Monthly Archive: October 2009

The Guardian Is Banned From The Bates Motel 10

The Guardian Is Banned From The Bates Motel

Ken Bates is back in the news again. Having seen the deal over Leeds United’s Thorp Arch training ground fall through, he has taken it out on, of all people, The Guardian, banning the newspaper from Elland Road. He might find that he has more important matters on his plate in the near future, though.

Yes, It’s Sulaiman Al-Fahim Again! 5

Yes, It’s Sulaiman Al-Fahim Again!

Sulaiman Al-Fahim has been getting out in the press, and a recent interview with a pan-Arab business magazine caused Mark Murphy to get all hot under the collar again. He dissects what Al-Fahim said, and has compared it with what we understand has been going on at Fratton Park recently.

Match Of The Week: Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea 2

Match Of The Week: Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea

It may have been overlooked because of Liverpool’s beach ball incident at The Stadium of Light, but Chelsea’s defeat at Aston Villa throws up a few question about the Premier League, not least of which is why it’s so surprisingly open at the end of October.

Supporters Direct Arrive At The Crossroads 4

Supporters Direct Arrive At The Crossroads

The annual Supporters Direct conference was held at the NEC in Birmingham on the 16th October. There was the usual informed debate about issues relating to supporter empowerment and a slightly worrying speech from the Football Association’s new Chief Executive.

Trouble Brewing At The Wessex Stadium, Yet Again 6

Trouble Brewing At The Wessex Stadium, Yet Again

There’s an “R” in the month, so Blue Square South club Weymouth must be having another financial crisis. This time, though, with the chairman and the manager having quit, they’re planning what feels like a last throw of the dice to keep the club alive.

From The Supporters Direct Annual Conference 2

From The Supporters Direct Annual Conference

It’s time for the annual Supporters Direct conference, and this year it’s in Birmingham. With football clubs still frequently finding themselves in serious financial difficulty, the organisation still has a critical role to play in safeguarding the future of our clubs.

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Shit Shot Mungo: Series Two Episode Twelve

This week’s episode of “Shit Shot Mungo” brings together the club’s new owner, food additive magnate Faisal Wally Camel and the Heart of Clackmannanshire chairman, magnet magnate Sir Roddy Bulbs as they discuss their plans for the future of the club, while Bert Harris finds that new signing Mohammed Abdul Harry Bassett is a nemesis of his from days of old

The “Fit & Proper Persons Test” Sting 4

The “Fit & Proper Persons Test” Sting

Mark Murphy thinks that he might have discovered that the recent rash of football club takeovers may be a sting concocted by the News Of The World to show up the football authorities’ Fit & Proper Persons Test for what it is. Is the most rational explanation, isn’t it?

Match Of The Midweek: England 3-0 Belarus 1

Match Of The Midweek: England 3-0 Belarus

England completed their World Cup qualifying group matches with a workmanlike win against Belarus this evening, and even though Peter Crouch scored twice for the home side, the real star of the show was David Beckham’s beard.

The Evil That Is The Internet Football Forum 15

The Evil That Is The Internet Football Forum

Lincoln City supporter Keith Duncombe stepped into the murky world of the football internet forum in 1997, and, in spite of warnings from his doctor about the ill-effects that it is all having on his blood pressure, he is still there today.

Blackburn vs Burnley: Time To Burst The Bubble? 13

Blackburn vs Burnley: Time To Burst The Bubble?

Blackburn Rovers play Burnley in the top flight for the first time in over forty years this weekend, but the fixture is being treated as a problem that needs to be dealt with rather than a celebration of a revival in Lancashire football which has taken many people by surprise.

Damp Squibs, Live Squibs & Strictly Come Dancing 1

Damp Squibs, Live Squibs & Strictly Come Dancing

Live only on the internet with the fact that highlights were being shown being announced by Bruce Forsyth in the middle of “Strictly Come Dancing”, Ukraine vs England was a bit of a strange match from well before the kick-off, and it didn’t get much less strange once the match kicked off.

Match Of The Week: Dartford 1-4 Chelmsford City 1

Match Of The Week: Dartford 1-4 Chelmsford City

The non-league game, we are told, is a constant state of flux and crisis, but this weekend’s FA Cup match between Dartford and Chelmsford City shows that things aren’t always disastrously bad, as this match – played at an outstanding facility in front of a big crowd – proves.

Planting Seeds Of Doubt At The World Cup 3

Planting Seeds Of Doubt At The World Cup

It still seems harsh to claim that FIFA deliberately changed the rules over the UEFA play-offs for the 2010 World Cup finals because some of the “big” names may be in danger of being drawn against each other, but if they don’t want this sort of controversy, it’s easily avoided.

Which Way Now For Celtic & Rangers? 3

Which Way Now For Celtic & Rangers?

The fact that Rangers and Celtic believe themselves to be too big for Scottish football is one of the oldest stories around but, as Gavin Saxton writes, their biggest problem is that the English don’t really want them and “The Atlantic League” remains a non-starter.

Pay Through The Nose Per View 6

Pay Through The Nose Per View

When Ukraine play England in the World Cup qualifiers, will anybody be watching? With it costing up to £11.99 and the match being largely meaningless for England it seems unlikely, particularly when there are plenty of alternatives for the discerning football fan, both live and on the television.