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Rifts & Distrust Threaten To Kill Darlington For Good

It is very much a sign of the times that £50,000 is not a great deal of money to a football club in trouble playing in the fifth division of the English league system these days. An ongoing debate over the eventual destination of precisely this amount of money, however, seems to be throwing a...

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January 14, 2012
Ian

Blackburn Rovers: When Owners Turn Chicken

One emerging problem with the “benefactor model” of club ownership is “what happens next?” Blackburn Rovers have struggled with this problem since their 1990s benefactor, steel magnate Jack Walker, died in 2000. And current owners Venky’s are not, yet anyway, the solution.

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January 13, 2012
Mark

Spurs Supporters Dare To Dream

At White Hart Lane last night, Tottenham Hotspur beat Everton by two goals to nil. There was nothing particularly unusual about this result – apart from the fact that Spurs have occasionally struggled to break Everton down in recent years – but this was a result that may just prove to be one of the...

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January 12, 2012
Ian

Mixed Signals & Bad News From Darlington

There may only be a couple of days left to go. Darlington FC continue to stare into the abyss and the comments of the club’s joint administrator, Harvey Madden, in an interview with BBC Radio Tees this evening will have offered no comfort to those of the opinion that it is now only a matter...

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January 10, 2012
Ian

Sky Blues & Grey Clouds – The Decline Of Coventry City

Matches in the Third Round of The FA Cup frequently draw attendances that are lower than they would be otherwise. The simple fact that tickets are not usually provided as part of annual season tickets combined with the possibility of people feeling the pinch in the weeks after Christmas is usually enough to keep many...

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January 10, 2012
Ian

Match Of The Week 2: Arsenal 1-0 Leeds United

There remains a sense of great expectations surrounding Leeds United. To get a feel for the root cause for this, we only need to spin back four decades, when Don Revie’s team lost out on the Football League Championship to Derby County but managed a little solace in winning the FA Cup final against Arsenal...

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January 9, 2012
Ian

Queens Park Rangers Shuffle Their Pack

As things turned out, Heidar Helguson’s late equalizer in Milton Keynes on Saturday afternoon wasn’t quite enough to keep Neil Warnock in his job. Rangers – without a win of any description in the FA Cup for a decade – may well remain in the competition for now, but Warnock won’t be at Loftus Road...

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January 9, 2012
Ian
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