Posts Tagged "England"

(War Minus The) Shooting From The Hip: On Football, Poppies & Remembrance

By on Nov 9, 2011 in Latest, Opinion | 13 comments

And so it ends. Ninety-three years of England’s ignominious and unpatriotic failure to wear poppies on their shirts comes to a deserved end, and a nation can rest easy, safe in the knowledge that now football has fallen into line, people will actually start wearing poppies for the first time ever. Or something like that. Football is not ignorant of military matters....

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The Rooney Storm In A Tea Cup

By on Oct 14, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

It was a display which fell quite firmly into the category of “Typical England”. What should – and can could easily have been – a comfortable win in Montenegro last Friday night ended with a scrambled draw and a red card for Wayne Rooney, leaving the team’s qualification for the finals from a distinctively mediocre group looking just a...

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England Totter Towards Euro 2012

By on Oct 8, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

For all the panic and soul-searching, then, England have qualified for next year’s European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, although their performance last night was again patchy and hinted at a team that is likely to struggle against the very best in Europe next summer. Moreover, England’s night – which should, or might, otherwise have been...

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Ferguson Weeps, St. John Snarls, and Hutchison With The Header: BBC Sportsound Replay

By on Oct 7, 2011 in Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

Building up to this week’s final round of group qualifying fixtures for the 2012 European Championships, BBC Radio Scotland has produced short audio pastiches daily on their Sportsound programme featuring new interviews with former Scottish national team players along with rebroadcasting some audio caught in the moment after some big matches. Should you care...

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Match Of The Midweek: England 1-0 Wales

By on Sep 6, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 6 comments

There are empty seats at Wembley this evening. The FA’s hyperbolic per-match ticket advertising for this match may have made inferences to this being the match that everybody wants to see, but the fact that the advertisements were on display anywhere at all told its own story. There are red dots pock-marking the background at the national stadium this evening,...

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