February 2012

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How The League Cup Was Won – Liverpool Beat Cardiff City On Penalty Kicks

It has been sixteen years since Liverpool Football Club last appeared at Wembley Stadium. Much has changed in that intervening decade and a half, not least of which is the fact that the stadium itself has been knocked down and replaced by the monument to modern football which continues to justify its existence through the…

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February 26, 2012
Ian

Match Of The Week: Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Ah, the local derby. That one time in the year when we are permitted to drop many of the vestiges of being civilised people and devolve back to our cave-dwelling, territorial roots. It’s a day for eyes to twitch, the rational to become irrational, for the stories of injustices of days gone by to be…

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February 26, 2012
Ian

The Battle Lines Are Drawn At Port Vale

Since 200% last cast a jaundiced eye over Port Vale, plenty has happened but little has changed. Each week seems to have brought a new revelation of ill-behaviour from Vale’s board (my forecast that at least one director will come out as a woman trapped in a man’s body hasn’t happened… yet). And fans have…

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February 23, 2012
Mark

Villa Boas On The Brink

Sometimes you can see it coming a mile off. There was something heavy hanging in the air well before Chelsea’s match against Napoli on Tuesday night. A lethargic draw against Birmingham City in the FA Cup at the weekend had been the most obvious symptom of the malaise that has come to engulf Stamford Bridge…

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February 23, 2012
Ian

George Rolls Unites Kettering And Weymouth In Suspicion

How are the supporters of a football club to judge a new owner? Perhaps the answer to that is the question of how desperate for a new owner they are, but even in the most extreme of circumstances, one common theme of recent years has been that supporters have been more prepared to carry out…

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February 21, 2012
Ian

European Championship Stories: 1980 – The Decline & Fall Of English Football

On the twelfth of June 1980, England played Belgium in the finals of the European Championships – their first match in the finals of a major tournament for ten years. It turned out to be a match that acted as a barometer for the state of the game in England in several different respects, and none…

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February 20, 2012
Ian

The Monday Morning Timewaster Project

Ah, Monday morning. A time of hope, rebirth and… sitting at work, staring out of the window and wishing the next five days away. Of course, the internet has made this task  a little easier, and we’re going to each Monday morning from now on with a short list of bits and bobs that have…

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February 20, 2012
Ian
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