June 2012

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100 Owners: Number 92 – Doug Ellis (Aston Villa)

If you ask the question of why the best-supported club in Englands second biggest city have managed just one English championship in the last one hundred and two years, there is a chance that some – if not many – Aston Villa supporters will have a ready-made answer: Doug Ellis. Ellis was one of the…

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June 27, 2012
Ian

Truro Citys Unexpected £700,000 Headache

The end of last summer didn’t work out too well for Kevin Heaney, the property-developing owner of Blue Square Bet South side Truro City, when his attempts to by Plymouth Argyle out of administration failed after repeated promises to come good with the money for the purchase never came to fruition. And this summer may…

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June 27, 2012
Ian

An Open Letter to the Scottish Football League

To all officials, boards and directors of the Scottish Football League and its member clubs, I wish to make known the strength of my opposition to any arrangement which would see a reformed Rangers parachuted into the second tier of Scottish football. Not only would this be wrong in its own terms, but any hasty…

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June 26, 2012
Ian

England At Euro 2012: A “Neutral” Speaks

Eamon Dunphy got it right. The “outspoken” pundit for Irish state television (RTE) said on Saturday night that “England won’t score, they have no creative players…it’ll go to penalties and Italy will go through.” It was a stroke of luck for Dunphy, who rather slurred his way through a short interview on RTE Radio, as…

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June 26, 2012
Mark

Match Of The Past: Southampton

Continuing our summer series of highlights of matches from days gone by, this morning we turn our attention to one of this years newcomers to the Premier League, Southampton. Well, we say “newcomers,” but Southampton FC have spent plenty of time in the top division of English football, most notably a lengthy unbroken spell in…

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June 26, 2012
Ian

Time To Put Co-Commentators Out To Pasture

In the excellent football anthology “My Favourite Year,” the novelist and biographer DJ Taylor describes an emergency public meeting held after a boardroom putsch did for the previous chairman Sir Arthur South and installed the businessman Robert Chase in his place. According to Taylor, at this meeting an elderly woman stood up, fixed Chase with…

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June 25, 2012
Ian

Hopes, Dreams & Reality: On England At Euro 2012

The St George flags will be hanging limply this afternoon. It was after midnight in Kiev last night when the final kick hit the back of the net and confirmed what we all probably already knew – that this England side wasn’t good enough to reach the semi-finals of the 2012 European Championships – but there is…

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June 25, 2012
Ian
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