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Alex Ferguson: Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold?

As we suspected all along, it has come down to the last day of the season. West Bromwich Albion had managed to postpone the hangman’s noose for a couple of weeks longer than many people had expected, but they finally fell through the trapdoor at The Hawthorns with a home defeat against Liverpool last weekend….

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May 23, 2009

The Disembowelling Of The FA Cup Semi-Finals

It is now almost thirty years since Paul Power crashed in a remarkable shot from twenty-five yards out to send Manchester City to the FA Cup final at the expense of Ipswich Town. The 1980/81 season was rapidly unravelling for the team from Suffolk. Within weeks, they would be overhauled by Aston Villa to become…

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March 9, 2009

Spurs, Aston Villa & The UEFA Cup

Much as it was unsurprising, it was still a fairly depressing spectacle. On Thursday night, Aston Villa and Spurs put out reserve teams for their UEFA Cup matches against CSKA Moscow and Shakhtar Donetsk, and they both paid a predictable price for it, crashing out of the competition. It was, as if it were needed,…

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February 28, 2009

It’s All In The Head

As last season kicked off, Scott Carson must have thought that the world was at his feet. He had come a long way very quickly. He had been spotted in 2002 playing for non-league Workington’s youth team by scouts from Leeds United, and was just nineteen years old when Rafael Benitez was persuaded to pay…

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July 15, 2008

Heroes & Villains

We live, as I have said on here before, in testing times, and one of the most vexing issues of the modern game is the sense of over-commercialisation which accompanies almost every football match that we see. One of the watersheds in the commercialisation of the game was the introduction of shirt sponsorship in the…

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June 4, 2008

Trouble At Villa

And the award for Most Chaotic Pre-Season Build-Up goes to… Aston Villa. In a tale of intrigue and double-dealing that would do Ian Fleming proud, Villa’s pre-season has gone up in a cloud of smoke that reeks of intrigue, double-dealing and wheeler-dealing in the corridors of Villa Park. The in-fighting and back-biting are threatening to…

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