European Championship Stories: 1968 – A Rhapsody In Blue

Posted by on 9:53 pm in History, International Football, Latest | 0 comments

In December of 1970, the Italian playwright Dario Fo released a play entitled “Morte Accidentale Di Un Anarchico” (“The Accidental Death Of An Anarchist”). Based on the aftermath of the 1969 Piazza Fontana Bombing in Milan, which killed seventeen people, it was a play that shone a light upon the subsequent death of Giuseppe Pinelli, an anarchist activist and railway worker who fell from the fourth floor window of a Milan police station under suspicious circumstances after having already been held for longer than...

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The 2012 African Cup Of Nations: The Quarter-Finals

Posted by on 1:20 pm in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

They huffed and puffed. And Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana, Africa’s two best footballing nations according to Fifa’s rankings (so it must be true), are looking good to contest Sunday’s African Cup of Nations final, without looking good in getting there. That said, they form half of what was nearly a semi-final line-up that some (i.e. me) thought ideal – the two favourites against the two most exciting and capable underdogs. Zambia have been in that latter category literally from day one and their expansive first-half...

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Match Of The Week: Liverpool 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Posted by on 10:12 pm in English League Football, Latest | 4 comments

The weather has not been a friend to football supporters of late. The cold snap did for a majority of matches scheduled below the Premier League, and this evening, an hour before kick-off at Anfield, there is a possibility that it might strike again, with a thick fog over Liverpool. The fog clears in time for kick-off, though a lack of clarity will turn out to be a common feature of the evening. The top of the table has the feeling of being a house built on shaky foundations. No team is in outstanding form and it feels as if, although there...

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Non-League Videos Of The Past: The FA Trophy Final

Posted by on 8:32 am in Latest, Video | 1 comment

As you are probably already aware, the weather took an axe to this weekend’s non-league fixture list and only a handful of matches took place anywhere. The FA Trophy Third Round matches were completely called off and will be played at a later date, so the draw for the quarter-finals, which is to be made tomorrow, will have a somewhat odd look about it. In lieu of this, our non-league videos of the week will take a few steps back in time, to have a look back at some of the FA Trophy finals of the past. We start off with the 1984 final...

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John Terry vs The Crown Prosecution Service: An Amercian Perspective

Posted by on 1:54 pm in English League Football, Latest | 3 comments

Over England way, John Terry has been stripped of his national team captaincy. The move comes in the midst of Terry’s ongoing prosecution for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, with a trial on the incident set for the summer. Terry’s leadership of England was under question before, but the controversy surrounding what he allegedly said to Ferdinand was the tipping point for removing him as captain. The FA’s decision wasn’t so much a statement against racism as it was a nod to the distractions Terry’s unresolved legal troubles might cause....

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Too Late for Licensing:Time to Pray at Pompey?

Posted by on 7:25 pm in Finance, Latest | 13 comments

When questions about your football club are raised in Westminster and the Prime Minister agrees that the situation needs investigation then you know you are in a bad way. Not because you might be investigated but because the Prime Minister actually knows what Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North, is talking about. David Cameron has backed Ms Mordaunt’s call for HMRC to meet with Portsmouth Football club to negotiate their way around the winding up order HMRC took out against the club last month. But would such a move be in the...

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