Posts made in January, 2013

The 2013 African Cup Of Nations: The Finale To Groups C & D

By on Jan 31, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Group C Group C ended up as Group A’s inverted evil twin – intermittently good at first, collectively allergic to goal attempts at the end. Having praised Eurosport for negotiating Group A’s minefield of ever-changing team positions, I felt somewhat let down by the mess into which they mired themselves as Zambia and Nigeria threatened to copy each other into...

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Deadline Day Panic: Is QPR’s Spending An Accident Waiting To Happen?

By on Jan 31, 2013 in Latest, Opinion | 5 comments

During the days, which now seem like a lifetime ago but which in reality were quite recently, of free and easy credit and hire purchase, the phrase ‘buy now, pay later’ became something of a mantra on the high street. Retailers wanted consumers to interpret this phrase in a very specific manner, appealing as it did to the strongest instincts of the human...

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Money’s Too Tight To Mention For Hucknall Town

By on Jan 30, 2013 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 6 comments

The FA Trophy run of the 2004/05 season must seem likely an awfully long time ago now for the supporters of Evo-Stik League Division One South side Hucknall Town at the moment. That year’s Trophy final might not have felt quite as glamorous as it might have done in previous years on account of being played at Villa Park because of the rebuilding of Wembley...

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The 2013 African Cup Of Nations: Groups A & B Come To A Climax

By on Jan 29, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Group A The one advantage of Group A’s first round being a goalless bore was that no-one could ensure qualification until the final round; though after that first round, some might have settled for no-one ensuring qualification at all. But tournaments “need” the hosts to reach the knock-out stages otherwise they become unwatched, unwatchable bores – apparently. So...

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The Football Governance Follow–Up: “Football Is [Still] The Worst Governed Sport In This Country”

By on Jan 29, 2013 in Latest, Politics | 2 comments

The tone of it all is everything. You don’t have to read particularly closely between the lines of the independent committee for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s follow up report into football governance to be able to hear the clear exasperation with governing bodies that have chosen to do nothing about the recommendations of their findings...

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