Posts made in 2013

World Cup Magic: 1978 – Ticker-Tape & Tartan Travesty

World Cup Magic: 1978 – Ticker-Tape & Tartan Travesty

By on Dec 24, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Although I watched the 1974 World Cup finals as an eight-year-old recently converted to football, 1978 is the earliest tournament I properly remember. And I was the only one among the football fans at our rugby-playing school who tipped hosts Argentina to win. For the second World Cup finals in succession, the Anglophile British media had to pretend to support...

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On Coventry City, Cardiff City & Hull City’s Winter Of Discontent

On Coventry City, Cardiff City & Hull City’s Winter Of Discontent

By on Dec 23, 2013 in Latest, Politics | 0 comments

There are three football clubs at which the Christmas period may well prove to be a period of reflection. The circumstances that have engulfed these three clubs over the last few weeks and months have come to act as something of a barometer for the state of professional football in this country at the moment. None of them are sufficiently insignificant as clubs to...

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Death or Perth Glory: Player power and the sacking of Alistair Edwards

Death or Perth Glory: Player power and the sacking of Alistair Edwards

By on Dec 22, 2013 in Australian Football | 0 comments

The season of goodwill has never extended into football and the anti-Santa has struck with predictable timing, handing out the sack no manager wanted. Andre Villas-Boas, Steve Clarke and Gianfranco Zola have all suffered various forms of defenestration in the run up to Christmas, some easier to predict than others. However, on further shores from the Premier League,...

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A Wet Saturday Afternoon In Brighton

A Wet Saturday Afternoon In Brighton

By on Dec 22, 2013 in English League Football, Latest | 2 comments

There fall some days when you know, you can just feel, that this isn’t going to be your day. Saturday lunchtime in Brighton town centre has started with a little light Christmas shopping accompanied with the slowly dawning realisation that no, I hadn’t bought the tickets that said I would for that afternoon’s Championship match between Brighton...

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