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Match Of The Week: Reading 3-0 West Ham United

Posted by on 4:50 pm in English League Football, Latest | 1 comment

The last week or so in the Championship have acted as a sudden reminder to anyone who may have thought that the two automatic promotion places might already have been sewn up. Southampton’s stunning start to the season has seen them ascend to the top of the table with West Ham United, relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, clinging onto their coat-tails in second place. Last weekend, however, both clubs stumbled. Southampton fell to a single goal defeat at loanee-plumpened Doncaster Rovers, while West Ham were...

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The Despicable Kelvin McKenzie

Posted by on 4:15 pm in English League Football, History, Latest | 3 comments

The road to redemption from Hillsborough has been a lengthy and painful for many, many people. Hundreds of people lost family members or friends on that day in April 1989, and the feeling that the establishment was closing ranks in order to cover up the truth behind what exactly happened to result in the deaths of ninety-six innocent people has been a bitter pill for those that survived or have otherwise had to live with their loss to have to swallow. After twenty two and a half years, however, it was starting to feel as if change was in the...

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Lost In Transit: The Story Of Hugo Enyinnaya

Posted by on 1:44 pm in European Club Football, Latest | 2 comments

A Nigerian player that burst onto the Serie A scene in 1999 has finally turned his back on European football after twelve years of trying to establish himself. Here’s Paul Grech with the story of Hugo Enyinnaya. “I’m going to be rich!” was the typically honest reply of Antonio Cassano when asked what went through his mind after scoring a fantastic goal against Inter as a 17 year old, upon making his first start for Bari in 1999. As crass as such a comment might seem, it was, perhaps, only natural for Cassano to react...

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Port Vale: Blue Skies Or Grey Clouds Ahead?

Posted by on 8:30 am in English League Football, Finance, Latest | 7 comments

Clucking bell. Again. Remember that “£8m” investment deal between Port Vale and American synthetic pitch manufacturers Blue Sky International (BS).  You do? Well, apparently that puts you one-up on Hank Julicher – who just happens to be BS’s Chief Executive, so really ought to remember, if the deal ever existed in the first place. This week’s Port Vale scandal threatened to be the revelation that chief executive Perry Deakin and chairman Peter Miller had voted for each other in their respective elections to the Vale board,...

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The Decline Of Television And The Decline Of The FA Cup

Posted by on 6:45 pm in English League Football, Latest | 8 comments

Confirmation of the live televised matches for the Third Round of the FA Cup came early this year, and while there was no great shock in the Manchester derby – a match which has, arguably, taken on a heightened level of importance given the events in the Champions League last night, even if it still isn’t the main even of either teams season – it was a little surprising to see that the decisions were taken by both ITV and ESPN before next weeks Second Round replays had even been played. And there may, whether surprisingly or...

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City & United Fall From The Champions League

Posted by on 11:13 pm in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 4 comments

Anyone taking a bet at the start of the season would not have been able to predict how this would all end up. Manchester City and Manchester United kissed goodbye to the Champions League this season, and there were few mitigating factors that they could cite as a defence. Manchester United can point to their injury list and Manchester City can invoke their inexperience, but ultimately both clubs have resources that dwarf almost all others in Europe. Perhaps the group stages have, in recent years, become too one-sided, and this has led to a...

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