Posts made in November, 2010

A Culture Of Abuse: Striking For Respect

A Culture Of Abuse: Striking For Respect

By on Nov 23, 2010 in Latest, Opinion | 0 comments

In the second in the series of issues relating to abuse within the sport, Rob Freeman looks at the causes of this weekends proposed strike amongst Scottish referees. Yesterday, the Scottish Senior Football Referees’ Association (SSFRA) notified the Scottish Football Association (SFA) of the intention of the nation’s referees to strike over the forthcoming...

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A Culture Of Abuse: The World Of The Fanatic

By on Nov 23, 2010 in Latest, Opinion | 3 comments

Over the next few days, we will be taking a look at some issues relating to abuse within the context of football. With referees in Scotland threatening to go on strike, teams being booed from the pitch left, right and centre and internet forums and messageboards increasingly resembling bear-pits, it certainly feels as if football is “nastier” than it has...

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The Football Conference’s Financial Reporting Initiative: Cause For Cautious Optimism

By on Nov 22, 2010 in Latest, Non-League | 5 comments

While the financial news elsewhere in football continues to be no better than mixed, one league at least seems to be moving in the right direction with regard to how it deals with its financial affairs. The Football Conference, comprising the Blue Square Premier, North and South introduced new, tougher financial rules for clubs last year, and the first results that...

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Ian Holloway Should Put Olly Out To Pasture

By on Nov 22, 2010 in English League Football, Latest | 10 comments

Pretty much everyone in football must have an admiration for what Ian Holloway has achieved at Blackpool, even if it is only a sneaking admiration. I’ve advocated awarding Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe two “manager-of-the-year” awards for they way he has turned AFC Bournemouth’s fortunes around from minus seventeen points at the bottom of League Two to their current...

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Wednesday Weakness

By on Nov 22, 2010 in English League Football, Finance, Latest | 13 comments

Now that Sheffield Wednesday’s takeover is imminent, it is instructive to look in detail at some aspects of the tale. There is no doubt that the vast majority of the cast have been playing games of some sort while the club has sunk further into the financial mire. Chief Executive Nick Parker may have been shaking with anger at some of the when he stood outside...

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