October 2010

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Is Hull City’s Hell Nearly Over?

So, farewell then, Russell Bartlett? An unpopular figure, who presided over initial success but ultimate failure, leaving a trail of financial misjudgements in his wake, for which he tried to blame others, it is little wonder that Hull City’s future ex-owner has been branded by some commentators as “Tom Hicks-lite.” Well, by me anyway. At…

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October 23, 2010
Mark

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United And Contempt

Manchester United supporters have learnt a tough lesson this week. The fact that footballers are mercenaries may be common knowledge amongst fans of most clubs, but Manchester United, by virtue of their sheer scale, have been largely insulated from this. They have been able to hang on to the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan…

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October 22, 2010
Ian

Video Of The Week: Match Of The Eighties, 1983/84

It’s a couple of days later than usual, but this week’s Video Of The Week returns to the BBC’s “Match Of The Eighties” series and on to the 1983/84 season. Liverpool had run away with the 1982/83 league title and they were to repeat this by finishing three points clear of Southampton, with Nottingham Forest…

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October 21, 2010
Ian

Ilkeston Town FC: A Small Club For A Big Society?

The battle for the future of football in Ilkeston is now on. Ben Shave reports on what has been going on since the old club in the town was liquidated. Since becoming Prime Minister, David Cameron has consistently referred to his ‘Big Society’, describing it as his “passion.” Emphasising the collective role that communities can play…

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October 21, 2010
Ian
Mungo S03E12

Mungo S03E12

It’s late October, which means the first frosts are on the ground, the nights are drawing in and Heart of Clachmaninshire FC are in crisis. But this year, they’ve done it in some style. Thanks to their bizarre egg-based plot to introduce a new player, they can add tough legal sanctions to their growing list…

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October 21, 2010
Ted

When Both The Mind And Body Are Willing…

Dean Windass, who turned forty-one earlier this year, has signed up to play for Scarborough Athletic in the Northern Counties East League and should be playing for them on a game-by-game contract soon. Some might regard this as a fall from grace, but the urge to keep playing is obvious and it is to be…

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October 21, 2010
Ian

Match Of The Midweek: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Middlesbrough

The heightened feeling of expectation that is generated by a place in the play-offs is one of the more curious phenomena that has come to accompany this most modern of season end jamborees. Four teams in every division take part in them, but only one can win through and win promotion but it often feels…

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October 19, 2010
Ian
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