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Match Of The Week: The 2011 League Cup Final: Arsenal 1-2 Birmingham City

Perhaps today was a day for burying a few clichés. That the League Cup “doesn’t matter any more” has become one of the mantras of the modern game, but this is a viewpoint that looked somewhat bedraggled as the full-time whistle blew at Wembley Stadium this afternoon. As the Birmingham City players celebrated this most…

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February 27, 2011

A Rant Or Three

While I was ‘away’ at the Asian Cup, English football ‘personalities’ maintained their capacity to infuriate – through stinking hypocrisy as much as the usual pig ignorance. Brady Everybody on the planet bar a couple of Buddhist monks in Bhutan (only a couple, mind) has had their say on Andy Gray’s and Richard Keys’ departures…

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February 5, 2011

FA Cup Third Round Weekend 1: Arsenal 1-1 Leeds United

No-one is hit harder by the unremittingly harsh light of football’s inherent meritocracy than the supporters of a “Big Club” that falls upon hard times. When they slipped to the third tier of English football during the late 1990s, Manchester City supporters came up with a song that expressed their existential angst called, “We’re Not…

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January 8, 2011

Match Of The Midweek: Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal

There were just over seventeen minutes to play in this critical, top of the table Premier League match when the whistle blew for a penalty kick. Wayne Rooney picked the ball up and placed it on the spot. In front of the Stretford End, this was his moment, after everything, for redemption and the healing…

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December 14, 2010

Arsenal’s Milestone: Is The First One Hundred Pound Ticket Imminent?

It hasn’t been a terribly good weekend for Arsenal. Beaten at home by Tottenham Hotspur for the first time in seventeen years yesterday lunchtime, their supporters had the rest of the day to take stock of their recent patchy home form, and the confirmation that they will probably be the first in the Premier League…

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November 21, 2010

Match Of The Week: Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur

It’s a lunchtime kick-off for the North London derby, and there are still a few empty seats on display at The Emirates Stadium. A chance for that one last drink before kick-off. Supporters of both teams could well be forgiven for taking the opportunity to have that drink today. Arsenal will go top of the…

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November 20, 2010

Videos Of The Week: FA Cup Special

This weekend sees us reach the First Round Proper stage of the FA Cup. Over 40,000 people turned out to watch the Fourth Qualifying Round matches, and there will be plenty of stories waiting to be written over the next few days. For our part, we’ll be reporting on the matches between Rochdale and FC…

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November 3, 2010
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