August 2009

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Serie A Preview: 2009/10

The Premier League started last weekend and it’s still a couple of weeks until La Liga begins in Spain but this weekend Serie A kicks off in Italy and Paul Grech has been generous enough to offer us a full run-down of the chances for the runners and riders in Italy this season. If you…

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August 21, 2009
Ian

Scarborough Athletic Show Some Respect

When the Football Association launched their “Respect” campaign last year, it was met with a degree of derision on all sides. On the one hand, many felt that it didn’t go far enough and, on the other side, there are those that would quite like professional football to become more like WWF wrestling with its…

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August 21, 2009
Ian

Banter, Fanaticism & The Number 96

Let’s take a moment to try and see into the mind of the man that bought the Manchester United shirt in this story from The Guardian. He went to a sports store and spent fifty-five pounds on a replica shirt – fifty-five pounds! – and, instead of having the name of his favourite player or…

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August 21, 2009
Ian
Shit Shot Mungo s02e04

Shit Shot Mungo s02e04

Last week’s Shit Shot Mungo saw Glen Roeder surprisingly installed as the manager of Heart of Clackmannanshire on the eve of the start of the new season. This week’s episode sees Roeder’s new club – as ever – struggling to score, which results in drastic action being taken by the club’s chairman, magnet magnate Sir…

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August 20, 2009
Ian

Corruption Allegations Make The Maltese Cross

Football in Malta has started to make a real impression in European competitions over the last couple of years but, as Paul Grech reports, the new season starts under a cloud amid controversy over match-fixing allegations involving two of the clubs in the Maltese Premier League. Days before the Maltese football season is due to…

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August 20, 2009
Ian

Match Of The Midweek 2: Burnley 1-0 Manchester United

Thirty-three years is a long time and in that time more than one generation of Burnley supporters has grown up on fading memories that have gone from glorious technicolor, through black & white and into sepia as time has come to pass. This evening, though, the top flight – so unrecognisable from the last time…

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August 20, 2009
Ian

The Death Of Tony Allden

Considering the amount of physical exertion that takes place on football pitches the length and breadth of the country each year, it is perhaps surprising that that there are so few deaths amongst those people that play the game each week. Indeed, we should be grateful for the fact that such deaths are so rare…

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August 19, 2009
Ian
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