June 2009

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Tony Kempster

We had been warned that his illness was terminal, but this didn’t make his passing much less of a shock. The death of football statistician Tony Kempster, reported this morning, brings to a close the story of a man that arguably has brought more than anyone else to non-league football over the last ten years…

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June 15, 2009
Ian

The Confederations Cup: Brazil 4-3 Egypt

There is a reason why matches like this one are rare.  More, perhaps, is the pity.  But it is not just bull-headed, brass-necked conservative imperialism which sees 50 percent of the ten South American teams qualifying for the World Cup Finals, whilst just six of CAF’s 55 members will represent Africa next summer.  The relative…

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June 15, 2009
Ted

The Confederations Cup: New Zealand 0 – 5 Spain

Iker Casillas is a one club man. He first signed for Real Madrid Juniors at the age of ten, and has been at the Bernebau ever since. He has played almost three hundred and fifty matches for Real and, at the age of twenty-eight, has also made ninety-three matches for Spain as well. Considering that…

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June 14, 2009
Ian

The Confederations Cup: South Africa 0-0 Iraq

It is winter in South Africa at the moment, and it was a winter of discontent in Johannesburg this afternoon as South Africa played out an energy-sappingly drab goalless draw to open this year’s Confederations Cup. South Africa’s performance was poor enough for questions to be asked about whether they will become the first host…

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June 14, 2009
Ian

10 Print “Football”; 20 Goto 10 Part 1 – “Football Manager”

As the summer months have arrived, we’re going to take a brief look back at some of the football games that have graced your computer screen over the last few years or so, starting with “Football Manager”, the grandfather of them all and a game which still exists, albeit in an unrecognisable form to the…

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June 14, 2009
Ian

The Confederations Cup – A (Very) Rough Guide

For some people, the end of the football season in years that end with odd numbers means a return to the real world. For two and a half months they become normal people, spending time with family and friends, allowing their sofas and their wallets to recover from the arduous few months that have just…

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June 13, 2009
Ian

Stoke City Supporters 1-0 Greater Manchester Police

One didn’t have to be an anti-capitalist demonstrator to be pretty appalled by the police’s behaviour at the recent demonstrations in London. However, considering the curtailments to civil liberties that have been introduced by the government over the last few years it should come as no great surprise to anybody that the police themselves have…

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June 12, 2009
Ian
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