August 2010

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Play Up Pegasus! The Parallel Universe Of The FA Amateur Cup

This weekend marks the first “Non-League Day”, a concerted attempt to try and persuade supporters of the biggest clubs in Britain to take a step back from the thrills and spills of the Premier League and the Championship (since they have a day off anyway, on account of the weekend’s international matches) and take in…

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August 31, 2010
Ian

Tiss Time, More Than Any Other Time

The recent publicity regarding the newspaper sting carried out upon the Pakistan cricket team during their test match against England and the ensuing debate over the completion of the test match between the two countries has led EJH to wonder why, when something similar happened in football, no action whatsoever was taken. These are the…

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August 30, 2010
Ian

Match Of The Week: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Newcastle United

Of all the cod-psychological theories that envelop the Premier League, the theory of Second Season Syndrome is one of those that has the most meat on it. It runs something like this. Upon their elevation to the Premier League, many newly-promoted clubs will have enough momentum that sees them pick up enough points to guarantee…

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August 30, 2010
Ian

One Leicester Shuffle: The Continuing Adventures Of Milan Mandaric

At first glance, Leicester City’s latest takeover looks like the standard modern football ownership deal. A heady mix of over-ambition, multi-million pound transfer budget promises and “the Premiership within five years” (its been the Premier League for over three years now and still some of them get it wrong). On closer inspection, though, differences emerge….

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August 28, 2010
Mark

Wigan Athletic Bingo!

Since their last clean sheet – a nil-nil home draw with Portsmouth on 14th April this year – Wigan have played 6 Premier League matches, winning one, drawing one and losing four.  In the course of this disappointing run, the Latics have conceded 25 times. Eighteen of these have come in the last three games:…

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August 27, 2010
Ted

Mungo S03E04

Mungo time again.  This week, our heroes bounce back from their opening day disappointment with a corporate gig at a dairy farm.  Peril, inevitably, ensues.  Fans of teams who have had a stuttering start to the new campaign may be able to take heart at the knowledge that there are worse things in life than…

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August 26, 2010
Ted

Steve Evans: Football Manager. Convicted Criminal.

At Broadfield Stadium last night, Crawley Town beat Bath City in the Blue Square Premier to move up to seventh place in the table after four matches. A crowd of 1,252 people turned out to watch it – hardly, one might think, a ringing endorsement of the “Project Promotion” that the club has put in…

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August 25, 2010
Ian
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