February 2009

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Spurs, Aston Villa & The UEFA Cup

Much as it was unsurprising, it was still a fairly depressing spectacle. On Thursday night, Aston Villa and Spurs put out reserve teams for their UEFA Cup matches against CSKA Moscow and Shakhtar Donetsk, and they both paid a predictable price for it, crashing out of the competition. It was, as if it were needed,…

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February 28, 2009
Ian

The Non-League Primer

Many of the idiosyncracies of non-league football remain a mystery to those that don’t watch it very often. To the average viewer of Premier League football, the nature of the non-league game often seems as baffling as it would do if they turned up and the referee was nude. Right from before the kick-off, the…

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February 28, 2009
Ian
Shit Shot Mungo – Episode 4

Shit Shot Mungo – Episode 4

Well, yes. It’s Thursday night, so it’s time for a break from all this depressing stuff about football clubs going bust and time for another episode of “Shit Shot Mungo”, the cartoon which features everybody’s favourite incompetent Scottish footballer (insert your own jokes here). This week, in the light of Heart of Clackmannanshire’s 2-0 home…

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February 26, 2009
Ian

And This Week’s Crisis Club Is… Darlington

The most surprising thing about Darlington’s announcement of insolvency today is twofold. Firstly, it’s surprising that they are the first Football League club to have sunk this far this season. After all, it is almost March. Secondly, it’s surprising that it is Darlington that managed to get to the insolvency practitioners first. There have been…

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February 26, 2009
Ian

The 20 “Most Important” Football Clubs In The World

It doesn’t do any of us any harm to occasionally remind ourselves of the sheer blustering pomposity of the biggest clubs in football. Tonight’s ambassadors for “giving the fans what they want” (as ever, a thin mask for “making more money for ourselves”) are Milan, who had some very important opinions to give on the…

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February 24, 2009
Ian

Brighton & A Media Scrum

As my train from work pulled into Brighton railway station, the weather felt unseasonably warm. It was the hot air produced in the local press over the last forty-eight hours regarding the replacement of Mickey Adams as the manager of Brighton & Hove Albion. The timing of Adams’ departure was somewhat surprising in that it…

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February 24, 2009
Ian

Match Of The Week: Weymouth 0-9 Rushden & Diamonds

“This was not a football match”, wrote The Non-League Paper’s Chris Dunlavy this morning, “this was a snuff movie”, and never have truer words been spoken. Weymouth Football Club, battered and broken, were forced to field a youth team for their home BSP match against Rushden & Diamonds yesterday, and it was a foregone conclusion…

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February 23, 2009
Ian
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