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The 2012 African Cup Of Nations: The Group Stages – Final Matches

Posted by on 7:57 am in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

The tragedy that occurred in Port Said on Wednesday evening has overshadowed all else in world football this week, and this is a subject that we will be returning to when the dust has settled on a disaster so appalling as to be almost incomprehensible. Reports from Egypt have been pouring across the world via social media, and we would urge anyone reading this to bear in mind when reading reports on this subject elsewhere in the media that the events of this week are representative of broader political issues in Egypt than mere football...

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Light At The End Of Darlington’s Tunnel

Posted by on 8:51 pm in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 1 comment

The phrase “emotional rollercoaster” is one that is overused in football these days, but the supporters of Darlington FC are rapidly becoming more than familiar with the term after another week in which their club sailed close to extinction before receiving confirmation from its joint administrator that it had permission to continue to trade – and therefore play – until the end of this season. Two weeks ago, there were frantic scenes at the club as it desperately sought to raise £50,000 in order to continue to trade...

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Red Devil To Hammer: Ravel Morrison’s Opportunity For Self-Reinvention

Posted by on 9:16 pm in English League Football, Latest | 1 comment

It was, as things turned out, a mercifully quiet transfer deadline day, but the most curious acquisition of the day ended up involving a young player with just a handful of first team substitute appearances under his belt but also, it would seem, the capacity for potential brilliance and and self-destruction in roughly equal measures. Ravel Morrison has been hitting headlines since he first signed for Manchester United, but precious few of them have been for anything to do with his abilities on the pitch. Still only eighteen years old, his...

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The New Town Effect: Brutalism & Abrasive Personalities At Crawley And Stevenage

Posted by on 11:26 pm in English League Football, History, Latest | 10 comments

If the draw for the Fifth Round of this year’s FA Cup was notable for anything in particular, what really stood out was the presence of two clubs for whom an appearance at this stage of the competition would been inconceivable just a couple of decades ago. Last weekend, both Crawley Town and Stevenage chalked up notable wins in the Fourth Round of the competition – both by a single goal, with Crawley’s coming at Hull City and Stevenage’s against Notts County - and the reward for each is a home match against Premier...

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European Championship Stories: 1964 – A Battle Of Ideologies

Posted by on 8:36 am in History, International Football, Latest | 0 comments

If the early history of the European Championships can be seen as explicitly wrapped up in the politics of the time, then Spain’s victory on home ground in 1964 European Nations Cup could be regarded as one of international football’s ultimate flashes in the pan. This was a victory that was simultaneously the last gasp of one of the greatest club sides that European football has ever seen and the beginning of a lull that would last for more than twenty years, a brief victory for the ultra-nationalism that blighted Spanish...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 30/01/12

Posted by on 9:22 pm in Latest, Video | 0 comments

Our non-league videos of the week are twenty-four hours late this week, but we have four matches for you this evening – two from the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier, one from the Blue Square Bet South and one from the FA Vase. First up are two matches from the championship battle at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier. Fleetwood Town have edged clear at the top of the table, and on Saturday they travelled to play Forest Green Rovers, while Wrexham were aiming to get back to winning ways with a home match against bottom of the...

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