Posts made in March, 2010

The Beckham Fairytale Stalls Before “Happily Ever After”

The Beckham Fairytale Stalls Before “Happily Ever After”

By on Mar 15, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

It is a small piece of received wisdom that when a major sporting event ends, there is a small power surge as millions of homes put the kettle on in order to make a cup of tea. When David Beckham pulled up during Milan’s match against Chievo yesterday, the same phenomenon may well have taken place as a billion computers were powered up in order to discuss an...

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Durham City Finally Get Off The Mark

Durham City Finally Get Off The Mark

By on Mar 15, 2010 in Latest, Non-League | 4 comments

Uninformed viewers of Sky Sports News on Saturday evening might have expressed a degree of surprise at their decision over the weekly “Result Of The Day”, but it was hastily explained. Durham City’s 2-1 win away against FC United of Manchester wasn’t just an upset. It was a massive, massive surprise, of course but, considerably more...

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The World Cup Of National Anthems (Part Two)

The World Cup Of National Anthems (Part Two)

By on Mar 14, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

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...

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Old Infirm? The Further Travails Of Rangers & Celtic

Old Infirm? The Further Travails Of Rangers & Celtic

By on Mar 14, 2010 in Latest, Scottish Football | 1 comment

Some ill-advised comments made by the Celtic chairman John Reid at last year’s club AGM may now be coming back to haunt him, as rivals Rangers seem to be coasting to a Scottish Premier League championship. Mark Murphy takes a look at how the two clubs have progressed this season and finds that Reid’s bullishness couldn’t have come with much worse...

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Newcastle’s Management Sticks Its Head Above The Parapets

Newcastle’s Management Sticks Its Head Above The Parapets

By on Mar 13, 2010 in English League Football, Latest | 3 comments

Newcastle United go into this afternoon’s Tyne-Tees derby match at Middlesbrough in reasonably rude health on the pitch. Six points clear at the top of the Championship and with a game in hand, a swift return to the Premier League now seems more likely than not and, in managing this in what could at best be described as frequently trying circumstances, Chris...

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