April 2011

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Match Of The Midweek: Tottenham Hotspur 3-3 Arsenal

It’s a warm evening in North London, halfway between the full bloom of spring and the cloying heat of the summer, and White Hart Lane is on edge. This evening’s derby match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal finds both clubs at a crossroads. Spurs’ advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League may have created…

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April 20, 2011
Ian

Daylight (Bank Holiday) Robbery: the cost of policing a non-league game

A £3k policing bill looks set to spoil Gloucester City’s weekend but is it justified? Football hooligans, they are on the rise in parts of Europe (some of the blogs about Russia are particularly scary) but in the Blue Square North? Really? There have been a few well documents ‘issues’ this year – Nuneaton v…

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April 20, 2011
Ian

After Notts County: England’s Club Owners. Are They Any Good?

“Are they any good?”  It’s a simple question. And it is in the top one of questions supporters should ask of bidders for football clubs. But, as the BBC’s flagship documentary programme Panorama revealed this week, no-one at Notts County was asking the question while the club was being taken over by ‘Munto Finance.’ Or…

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April 20, 2011
Mark

A Man for Their Seasons: Pat Jennings and the North London Derby

As we approach another iteration of the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, rival supporters could perhaps be forgiven for spewing forth a bit extra vitriol to relieve the increased feelings of tension. Each club has seen its own recent failures laid bare for international football media to critique, new ownership issues making Arsenal fans nervous as to what the…

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April 20, 2011
Ian

Custodians, Fans And Ownership: From Arsenal To Wrexham

The Arsenal take-over looks like being a long way from the toxic take-overs of The Glazers and Gillett & Hicks. But, as SJ Maskell writes, custodianship is about doing more than saying and doing the right things and the real power in the game lies in the majority ownership of shares. I have a friend…

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April 19, 2011
SJMaskell

Panorama Has The Last Word On Notts County And Munto Finance

We have two pieces on last night’s edition of Panorama, which featured Notts County’s abortive take-over of 2009, today. Mark Murphy will be running his eyes over the show later, but first of all Ian King wonders what the whole debacle says about the state of the governance of English football.

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April 19, 2011
Ian

Non-League Videos Of The Week

Our non-league videos of the week are twety-four hours later than usual this week but, to make it up to you, we’ve brought together the highlights of five matches this week. Our first match is from the Premier Division of the Ryman League and is between the league leaders, Sutton United and Hastings United. Sutton…

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April 18, 2011
Ian
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