March 2010

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FC United Coming Home?

Someone in FC United’s offices at Hope Mill in Manchester is very good at burying bad news. On Wednesday night the team suffered their heaviest ever defeat, 1-5, handed out by rivals, league leaders, and all round terrible bastards Bradford Park Avenue. Supporters could be forgiven for waking up Thursday morning and feeling a little bit glum.

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March 26, 2010
Ian

The World Cup Of National Anthems: Part Four

For many people, major sports tournaments are the only occasion that national anthems are heard. These peculiar tunes have become a genre of their own, transcending the mere hymns that many of them were in first place, and they range from the gloriously uplifting to mournful dirges. The selection of words has, in many countries, brought about national debate that has been all-encompassing. In the case of Spain, it was decided that it would probably be for the best just to not bother having any for the sake of national unity.

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March 26, 2010
Ted

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E33

With Glen Roeder back at Heart of Clackmannanshire, the seemingly impossible task of the club avoiding relegation has suddenly become considerably more achievable. The Clackers’ new manager is only a temporary measure, though, and the new man for the job prepares himself for press conferences by talking to himself in the mirror in the third…

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March 25, 2010
Ted

Sheffield Wednesday’s “Imminent” Investment

Sheffield Wednesday have been in a state of flux for the last decade or so, since the reign of the current Premier League Chairman, Dave Richards. Mark Murphy takes a look at the Wednesday chairman Lee Strafford’s attempts to get somebody to pour some money into the club and finds a rather long list of…

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March 25, 2010
Mark

The Chester City Aftermath: Self-Serving In The Blue Square Premier

In the latest edition of what has long since become an ongoing saga, the annual Football Conference summer crisis seems likely to loom large on the horizon with the confirmation that ten Blue Square Premier clubs are appealing the decision to expunge the record of Chester City to the Football Association following the club’s expulsion…

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March 24, 2010
Ian

How Would Football Survive A Digital TV Shake-Up?

It’s the elephant in the Premier League boardroom. The seventeen years of the expansion (and, subsequently, the debt) of the Premier League has been built largely on television money, but possible upcoming changes to the regulations regarding digital television in England could see the once seemingly endless increase of money being paid to the clubs…

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March 23, 2010
Ian

What Ian Watmore’s Resignation Tells Us About The FA

Eighty days before the World Cup finals and not more than a year after he took the job in the first place, Ian Watmore has quit as the Chief Executive of the Football Association. When Watmore spoke at the Supporters Direct annual conference in Birmingham last October, he didn’t inspire a great deal of confidence….

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March 23, 2010
Ian
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