September 2010

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Wayne Rooney, Mohammad Amir and the News of the World

The News of the World has been much in the news lately, as well as making it and printing it. The ‘phone-tapping scandal will run its course and might or might not come to anything – if they are as deep in that as allegations suggest then of course I hope they’re held to account for it. But for me it’s a bit of a side issue. It’s hardly necessary to find evidence of illegal activity in order to hold the NotW in contempt: the evidence of their toxic effect on public – and private – life is there for all to see in the published edition of the ‘paper.

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September 12, 2010
Ian

Match Of The Week: Burnley 4-3 Preston North End

On the eighth of September 1888, on the opening day of the Football League in England, Preston North End beat Burnley by five goals to two in their first match of ther season. It was the start of the year of The Invincibles, the Preston side that ran away with the Football League championship by…

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September 12, 2010
Ian

FC United’s Ten Acres Love Story Comes Of Age

On Wednesday night, FC United of Manchester lost 4-1 to Bradford Park Avenue in the Northern Premier League. It was a bitterly disappointing result against a team with whom they have built up something of a rivalry over the last couple of years, but as most that support FC United are concerned it’s all about…

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September 11, 2010
Ian

The Ten Greatest Goal(post)s Of All-Time

One of the greatest blights of modern football is that it looks the same wherever in the world you go. Teams from Addis Ababa to Zurich play with equipment made by the same handful of manufacturers and, with this, we have lost something. The global game has become homogenised and stripped of a couple of…

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September 10, 2010
Ian

By Hook Or By Crook, Football Has To Be Rid Of The Preferred Creditor Rule

Poor old Ilkeston Town. They bit the dust over a debt of just £47,000 and it seems unlikely that they will be the last to be made to suffer this way. There will be plenty more clubs that find themselves at the High Court on The Strand in London having hunted down the back of…

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September 9, 2010
Ian

Scotland 2-1 Liechtenstein: An Inquest Into A Victory

Scotland awoke from its hangovers yesterday morning a little unsure how to react to Tuesday’s 97th heroics (if that’s the right word). On the one hand there’s nothing like a last-kick-of-the-game winner to send you home happy, and every successful team can point to such bits of good fortune in games where it was barely warranted. On the other hand we know that we came within seconds of perhaps the most humiliating result in our history, and Stephen McManus’s late headed winner does not, in some eyes, mitigate such an awful display.

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September 9, 2010
Ian

Mungo S03E06

Club versus player loyalties will be tested this week, as all the many fans of Heart of Clachmaninshire amongst you witness Mungo McCrackas’ debut for another club.  But how will the Highland League find Mungo’s unique brand of football and big-money living?  It’s bound to end very well and impress football’s hardcore fans and dogs…

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September 9, 2010
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