Posts made in September, 2009

In Praise Of… Floodlit Football

By on Sep 30, 2009 in Latest | 9 comments

Since the start of the new season, there has hardly been week go by that hasn’t seen a full roster of midweek matches take place. This, however, hasn’t ever been thus and until surprisingly recently football under floodlights was all but barred by the Football Association. Much as many of us feel that three o’clock on a Saturday afternoon is the...

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Match Of The Midweek: Fiorentina 2-0 Liverpool

By on Sep 30, 2009 in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 0 comments

It is a sign of the decline of Italian football in recent years that a trip to Florence at the end of September wasn’t – at least, not before kick-off – a cause of major concern for Liverpool. Ten or fifteen years ago things might have been different, but the Premier League is wallowing and basking in its opulence at the moment while Italian...

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The Ongoing Failure Of The Fit & Proper Persons Test

By on Sep 29, 2009 in Finance, Latest | 2 comments

English football’s “fit and proper persons” test, I would submit, has failed, and here are just four reasons why: 1) Tom Hicks and George Gillett still co-own Liverpool. 2) Sulaiman Al-Fahim owns Portsmouth. 3) The Gods alone know who owns Notts County, even now “they” have “told” us 4) It isn’t really a “test” at all. You can’t buy the sort of luck Hicks and...

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If You Are Going to The Manchester City Match Tonight…

By on Sep 28, 2009 in English League Football, Finance, Latest, Non-League | 3 comments

…you may find that there are a number of people outside the stadium with collection buckets. They will be collecting for Blue Square North side Hyde United, who are still fighting a winding up petition brought against them by HMRC. Manchester City are, of course, one of the richest football clubs in the world at the moment, but Hyde United are battling to save...

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