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John Still, The Knowledge & Luton Town’s Renaissance

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John Still, The Knowledge & Luton Town’s Renaissance

There are many aspects of pride to being a football supporters, some of which are laudable whilst others are less so. At the less extreme end of this spectrum is the pride of being the supporter of a club in the Football League. It’s a club that – along, of course, with the Premier League – only ninety-two clubs can be members of, and losing that status can have a damaging effect on one’s self-esteem. The Football League introduced automatic promotion and relegation with the Football Conference more than a quarter of a...

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Going, Going, Gone – The Bell Tolls For The Boleyn Ground

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Going, Going, Gone – The Bell Tolls For The Boleyn Ground

The “Sold” sign went up at The Boleyn Ground yesterday, a point of no return in West Ham United’s enduringly controversial plans to leave The Boleyn Ground, the club’s home for the last one hundred and ten years, for the newer pastures of the Olympic Stadium in nearby Stratford. Yet whilst this was an announcement that was expected by most, there has been a solemn atmosphere amongst the club’s supporters over the last couple of days or so, and the feeling that, of all the people that are likely to benefit the...

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The Tactics Tank, Episode One: Manchester United vs Fulham

Posted by on 6:08 pm in Latest, Opinion | 3 comments

The Tactics Tank, Episode One: Manchester United vs Fulham

If all you’ve been doing of late has been going to matches every weekend, it may have passed you by that there is now a single, unified way in which we should watch association football which is a bit like looking at an Excel spreadsheet made by somebody that has taken too many magic mushrooms. Never ones to miss out upon the opportunity to leap aboard a passing bandwagon, we sent our tactical guru Pete Brooksbank to Old Trafford to watch yesterday’s match between Manchester United and Fulham. Unfortunately, however, he got drunk...

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It’s Turning Ugly At Hamburg

Posted by on 9:34 pm in Bundesliga, European Club Football, Latest | 1 comment

It’s Turning Ugly At Hamburg

Last Wednesday, about 400 Hamburg fans march to the club’s training ground as a demonstration of support for the beleaguered squad who had lost five games in a row, a run that saw the club descend to second from bottom of the Bundesliga. Hamburg have never been relegated from the first division and they were founder members when the league was formed in 1963. After that show of solidarity from the fans, a new wave of optimism briefly engulfed the club ahead of last Saturday’s game at home to Hertha Berlin. After the game the crowd assembled...

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Six Of The Worst: Football’s Failed Rule Change Experiments

Posted by on 3:52 pm in History, Latest | 3 comments

Six Of The Worst: Football’s Failed Rule Change Experiments

The way that the game is played might have changed, but the rules of football, both on and off the pitch, have proved to be remarkably resilient to change over the years. Although there have certainly been significant changes to the game over the course of the last three or four decades or so – the introduction of the backpass rule, for example, or changes to the offside rule to favour attacking players – these tweaks have seldom fundamentally altered the experience of watching a match. Advisors, however, do not guarantee their...

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Peter Pannu Is *Still* Considerably Richer Than You

Posted by on 12:50 pm in Finance, Latest | 1 comment

Peter Pannu Is *Still* Considerably Richer Than You

I do appear to have invoked plenty of memories “for those of a certain age” in recent articles. And I’m about to do so again.  In January 1979, the then Prime Minister James Callaghan returned from a summit in Guadeloupe to a Britain entering its infamous “winter of discontent.” Rubbish was left uncollected and the dead unburied thanks to various trade unions “holding the country to ransom” (copyright: every right-wing national newspaper – i.e. all of them except the Mirror). Callaghan tried to play down suggestions of “mounting chaos” and...

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