May 2009

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Match Of The Week 2: Burnley 1-0 Sheffield United

It has been a busy month for Wembley Stadium. So stratospheric were the costs of building it that there is an element of danger that it will lose its sense of mystique before it has the chance to develop one. This month alone it has already played host to three play-off finals, the FA Trophy…

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May 26, 2009
Ian

What The Reaction To Newcastle’s Relegation Tells Us About Ourselves

The last day of the Premier League season will usually bring a last flurry of activity from the press, and last night they went into meltdown. The Guardian, for example, managed three articles on its Sport Blog page in the subject of Newcastle United’s relegation. By the time this has finished, we’ll have managed two…

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May 25, 2009
Ian

Match Of The Week: Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle United

It had been described as such all season, but it turned out that Newcastle United’s season wasn’t a soap opera after all. It was just an opera. Whilst soap operas usually offer comeuppance and redemption, operas can only offer the inevitability of the tragic ending. After nine months of trying to keep their heads above…

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May 24, 2009
Ian

Baker & Kelly Reloaded, Part 2 & Other News

As promised, the motherlode of the Baker & Kely collection have now been re-uploaded – instructions on how to get hold of them are here. The folder is just over 1gb, so make sure you have plenty of space before you embark on that little project. Also, the next project for the summer will be…

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May 24, 2009
Ian

Alex Ferguson: Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold?

As we suspected all along, it has come down to the last day of the season. West Bromwich Albion had managed to postpone the hangman’s noose for a couple of weeks longer than many people had expected, but they finally fell through the trapdoor at The Hawthorns with a home defeat against Liverpool last weekend….

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May 23, 2009
Ian

Welcome To The Cheap Seats, Apparently

Hold the front back page! Everything you understood about the cost of watching Premier League football was wrong! It must be! Richard Scudamore said so! Well, not quite. The chief executive of the Premier League, who has been mercifully quiet since he proposed the Premier League’s version of colonisation – Game 39 – last year,…

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May 22, 2009
Ian

Merthyr & Daylight Robbery

The ongoing crisis at Southern League club Merthyr Tydfil has been one of this season’s slow-burning financial crises, but events over the last day or two have given us a clearer idea of the motivation of the club’s owner, and further concern that football’s newest franchise club could soon be foisted upon us unless the…

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May 21, 2009
Ian
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