November 2010

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Panorama And The World Cup: The Press Speeks Its Branes

“Brainless, Betraying, Cretinous”, screamed The Sun this morning, and so it was that their much-anticipated slating of the BBC after last night’s Panorama began. It took a twin-headed approach – firstly, an apparent “voice of the fans” piece of garbage which was either written by or ghost-written for Ian Wright. It is an article so…

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November 30, 2010
Ian

Panorama: The Right Programme At The Right Time

Have we completely missed the point?  I watched investigative journalist Andrew Jennings’ Panorama programme on extensive bribe-taking among high-ranking FIFA executive committee members (unlike England 2018 bid chief Andy Anson, it would seem). So I find it hard to imagine that any of those named would vote for England to host the 2018 FIFA World…

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November 30, 2010
Ian

Video Of The Week: Only A Game, Part Two: The Manager

We’re moving onto Part Two of the 1986 BBC series “Only A Game” this evening, and this week’s episode focusses on the role of the manager within Scottish football. There can be little doubt that, at the very least between the 1950s and the 1980s, Scotland provided some of the greatest football managers that the…

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November 29, 2010
Ian

Match Of The Midweek: Droylsden 1-1 Leyton Orient

For the intrepid visitor from East London to Droylsden this evening, that shiver running down the spine might not be entirely down to the bitter cold in the air tonight. The home side are, after all nicknamed “The Bloods” and the venue for this evening’s Second Round match in the FA Cup is The Butchers…

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November 29, 2010
Ian

Match Of The Week: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 FC United of Manchester

The Mongol hordes didn’t materialise, as things turned out. Indeed, anyone looking for trouble around Brighton railway station yesterday lunchtime will only have found a handful of bored and cold looking policemen and the pubs humming with travelling support from Manchester enjoying a pre-match drink and trying to postpone having to venture out into the…

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November 29, 2010
Ian

Where Burnley are Going Right, And Bolton Are Going Wrong

The contrast was stark, like a particularly uncompetitive episode of the BBC’s Bargain Hunt (you can tell I don’t have a proper day job), magnified a million times. Bolton Wanderers’ parent company Burnden Leisure Plc lost £35.4m, partly because they picked up manager Owen Coyle. Burnley Football Club made record profits of £14.4m, despite losing…

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November 28, 2010
Mark

A Final Word On Brighton vs FC United

The Second Round of the FA Cup should be a time for the supporters of an Evostik League Premier Division club to be celebrating, but, as we have discussed on this site before, FC United of Manchester are not like other clubs and this week has, if nothing else, been a harsh education in the…

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November 26, 2010
Ian
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