March 2012

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Mission Accomplished: FC United Of Manchester’s Great Leap Forward

In amongst all of the filth and fury of this week, one simple truism has remained unchallenged: it has to be like this. Although modern fashion likes to talk of football supporters as if we are “valued customers” or even – God forbid – “stake-holders”, the truth of the matter is that, by and large,…

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March 16, 2012
Ian

The Hillsborough Leak: Why Now, And By Whom?

The devil, as so often in these cases, is in the detail. While the reflex reaction to this weeks leaking of documents concerning the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 may be to focus on the word “drunk”, it may be more informative to focus on the use of the word “Merseyside”, in terms of which police…

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March 16, 2012
Ian

Hackney Marshes And The Quest For Football’s Grass Roots

It takes different strokes to move the world, and Mike Bayly has found a little peace with the game through getting involved in what has come to be known as “grass-roots” football. What, though, does this mean in the twenty-first century and how can this be reconciled with a game that is now in its…

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March 15, 2012
Ian

Sir Dave Richards: A Living Embodiment Of The Values Of The Premier League & The FA

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. If ever there was a moment when the world needed to see the arrogance, pomposity, insularity and, let’s face it, slapstick comedy stylings of the Premier League and the FA, then this week was surely it and Dave Richards, the chairman of the Premier League and vice-chairman of the…

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March 14, 2012
Ian

The Battle Is Over And The FA Deserves Only Our Contempt

It was the thirty-first of May 1984  and Keith Burkinshaw, the manager of Tottenham Hotspur for the previous eight years and the man that had just brought the UEFA Cup back to White Hart Lane, was leaving the club as manager for the last time. As he greeted the asembled press outside the entrance to the ground,…

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March 14, 2012
Ian

Stick Or Twist? A Dilemma For Some Over The Welsh Cup

One of the quieter success stories of the last twenty years of British football has been the establishment of the Welsh Premier League. The foundation of this league, however, was far from harmonious with eight clubs which felt they were being corralled into leaving the English non-league pyramid ending up in a bitter dispute with…

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March 14, 2012
Ian

Stockport County’s Critical Run-In

Saturday afternoon’s match against Cambridge United could be classified as a missed opportunity for Blue Square Premier club Stockport County. A crowd of 5,957 turned out at Edgeley Park to see the team beaten by a single goal, with the crowd swollen well above its usual levels by a reduced ticket price offer of just…

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March 13, 2012
Ian
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