Posts made in 2011

Ferguson, Villas-Boas & “Keeping It Simple”

By on Dec 14, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 1 comment

“Football is a simple game” were four words of Graham Taylor’s wisdom when he was managing Watford up the Football League in the late 70s and early 80s. And his Watford sides certainly “kept it simple.” But it is an unfortunate consequence of the contemporary 24-hour news culture that “keeping” football analysis “simple” leaves a gap in the media schedules. It...

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The Twohundredpercent Review Of 2011: The Ascent Of The Blue Sky Thinkers

By on Dec 14, 2011 in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 1 comment

That 2011 should have seen a trickle of new ideas on the subject of how to reorganise English and European club football should come as no great surprise. Last year saw an unprecedented undermining in the authority of FIFA, following the flawed process for determining the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, whilst UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations were...

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It’s Yeovil’s Turn To Be Giant-Killed In The FA Cup – Well, Almost

By on Dec 13, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 2 comments

How times have changed. So many times in the past the FA Cup giant-killers, Yeovil Town, now stalwart members of League One were knocked out themselves this evening, at home in an FA Cup Second Round replay, by a non-league club. The Glovers had been comfortable in the first match against Blue Square Premier promotion chasers Fleetwood Town with a two goal lead, but...

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Is The End Nigh For Croydon Athletic?

By on Dec 13, 2011 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 1 comment

It was a story that started almost a year and a half ago in a blaze of publicity which involved a major newspaper, allegations of corruption in another sport, a non-league football club and suicide. Now, with the half-way point in the following season fast approaching, it seems almost certain that the final chapter to play out in the life of Croydon Athletic...

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Match Of The Week: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City

By on Dec 12, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 1 comment

What price genius? It has been suggested more than once this season that Mario Balotelli may be more trouble than he is worth. The firework-igniting, errant child-correcting, trampoline-buying Manchester City forward carries a very unique kind of baggage around with him, but the evidence of this season – brought very firmly into focus this season – has...

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