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Match Of The Week: Sunderland 1-1 Middlesbrough

Posted by on 3:34 pm in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

The tripartite nature of footballing rivalry in the north-east of England means that this afternoons FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough has a hint of being a local derby about it without fully appearing to be the real thing. Still, supporters of both of these clubs have cause to give a wry smile this afternoon. Newcastle United, the third part of this particular triumvirate, made a long journey south to play Brighton & Hove Albion yesterday and returned chastened after a single goal defeat which means that the...

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The Bizarre Rituals Of Mutual Loathing

Posted by on 11:59 am in Latest | 5 comments

The FA Cup may well be the oldest football cup competition in the world – a fact that television viewers will doubtlessly be reminded of around three hundred times over the next seventy-two hours or so – but football supporters that don’t have to habitually wipe rage-induced spittle from the corner of their mouths could well be forgiven for approaching this weekends fixtures in the Fourth Round of the competition with a degree of trepidation. The draw for this weekends matches was as kind as it was unfair to the Football...

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Scoreboard Protests & Scapegoating: Just Another Week For Kettering Town

Posted by on 4:18 pm in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

A little gallows humour can go a long way. Kettering Town’s patchwork team played Gateshead in the Blue Square Premier in Tuesday night. Another crowd of under one thousand, another critical evening in a relegation battle that may yet prove to be highly important should the club somehow scrape through its current woes. The team managed to pull itself out of its recent torpor and win the match by two goals to one, but if this match is to be remembered for anything, it is likely that it will be for something quite unprecedented in the...

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Darlington’s Second Final Day Of Reckoning Approaches

Posted by on 11:20 am in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

It is a sobering thought to consider that, for all the hard work and drama involved in keeping Darlington FC alive just nine days ago, the looming deadline over the clubs future comes up for renewal again on Monday. The last few days have seen a patchwork team lose narrowly to Fleetwood Town and Hayes & Yeading United in the league, but performances on the pitch have, by necessity, had to take a back seat to the continuing efforts to save the club. T-shirts are for sale and the collection buckets, that totem symbol of the overreached...

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Chicago Fire & The Quaker Man Shake Up MLS Sponsorship Game

Posted by on 8:00 am in Latest | 0 comments

Still being several weeks away from the start of a new season for association football in the US,┬ámuch of the current chatter surrounding Major League Soccer revolves around the announcement of this summer’s All-Star Game in Philadelphia and, well, oatmeal. Okay, perhaps not specifically about oatmeal, but rather the unveiling of Quaker as the new shirt sponsor for Chicago Fire SC that begins with this video of a morning bowl of Quaker Oats and has continued by sending these rather special packages to not only sports media but also...

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Mungo S04E06

Posted by on 8:52 pm in Art, Latest, Mungo | 1 comment

Mungo S04E06

It is time for this month’s visit to Primrose Hill Ramblers to catch up with Mungo McCrackas. Or rather, it would be, but he’s not there. Having been saved from a certain death at the hands of a CIA firing squad by the intervention of the powers-that-be at the Premier League, Mungo is finally on the cusp of fulfilling his potential. Could it be that Mungo will be the saviour of football? Could it be that Game 39 is a good idea? And does it have to be held terrestrially? All of these questions and more will be asked, if not...

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