December 2011

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‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

Christmas is nearly upon us, so it is time for us to sit back by a roaring fire, pour a glass off eggnog and enjoy the first part of a festive morality tale which comes to us courtesy of Jude Ellery of Man & Ball, Football Farrago and, most recently, Strange Bounce. In part one…

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December 24, 2011
Ian

The Bailiffs Cometh: Kettering Town’s Final Hurrah At Rockingham Road

On the pitch, Kettering Town have picked up a little of late. Two consecutive draws have lifted them just out of the relegation places in the Blue Square Bet Premier and, even though the club’s transfer embargo remains in place, they even managed a full substitutes bench their match against on Tuesday night.

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December 23, 2011
Ian

John Terry Meets The Crown Prosecution Service

We all knew that an announcement was coming and, somehow or other, the decision reached would have been surprising, no matter what it was – a reflection, perhaps, of the fact that this particular story should have twisted and turned in the way that it has since it first became apparent that something happened at Loftus Road during his team’s match against…

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December 21, 2011
Ian

An Extraordinary Statement From Liverpool FC

On the details of the case itself, we will have to see the full details of the FA’s investigation before passing any comment. We can, however, say with a degree of certainty that the reaction was as hysterical as might have been predicted and that oil has been poured onto an already raging fire by…

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December 21, 2011
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Review Of 2011: A Winter Of Discontent

There is definitely something in the air. If the landscape of the football supporter has been defined by any single theme over the last two or three years, then the notion of protest and a more general feeling of satisfaction at the way on which our game is being run has to come close to…

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December 20, 2011
Ian

A Glimmer Of Light Over Safe Standing?

It was only a tiny step forward, but those that have been campaigning for the return of terraces in the form of safe standing had a rare reason to be cheerful yesterday with an announcement from north of the border, that the Scottish Premier League is to trial a pilot that may see the return…

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December 20, 2011
Ian

How Everton Represent English Football’s Failed Business Model

If you were after a textbook example of top-flight English football’s failed business model, you couldn’t go wrong with Everton – consistently decent Premier League performers with consistently high home crowds and a consistently money-generating transfer policy. Yet, without a sharp shift in attitude and fortune, financial ruin awaits.

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December 19, 2011
Mark
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