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Tranmere Rovers & Cheltenham Town Stare Into The Abyss
Spring is in the air, and the good news stories just keep coming. Former Chester City supporters seem to have a decisive upper hand in their battle to get their own club, run on their own terms. Durham City of the Unibond League end a run of twenty-nine successive defeats with two wins in a…
As quietly as a mouse, spring has sprung. The FA Cup quarter-final between Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon is a 5.20 kick-off, but the sun is still glittering on the River Thames behind Craven Cottage as the teams kick off and the football season, which, throughout the winter months, starts to take on the feel of being endless, is starting to feel considerably more finite now.
Fulham brushed aside Manchester United in the Premier League yesterday afternoon with a performance which suggested that 2010 could be a very good year for the London club. Roy Hodgson may be very much from the old school, but his team is thoroughly modern.
It has been a very sad day for football on the eve of the new season. We have lost one of us. It is, perhaps, a reflection of the hole in the heart of English football that we should mourn a football man whose greatest single attribute was nothing more or less than a sense…
It is a shame that, this year, the FA Cup has become the competition that best represents the poisonous inequality that cuts through English football like a hot knife through butter. Manchester United and Chelsea sailed through on Saturday, and Arsenal brushed Burnley aside to set up what is likely to be a perfunctory quarter-final…
For those of us in our mid-30s, Swansea City left a pretty indelible mark. Our coming of age coincided with theirs, as they rocketed up to the First Division under the managership of John Toshack. They had a team of grizzled old pros, none of whom were done any favours by the fashion of the…
From the mid-1960s on, football grew massively as a passive spectator sport. The realisation that football could evolve as a spectator sport for people that weren’t even at the match was a revolution in terms of the perception of the game. By 1983, moves for live televising of league football for the first time were…