March 2009

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Review: The Damned United

I have been a little unwell over the last twenty-four hours so, in lieu of being able to write anything myself, I wrapped our usual cartoonist Ted Carter in mittens, a warm scarf and his favourite duffle coat, and sent him to the cinema to watch the film version of “David Peace’s novel, The Damned…

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March 30, 2009
Ted

Match Of The Week: Peterborough United 2-0 Leicester City

It’s Saturday lunchtime and England are playing later on this afternoon, but you wouldn’t know it in Peterborough. The top two divisions don’t have matches scheduled so that England can parade around in their strange new shirts, so Peterborough United against Leicester City might just be the biggest club match being played in Europe today….

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March 29, 2009
Ian

The Intractable Problem Of England Goalkeepers

When the concept of the Premier League was being sold to a sceptical (though, with the benefit of hindsight, not sceptical enough) public in the early 1990s, the benefit to the England team was pushed hard. Off the back of the national teams run to the 1990 World Cup semi-finals and the FA’s Blueprint For…

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March 28, 2009
Ian

Kettering Town: Panic Averted

In the long lost days of election into the Football League, Kettering Town were regular unsuccessful applicants. Between 1900 and 1979, they applied for a place amongst the elite ninety-two on eighteen occasions and missed the cut on every single occasion. Since the introduction of automatic promotion and relegation in 1987, however, their chances to…

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March 27, 2009
Ian
Shit Shot Mungo: Episode 8

Shit Shot Mungo: Episode 8

Is it that time of the week again already? In this week’s “Shit Shot Mungo”, the club starts to conspire to deliberately injure their goal-shy striker in order to give their new Japanese striker, a robot called “The Goalinator”, a game. If this doesn’t make any sense, you can see the previous episodes by clicking…

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March 26, 2009
Ian

Dealing With Troublesome Supporters 101: Wrexham

Wrexham supporters have had a difficult time of things over the last few years. In the mid-1990s, they seemed likely to to break into the top two divisions of English football. Everything, however, fell apart in the first few years of this century. A financial crisis led to administration and relegation from the Football League…

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March 26, 2009
Ian

The New England Shirt: The Most Overhyped Football Shirt Ever?

It all started a few weeks ago. Footballshirtculture posted up a picture of a kit that was rumoured to be the new England football shirt. We ran the story on here, too. It was a pretty revolting shirt, as it goes, and it started to become apparent pretty soon afterwards that this shirt was either…

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March 24, 2009
Ian
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