November 2011

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A Brief History Of England False Dawns: Part One

For those amongst you that hadn’t noticed, England beat Spain, the current World and European champions, by a single goal in an international friendly match at Wembley over the weekend. The celebrations were tempered – Spain haven’t given the impression of taking friendly matches very seriously of late and played poorly – but there will…

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November 14, 2011
Ian

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 13-11-2011

Well, it’s very late on a Sunday evening, so it’s time for a round-up of non-league videos from over the course of this weekend. We kick off with a match from the First Round Proper of the FA Cup, between Chelmsford City of the Blue Square South and AFC Telford United of the Blue Square…

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November 13, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Week: Worthing 1-0 Dulwich Hamlet

The eyes of the world are largely elsewhere this afternoon. International matches and the first round proper if the FA Cup mean that even the tiny amount of coverage that a match in Division One South of the Ryman League might attract pales away to nothing. Yet this is, in its own way, an intriguing…

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November 13, 2011
Ian

The FA Cup Moves From Saturday Night To Sunday Morning

Viewers looking at the television schedules for last night may have noticed a gap in the football coverage. For the first time in more than two decades, there were no highlights from the FA Cup First Round on the television on the Saturday night after the matches were played, and viewers were forced to wait…

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November 13, 2011
Ian

The Friday Picture: Bonus Paid Content

The football blogosphere’s latest big topic is the issue of making certain content available to subscribers only. It’s a bit of a hot potato. But it’s one which Dotmund fears is likely to snowball into football at large. Then again, he is a bloody idiot (although he does occasionally get paid for his pictures). 

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November 11, 2011
Ted

BBC Scotland, Rangers And Craig Whyte

It hadn’t been Rangers’ best week. On the Monday, they lost two directors down the back of the corporate governance sofa, including “Mr. Rangers”, John Greig. And three days later, the BBC broadcast some people saying not very nice things about owner Craig Whyte’s business dealings. Either side of BBC Scotland’s documentary Rangers: The Inside…

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November 11, 2011
Mark

The Patience of Job But With Less Tribulation

There exists no such concept of the comfortable silence when it comes to football in Edinburgh. One week, noises out of Tynecastle note the length of time it has been since senior squad players last saw pounds deposited into their bank accounts, and the next week these same players are finally paid but rumours of a January firesale for…

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November 11, 2011
Ian
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