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Ched Evans & A Hole Too Big To Be Dug Out From

For Sheffield United Football Club, the timing couldn’t have been much worse. This weekend is a weekend of international football and, since nature abhors a vacuum, there have been plenty of column inches to fill in the sports sections of newspaper wesbites which which might not otherwise have been looking for a story. Yet it...

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November 16, 2014
Ian

A Little Love For The FA Cup

We live in an age during which, if I may be permitted to mangle the words of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus for a moment, change is the only constant. Professional football is changing, both on the pitch and away from it, and no-one knows for certain where, exactly, this will all end up. Yet, for...

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November 7, 2014
Ian

Basket-Casery And The Football League Championship

To do so much as glance at the Football League Championship table can often be a most disorientating experience. At a glance, should be a considerable amount of orthodoxy in this division. On the one hand, the Championship swallows up the lion’s share of the relatively meagre amount of television money that the Football League...

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November 3, 2014
Ian

The Battle To Save Top Field

It is probably little more than a mere fact of life that, for a football club plying its trade six divisions below the bright lights and hyperbole of the Premier League, national headlines are likely to be thin on the ground. Any attention from the mainstream media is likely to be welcome, even if the...

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October 21, 2014
Ian

Radiolab & Association Football

Over the last decade or so, there has been an absolute explosion in the amount of writing and talking about association football, to such an extent that it’s possible to believe that the “market” for such media has long since passed the sign marking the city limits for a city called Saturation. A considerable amount...

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October 15, 2014
Ian

Coventry City & The Franchising Of London Wasps

For a couple of weeks or so, there was something approaching normality at The Ricoh Arena. After an absurd amount of time away, Coventry City Football Club was back home with a team that was performing reasonably well on the pitch, and all was as near as things have been at this basket-case of a...

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October 7, 2014
Ian

Can The FA Cup Relight My Fire?

It’s ten past two on a Saturday afternoon, and I’m walking across a field towards a turnstile. There’s one thing, though. This isn’t a metal gate at which I’m greeted by an old man wearing a v-necked jumper and a striped tie offering a ticket in return for my hard earned cash. This is a...

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September 29, 2014
Ian
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