September 2011

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Football, Television And Sir Alex

Perhaps we are now so used to the gamesmanship of Sir Alex Ferguson in press conferences and interviews that we now look for subliminal messages in everything he says without even thinking about it. His comments yesterday on the nature of the relationship between football and television have certainly provoked debate, though, not least from…

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September 27, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Week: Norwich City 2-1 Sunderland

What a difference a couple of weeks can make. Fifteen days ago, there was a tangible feeling of gloom around Carrow Road as Norwich City lost by a single goal to a West Bromwich Albion team which had hitherto hardly been setting the Premier League itself. This, we might have rationalise, was exactly the sort…

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September 26, 2011
Ian

A New Beginning – At Last – For Wrexham Football Club

Patience brings its own rewards, and the press release issued this afternoon confirming that agreement has now been reached to ensure the take-over of Wrexham Football Club by the Wrexham Supporters Trust is certainly news that has been worth waiting for. Over the last year or so, this club has been the source of one…

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September 26, 2011
Ian

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 25-09-2011

This week’s non-league videos of the week come from a variety of different competitions, including the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Vase. First up, though, is the match between Cambridge City and Banbury United in the Southern League Premier Division. Cambridge were beaten in the play-offs in this league last season, and are hoping…

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September 25, 2011
Ian

Skeletons In The Closet & Brinkmanship At Wrexham

At least, some may choose to reflect, the team is still winning. Wrexham went to Grimsby Town yesterday and came returned with a comfortable 3-1, which left them at the top of the Blue Square Premier on goal difference from second placed Gateshead with a quarter of the season now played. This result was, however,…

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September 25, 2011
Ian

Yesterday In Plymouth: Peter Ridsdale – In Or Out?

Yesterday in Plymouth, shortly before noon, the BBC ‘understood’ that, Peter Ridsdale “is to step down from involvement with Plymouth Argyle.” I smiled. The statement seemed to explain an odd occurrence earlier that morning. A Plymouth article on the BBC website at half-past-nine referenced a Ridsdale interview for today’s BBC ‘Football Focus’ programme in which…

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September 24, 2011
Mark

The Culture Of Mistrust At Port Vale

This weekend, Port Vale’s board are due to publish answers to 141(141!) questions from fans about a proposed multi-million pound investment by American ‘sports construction’ firm ‘Blue Sky International.’ A full Vale article on this site will follow that publication. But there was a Vale vignette this week, demonstrating the mistrust which pervades the club…

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September 23, 2011
Mark
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