Monthly Archive: November 2009

Trying To Dissect The Thierry Henry Handball 37

Trying To Dissect The Thierry Henry Handball

The British media have been gorging on the reflected anger of the Thierry Henry handball saga over the last couple of days or so, but do Irish football supporters need the British media churning up a diplomatic row on the scale of The Bay Of Pigs Crisis over a mistake on the part of a referee?

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Shit Shot Mungo: S02E17

This week’s Shit Shot Mungo sees the financial crisis at Heart of Clackmannanshire deepen still further, as the club is forced to put all of its players on part-time wages, but one man (who has been earning £190,000 per week for as long as anyone can remember) may be able to save the day. He probably won’t, though.

Match Of The Midweek: Algeria 1-0 Egypt 9

Match Of The Midweek: Algeria 1-0 Egypt

It’s the derby of North Africa and the stakes couldn’t be higher – a play-off match in Sudan for a place in the World Cup finals in South Africa next year. Will the apolcayptic predictions of some in the press come to pass, or will we merely see which of these relative under-achievers will get through?

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Why Bradford City Should Stay At Valley Parade

The issue of Bradford City leaving Valley Parade for rugby league club Bradford Bulls’ Odsal Stadium, which the council would like to redevelop as a “sports village”. What, though, is the major benefit for Bradford City when they have a perfectly good – if expensive – facility on a long term lease?

Swindon Town’s Turn For A Winding Up Order? 6

Swindon Town’s Turn For A Winding Up Order?

Swindon Town are reported to have been with a demand for bankruptcy by one of their creditors, but their robust response to it has been to dispute that they even owe this money. So, did the company that lent it to them make a mistake, or are the club’s new owners barking up the wrong tree?

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Jack Warner – FIFA Vice-President With A Difference

England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup is plenty capable of derailing itself, but vice-president Jack Warner has unsurprisingly now been getting involved. Should the FA be being lectured on morals by him, though? Mark Murphy thinks that they probably shouldn’t be.

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Sign My Son & I Might Lend You Some Money

When Blue Square Premier club Histon spoke to an investor about putting some more money into the club, he agreed, but with a rather peculiar clause which the club decided not to take him up on. Will clubs like Histon cut their cloth accordingly, or is this just the start of a new trend?

Match Of The Week: Whitehawk 3-2 Fareham Town 1

Match Of The Week: Whitehawk 3-2 Fareham Town

Whitehawk Football Club may be on the up, with a newly-removated clubhouse and money to spend on players, but their FA Vase opponents today Fareham Town offer something of a cautionary tale for them. Will Whitehawk learn from the mistakes of others?

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New Zealand Revive Memories Of The Summer Of 1982

New Zealand have qualified for the 2010 World Cup finals by beating Bahrain in Wellington this morning, and this result may have stirred a few memories amongst men of a certain age that will remember their only other successful qualification attempt, from 1982.

Weymouth Football Club Read The Last Rites 9

Weymouth Football Club Read The Last Rites

Weymouth Football Club might have finally reached the end of the line. The tragedy of Weymouth, however, is likely to be that the town will be left without a football stadium rather than it being temporarily without a football club.

Celtic & Rangers Frozen Out Of The Premier League 6

Celtic & Rangers Frozen Out Of The Premier League

The Premier League has decided that it doesn’t want The Old Firm and the baggage that they carry with them. It may take a change of attitude towards their neighbours for Celtic and Rangers to turn their own fortunes around, though – are they capable of such a transformation?

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Shit Shot Mungo: Season Two, Episode Sixteen

After last week’s swine flu debacle, Heart of Clackmanannshire Football Club find themselves in court in this week’s Shit Shot Mungo, accused of deliberately and maliciously spreading the virus through playing an infected team in a recent match. Can Mungo save the day? Probably not.

United Sack Ferguson & May Repent At Leisure 8

United Sack Ferguson & May Repent At Leisure

Darren Ferguson has left Peterborough United “by mutual consent”. This particular phrase is usually code for “we’ve sacked him but he has agreed to keep quiet in return for some money”, but in this case it may be more literal than is usual since the severance may suit all parties equally.

The Sad & Premature Loss Of Germany’s Robert Enke 3

The Sad & Premature Loss Of Germany’s Robert Enke

It’s certainly too soon to comment upon the circumstances surrounding the sad death of the Hannover 96 goalkeeper Robert Enke, but it isn’t too soon to take a moment to mourn the passing of an excellent goalkeeper and that rarest of things – a footballer with a conscience.

Chester City Football Club – The Death Rattle (Part 3) 8

Chester City Football Club – The Death Rattle (Part 3)

There’s an “R” in the month, so the name of Chester City must be being dragged through the mud. The Insolvency Service seem to have finally caught up with Stephen Vaughan, and he will be banned from acting as a company director from the end of this month. Will this change anything at Chester, though?

Match Of The Midweek: Millwall 4-1 AFC Wimbledon 3

Match Of The Midweek: Millwall 4-1 AFC Wimbledon

Wimbledon travelled to Millwall in the FA Cup First Round on Monday night, allowing us to step into the strange, strange world of being away supporters at The Den. On the whole, though, the hosts were perfect gentlemen for the evening.