August 2011

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Neil Warnock Summarises The Decline Of The League Cup

Did he mean it, then, or was he merely to trying to cover his embarrassment? Neil Warnock is, of course, what is commonly referred to as a “character”. He can, however, be a walking contradiction at times, and it often feels as if, just as you’re in danger of warming to him, he will say…

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August 25, 2011
Ian

“My Favourite Match”: A Cry For Help

I have been watching football for thirty-two years, now. It seems scarcely credible, but it is a fact nevertheless. Like most of you, I have seen hundreds – possibly thousands  – of matches, but there is one that sticks out in my mind as my favourite, and I know that you almost certainly have one…

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August 24, 2011
Ian

On The Subject Of Deadlines… A Big Week For Wrexham & Plymouth Argyle

Two clubs are facing deadlines in the near future after months of insecurity, but while Wrexham now seem likely to be headed towards a brighter future, Plymouth Argyle supporters are probably at the point now of not believing anyone until the take-over of their club is ratified by the Football League. Ian King will be…

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August 24, 2011
Ian

Rangers Under New Management But With An Old Problem

When your club is the league champion, it seems everyone wants to take you down. Titles often come with that rather annoying Bulls Eye that the manager can never remove from his club’s back until they are no longer champions or he is no longer the manager. For Rangers, of course, it matters not who…

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August 24, 2011
Ian

The Poyet Effect

For all the talk of which player will be going where as the transfer window creaks to a close, there can be little question that, for all the attention lavished upon player transfers, it is the appointment of a new manager that can truly be the existence-changing moment in the entire history of a football…

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August 24, 2011
Ian

It’s Time To Close This Window Sooner

There was one name missing from the team-sheets for last night’s match between Manchester United and Spurs, and it was a name that says a great deal about the state of the transfer market in modern football. In the clearest sign yet that he will be leaving White Hart Lane for Stamford Bridge, Luka Modric…

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August 23, 2011
Ian

The Under 20 World Cup: The Final Curtain

 Nothing became the Under-20s World Cup like the leaving of it. I got it wrong (yet) again. A terrific and genuinely competitive third-place play-off was followed by a fine final – Brazil beating Portugal 3-2 in a relative thriller for such occasions. Or at least, I have to assume it was a relative thriller…

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August 23, 2011
Ian
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