Posts Tagged "Aston Villa"

The Disembowelling Of The FA Cup Semi-Finals

By on Mar 9, 2009 in Latest | 3 comments

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 the champions of England and would be left with just...

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Spurs, Aston Villa & The UEFA Cup

By on Feb 28, 2009 in English League Football | 0 comments

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, a further reminder that football long since ceased to...

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It’s All In The Head

By on Jul 15, 2008 in English League Football, Latest | 2 comments

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 £750,000 for his signature in January 2005. Before the...

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Heroes & Villains

By on Jun 4, 2008 in English League Football | 0 comments

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 late 1970s and early 1980s. The sight of shirts...

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