Posts made in 2013

Spacemonkeygate: Or, How To Create An Omnishambles Within Twenty-Four Hours

Spacemonkeygate: Or, How To Create An Omnishambles Within Twenty-Four Hours

By on Oct 17, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

If only, we might pause to reflect, he had used the name ‘Laika’ instead. At least that way around we might have been spared the acres and acres of coverage that we have been subjected to since around about half past ten last night. There is, in a perverse way, almost something comforting about something relating to the England national football team...

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The Elephant In The MadStad Boardroom

The Elephant In The MadStad Boardroom

By on Oct 17, 2013 in Finance, Latest | 0 comments

Reading Football Club was due to be purchased earlier this year, but two deadlines to make the payment to complete it have now been missed. Jon Keen has some questions for those in charge of the club. Whilst we’ve been enduring this international weekend without our own clubs playing football, it’s inevitable that talk amongst supporters turn to many other subjects....

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Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Seven – Below The First Division

Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Seven – Below The First Division

By on Oct 17, 2013 in Latest, Video | 0 comments

As a part of their contract with the Football League at a time during which the upper hand in terms of the governance of football was held by the game’s authorities rather than the broadcasters, both the BBC and ITV were compelled to cover matches from outside the top division throughout the course of the season. Of course, there was a tendency on their part...

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A Healthy Sense Of Perspective For England

A Healthy Sense Of Perspective For England

By on Oct 16, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Forty years ago this week, at the same stadium and against the same opposition, English football suffered one of its least dignified nights yet, to that point. Laying siege to the Polish goal in the manner of [insert clumsy and highly insensitive war analogy here], they could only force the ball over the visiting goal line once, and that, it turned out, was not...

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Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Six – Last Year’s Champions vs This Year’s Leaders

Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Six – Last Year’s Champions vs This Year’s Leaders

By on Oct 16, 2013 in Latest, Video | 0 comments

Pushed to the final day by Manchester United at the end of the previous season, the defending champions Liverpool had started the 1980/81 season with a degree, just a degree, of uncertainty. Comfortable home wins against West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City had given the optimistic plenty of hope that they could life the Football League Championship, but in a...

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