December 2010

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Spare A Thought At The New Year For Ryton FC

First of all, we would quickly like to take to opportunity to thank everybody that has stopped by at this site during 2010, and to wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2011. To finish off this year, we’re grateful to Michael Hudson, who is reporting for us on the subject of ongoing financial…

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December 31, 2010
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Review Of 2010, Part Two: Off The Pitch

If 2010 ended up being frequently forgettable on the pitch, then away from it we saw a year which combined the good, the bad and the ugly in almost equal measures. The year began with the faint scent of revolution in the air. Old Trafford was revolting, but would anything come of it? The answer,…

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December 31, 2010
Ian

Match Of The Midweek 2: Liverpool 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

There comes, perhaps, a point when there can be no further glossing over of it all. Upon the full-time whistle at Anfield this evening, Roy Hodgson looked defeated, and not just in terms of this particular football match. He was carrying the gaunt expression of a man that is surely now only living on borrowed…

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December 30, 2010
Ian

Match Of The Midweek 1: West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Blackburn Rovers

To the outsider, Blackburn Rovers had always been one of the more stable Premier League clubs. However, since the arrival of Indian Poultry giants Venky’s last month, the off-field business at Ewood Park (covered elsewhere by Ian and Mark) has seen Rovers become the Premier League’s latest basket case. On the pitch, Steve Kean has…

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December 29, 2010
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Review Of 2010, Part One: On The Pitch

In many ways, 2010 has been an unusual curate’s egg of a year on the pitch. With the value of hindsight, we can see that not everything that we might have predicted last January came to pass yet, at the same time, it often felt as if it was very much business as usual on…

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December 29, 2010
Ian

Billy Meredith, Sandy Turnbull and the Downfall of Manchester City

Manchester City’s recent difficulties with Carlos Tevez aren’t the first time they’ve had problems with their captain and star player. Not that there are many parallels to be drawn between Tevez’s recent travails and the Billy Meredith affair of 1906 – except perhaps one: the situation of the club. Then as now City were nouveau…

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December 29, 2010
Ian

Randy Lerner’s Houllier-Shaped Dilemma

Martin O’Neill’s resignation from the managerial position at Aston Villa just days before a ball was kicked in August came as something of a shock to many of the club’s supporters. Four months on, Villa supporters could be forgiven for pondering whether O’Neill saw this coming. Their form now feels more like a collapse than…

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December 28, 2010
Ian
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