November 2011

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Port Vale… Not Again?

Yes, again. Last month, I started what I hoped was an epilogue to Port Vale’s takeover saga. Then Plymouth Argyle’s concluding fortunes took priority and Vale took their place lower down the article queue. But not before I wrote the following: So, farewell, then, internal strife at Port Vale. For now, anyway. As, hopefully, predicted…

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November 17, 2011
Mark

Blatter, Suarez And The Increasingly Muddled Racism Debate

There is no irony in the fact that Sepp Blatter’s extremely ill-advised comments on racism – “We are in a game, and at the end of the game we shake hands, and this can happen, because we have worked so hard against racism and discrimination” – came on the same day that the Football Association…

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November 17, 2011
Ian

If They’re Going To Cover Non-League Football, The Media Has To Get It Right

The First Round Proper of the FA Cup came and went with some criticism of the quality offered by the mainstream media of the non-league game. Mike Bayly was unsatisfied with the cliche and factual inaccuracy that the press offered in attempting to get to grips with the semi-professional game.

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November 16, 2011
Ian

The Texas Lower Division Shuffle: And You Will Know Us By the Trail of the Debt

Lower division football in the United States of America has been going through some difficulties of late, with some difficulties that will sound familiar to some of our British readers. Elliott Turner reports on the peculiar case of the RGV Grandes. What if we could create a Frankenstein football league that patched together the worst…

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November 16, 2011
Ian

Is History Repeating Itself At Nene Park?

We are only three months into the new season, but already it feels as if history is beginning to repeat itself. In July, the county of Northamptonshire lost Rushden & Diamonds after a season of spectacular mismanagement – a new club, AFC Rushden & Diamonds, has already started a youth team and is expected to…

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November 16, 2011
Ian

Words of Worthlessness: Football’s Perpetual White Noise

Words have become rather a hot commodity in football of late, both the spoken word from those participating in and the written word of those observing and opining on this rather silly game where the players can’t even use their hands. Whether it has been alleged racist taunts by individual players or the complex matter…

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November 15, 2011
Ian

Why Welsh Supporters Are Saying No To Team GB

Wales continued their recent run of impressive results with an emphatic four-one win over Norway at the Cardiff City Stadium. Goals from Gareth Bale, Craig Bellamy and Sam Vokes earned Wales their fourth win in five games. Whilst the team on the pitch overran their Scandinavian visitors, though, the fans in the ground were largely…

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November 15, 2011
Ian
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