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Clearing Up A Few Loose Ends: Celtic, Portsmouth And (Briefly) Wednesday

It’s the football scandal of a generation. And it won’t go away. Colleen Rooney, photographed blatantly sipping a cool drink by a holiday swimming  pool… while there’s a recession on!! I mean not one single British passport holder anywhere else in the world has done that in the last week. As to whether that shite…

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October 27, 2010

Brinkmanship: The Watchword For This Season

Some of you may have noted on Friday that, upon the release of news reports that Portsmouth were set to cease trading by this week if the club didn’t reach agreement with Sacha Gaydamak over repayment of his debts from the club, we didn’t pass any comment upon the subject. It wasn’t through a lack…

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October 25, 2010

The Torment Of Portsmouth Continues

With Liverpool having hogged the headlines over the last couple of weeks or so, it is easy to forget that there are other clubs in considerably greater trouble than they are at the moment. In Scotland, Dundee FC are understood to be on the brink (more on that in the next few days or so)…

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October 15, 2010

Clubs In Crisis II – Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth & Manchester United Redux

Mark Murphy is back with the second of his round-ups on football clubs that have been hitting the headlines for the wrong reason.

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September 25, 2010

Match Of The Week: Stevenage 1-2 Portsmouth

How times change. This time last year, Portsmouth were preparing for the start of the Premier League season. The hints were already out there, that something was desperately, horribly wrong at Fratton Park, but few would have managed to guess just how bad things would get. Being the first Premier League club to enter into…

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August 9, 2010

Portsmouth Evade The Taxman’s Net

So, Portsmouth won at the High Court yesterday, then. It’s worth taking a moment to consider what that means, exactly. It means that their unsecured debt has been reduced by 80%, and that the overwhelming majority of creditors will lose, cumulatively, a massive amount of money into a black hole. It means, effectively, that the…

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August 6, 2010

Portsmouth: All Kinds Of Everything Which Need Investigating

The problem with the media’s attempted coverage of Portsmouth’s saga is that the saga is little to do with Portsmouth, or football, at all. And in newspapers carefully compartmentalised into home, foreign, business and sports news… and celebrity shite, the off-the-field tale of Portsmouth doesn’t belong exclusively within any one compartment. The story is most…

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July 23, 2010
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