June 2011

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In Praise Of Mediocrity – A Video Special: Portsmouth FC, 1989/90

We could, if we lived in a vacuum in which we only communicated with the mass media, be forgiven for thinking that football is all about the winning, the glory and the silverware at the end of the season. For a good many football supporters, however, whole seasons can pass by without a hint of…

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June 20, 2011
Ian

England’s Under-21s And An Uninspiring Future

How quickly we – or at least some people – forget. When England were not so much knocked out of the World Cup last summer by Germany as blasted to smithereens in the manner of the Death Star obliterating an unsuspecting planet, there was much caterwauling on the state of the national team, as if…

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June 20, 2011
Ian

Ten Years Of Enfield Town

With the future of Supporters Direct still under threat, it is worth taking a moment to reflect upon an anniversary that will most likely go unremarked upon elsewhere, but is still an anniversary that has changed our perception of how football clubs can be run. Long before Chester FC or FC United of Manchester, before…

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June 20, 2011
Ian

Alex McLeish’s Honeymoon Period Ends Before It Begins

When Mark Hughes walked out on the Fulham manager’s job – the popular narrative still holds that he did so the full expectation of being offered the managerial position at Aston Villa – it was, as has become abundantly clear since, as massive miscalculation. There were noises at the time that Villa called off talks…

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June 19, 2011
Ian

The 2011 Women’s World Cup: Group D Preview

It’s now less than two weeks until the 2011 Women’s World Cup starts in Germany, and over the next couple of weeks we are taking the time to bring you a quick run-down of the teams that are taking part in another of the groups of this year’s competition. We have already presented Group A,…

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June 18, 2011
Ian

Videos Of The Week: The NASL Soccer Bowl Remembered

For adults of a certain age, it is a memory that may have become submerged under the weight of what we have seen since. In the late 1970s, though, British television viewers would get an occasional view of football from a parallel universe in the form of the North American Soccer League. Football in America…

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June 18, 2011
Ian

Those We Have Lost: Maine Road, Manchester City

And still they keep coming! The next in our Those We Have Lost series comes from David Mayor, who had misgivings about Manchester City leaving Maine Road, but is happy that the spirit of his club remains intact, at least in its support. We are still very much looking out for submissions on this subject,…

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June 18, 2011
Ian
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