September 2009

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In Praise Of… Floodlit Football

As the nights start to draw in, the floodlights will start to be switched on more frequently and, much as we love our three o’clock kick-offs, there is something about playing under the lights which heightens the senses. It wasn’t ever thus, though, and the most entrenched opposition to their use in England came from the Football Association.

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September 30, 2009
Ian

Match Of The Midweek: Fiorentina 2-0 Liverpool

Liverpool’s progress in the Champions League hit an unexpected stumbling block in Florence this evening, where Fiorentina carved them apart and walked away with a comfortable three points. Was this just a bad night at the office, or might they be saying hello to the Europa League later on this season?

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September 30, 2009
Ian

The Ongoing Failure Of The Fit & Proper Persons Test

The “Fit & Proper Persons” test is supposed to weed undesirable types out from owning football clubs. Mark Murphy is less than convinced that it is doing its job properly, and he has some examples featuring names that you may be familiar with.

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September 29, 2009
Mark

If You Are Going to The Manchester City Match Tonight…

Hyde United supporters will be outside the City of Manchester Stadium for tonight’s Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United, collecting to stave off the winding up order brought against them by HMRC.

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September 28, 2009
Ian

Sending Off Goalkeepers: Not As Much Fun As It Used To Be

When Petr Cech was sent off for Chelsea on Saturday, the London club suffered more for being reduced to ten men than they did for losing their goalkeeper. In the days before substitute goalkeepers, though, things were even more entertaining.

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September 28, 2009
Ian

Match Of The Week: Morecambe 1-1 Dagenham & Redbridge

Swamped with competitors on all sides, Dagenham & Redbridge’s outstanding start to the new season seems to have gone unnoticed by everyone. This weekend, they were seeking to stay in touch at the top of League Two against Morecambe.

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September 27, 2009
Ian

Manchester City vs Gillingham – The 1999 Division 2 Play-Off

When Manchester City played Gillingham in the Division Two play-off final in 1999, it felt as if it was a do or die moment for the blue half of Manchester. They pulled through, and now they’re one of the richest clubs in the world.

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September 26, 2009
Ian
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