2010

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English Match Of The Week: Coventry City 2-1 Derby County

In 1959, Coventry City celebrated the inauguration of the Fourth Division of the Football League by getting promoted after seven seasons in football’s basement. Within eight years they were a First Division club and, against all odds, they held onto their status in the top division for almost three and a half decades before slipping…

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August 22, 2010
Ian

Scottish Match Of The Week: Raith Rovers 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Stark’s Park is a bit of an odd ground these days. Raith have been playing there since 1891, but its current character was defined in the 1990s when – perhaps a little unluckily – Raith’s period as a minor force in the Scottish game happened to coincicde with the impetus that led to the SPL. In particular, the ground criteria, under which every SPL hopeful would have to have their own 10,000 seat stadium, and to have it ready before achieving promotion.

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August 22, 2010
Ian

The Blue Square Premier Television Deal: Once Bitten, Apparently Still Not Shy

When Setanta Sports went belly up during the summer of 2009, it left the Blue Square Premier in something of a bind. There was talk of this being a repeat of the ITV Digital disaster of 2002, when the collapse of a broadcaster left a large number of Football League clubs in serious trouble having…

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August 20, 2010
Ian

Joey Barton’s Moustache: A Photo Essay

The big news from the Premier League’s opening week has surely been Newcastle’s loveable midfielder Joey Barton’s pledge to not shave off his moustache until his club win their first league match of the season. Even though the Magpies are kicking off with tough games against Manchester United and Aston Villa, it’s unlikely that the…

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August 20, 2010
Ted

Yeovil Town’s Veil Of Silence

Earlier this week saw the twentieth anniversary of Yeovil Town’s move from The Huish, their famously sloping home since 1928, to the brand new Huish Park stadium. In the intervening two decades much has changed and, for Yeovil Town, this has meant moving into the Football League and establishing themselves in League One. There doesn’t,…

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August 19, 2010
Ian

Mungo S03E03

It’s Thursday again, which brings with it the crushing inevitability of another edition of Mungo.  It’s accurately named this week, too, as our protagonist single-handedly fails to make an appearance.  This would be an increasingly common occurence if manager Gary Burns could get his way or if club chairman Sir Roddy Bulbs would stop getting…

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August 19, 2010
Ted

Match Of The Midweek: Lewes 2-1 Thurrock

After a defeat at Staines Town in their opening Blue Square South match of the season on Saturday afternoon, the real test followed for Lewes this evening. Tonight’s match against Thurrock wasn’t merely their first home match of the new season. It was the first test of a brave new world, the first chance to…

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August 19, 2010
Ian
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