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Pride Comes Before A Fall

Posted by on 8:31 pm in English League Football | 2 comments

At the precise time of writing, it’s too early to say for sure whether Dimitar Berbatov has gone to Manchester United or gone to Manchester City, or whether he will stay at White Hart Lane and rot in the reserves for the next five months. What we can say with a degree of certainty, however, is that we have learnt a lot about how the Premier League works today. Just when you think that they’ve topped themselves in the avarice stakes, they manage to scale new heights. Berbatov’s move from Tottenham Hotspur has seen a new low...

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Match Of The Week – Shoreham 1-3 Kingstonian

Posted by on 11:08 pm in Non-League | 0 comments

Middle Road, Shoreham, was not the scene of one of our greatest triumphs last season. We turned up there at the start of last season for Shoreham’s FA Cup match against Horley Town and, at the end of the half-time break, whilst waiting for a drink at the bar, my eyes were drawn towards a bottle of sambuca behind the bar. I asked for two shots of it, but the barman didn’t really understand what to do with it, and gave me two large glasses of it instead. We watched the second half with one hand over our eyes and staggered home...

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A Rich Tapestry

Posted by on 11:36 am in Latest, Non-League | 1 comment

It’s the Preliminary Round of The FA Cup this afternoon, which sees 332 teams taking part for a place in the First Qualifying Round of the competition. There are, as ever, some names that everyone remembers from some point in the past if you jog their memories hard enough. The ludicrously-named FC Halifax Town, who formed during the summer when Halifax Town AFC went into liquidation, play their first ever match in the competition against Silsden, as do Nuneaton Town, who formed after the closure of Nuneaton Borough during the summer....

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What To Do About The League Cup?

Posted by on 11:50 pm in Latest | 3 comments

It’s the end of August. This means, of course, that it’s time for our annual dissection of what is wrong with the League Cup. This year’s Second Round has already been played, and it has already provided a couple of surprises, including Northampton Town beating Bolton Wanderers and Rotherham United knocking out Wolverhampton Wanderers on penalties at Don Valley Stadium. One can’t help but suspect, however, that supporters of those bigger clubs won’t be too bothered about these results should their teams win at...

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In Praise Of… Matthew Le Tissier

Posted by on 10:30 am in Latest | 9 comments

As I pondered the smoking ruins of England’s match against the Czech Republic last week, my mind turned back to Matthew Le Tissier. Matthew (and it seems somewhat wrong to reduce his first name to the monosyllable of merely “Matt”) was the great lost English talent of the last thirty years in some respects, but in others he fulfilled much that many other, more “successful” players never did. It’s not all about trophies and medals, you know. Matthew, you see, was different. He was utterly unlike any other...

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The Managerial Merry-Go-Round Grinds Into Gear

Posted by on 1:06 am in Latest, Opinion | 0 comments

It usually takes approximately three matches before the rumour mill starts to rotate, so it is that time again. Already, there is talk that Alan Curbishley is going to be kicked out from West Ham United, and that Harry Redknapp is going to make a “surprise” return to the East End to take over there. Lower down the football pyramid, the knives are also out for Stevenage Borough’s Graham Westley after the pre-season Conference favourites picked up just two points from their opening five matches Westley has been in charge of...

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