Monthly Archive: August 2010

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Mungo S03E02

Thursday means it’s time for more from Heart of Clachmaninshire.  Last week they were warned by their ‘eccentric’ chairman Sir Roddy Bulbs that another last-gasp 11th place finish this season wouldn’t save the club...

Adam Stansfield: 1978-2010 8

Adam Stansfield: 1978-2010

Sad news reached us last night with the death of the Exeter City striker Adam Stansfield at the age of thirty-one, after a four month battle with cancer of the bowel. Born in Tiverton,...

The Premier League 2010/11 Previews Part 13: Newcastle United – Stick Or Twist? 2

The Premier League 2010/11 Previews Part 13: Newcastle United – Stick Or Twist?

Although they’re back in the league where they’ve spent sixteen of the past seventeen seasons this year will be, in a way, a new experience for Newcastle fans. It’ll be the first time – at least in the Premier League era when money has polarised everything – that they’ve been there not as one of the traditional buying clubs who could be expected to go out and waste a few million here and there if they felt they needed to, but as one of the thrift and make-do clubs. A free transfer here, a loan signing there, the odd lower league player of promise – it’s going to be interesting to see how they adapt to it.

Match Of The Week: Stevenage 1-2 Portsmouth 3

Match Of The Week: Stevenage 1-2 Portsmouth

How times change. This time last year, Portsmouth were preparing for the start of the Premier League season. The hints were already out there, that something was desperately, horribly wrong at Fratton Park, but...

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Portsmouth Evade The Taxman’s Net

So, Portsmouth won at the High Court yesterday, then. It’s worth taking a moment to consider what that means, exactly. It means that their unsecured debt has been reduced by 80%, and that the...

The Premier League 2010/11 Previews, Part 9: Fulham – After The Lord Mayor’s Show 1

The Premier League 2010/11 Previews, Part 9: Fulham – After The Lord Mayor’s Show

So, just how do you follow an act like Roy Hodgson? Since Fulham’s own chairman appears unable to express any appreciation for just what he did for the club over the course of two and a half seasons, let’s take a moment to remind ourselves just how good a job he did. Arriving midway through the 2007/08 season with the team apparently destined for relegation, he kept them up with a terrific late season run. The following season he steered them to seventh and qualification to the Europa League, then last season of course he took them all the way to the final of it and to within a few minutes of a penalty shoot out that might have won it for them. All achieved on a relative shoestring – at least insofar as there is such a thing in the Premier League these days.

Morris Woodman’s Tactical Chalkboard: Celtic 9

Morris Woodman’s Tactical Chalkboard: Celtic

Morris Woodman is England’s most successful football manager.  In 13 seasons in the crucible of the Zambian top flight, his team Spartak Thunderbolts are yet to lose a single game.  During last summer’s World...