August 2011

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The Under-20s World Cup: And Then There Were Four

It isn’t anyone’s idea of a dream final – certainly not Eurosport’s Tim Caple. But this Under-20s World Cup hasn’t been a dream tournament. Defensive Portugal against counter-attacking Brazil is something of a representation of what we have seen in Colombia over the last three weeks. And the ball could – should, in theory –…

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August 19, 2011
Mark

Book Review: “Home and Away” by Dave Bidini

Far too often we take things for granted. This might sound trite and at times can come across as somewhat hypocritical depending on who is saying it, for it is usually referenced as part of a guilt-inducing prose by one who is afforded similar luxuries in life to those to whom they are admonishing. When…

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August 19, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Midweek: Heart of Midlothian 0-5 Tottenham Hotspur

The phrase “European competition” had a somewhat redundant feel to it this evening, after Tottenham Hotpur cruised to a comfortable win against Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle in a match that felt at times like a training match for the visitors from the Premier League. It was a match that might, under a certain light,…

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August 19, 2011
Ian

Pilgrims Regress: The Continuing Suffocation Of Plymouth Argyle

Years of trade union negotiating experience taught me the value of reading things very carefully. The English language’s propensity for nuance is part of both its charm and its devil.  But however carefully I read what has been written about and said by the main protagonists in Plymouth Argyle’s five-months in administration, I can’t escape…

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August 18, 2011
Mark

The Government’s Hillsborough Documents Must Be Made Public

What, the inevitable question that will now be repeatedly asked will say, are they trying to hide? A little over two decades has passed since the Hillsborough disaster, and still no-one has been brought to account in any meaningful way for what happened on the fifteenth of April 1989. Since then, discourse on the subject…

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August 17, 2011
Ian

Book Review: “32 Programmes” by Dave Roberts

It doesn’t take much to bring out the obsessive in many men of any age, and this is something that advertisers and hawkers have been aware of for a long time and acting upon this sort of impulse with greater and greater sophistication in recent years. Football supporters, of course, can be amongst the worst…

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August 17, 2011
Ian

Further Uncertainty At Northwich Victoria

There is, perhaps, no other non-league club that sums up the cycle of perpetual crisis in which so many smaller football clubs find themselves than Northwich Victoria, and there can seldom be a day that goes by during which supporters of the seemingly perpetually beleagured Northern Premier League club don’t curse the decision to leave their historic…

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August 16, 2011
Ian
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