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Match Of The Midweek: FC United of Manchester 0-4 Brighton & Hove Albion

It has already been the most improbable of cup runs. Every match in FC United’s run to within grabbing distance of the Third Round of this year’s FA Cup has been enveloped in the sort of drama that would not, in a quite literal sense, have looked out of place in a children’s comic from…

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December 8, 2010
Ian

Missing Leatherhead Away: The Moral Dilemma Of Not Going To Matches

“Rites of passage” tend to involve teenagers and revolve around love and/or sex, certainly in the Hollywood films that I know about. Being a non-league football fan, I missed that particular rite of passage completely, along with pretty much every other interesting rite of passage you could think of. I mean no disrespect the former…

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December 8, 2010
Mark

Video Of The Week 2: Only A Game, The Story Of Scottish Football, Part 3: The Player

It’s time for another video, and tonight we return again to the 1985 BBC documentary series “Only A Game – The Story Of Scottish Football”. For the third part of this series, the focus is upon the player. The development of the player himself is particularly key to the growth of the game in Scotland….

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December 7, 2010
Ian

Both Chris Hughton And Newcastle United Supporters Deserve Better Than Mike Ashley

In this case, to say the very least, you can’t spell “dismissal” without the word “dismal”. The sacking of Chris Hughton from the Newcastle United manager’s job is not the most surprising sacking that we will season, but it might well be the most stupid. In getting rid of a manager that had managed what…

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December 7, 2010
Ian

The 1962/63 Season: When Winter Arrived And Didn’t Budge

Many of us spent last Saturday afternoon sitting at home with nothing better to do than watch “Carry On Camping” on the television, but recent winters have been some way off the worst of the lot. In this (slightly amended) article, first written for Twohundredpercent in December of last year after a similar white blanket…

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December 6, 2010
Ian

Video Of The Week: Football, Fussball, Voetbal – Part One

This week’s Video Of The Week is a very special find from YouTube, the first part of the BBC’s 1995 documentary series on the history of European football, “Fussball, Football, Voetbal”. Recorded as part of the build-up to the 1996 European Championships, this two-parter, narrated by John Motson, traces the history of European club football,…

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December 6, 2010
Ian

Match Of The Week: Sunderland 1-0 West Ham United

They could have been forgiven for believing that they had turned a corner, of sorts. Going into this afternoon’s match at the Stadium Of Light, West Ham United had won two straight matches following a run of just one win since the end of September. Now that this particular semi-inflated balloon has been pricked, though,…

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December 6, 2010
Ian
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