Ferguson, Villas-Boas & “Keeping It Simple”

Posted by on 3:24 pm in English League Football, Latest | 1 comment

“Football is a simple game” were four words of Graham Taylor’s wisdom when he was managing Watford up the Football League in the late 70s and early 80s. And his Watford sides certainly “kept it simple.” But it is an unfortunate consequence of the contemporary 24-hour news culture that “keeping” football analysis “simple” leaves a gap in the media schedules. It would, of course, be better to properly analyse certain aspects of the game – its finance in particular, I would naturally suggest. But lets not… erm… over-complicate things. Two major...

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The Twohundredpercent Review Of 2011: The Ascent Of The Blue Sky Thinkers

Posted by on 12:05 pm in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 1 comment

That 2011 should have seen a trickle of new ideas on the subject of how to reorganise English and European club football should come as no great surprise. Last year saw an unprecedented undermining in the authority of FIFA, following the flawed process for determining the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, whilst UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations were always likely to cause a fluster in England, which long ago submitted its professional game to the rigours and inherent inequalities of neo-capitalism with such gusto that it...

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It’s Yeovil’s Turn To Be Giant-Killed In The FA Cup – Well, Almost

Posted by on 11:57 pm in English League Football, Latest | 2 comments

How times have changed. So many times in the past the FA Cup giant-killers, Yeovil Town, now stalwart members of League One were knocked out themselves this evening, at home in an FA Cup Second Round replay, by a non-league club. The Glovers had been comfortable in the first match against Blue Square Premier promotion chasers Fleetwood Town with a two goal lead, but two late Fleetwood goals earned a replay at Huish Park and this evening the non-league club finished off the job with a two goal win that hands them arguably the tie of their...

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Is The End Nigh For Croydon Athletic?

Posted by on 9:10 am in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 1 comment

It was a story that started almost a year and a half ago in a blaze of publicity which involved a major newspaper, allegations of corruption in another sport, a non-league football club and suicide. Now, with the half-way point in the following season fast approaching, it seems almost certain that the final chapter to play out in the life of Croydon Athletic Football Club will end in the collapse of a club which found itself thrust into the front page of newspapers around the world and, as the authorities pick over the carcass of this club...

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Match Of The Week: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City

Posted by on 10:26 pm in English League Football, Latest | 1 comment

What price genius? It has been suggested more than once this season that Mario Balotelli may be more trouble than he is worth. The firework-igniting, errant child-correcting, trampoline-buying Manchester City forward carries a very unique kind of baggage around with him, but the evidence of this season – brought very firmly into focus this season – has demonstrated that every piece of baggage that he carries (including the suitcase that contains a talking toucan wearing a bow tie that he bought when his mother sent him out to buy...

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“Foy” Not “Hoy”

Posted by on 6:32 pm in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

Yesterday hadn’t, if we are completely honest, been Chris Foy’s greatest afternoon as a Premier League referee. His performance during the match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur left a little to be desired and will have left those in North London of a blue and white persuasion rather scratching their heads. After the match, the Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was predictably incandescent in his press interviews, inducing the now almost traditional conspiracy theories that managers raise when their teams have a couple of...

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