November 2010

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Plymouth Argyle & Peter Ridsdale: A Match Made… Well, Somewhere

We have touched on the subject of the serial football club chairman on this site before, and there are none quite as prolific as Peter Ridsdale. Like the Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare On Elm Street film series, every time we think that he has finally been slayed, he rises as if from the dead,…

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November 26, 2010
Ian
Friday essay: on the evolution of referees

Friday essay: on the evolution of referees

Continuing our series this week about abuse in football, Dotmund turns his attention to the FA’s Respect campaign and its ongoing impact on the game’s much-maligned officials. Click for full-size

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November 26, 2010
Ted

Rotherham United & FC United of Manchester: Grounds For Celebration United

If we are to be concerned about the future of football in the twenty-first century, one issue that perhaps doesn’t get the attention that it should do is the loss of grounds themselves. The major citadels of the modern game – Old Trafford, The Emirates, Wembley – are safe, but smaller clubs find themselves in…

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November 25, 2010
Ian
Mungo S03E17

Mungo S03E17

Thursday is our day for our weekly visit to Heart of Clachmaninshire, where a stuttering start to the season is about to get worse pending Sir Roddy Bulbs’ latest psychological assessment. More importantly, like Dotmund, all of the Clackers players, staff and supporters are getting behind Movember. This is the last Mungo of the month…

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November 25, 2010
Ted

Video Of The Week: Only A Game, The Story Of Scottish Football, Part One: The Club

This week we start a new series for Video Of The week with the superb five-part 1986 BBC series, “Only A Game – The Story Of Scottish Football”. Originally shown as part of the build-up to the 1986 World Cup, this series, narrated by William McIlvanney, takes the standpoint of five different aspects of the…

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November 25, 2010
Ian

A Culture of Abuse: Booing Your Own Team

In the latest of our series on abuse within football, Gavin Saxton is tremendously puzzled by the curious phenomenon of fans turning on their own players.

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November 24, 2010
Ian

Then And Now: Red Issue And The Role Of The Fanzine

William Abbs went to Old Trafford at the weekend and picked up a couple of fanzines. He takes a moment to consider the role of the fanzine in the modern media environment. The original article may be found here. A trip to Old Trafford on Saturday has got me thinking about football fanzines. The fan…

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November 24, 2010
Ian
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