March 2012

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The Spectre Of Goalline Technology Reappears

Over the weekend, the debate over goalline technology resurfaced as Queens Park Rangers defender Clint Hill’s header against Bolton Wanderers clearly crossed the line with assistant referee Bob Pollock claiming he was unable to see due to a Bolton defender on the line blocking his view. Hot on the heels of the International Football Association…

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March 12, 2012

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 11/03/2012

As the 2011/12 season enters its final straight, we have six matches from six different competition this week to make our Non-League Videos Of The Week. First up is the FA Trophy Semi-Final First Leg between Newport County of the Blue Square Premier and Wealdstone of the Ryman League Premier Division. The winner of this…

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March 11, 2012

Death By Committee; FA In Pass The Buck Manoeuvres

You can always tell when an organisation is in denial. They set up a lot of committees to look into the symptoms rather than the causes of their problems. From the look of the FA’s response to the DCMS Football Governance Enquiry of last year, it is quite clear that Freud would have a field…

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March 11, 2012

Port Vale: Out With The Old, In With The…. Who?

On February 26th, local businessman Mo Chaudry said “administrators could be called in within two months” to League Two Port Vale. And this assessment, which appeared in the local Sentinel newspaper on February 26th 2011, found some unlikely – and probably unknowing – supporters as the old Vale Park regime finally disappeared. Former Chief Executive…

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March 10, 2012

Craig Whyte: Neither Fit Nor Proper, And The SFA Should Have Known This Sooner

So, Scottish venture capitalist Craig Whyte is not fit and proper to be a football club owner and director. That is amazing. I’ll be avoiding feathers for a few days, that’s for sure, because you could knock me down with even one. In one sense, and possibly two senses, the Scottish Football Association’s declaration that…

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March 9, 2012

European Championship Stories: 1988 – Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold

There can be few things more tiresome in international football than war analogies. Sometimes, however, they are inescapable and this can be no more true than in the case of European nations which once pitched up against each other on battlefields, only to find themselves facing off against their former allies or rivals for decades…

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March 8, 2012

Fifty Years Ago: How Accrington Stanley Fell From The Football League

It is probably fair to say that 2012 hasn’t been the greatest year for British football clubs so far, financially speaking at least. Rangers, Portsmouth, Darlington and Port Vale all languish in administration and it is possible that others will join them. The language of the discussion of these clubs carries many tropes that are…

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March 8, 2012
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