May 28, 2011

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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

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
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