August 2009

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Sol Campbell & Notts County – A Match Made In Mammon

The rumours had been circulating for a couple of days, but few people had been brave enough to give it much credibility. But then it happened. Sol Campbell joins Notts County, on a five year contract with a £40,000 weekly wage. Thirty-four year old Sol Campbell. The tipping point. Perhaps the world has finally gone…

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August 26, 2009
Ian

Match Of The Midweek: West Ham United 3-1 Millwall

The League Cup Second Round is probably the least inspiring week of the early part of the new season. In front of swathes of empty tip-up seats, youth and reserve team players half-heartedly play out matches that no-one really wants to be involved in. On the pitch tonight, West Ham United won this match. After…

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August 26, 2009
Ian

DVD Review – “The Damned United” (Revisited)

Earlier this year, we sent Ted Carter to the cinema with a paper bag containing some crab paste sandwiches and a ticket for the movie version of David Peace’s 2006 novel, “The Damned United”. The film is released on DVD next Monday, so we thought that it was time to revisit this interpretation of Brian…

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August 24, 2009
Ian

Football, Finances and League Two

The new League Two season has started with everybody financially stable – more or less – but Lincoln City supporter Keith Duncombe doesn’t feel that the authorities are going far enough. In 2002 Lincoln City FC nearly closed down. In fact, the club was 24 hours from having its application to enter administration in court…

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August 24, 2009
Ian

Steve Cohen Gets His Comeuppance

The following article is a summary of events this summer regarding the American football radio show World Soccer Daily, which went off the air last weekend after a sustained campaign of protest by Liverpool supporters’ groups. In the interests of brevity, it skips over some of the finer details of what has become an extraordinary…

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August 24, 2009
Ian

Match Of The Week – Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Thirty years ago this year, Nottingham Forest were in the middle of the greatest period in their history. Brian Clough had arrived at The City Ground in January 1975 with Peter Taylor joining him at the club eighteen months later. By 1978 they were the champions of England, and within a year they were the…

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August 23, 2009
Ian

Birmingham City Prove That All That Glitters May Not Be Gold

Birmingham City are the latest Premier League club to be lined up for foreign ownership. As Mark Murphy reports, the new potential new owner has already had a go at buying the club, but fans are split on whether his involvement and there are question marks over his financial credentials. Birmingham City chairman David Gold…

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August 22, 2009
Mark
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