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Stevenage Do Us All A Favour

While last night’s FA Cup match between Woking and Brighton & Hove Albion had its fair share of drama, the real excitement of the evening came in Buckinghamshire at something called Stadium:MK, where Stevenage FC snatched a dramatic late equaliser and then won a penalty shoout-out to book a place in the Second Round of the…

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November 17, 2010
Ian

Match Of The Week: ** **** 0-0 Scunthorpe United

So, you play a forty-six match season in which you have finished in third place, some distance clear of the opposition. At the end of that season, you have take part in a play-off match against a team that finished three league places and eleven points behind you, and you fail to kill them off…

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May 16, 2009
Ian

In Praise Of… “The Beautiful Game? Searching For The Soul Of Football”, by David Conn

In November 2001, I (as was my wont at the time) made the short journey from my flat in the centre of St Albans to Clarence Park to watch The Saints play Basingstoke Town in the Ryman League Premier Division. It was an uninspiring match – a flattering 3-1 win – but more concerning was…

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January 23, 2009
Ian

Chasing The Argonauts

In the name of “progress”, we continue to be reminded about the dangers of frachising in football, and we continue to be right to stay vigilant against attempts to parachute teams into the Football League or senior non-league football. The fundamental principle is that, subject to concerns over the health and safety of large crowds,…

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January 8, 2009
Ian

A Few Things About Local Derbies

What constitutes a local derby seems, on the face of it, to be a question with a pretty obvious answer. However, if we take a couple of minutes to actually examine it, it becomes more nuanced that you might at first think. Derby matches are usually local, but they don’t necessarily have to be. The…

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August 15, 2008
Ian

A Sensible Transfer

This morning’s announcement that MK Dons are applying to take over Gretna’s place in the Scottish Premier League shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone. Pete Winkleman knows the value of publicity if nothing else and, as he said himself this morning, “We have an excellent chance of bringing European football to Milton Keynes,…

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April 1, 2008
Ian
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