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Bundesliga Week 15 Round Up – The Oncoming Storm

Bundesliga Week 15 Round Up – The Oncoming Storm

The Weserstadion, home of Werder Bremen, sits by the bank of the River Weser and with the threat of an oncoming storm possibly flooding the river there was a chance that their match against Bayern Munich may have to be postponed. As it happened, Werder were hit by an oncoming storm of a more metaphorical…

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December 9, 2013
Terry
England’s World Cup Draw Should Demonstrate Their Limitations

England’s World Cup Draw Should Demonstrate Their Limitations

At least, we might reflect, expectations had already been lowered to such an extent that there can barely be anybody left on the face of the entire planet who believes in any seriousness that England will win the World Cup in Brazil next summer. It’s not a matter of being fatalist or of showing false…

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December 7, 2013
Ian
Where Does The Buck Stop At Old Trafford At The Moment?

Where Does The Buck Stop At Old Trafford At The Moment?

Upon reflection, it wasn’t so much the fact of Manchester United’s two home defeats in the space of four days as the manner of them. At almost any pont in the last twenty-one years or so, Manchester United would have swatted the likes of Everton and Newcastle United aside in the manner of an elephant…

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December 7, 2013
Ian
Snatch Of The Day

Snatch Of The Day

That money dominates all other considerations in twenty-first century professional football is a fact that has become so ubiquitous that to repeat it yet again feels almost superfluous. Yet the evidence is all around us. It’s in the desperation of some owners to rebrand their clubs to appeal to the mirage that is the infinite…

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December 6, 2013
Ian
The FA Cup Second Round: Death Or Glory

The FA Cup Second Round: Death Or Glory

Kingstonian’s recent FA Cup record, a dictionary definition of ‘dismal’, has instigated a little ritual in the Non-League Paper offices where I work on Saturday evenings as a sub-editor. “Could you do an FA Cup page, Mark?” my boss will ask. And if it is any time after the second qualifying round, I will feign…

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December 5, 2013
Mark
No Speedy Resolution To The Ricoh Arena Dispute

No Speedy Resolution To The Ricoh Arena Dispute

After a brief wobble over the course of last week, Coventry City got back to form on Saturday afternoon with a three-one win in Milton Keynes in a match watched by an astonishing seven thousand travelling supporters. The love, for now, is still there, even if this may not be quite as readily apparent from…

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December 3, 2013
Ian
Match Fixing Allegations Return To The Non-League Game

Match Fixing Allegations Return To The Non-League Game

It’s a curious dichotomy that when a big story breaks in non-league – and we’re talking the serious stuff here, not the “look at these poor amateur footballers and their crazy 50 fans” stories – that the larger news outlets are unsure how to cover it. Is this serious news, the kind that requires hand-wringing…

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December 3, 2013
Gary Andrews
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