August 2010

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Joey Barton’s Moustache: A Photo Essay

The big news from the Premier League’s opening week has surely been Newcastle’s loveable midfielder Joey Barton’s pledge to not shave off his moustache until his club win their first league match of the season. Even though the Magpies are kicking off with tough games against Manchester United and Aston Villa, it’s unlikely that the…

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August 20, 2010
Ted

Yeovil Town’s Veil Of Silence

Earlier this week saw the twentieth anniversary of Yeovil Town’s move from The Huish, their famously sloping home since 1928, to the brand new Huish Park stadium. In the intervening two decades much has changed and, for Yeovil Town, this has meant moving into the Football League and establishing themselves in League One. There doesn’t,…

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August 19, 2010
Ian

Mungo S03E03

It’s Thursday again, which brings with it the crushing inevitability of another edition of Mungo.  It’s accurately named this week, too, as our protagonist single-handedly fails to make an appearance.  This would be an increasingly common occurence if manager Gary Burns could get his way or if club chairman Sir Roddy Bulbs would stop getting…

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August 19, 2010
Ted

Match Of The Midweek: Lewes 2-1 Thurrock

After a defeat at Staines Town in their opening Blue Square South match of the season on Saturday afternoon, the real test followed for Lewes this evening. Tonight’s match against Thurrock wasn’t merely their first home match of the new season. It was the first test of a brave new world, the first chance to…

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August 19, 2010
Ian

Rangers: The Future Is As Murky As Ever

This weekend the News of the World reported that the Andrew Ellis takeover of Rangers was back on, this time from funding from the almost inevitable Russian tycoon, in the form of Vladimir Antonov. The ‘paper quoted a “source close to” Antonov who claimed the deal was “99% complete”. This apparently came as news to Rangers who immediately denied any knowledge, and indeed to Antonov who also denied that any contact had been made, though he didn’t deny an interest. At the moment it seems likely to be yet another red herring in the ongoing Rangers saga, but for all the denials there is some plausibility to the idea that Ellis and Antonov might have teamed up. Antonov has the cash and is searching actively for a football club in which to invest it.

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August 18, 2010
Ian

Liverpool: Truths, Half-Truths & Downright Lies

“I want Rafa to stay,” screamed the headline in the Daily Mirror on April 24th this year. The thrust of the story was that a potential bidder for Liverpool FC had reached “a crucial stage” in negotiations with Tom Hicks and George Gillett to buy the club. The bidder had “been granted access to the…

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August 17, 2010
Mark

Motherwell vs Cardiff City: Venue – Hamilton Sheriffs Court

There was something about the loan transfer of Craig Bellamy from Manchester City to Cardiff City that was always going to cause a fuss. Cardiff’s financial travails have been well documented on this site before. Having already been hit with a Football League transfer embargo in December of last year, in March 2010, the club…

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August 17, 2010
Ian
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