July 2012

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Olympic Disinterest In Football

Considering the hysteria which surrounded the release of tickets for this summer’s Olympic Games last year, we might have expected that sales for the football tournament would be high. After all, this is a country which loves its football and the idea of a tournament of any description – and it is of course worth bearing…

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July 18, 2012
Ian

Match Of The Past: Wigan Athletic

Having been elected into the Football League in 1978 and spending the next quarter of a century in the bottom two divisions, finding inclusions for Wigan Athletics turn on our Match Of The Past series hasn’t necessarily been easy. However, we have managed to find six matches from the years between 1982 and 1997 for…

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July 17, 2012
Ian

The Torpor (And Importance) Of Pre-Season Friendlies

The concept of the “close season” is becoming a rapidly fading memory. This summer has seen the European Championships pass seamlessly into the first round of friendly matches which will fill the schedules now until the middle of next month, when the league season finally begins. These matches serve an obvious function for clubs. At…

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July 17, 2012
Ian

Match Of The Past: Queens Park Rangers

We have another six matches from the past this morning, today featuring a club which survived relegation by virtue of results elsewhere.: Queens Park Rangers. QPR have always been a relatively popular choice for the television companies, not least because of the close proximity of Loftus Road to the BBCs Television Centre, although it is…

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July 16, 2012
Ian

100 Owners: Number 89 – Terry Smith (Chester City)

There are several clubs which will turn up more than once on this list, and one of those is Chester City FC. The story of this particular clubs last twenty years is one that could fill a book on its own, but its demise can largely be traced to the activities of three men. One,…

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July 15, 2012
Ian

Northwich Victoria’s Summer Of Discontent

It has been a difficult summer for Northwich Victoria Football Club, two months of ongoing rancour which remains seemingly destined to end in the eventual closure of a club that is two years shy of celebrating its one hundred and fortieth anniversary but has been kicked from pillar to post so much over the last…

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July 15, 2012
Ian

Match Of The Past: Swansea City

Our summer historical tour of twenty clubs of the Premier League turns to Swansea City. Thirty-one years ago, Swansea were preparing for a season in the First Division, and the majority of our matches come from that golden period from the early 1980s. First up is a match from 1980 at Ninian Park against Cardiff…

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July 15, 2012
Ian
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