August 2009

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Match Of The Midweek: Wigan Athletic 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Is there anyone of a certain age or over that didn’t experience a little frisson of excitement during the summer when they noted for the first time that both Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers would be back in the top division of English football? The press have largely been dismissive of both clubs’ chances of staying…

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August 19, 2009
Ian

Arsene Wenger’s Super League Odyssey

The Champions League reaches the final knock-out stage this evening, with an all-British match between Arsenal and Celtic taking centre stage as twenty clubs play off against each other for the right to join the lucrative group stages of the competition. The big question facing the competition as it kicks off, however, is whether the…

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August 18, 2009
Ian

Neil Warnock & The Phantom Goal

Sometimes, one has to wonder whether this sort of thing follows Neil Warnock around. In 2007, Sheffield United were relegated on the last day of the season after Carlos Tevez scored an unlikely winner for West Ham United at Old Trafford. In February 2008, he accused a linesman of celebrating a goal for Bristol City…

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August 18, 2009
Ian

Match Of The Week: Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Manchester City

Sam Allardyce is, for a certain profile of Premier League football club, the pragmatist’s choice as manager. If you strip away the rampant ego and the tendency to strap a Bluetooth headset to the side of his head, Allardyce has a job that he can do. It just happens that the job is to finish…

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August 17, 2009
Ian

The First Managerial Casualty Of The Season – Gunn Fired

In their 1983 book “The Encyclopaedia Of British Football”, writers Phil Soar and Martin Tyler use a photograph of a match between Norwich City and Southampton as an example of the changing face of football. They compare the rise of smaller club from affluent cities in the south of England with the decline of traditional…

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August 15, 2009
Ian

Livingston Revisited

Livingston’s financial collapse has started to turn into a bit of a soap opera with, as Gavin Saxton reports, the Scottish Football League having taken severe action against the stricken club. Rob Freeman has already given some of the background to the ongoing saga at Livingston, but since then the situation has developed apace, leading…

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August 14, 2009
Ian
Shit Shot Mungo s02e03

Shit Shot Mungo s02e03

It’s the first match of the new season for Heart of Clackmannanshire, and new manager Glen Roeder has his first chance to show off his skills in the Scottish Premier League in this week’s Shit Shot Mungo. This week, we also get to learn a little more about new signing Bert Harris’ dark secret and…

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August 14, 2009
Ian
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