August 2009

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Vaughan’s Chester & The Authorities: Can You Guess Who Blinked First?

So, Steven Vaughan wins and the game of football dies a little more inside. The FA have decided to back the Football Conference and have given Vaughan’s Chester the right to start the new season, in flagrant contravention of rule 2.7 of the Conference’s own constitution and awarded the club a licence to play football…

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August 13, 2009

The Most Pointless Match Of The Season?

At the time of writing, the television in this room is playing away to itself. The noise sounds familiar and, at a glance, it kind of looks familiar. Engand and the Netherlands are battling out a friendly match in Amsterdam. This, however, doesn’t matter, and it takes the whole concept of not mattering to a…

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August 12, 2009

Match Of The Midweek: Eastbourne Borough 1-0 AFC Wimbledon

My God, but Priory Lane is a long way from the centre of Eastbourne. It takes a few seconds to sink in when you first check it out on Google Maps. It looks as if it’s in a different town. It’s a pity, really, because Eastbourne Borough is a friendly sort of  club. Perhaps they…

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August 12, 2009

The 2009/10 Preview: The Premier League

It says a lot for the priorities of the major news outlets in this country that, for them at least, the “real” football season hasn’t started. Still, there’s not long for them to wait now. The Premier League season starts this weekend and there is a chance that it may be more interesting than it…

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August 10, 2009

“The Football League Show” – The Verdict

With Norwich throwing in seven goals at home and Sven managing five on his League Two debut, they can’t say that had a paucity of stories to choose from. The BBC launched their Football League coverage in a bold and brash style, with a live match and a highlights package that will now become part…

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August 9, 2009

Match Of The Week: West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Newcastle United

Time marches relentlessly on. Three years ago, Damien Duff was kissing a Premier League medal for Chelsea. Two years ago, Scott Carson was (briefly) England’s first choice goalkeeper. This time last year, West Bromwich Albion against Newcastle United was a Premier League match. The two clubs couldn’t have finished last season in a much more…

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August 8, 2009

The 2009/10 Preview – The Championship (Or, Let’s Face It, Division Two)

The last of our Football League season previews is now ready, and Rob Freeman is on familiar ground this evening, in the Championship.  As a quick reminder, the Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United is live on the BBC tomorrow evening. Let the schadenfreude commence! Seriously, though, good luck to everybody starting…

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August 7, 2009
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