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We Don’t Have To Like Gary Neville To Respect His Achievements

It is occasionally said that it is easier for a player to be loyal to the biggest clubs than to a small club. Without the temptation of being lured somewhere else, for some players at the likes of, say, Liverpool or Manchester United, it is easier to stay put for the whole of one’s career…

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February 3, 2011

FA Cup Match Of The Week 2: Southampton 1-2 Manchester United

When Dimitar Berbatov drove the ball into Richard Kingson’s goal to complete Manchester United’s turn-around at Blackpool during the week, there was a near-nationwide shrug of resignation at what is starting to feel like the inevitability of their coronation as the Premier League champions. That sort of performance, the digging in and refusing to accept…

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January 29, 2011

FA Cup Third Round Weekend 3: Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool

If there is one thing that the last few weeks of Roy Hodgson’s time in charge of Liverpool Football Club became notable for, it was the mass of contradiction that enveloped it. Hodgson was the wrong man for the job at the wrong time, but the hysteria that seemed to engulf the club as the…

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January 9, 2011

2010: A Football Financial Review

You could frame it. If you wanted a short, pithy representation of all that has been wrong with football finance in 2010, you could do no better than quote a Plymouth Argyle fan known as “Sensible Surfer” on the BBC Football website over the Christmas period. “Ridsdale set to take control… good news,” he/she said,…

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January 1, 2011

Match Of The Midweek: Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal

There were just over seventeen minutes to play in this critical, top of the table Premier League match when the whistle blew for a penalty kick. Wayne Rooney picked the ball up and placed it on the spot. In front of the Stretford End, this was his moment, after everything, for redemption and the healing…

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December 14, 2010

Then And Now: Red Issue And The Role Of The Fanzine

William Abbs went to Old Trafford at the weekend and picked up a couple of fanzines. He takes a moment to consider the role of the fanzine in the modern media environment. The original article may be found here. A trip to Old Trafford on Saturday has got me thinking about football fanzines. The fan…

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November 24, 2010

Match Of The Midweek: Manchester City 0-0 Manchester United

Perhaps it was “The Curse Of ITV” returning to haunt us again. Last night, they showed a documentary about football in Manchester which examined, through the eyes of Eric Cantona, the current and historical state of the rivalry between Manchester City and Manchester United. The two clubs have had their fair share of drama from…

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November 11, 2010
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