April 2011

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When Relegation Is Preferable: The Fight for FC St. Pauli’s Soul

Wearing denim┬ájeans and a black T-shirt emblazoned with the Jolly Roger skull and crossbones so closely associated with the Kult Club’s supporters, FC St. Pauli’s manager Holger Stanislawski appears in stark contrast to his Bundesliga┬ácontemporaries who patrol their sidelines instead wearing slacks and ties, or minimally collared buttoned shirts with sponsor-approved club apparel. Having been…

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April 18, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Week 2: Bolton Wanderers 0-5 Stoke City

There is something understated about this afternoon’s second FA Cup semi-final between Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City. This morning’s papers are full of last night’s Manchester derby and the match between Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga, but there is more to it than merely this. Sky Sports and the Premier League have scheduled…

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April 17, 2011
Ian

Remembering The Burnden Park Disaster

As Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City take the pitch for their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium this afternoon, we could perhaps be forgiven for believing that there is a slight chill in the air. These are two sides whose continued presence in the game are a solid link with the past, but they are…

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April 17, 2011
Ian

Yet More Uncertainty For Bradford City

Ten years ago, Bradford City were a Premier League Club. Since then, they have dropped to League Two, had two spells in administration, and it still doesn’t look as if their future is getting any brighter. Jason MacKeown reports on their latest woes. Following a decade of regular failure, Bradford City supporters have become used…

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April 17, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Week: Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United

A corner of the north-west of England has decamped to north-west London. The folly of the FA’s decision to hand FA Cup semi-finals to Wembley for the forseeable future has been amply demonstrated this weekend, with the closure of the M1 motorway on account of a fire having pushed the rail system as far as…

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April 16, 2011
Ian

Manchester City and Me

I can’t really sum it up any better than my dad did, just the other day – he said he’d love to follow City again, “but that’s not Manchester City”.

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April 16, 2011
Ian

Fiddling As Wrexham Burns

The news that Wrexham Football Club has been served with a Winding Up Order by HMRC came as little surprise to anybody that has been paying much attention to what has been going on at the club over the last few months or so. Indeed, this relatively new aspect to a story that has now…

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April 16, 2011
Ian
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