July 2012

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Where Next for Scottish Football?

So the member clubs of the Scottish Football League have flexed their muscles, called a few bluffs, and agreed to accept Rangers as a member of the league – in its third division, where the overwhelming majority of public opinion seemed to believe was the right place for them to start again. The vote, in…

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July 14, 2012
Ian

Rangers: Division Three Is The Place To Be… For Now

So. Farewell. Then. Neil Doncaster and Stewart Regan? You would hope so after today’s overwhelming decision by Scottish Football League clubs to accept new Rangers into their third division. This being the Rangers saga, however, that paragraph may be obsolete by the time I’ve finished the first draft of this article, let alone by the…

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July 13, 2012
Mark

Minus 10 – Pompey Don’t Do Summers …

… but if they did this one would be pretty much what they’d come up with. Just when you think it might brighten up another rainstorm blows through, drowning all hope of recovery. With the new points deduction imposed by the Football League yesterday Pompey’s Summer continues to mirror that of Rangers in a macabre…

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July 13, 2012
SJMaskell

Rangers: Crime, Punishment & Consequence

Last Sunday’s website statement from the Hibernian Supporters Club (“Hibs Club”) and the Rangers Supporters Trust response to it exposed a chasm in thinking on Scottish football’s current problems. Supporters appear split down the middle between those who see Rangers as persecuted victims (Rangers fans) and those who see them as having taken Scottish football…

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July 13, 2012
Mark

Vigilance & Optimism? New Owners For Nottingham Forest

A period of turmoil in the history of one of Englands oldest clubs which began with the untimely death of the man that had previously rescued it from the brink of extinction, Nigel Doughty, moved towards a new beginning this week with the announcement that Nottingham Forest – twice champions of Europe in an altogether…

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July 12, 2012
Ian

New Direction for Supporters Direct?

It is clear that there is a conflict of interests running throughout English football. A conflict that lies between the different ways in which fans and owners see ‘their’ clubs. It is inherent in the running of a football club as a commercial organisation as opposed to a club’s community and social function. This was…

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July 11, 2012
SJMaskell

Liverpool FC Has Something To Take Pride In

The last nine months or so have not been easy for Liverpool Football Club. Winning the League Cup couldn’t paper over the cracks in the playing side of the clubs affairs, with a disappointing Premier League performance being enough to end the return of Kenny Dalglish. Since then, though, things have been a little more…

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July 11, 2012
Ian
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