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Tranmere Rovers & Cheltenham Town Stare Into The Abyss
Ho hum. Phil Gartside is back, this time with his third version of a neat little insurance policy that will mean that his club and others like them will never again have to sink to the level of playing anyone not “big” enough to play his massive, massive club, Bolton Wanderers.
The fact that Rangers and Celtic believe themselves to be too big for Scottish football is one of the oldest stories around but, as Gavin Saxton writes, their biggest problem is that the English don’t really want them and “The Atlantic League” remains a non-starter.
Rangers & Celtic played out the first Old Firm match of the Scottish league season yesterday. Recent results in Europe have led some to believe that there is a slim possibility that their hegemony may be broken in Scotland but, as Gavin Saxton notes, they still remain too strong for the rest of the SPL.
That retirement comes at such a young age is one of the curious contradictions of football. No sooner has a professional player reached his prime than he is sliding down the other side of his career arc. The overwhelming majority vanish quietly into the distance to retrain as sports scientists, run pubs, or do any…
If you open this morning’s newspapers, you’ll see that, in the opinion of the hacks, it’s already a foregone conclusion that this year’s European Cup final will be the greatest football match of all time. This may or may not come to pass, but it has some stiff opposition to overcome if it is to…
Summer is coming, the evenings are getting longer and some football chairmen are giving every impression of having too much time on their hands already. This week’s insane plan comes from a repeat offender – the Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside. Gartside, you may remember, was shot down in flames last year over his brilliant…
And so, then, to The Battle of Britain, the Auld Rivals, the English Champions against their Scottish counterparts. Unfortunately, the match had to come along and spoil all the romantic platitudes. Celtic were completely outclassed, even though United were a little way off their current imperious, swaggering, best. Pre-match rumours surrounded – predictably – Cristiano…