May 2011

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The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Stevenage 1-0 Torquay United

Somebody hasn’t been smiling on the football authorities at the end of this season. The one year that the play-offs have to be moved from London to Manchester – and this, for the record is not a comment on whether the current volume of matches that are being played at Wembley is anything like a…

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May 28, 2011
Ian

Cup Football, Through The Prism Of The Hampshire Senior Cup

Earlier this month, Neil Cotton visited the Hampshire Senior Cup final, and used the match as an opportunity to reflect upon the peculiar pleasures of cup football in general. It’s almost customary to refer to romance when it comes to cup competitions. There’s just something about the winner takes all simplicity which makes for Roy…

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May 28, 2011
Ian

Time For Dundee To Prove That Lessons Have Been Learned

Many congratulations to everyone connected with the new regime at Dundee, who came out of administration earlier this month. Any misgivings about the CVA came to naught, HMRC declined to lodge any objections, and administrator Bryan Jackson has now passed on control to the new regime. The club has been saved from extinction by the…

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May 28, 2011
Ian

Barcelona vs Manchester United: A Preview, Of Sorts

Tomorrow evening at Wembley, in front of what will probably be described as “a world-wide television audience of seventeen billion people”, Manchester United play Barcelona in the final of the 2011 UEFA Champions League at Wembley Stadium. It is, one could be forgiven for thinking, the final that would have topped the governing body’s wish…

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May 27, 2011
Ian

Cautious Reasons For Optimism At St Albans

It has been a wretched season for St Albans City. Twenty-five years at the sixth level of the English pyramid -one of which, the 2006/07 season had been spent a division higher in the Blue Square Premier – came to a crashing halt this season in a fog of humiliation, as they were docked ten points for…

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May 27, 2011
Ian

Robins Gamble on a Dux

When last we left Swindon Town, the Robins were putting the finishing touches on a lamentable 2010/11 campaign that saw them relegated from League One and undergoing the process of disassembly. Beneficent chairperson Andrew Fitton chose to step down after having cleaned up Swindon’s financial flubs from the past but exhausted after a long and disappointing season which was to…

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May 26, 2011
Ian

Peter Ridsdale Reluctantly Takes Over At Plymouth

This is not a transaction that I sought or contemplated but, if it is the only route to guarantee a future for Plymouth Argyle Football Club, it is a route that I am prepared to take. After seven months of claiming that he was a mere consultant to Plymouth Argyle Football Club, of claiming that…

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May 26, 2011
Ian
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