Author: Ian

Blackpool, The Oystons & The Morning After

Those who turned up at Bloomfield Road this afternoon expecting the place to be packed to the rafters ended up disappointed on two fronts. Just over 5,000 people turned out for this afternoon’s match against Portsmouth, but it should be considered that this number included 1,700 travelling supporters who’d made the long journey north from the Hampshire coast. Blackpool’s last home match against Wigan Athletic had a home attendance of just over 3,600 people. This afternoon’s had a home attendance of just over 3,300. The boycott of Blackpool Football Club by a significant proportion of its supporters continues, and...

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The FA, Watford & A Woman’s Place

It’s probably reasonable to say that, following the severe criticism that the Football Association has been receiving of late over the Eni Aluko matter (and, as though this even needs to be said, deservedly so), the relationship between men and women’s football isn’t in a terribly healthy place at the moment. As such, the decision of Watford FC to pull the funding from its women’s team and demote it down to a regional amateur level probably couldn’t have come at a worse time for the game’s governing body. The phrase “institutionally racist” came up more than once during the...

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Blackpool & The Oystons: Game Over, Surely

The court case between the Oyston Family and Valeri Belokon over Blackpool FC is over, and it was very bad news for the much-hated club owners. Here’s Gavin Saxton with a rundown of what’s been going on in court.  In a devastating judgement, issued on Monday, Owen and Karl Oyston, father and son, were ordered to pay £31.77 million to VB Football Assets – the company formed by Valeri Belokon to take a stake in Blackpool FC in 2006 – in order to buy out their involvement with the club. This followed an increasingly bitter dispute between Belokon and...

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Televised Football In The Regions: Yorkshire

It is, some might say, appropriate that the Yorkshire Television region’s football coverage should have been occasionally dotted with controversy. From Scarborough and Middlesbrough in the north down to the outer reaches of Norfolk and Humberside, the Yorkshire region was vast in its scope, covering a vast range of internecine grumbles of varying natures, some of which go back for hundreds of years. In the first place, however, the Yorkshire region didn’t exist. Coverage of that part of the world was part of “The North” region when that service first went on the air in May 1956, served during...

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West Ham United: Here Comes The Moyes

Not that anybody who’s perusing this afternoon’s news headlines will likely care too much, but there is an alternative narrative to the recent career of David Moyes. Received wisdom has it that, over the course of the last four years or so, Moyes has become one of football’s familiar bywords for failure who somehow keeps finding himself in work. He failed at Manchester United. He failed at Real Sociedad. He failed at Sunderland. Why on earth, received wisdom asks us, should that recent run end at West Ham United, where an expensively assembled squad is still, in November, playing...

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