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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

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….

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December 23, 2013
Ian
Death or Perth Glory: Player power and the sacking of Alistair Edwards

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

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…

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December 22, 2013
Gary Andrews
A Wet Saturday Afternoon In Brighton

A Wet Saturday Afternoon In Brighton

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…

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December 22, 2013
Ian
Rangers: Winners & Losers From Another AGM

Rangers: Winners & Losers From Another AGM

The wretched soap opera which has been based in Govan in West Glasgow for so many years now has come to a potentially seminal episode. Rangers International Football Club PLC held its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) after the company, which runs the new Rangers FC, posted losses of approximately an arm and a leg…

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December 20, 2013
Mark
World Cup Magic – Sun, Sea, Sand & Toni Schumacher: Espana 1982

World Cup Magic – Sun, Sea, Sand & Toni Schumacher: Espana 1982

They say, of course, that the best World Cup finals is the one that was held when you were ten years old. In the summer of 1982, I was three months shy of my tenth birthday and this tournament marked the consummation of a love affair that had been growing, steadily and inexorably, for the…

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December 19, 2013
Ian
The Hedge Fund & The Football Club: A Year-Round Pantomime

The Hedge Fund & The Football Club: A Year-Round Pantomime

Every once in a while, we receive an anonymous email or two here at the 200% underground bunker. Usually it’s a gramatically incompetent stream of abuse from an ├╝ber-fan because we’ve been mean about his – and let’s face it, it’s only going to come from a “him”, isn’t it? – football club, the little…

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December 18, 2013
Ian
Cardiff City – Tan vs McKay: Seconds Out… Round Two

Cardiff City – Tan vs McKay: Seconds Out… Round Two

It was, perhaps, unsurprising that barely forty-eight hours after a one-nil victory against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend ended a run of five matches without a win, storm clouds should start to circle The Cardiff City Stadium again. There has, after all, been something of a fractious atmosphere surrounding the club over the last…

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December 17, 2013
Ian
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