Posts made in January, 2013

Match Of The Past Special: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

By on Jan 20, 2013 in Latest, Video | 1 comment

Many thousands of football supporters will have looked at this weekend’s fixtures with a sense of impending doom, checking for the dreaded abbreviation which means an afternoon in front of the television: “P-P.” These days, ice on the roads around a football ground or anything approaching a frozen pitch is often enough to mean the cancellation of a...

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The African Cup Of Nations: Back So Soon?

By on Jan 19, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Whether it was a sign of maturity or resignation, it was good to hear so little moaning from Premier League clubs about losing African international players to Africa’s Cup of Nations, especially given the decision to move the biennial tournament away from World Cup finals’ years by holding tournaments in 2012 and 2013. But Premier League clubs have accepted their...

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Birmingham City: Peter Pannu In A Pickle

By on Jan 19, 2013 in Finance, Latest | 11 comments

It is exactly three years since the press-release heavy article in the Birmingham Mail newspaper announcing Birmingham City’s new sponsorship deal with Chinese sportswear manufacturers X-Tep. But even allowing for the spin, it shows how large a failure Carson Yeung and his associates’ Blues ownership has been. Three years on from heady days of live Chinese TV...

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Southampton FC Adds Fuel To The Fire Of Football’s Growing Winter Of Discontent

By on Jan 18, 2013 in Latest, Opinion | 5 comments

Between September 1955 and July 1995, Southampton Football Club had five managers – Ted Bates, Lawrie McMenemy, Ian Branfoot , Chris Nicholl and Alan Ball. During this period, the club rose from Division Three South of the Football League to the First Division for the first time in its history and – barring four seasons during the mid-1970s, when any...

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The Hamlet & The Stones: The Ryman League Warms Up For One Of Its Matches Of The Season

By on Jan 18, 2013 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

They’ll be working very in South-East London today to try and get tomorrow’s big match on in the Ryman League Division One South, between Dulwich Hamlet and Maidstone United. Here’s Damon Threadgold from The Real FA Cup with a look at Hamlet’s season so far. For the last couple of years, South London’s most nostalgic, if not most...

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