September 2011

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The Beauty & Glory Of Missing An Open Goal

He shoots, he scores! Or, if you happened to be Fernando Torres yesterday afternoon, you didn’t. There are several reasons why a Premier League match which had, as they say, a little bit of everything will most likely remembered for one moment of aberration, some connected to the eye-watering amount of money that Chelsea played…

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September 19, 2011
Ian

Non-League Videos Of The Week: The FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round

This week’s Non-League Videos Of The Week see us return to the FA Cup, which reached the First Qualifying Round – the third round of matches in this year’s competition. This round sees the first appearance of the clubs of the Premier Divisions of the Isthmian, Southern and Northern Premier Leagues, so there are some…

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September 18, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Week 2: Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Liverpool

When Kenny Dalglish railed against the refereeing decisions that he believes have cost his Liverpool side this season, he was tapping into a very modern phenomenon. The culture of criticising referees is not far short of being as old as the game itself, but in recent times it has started to take a slightly different…

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September 18, 2011
Ian

Peter Reid Pays The Price At Plymouth

They lost again yesterday, of course, a two-nil reverse at Southend United which left them anchored to the bottom of the entire Football League and this morning, in an act entirely at odds with the slow, long, drawn out procedure of the take-over of Plymouth Argyle, Peter Reid paid the price for his failure as…

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September 18, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Week: Blackburn Rovers 4-3 Arsenal

For the second time this season, the heavens opened on a Saturday lunchtime for Arsenal in more senses than one today, and this time around they contrived to be more defensively profligate than on the previous occasion, last month against Liverpool. For all the hysteria in the immediate aftermath of that match, it was plausible…

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September 17, 2011
Ian

Yesterday In Plymouth… Nearly There?

Yesterday in Plymouth, ‘Cornish-based property developer’ Kevin Heaney appeared to finally disappear from contention as the part-saviour of the Argyle Football Club, as he should have done months ago in Plymouth. And, it would seem, ‘Devon-based entrepreneur’ James Brent appeared to finally re-appear as the preferred bidder for the club, as he should have been…

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September 17, 2011
Mark

The Economics Of Football And Crowd Unrest

A curious article appeared on the online version of the Wall Street Journal earlier today on the subject of the economic woes that European football is facing. It was, largely, a thoroughly reasonable article, talking of the gap between rich and poor in terms of the tensions that this may come to create within the…

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September 16, 2011
Ian
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