December 2011

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The Twohundredpercent Review Of 2011: The Ascent Of The Blue Sky Thinkers

That 2011 should have seen a trickle of new ideas on the subject of how to reorganise English and European club football should come as no great surprise. Last year saw an unprecedented undermining in the authority of FIFA, following the flawed process for determining the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, whilst…

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December 14, 2011
Ian

It’s Yeovil’s Turn To Be Giant-Killed In The FA Cup – Well, Almost

How times have changed. So many times in the past the FA Cup giant-killers, Yeovil Town, now stalwart members of League One were knocked out themselves this evening, at home in an FA Cup Second Round replay, by a non-league club. The Glovers had been comfortable in the first match against Blue Square Premier promotion…

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December 13, 2011
Ian

Is The End Nigh For Croydon Athletic?

It was a story that started almost a year and a half ago in a blaze of publicity which involved a major newspaper, allegations of corruption in another sport, a non-league football club and suicide. Now, with the half-way point in the following season fast approaching, it seems almost certain that the final chapter to…

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December 13, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Week: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City

What price genius? It has been suggested more than once this season that Mario Balotelli may be more trouble than he is worth. The firework-igniting, errant child-correcting, trampoline-buying Manchester City forward carries a very unique kind of baggage around with him, but the evidence of this season – brought very firmly into focus this season…

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December 12, 2011
Ian

“Foy” Not “Hoy”

Yesterday hadn’t, if we are completely honest, been Chris Foy’s greatest afternoon as a Premier League referee. His performance during the match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur left a little to be desired and will have left those in North London of a blue and white persuasion rather scratching their heads.

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December 12, 2011
Ian

Non-League Videos Of The Week: The FA Trophy First Round

A trip to Wembley is starting to come into view for the non-league clubs that are still involved in this year’s FA Trophy, but yesterday’s First Round matches saw the qualifiers from the last round joined by the clubs of the Blue Square Premier and we have highlights and goals from no less than seven…

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December 11, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Week: Reading 3-0 West Ham United

The last week or so in the Championship have acted as a sudden reminder to anyone who may have thought that the two automatic promotion places might already have been sewn up. Southampton’s stunning start to the season has seen them ascend to the top of the table with West Ham United, relegated from the…

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December 11, 2011
Ian
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