length and telling anyone that will listen that it is both The Greatest Cup Competition In The World (and if that phrase hasn’t been trademarked by the FA, it surely will be soon) and…

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January 5, 2009
Ian

Match Of The Week Part Two: FA Cup Third Round Round-Up

An uninspiring looking Third Round draw in this year’s FA Cup still managed to throw up some surprising results over the course of the last couple of days. Manchester City have the butt of the majority of the jokes this morning, following a 3-0 home defeat by Nottingham Forest at Eastlands yesterday. Mark Hughes has…

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January 4, 2009
Ian

Match Of The Week Part I: Bognor Regis Town 1-5 AFC Wimbledon

The story of Bognor Regis Town is largely the story of Jack Pearce. Pearce arrived at the club as a twenty-one year old in 1970 as a full-back, with the club in the Second Division of the Sussex County League. Six years later, with the club having won two successive promotions into the Southern League,…

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January 4, 2009
Ian

FA Cup Third Round Preview

Another FA Cup Third Round has come around, and again the biggest clubs in the land have to get down and dirty against teams that they don’t usually have to come up against. With the Premier League looking like it will go to the wire again this season, more managers will be tempted to take…

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January 3, 2009
Ian

The January Sales

It wasn’t so long ago that the Christmas programme was one of the highlights of the football season. An insane bunching of fixtures would be squashed into a three or four day period, leaving managers complaining about their players becoming exhausted and players complaining about not getting to spend the festive period with their families….

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January 2, 2009
Ian
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