May 2011

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West Ham United’s Uncertain Future

As West Ham United’s relegation from the Premier League was confirmed this afternoon with a match still to spare, supporters of the club may well be left wondering what the future holds for their club. After a chaotic season, punctuated by the decision to award the post-games use of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford to…

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May 15, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Week: The 2011 FA Cup Final: Manchester City 1-0 Stoke City

For those of us that consider the Premier League to be little more of a diversion than any of football’s other myriad of competitions, it had been easy to switch off over the last few days and pretend that this wasn’t happening. The full extent of the debasement of the FA Cup by the Premier…

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May 15, 2011
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Play-off Jamboree: Cowdenbeath 0-2 Brechin City (agg. 2-4)

We were here a year ago for the same fixture and for the same reason – the first division play-offs. Last year they met in the final rather than the semi, and both sides were going for promotion. Cowden won it then, achieveing their second successive promotion despite a backdrop of off-field problems which resulted…

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May 15, 2011
Ian

Use Hearing Protection: Six FA Cup Final Songs

Amid all the talk of the “devaluation” of the FA Cup (and it should go without saying that we should all wish an eternal curse on that rogue organisation, the Premier League, for seeking to undermine further it by scheduling a round of matches on the day of the FA Cup final – how difficult…

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May 14, 2011
Ian

Great Expectations And The FA Cup

Either Stoke City or Manchester City will win their first trophy since the 1970s tomorrow afternoon, but Mark Brophy wonders whether the glowing feeling that comes with it may turn out to be more fleeting than they might hope.   The FA Cup Final this weekend will, unusually, be contested by two teams for whom…

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May 13, 2011
Ian
Friday Picture: I Got Stripes

Friday Picture: I Got Stripes

Tomorrow, as you probably know, is the FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Stoke City. Editorial discretion prevents Dotmund from saying who he will be supporting. However, historical facts are indiscreet things indeed and as your correspondent has discovered, the shirt on your back may prove to be the very thing keeping you from…

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May 13, 2011
Ted

Booth Is Out, But Other Dangers Lurk At Wrexham

In the end, she couldn’t leave without one final sideswipe. Stephanie Booth, whose attempts to take control of Wrexham Football Club – or, perhaps, just The Racecourse Ground – have been characterised by what has occasionally looked at times like a pathological inability to keep quiet when she should have, has exited the ongoing soap…

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May 12, 2011
Ian
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