June 2012

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Match Of The Past: Arsenal

As regular readers of this site will probably be aware, we’re filling the gaps between the end of last season and the start of next season with some great football videos from the past. This evening, we feature Arsenal. One of the great institutions of English football, Arsenal hold a record that will probably never…

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June 16, 2012
Ian

Euro 2012: England 3-2 Sweden

There was a point yesterday when it seemed as if history was deemed to repeat itself yet again. As Olof Mellbergs second goal-ward shot on goal made Joe Harts net swell for the second time in ten minutes, the feeling that England were deflating to expectation was inescapable. We had been here before, of course….

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June 16, 2012
Ian

Euro 2012: Ukraine 0-2 France

The rain came to Donetsk last night, and by the end of the evening a dark cloud had settled over Ukraines hopes of getting through to the quarter-finals of the European Championships that they are co-hosting this summer. There had been murmurs that this team might not be capable of getting past the first hurdle…

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June 16, 2012
Ian

Premier League TV Money & Footballs Consumerist Culture

It will have come as no great surprise that Richard Scudamore, the chief executive of the Premier League, should have been in a distinctly crowing mood this week. Against many expectations, the top division in English football managed to squeeze even more money than it ever has before from the television companies with its new…

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June 15, 2012
Ian

Euro 2012: Spain 4-0 Republic Of Ireland

Like they needed the help. Spain were only ever going to be denied victory over Ireland by the sort of rearguard action Giovanni Trapattoni’s men produced in the qualifying group game against Russia in Moscow. But whereas in Moscow the ball usually ended up rebounding off centre-back Richard Dunne’s arse, in Poznan, centre-back Sean St….

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June 15, 2012
Mark

Euro 2012: Croatia 1-1 Italy

A good result, this for Croatia. Italy’s midfield trio of Pirlo, Purlo and Pairlo, combined with the rugged centre-back pairing of Chiellini and Collini, would have presented a challenge to Spain at their best. But Croatia overcame the odds – themselves helped by defensive duo Caluka and Corluka – and, after being second best for…

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June 14, 2012
Mark

Last Rolls Of The Dice? The FA Charge Kettering’s “Saviour”

Quietly and without comment from the club concerned, a message appeared on the Football Associations website earlier today which confirmed a most curious piece of news. George Rolls, the acting chairman of Kettering Town FC – and the phrase “acting chairman” is one that we use with caution – has been charged by the Football…

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June 14, 2012
Ian
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