July 2012

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Another Twist In The Manchester United IPO Saga

The problem with a fundamental breakdown in trust is that whatever the motives may be for any of the parties concerned, they will be viewed with suspicion by those on the other side. Even with our most level of heads on, however, it is difficult not to view the timing of the resubmission of Manchester…

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July 31, 2012
Ian

The 2012 Olympics Games: Womens & Mens Football – Group Matches, Round Two

Re-write the football coaching manuals, the Olympic football tournament suggests. Power leads to glory… not all that tiki-taka nonsense. The United States womens’ march to Gold, and the Spanish men’s march to…the airport were the key features of a mostly exciting round of Olympic football matches. If the women took the first round plaudits, the…

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July 31, 2012
Mark

Match Of The Past: Barnsley FC

Following on from our series of archive video of the twenty clubs of the Premier League, we are continuing on over the course of the next nine months with the clubs of the Football League and, since we’re doing this alphabetically and starting with the Championship, first up is Barnsley. FA Cup runners-up in 1910…

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July 30, 2012
Ian

The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Aston Villa

For the supporters of Aston Villa Football Club, last season ended forty-eight hours after everybody else. Nine months of purgatory under the managership of Alex McLeish had resulted in the team finishing in sixteenth place in the Premier League, two places and two points above the relegation places, and it wasn’t until the clubs senior…

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July 30, 2012
Ian

100 Owners: Number 86 – Douglas Craig (York City)

In May, York City beat Luton Town by two goals to one in the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final at Wembley Stadium, ending an eight year long stay in non-league football and the the return of League football to one of the English games more idiosyncratic venues, Bootham Crescent. For seventy-five years between 1929…

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July 29, 2012
Ian

Match of the Week: Wick Academy 2-4 Raith Rovers

Finally, after Scottish football’s traumatic summer, the chance to get back to some actual football. Starting with the now-traditional curtain-raiser of the Challenge Cup (currently the Ramsdens Cup, if you prefer). It’s for the lower league teams only – which means most media attention has been focused on Rangers’ debut in the cup, at Brechin…

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July 29, 2012
Ian

The 2012 Olympic Games: Mens Football Day One

After a dream of an opening round in the women’s Olympic football, the men showed how international football tournaments SHOULD be done; three dismissals, plenty of playacting, a group of death, defensive mindsets…and a domestic team unable to keep the ball and, consequentially, a 1-0 lead. And yet… the opening round of the men’s Olympic…

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July 28, 2012
Mark
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