October 2011

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Eriksson’s Departure Hints At Another Transitional Season For Leicester

Like many celebrities these days, Sven Goran Eriksson has come to be known by his first name alone. Eriksson has one other thing in common with many others at the bottom end of that particular part of the food chain, as well – he has become rather better known in recent times for proclivities that…

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October 24, 2011
Ian

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 22/10/2011

We have six matches for you as non-league videos of the week, from three different competitions. First of all, we have two matches from the Blue Square Premier, between AFC Telford United and Gateshead, and Mansfield Town and Alfreton Town. Next up, we have three matches from the First Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy,…

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October 23, 2011
Ian

The Balance Of Power In Manchester Hangs In The Balance

Well, none of us expected that and, such was the imperiousness of Manchester City’s performance at Old Trafford this afternoon the thesauruses have already been wrung dry as the internet groans under the weight of the superlatives being thrown at Roberto Mancini’s team. This was a performance for the ages, one which will come to…

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October 23, 2011
Ian

The Most Important Manchester Derby Since The Last One

It’s been a big week for Manchester. First of all the Manchester Egg was, thanks to the Food and Drink festival, brought to the wider audience it deserved, smashing out of the cult snack niche in to mainstream acceptance, and in doing so being treated with the same sort of awestruck reverence that greeted Marty…

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October 22, 2011
Ian

Doncaster Rovers & The Agent: A High-Risk Transfer Policy?

Of all the people that have come to encircle modern football in recent years, few have received the levels of vituperation that players’ agents have. It often feels as if nothing good comes from their involvement in the game, but this hasn’t stopped their influence expanding dramatically in recent years and it seems more likely…

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October 21, 2011
Ian

Popplewell, Hillsborough And The Bradford Fire

“Soccer attracts more hackneyed hyperbole than most sports. We talk about “tragedy” when we mean “disappointment” and “disaster” when we mean “defeat”. When real tragedy and disaster occur, we tend to be stuck for the rights words.” Those words, written by David Lacey of the Guardian a quarter of a century ago, ring as true…

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October 21, 2011
Ian

The Premier League’s Voodoo Plan

Now really, what’s so bad about this Elite Player Performance Plan that’s put so many in a tizzy? This weekend, there will still be hundreds of thousands of fans filling English Premiership stadiums eagerly cheering their clubs on to victory or putting two fingers up at their opposition just as always, as football yobs are…

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October 21, 2011
Ian
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