August 2010

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East Fife: New New Bayview?

It’s only a dozen years since East Fife moved grounds, from their old home at Bayview to the imaginatively-named New Bayview. But last week Radio Scotland broke the news that they are considering another move, to another purpose-built stadium a mile away. I’ve got to say, my initial reaction was positive, not just because of the talk of more and better facilities but because, with the best will in the world, the current New Bayview is a bit rubbish. Many of the club’s fans however, are expressing a bit more scepticism, and on closer examination they may well have good reason.

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August 25, 2010
Ian

Getting The Hang Of Football On The Internet

In no small part, the print media and the film and music industries both made the same mistake with the arrival of the internet. They both reacted to slowly at first to the new technology and both are repenting their tardiness at their leisure. The print media have been unable – yet – to find…

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August 24, 2010
Ian

Sheffield Wednesday Wait & Wait

If Sheffield Wednesday ever want to get back to the Premier League, I suppose it makes sense to start acting like a Premier League club, and an established one at that. Unfortunately for long-long-suffering Wednesday-ites, their club seem to have chosen Liverpool as their role model this summer. Worst season in years? Check. Interminable takeover…

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August 24, 2010
Mark

The Monday Night Match: Manchester City 3-0 Liverpool

Well, that’s one question answered, at least. Those that had been wondering how long it would take Manchester City’s diamond-encrusted team to gel this season have their answer, and it is quite a specific one – give or take a few seconds, it took one match and twelve minutes before the team clicked into place…

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August 23, 2010
Ian

English Match Of The Week: Coventry City 2-1 Derby County

In 1959, Coventry City celebrated the inauguration of the Fourth Division of the Football League by getting promoted after seven seasons in football’s basement. Within eight years they were a First Division club and, against all odds, they held onto their status in the top division for almost three and a half decades before slipping…

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August 22, 2010
Ian

Scottish Match Of The Week: Raith Rovers 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Stark’s Park is a bit of an odd ground these days. Raith have been playing there since 1891, but its current character was defined in the 1990s when – perhaps a little unluckily – Raith’s period as a minor force in the Scottish game happened to coincicde with the impetus that led to the SPL. In particular, the ground criteria, under which every SPL hopeful would have to have their own 10,000 seat stadium, and to have it ready before achieving promotion.

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August 22, 2010
Ian

The Blue Square Premier Television Deal: Once Bitten, Apparently Still Not Shy

When Setanta Sports went belly up during the summer of 2009, it left the Blue Square Premier in something of a bind. There was talk of this being a repeat of the ITV Digital disaster of 2002, when the collapse of a broadcaster left a large number of Football League clubs in serious trouble having…

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August 20, 2010
Ian
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