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The Totem Pole: A Modern Football Allegory

Jude Ellery writes the Football Farrago site as well as editing Man & Ball, and he is sitting in for us this evening with an allegory involving… well, interpret it as you wish. The tribe – for that was what they were – foraged day and night for the perfect tree.  They searched high and…

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July 6, 2011
Ian

Those We Have Lost: Maine Road, Manchester City

And still they keep coming! The next in our Those We Have Lost series comes from David Mayor, who had misgivings about Manchester City leaving Maine Road, but is happy that the spirit of his club remains intact, at least in its support. We are still very much looking out for submissions on this subject,…

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June 18, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Week: The 2011 FA Cup Final: Manchester City 1-0 Stoke City

For those of us that consider the Premier League to be little more of a diversion than any of football’s other myriad of competitions, it had been easy to switch off over the last few days and pretend that this wasn’t happening. The full extent of the debasement of the FA Cup by the Premier…

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May 15, 2011
Ian

Great Expectations And The FA Cup

Either Stoke City or Manchester City will win their first trophy since the 1970s tomorrow afternoon, but Mark Brophy wonders whether the glowing feeling that comes with it may turn out to be more fleeting than they might hope.   The FA Cup Final this weekend will, unusually, be contested by two teams for whom…

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May 13, 2011
Ian

Manchester City, Stoke City, Cup Finals And Relegation

When Stoke City play Manchester City on Saturday, it won’t be the first time that the two sides have met at the end of the season. David Mayor reports on two very different sets of emotions. When my team, Manchester City, face Stoke City at Wembley this Saturday, it will, many of my nearest and…

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May 12, 2011
Ian

Video Special: Six Great FA Cup Finals

It may have escaped your attention, but it is the FA Cup final on Saturday. Manchester City and Stoke City will take the pitch at Wembley on Saturday afternoon, with both clubs looking for their first major trophy since the 1970s. With shameless nostalgia in the back of our minds, then, it’s time to take…

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May 11, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Week: Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United

A corner of the north-west of England has decamped to north-west London. The folly of the FA’s decision to hand FA Cup semi-finals to Wembley for the forseeable future has been amply demonstrated this weekend, with the closure of the M1 motorway on account of a fire having pushed the rail system as far as…

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April 16, 2011
Ian
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