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Aston Villa Ruin The Media’s Gerrard-Fest

If there’s one thing that social media and association football have in common it’s schadenfreude, so it came as little surprise to see Twitter glow white hot when the full-time whistle blew at Wembley yesterday afternoon. Not only had another of the Big Red Clubs been knocked out of the FA Cup, but the Liverpool...

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April 20, 2015
Ian

The Last Of The Old Order: Part Six – January 1992

So it was that 1992 began with Manchester United comfortably ahead of Leeds United at the top of the last First Division table before the introduction of the Premier League. This weekend’s continuation of our story of this season starts with the traditional New Year’s Day’s fixtures, but the FA Cup also breaks up this...

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April 19, 2015
Ian

Neil Doncaster: Stupid Is As Stupid Does

The Scottish Professional Football League’s CEO, Neil Doncaster, is either stupid, or thinks everyone is. This is the logical conclusion to draw from the SPFL’s breath-taking decisions on the Scottish Championship’s fixtures for Saturday May 2nd. At first glance, Sky TV televising Hearts v Rangers and moving the game from Saturday to Sunday is nothing...

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April 19, 2015
Mark

FC United of Manchester: New Ground, New Hope, Same Old Nerves

At this point of the season, comparing league positions between two teams that are just about to play a match certainly feels as if it matters less than it might have done a few months ago. Points won in April may have no greater actual significance than those won in October, but it can certainly...

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April 18, 2015
Ian

The 200% Podcast 9 – Football Through Fresh Eyes

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Due to other commitments, this week’s 200% podcast is a little earlier than usual and we’re trying something a little different this week. Those of you that have been paying something approaching the vaguest of attention to my personal life (and I have absolutely no idea who has and who...

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April 17, 2015
Ian

When Football Was Good, part 7 – David Speedie

DAVID SPEEDIE Born 20th February 1960, Glenrothes. Clubs: Barnsley (1978-1980); Darlington (1980-1982); Chelsea (1982-1987); Coventry City (1987-1991); Liverpool (1991); Blackburn Rovers (1991-1992); Southampton (1992-1993); Birmingham City (1992, loan); West Bromwich Albion (1992, loan); West Ham United (1993, loan); Leicester City (1993-1994).  514 career league appearances, 148 goals. Domestic honours: 1986 Full Member’s Cup; 1987 Charity...

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April 17, 2015
Ted

It’s Time For A Reassessment Of The Valley Parade Disaster

It’s difficult to know where to begin with all of this, of course. At first, the headlines can only make one’s stomach turn. The Valley Parade of May 1985, which claimed the lives of fifty-six football supporters from two football clubs, already occupies a particularly dark place in the history of professional football in England...

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April 16, 2015
Ian
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