May 2011

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The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Huddersfield 3-3 Bournemouth (4-4 Agg)

In League One, the sense that this was to be the year of the south coast started to grow as winter turn to spring. Brighton & Hove Albion soared away at the top of the table, and as the home straight of the season came into view, the pre-season favourites Southampton also began to pull…

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May 18, 2011
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Cardiff City 0-3 Reading (0-3 Agg)

For so much of this season, Cardiff City’s promotion to the Premier League has had a feeling of the inevitable about it. Perhaps it was the arrival of Craig Bellamy on loan from Manchester City at the start of the season. Bellamy has matured with age, and had the feel of being a player around…

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May 17, 2011
Ian

Tangled Up in Blue: 1860 Munich Has a New Challenge

One of the best lines from that cinematic masterpiece Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby, is “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” While not entirely apt, denizens at Maine Road and later Eastlands might have felt this way a bit as they witnessed Manchester United win league titles and trophies whilst City battled relegations…

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May 17, 2011
Ian

Wrexham FC: Sold Down The River?

That it wasn’t a great surprise doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a disappointment. Geoff Moss, the owner of Wrexham FC, had the chance to do the right thing just the once before handing over ownership of the club to someone else, and he couldn’t even manage to do that in the form of handing ownership…

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May 17, 2011
Ian

Dutch Treat in South Wales: Swansea & Total Football

In general, the phrase “total football” rolls off the tongue as easily as “fiery Welshman Craig Bellamy” and often conjures images of marauding fullbacks flying to spaces ludicrously-high up the pitch in an orange blur, engaging in a intricately-woven passing game wearing spiked wooden clogs. Holland’s approach to the game, crafted on the Ajax training…

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May 16, 2011
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Swansea City 3-1 Nottingham Forest (3-1 Agg)

Thirty years ago, the football world was a very different place. What we now take to be the Premier League was still the First Division of the Football League, three points for a win were just about to be introduced as Aston Villa won their first league championship since 1910, having fielded just fourteen players…

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May 16, 2011
Ian

A Continuing War Of Words At Port Vale

There’s  no close season in the financial trials and tribulations of modern English football, as Port Vale and Plymouth fans are discovering. June will see, if not the end, then the beginning of the end of the clubs’  respective takeover sagas. There will be new dawns, lessons learned and an outspoken determination not to let…

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May 16, 2011
Mark
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