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Pilgrim’s Progress: Plymouth’s Run To The FA Cup Semi-Finals, 30 Years On

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Pilgrim’s Progress: Plymouth’s Run To The FA Cup Semi-Finals, 30 Years On

This weekend, Sheffield United will take to the pitch at Wembley for their FA Cup semi-final against Hull City as representatives of the third tier of English football. It’s uncommon but not completely unheard of for clubs from this level to get this far in the competition, although none has ever made the final itself, with the last club to get this far being Wycombe Wanderers, in 2001. This weekend, however, marks the thirtieth anniversary of a run to the semi-finals of the FA Cup by Plymouth Argyle, a run that the club hadn’t...

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Assem Allam’s Pyrrhic Name Change Poll Victory

Posted by on 10:31 pm in Latest, Politics | 2 comments

Assem Allam’s Pyrrhic Name Change Poll Victory

There are, of course, lies, damned lies and statistics. It’s worth pointing out before we go any further that the decision of the owners of Hull City AFC to poll their supporters over their desire to change the name of the club to “Hull Tigers” from the start of next season was never terribly likely to have an effect upon FA’s upcoming hearing on the matter. That decision had already been taken before the poll was even made public. But while the club can claim a “victory” of sorts, more than half a glance...

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The Fall And Plateau Of Manchester United

Posted by on 10:12 pm in Latest, Opinion | 2 comments

The Fall And Plateau Of Manchester United

It is more of an FA Cup word than a Champions League word. But there’s no denying that during their 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich this week, Manchester United were “plucky.” The FA Cup analogy is not entirely inappropriate. I’d missed the meetings where everyone was told that United were in for the sort of walloping Arsenal and Tottenham have almost patented in big EPL games this season. So I was a little surprised that United were so reliant on scrapping for scraps of possession…and for the gushing reaction this produced in ITV’s Old Trafford...

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It will take more than Psycho to fix Forest

Posted by on 2:29 pm in English League Football, Latest, Opinion | 11 comments

It will take more than Psycho to fix Forest

If grounds could talk, its tale would be the grandest of them all. It is no Camp Nou, no Santiago Bernabéu. You could hardly find a more inauspicious set for this Hollywood plot. Across the waters of the Trent, beyond the graffiti-spattered Lady Bay Bridge and gloomy, half-abandoned industrial units, Nottingham Forest’s giant, dirty goalpost of a Trent End is impossible to miss, standing proud alongside the boat clubs on the banks of the river. You already know the implausible story arc: the rise from provincial obscurity, the glory, and the...

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Rangers: Crisis Over, Or Just Beginning?

Posted by on 6:23 pm in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 1 comment

Rangers: Crisis Over, Or Just Beginning?

It is little wonder that Scotland’s Mainstream Media (SMSM) get a hard time when, aside from any perceived Celtic/Rangers/Old Firm bias, they make such elementary errors. The Rangers International Football Club (RIFC) interim results revealed operating losses of £3.6m between July 1st and December 31st 2013, which the Daily Record and the Herald newspapers called “the seven months to the end of last year/2013.” And this from a media which spent weeks trumpeting Rangers manager Ally McCoist’s annual salary as £826,000 when this figure appeared...

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“Full Of Thieves And Crooks” – Massimo Cellino Delivers His Verdict

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“Full Of Thieves And Crooks”  – Massimo Cellino Delivers His Verdict

Twenty-five thousand people listened to it in two hours, and now a lot of them are looking for some answers. Over the weekend, a Leeds United supporter managed to get hold – from, it should be added, publicly available sources – of the telephone number Man Who Be The New King Of Elland Road, Massimo Cellino, and gave him a call, with surprising results. You can hear the interview for yourself by clicking here – or there is a transcript of it here – but here are, for the benefit of those amongst you that are unwilling...

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