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Football, Beer & Sunshine: Normality Returns To The Dripping Pan

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Football, Beer & Sunshine: Normality Returns To The Dripping Pan

It’s been a long time coming, but spring might finally just about be in the air in East Sussex. After what felt like months of constant high winds and rain, the sun is out in Lewes for this afternoon’s Ryman League Premier Division match against league leaders Dulwich Hamlet, and a combination of the good weather and a beer festival has attracted a large crowd of just over eight hundred people to The Dripping Pan for league match of significance to both of the clubs taking part. By the end of the afternoon, though, the large,...

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On Financial Fair Play & Legal Threats

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On Financial Fair Play & Legal Threats

It was always likely to only be a matter of time before somebody issued a legal challenge to somebody’s Financial Fair Play rules somewhere in this country. After all, the acquisition of debt has become one of the defining characteristics of football in this country from the very top of the professional game down in recent years. Indeed, in some respects it might be even considered a tradition – English football clubs have been using their financial muscle to crowd out their rivals since before the Football Association’s...

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The Death – And Potential For Rebirth – Of Eastwood Town FC

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The Death – And Potential For Rebirth – Of Eastwood Town FC

In the overall scheme of things, the resignation of a football club from one of the myriad of leagues that make up the non-league pyramid is unlikely to even warrant a footnote in the story of English football. Yet there are lessons that should surely be learned from the protracted collapse of Eastwood Town Football Club, lessons that other clubs at that level of the game would do well to heed. Whether they will or not, however, is a highly debatable questionable. The proverbial fat lady started to clear her throat a little over a month ago,...

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Manchester United’s Mournful Evening In Europe

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Manchester United’s Mournful Evening In Europe

It wasn’t even necessarily the result itself. A two-nil defeat in the first leg of a knockout competition can, with the right planning, be overcome. It was the nature of it. This was a Manchester United so devoid of life that it is possible to draw the conclusion that the team that strolled to the Premier League title at the end of last season has been kidnapped and replaced with imposters from the Planet Mediocre. Once Olympiakos had secured a two goal lead within ten minutes of the start of the second half – thanks, as if enough...

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Bundesliga Round Up: Week 22 – Çalhanoğlu’s Wondergoal

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Bundesliga Round Up: Week 22 – Çalhanoğlu’s Wondergoal

“It was the best goal of my career” said Hakan Çalhanoğlu after his 40 yard free kick made a fool of Borussia Dortmund’s goalkeeper, Roman Weidenfeller and sealed a 3-0 win that even a week ago would have seemed fanciful. Çalhanoğlu is only 20 years old so he has many years to try to score a better goal. Nevertheless, it is unlikely that such a set of circumstances will ever present themselves to allow him to make such an audacious attempt.HSV were already 2-0 and the game was well into injury time. The Turkish international had been picked...

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A Sort Of Blues Return At Cardiff City

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A Sort Of Blues Return At Cardiff City

For all the bullying and coming from their club of late, supporters of Hull City can at least take a crumb of comfort from the fact that, on the pitch, their team is holding its own in the Premier League at the moment this season. This isn’t a luxury that is currently being extended to the long-suffering supporters of Cardiff City. These two clubs met in the Premier League yesterday afternoon, and travelling Hull supporters might well have found it instructive to learn a little about what a policy of divide and conquer looks like after...

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