May 2011

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Leigh Genesis: A Cautionary Tale

After three years, then, it looks as if the Leigh Genesis experiment may be coming to an end. The club had been rebranded during the summer of 2008, but it now looks as if the club is to cease playing after three years of chaos which followed what was supposed to be a brave new…

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May 31, 2011
Ian

Down the Southern Road: A Bumpy Start

If off-season alterations surrounding the 2011 Premier Development League campaign for Baton Rouge were not apparent before, this weekend saw both the squad and its supporters face them properly. After two seasons in the Southeast Division of the Southern Conference, the club has been returned to the Mid-South from which it began in 2007, playing principally…

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May 31, 2011
Ian

Following The Fortunes Of Wrexham

We have been paying close attention to the goings-on at Wrexham Football Club over the last few months, and have decided to bring together all of the articles on the subject for quick and – hopefully – easy reference. Mistrust had been building between the supporters of the club and the owners for some considerable…

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May 30, 2011
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Reading 2-4 Swansea City

Swansea City stand firm as an example of how much the fortunes of a football club can change in the space of just a decade. They had been promoted from Division Three (now League Two) at the end of the 1999/2000 season, but tumbled straight back down into it a year later, and this was…

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May 30, 2011
Ian

Changing FIFA Is The Way Forward: The Alternative Could Be Disastrous

It is the truth that we knew all along. The question is not one of whether FIFA is institutionally corrupt, but one of exactly how corrupt it is, and the answer to that question is likely to be somewhere between “very” and “completely”. The question of Jack Warner’s lack of propriety was, of course, never…

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May 30, 2011
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Huddersfield Town 0-3 Peterborough United

The extent to which the history of a football club can be woven into its modern day persona. It’s obvious that there is nothing genetic in passing down a legacy of greatness at a club. The enduring power of those that stay at the top is nothing to do with inherent superiority, but is usually…

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May 29, 2011
Ian

The 2011 UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United

Manchester United and Barcelona at Wembley, then. These are two clubs whose European histories have become interwoven with each other as well as this venue. When Manchester United became the first English club to win the European Cup, they did so at Wembley in 1968. Twenty-four years later, Barcelona won it for the first time…

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May 28, 2011
Ian
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