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The Football League’s Trophy Folly

Like Bambi on ice, the 2016/17 Checkatrade Trophy stumbled to something approximating an impersonation of life last night. A grassroots boycott of matches had taken hold and, whilst it didn’t – almost certainly couldn’t – reach one hundred per cent absenteeism, it surely accounted for significantly terrible evening of attendances on a bright, late summer’s evening, with no other football to act as a distraction on the television or a short distance away. The League Cup seldom gets a schedule as clear as this. And yes, this round of what this abomination used to be has never been known...

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The Premier League Review: Returning To Type

Three games in, then, and the Premier League is reverting to type following its year off. Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea lead the table with maximum points, there’s already been a storm concerning tweets that a player (once) sent, and the possibility of a suspension now hangs over the head of a stand-out player ahead of the Manchester derby in a couple of weeks time. All we need now is for Arsenal supporters to start taking banners to matches demanding the immediate impeachment of Arsene Wenger, and we’ll have a full house. Aguero’s elbow made contact with Winston...

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Football League Review: We Gotta Get Outta This Place

After a slow start to the season, Newcastle United are starting to move ominously towards the top of the Football League Championship table. Late on Saturday afternoon, their two-nil win against Brighton & Hove Albion in front of just over 49,000 people at St James Park, a timeously persuasive performance in front of live television cameras against one of the division’s other stronger sides. Jamaal Lascelles gave them the lead after twenty-five minutes, but it still required a little luck in the openng stages of the second half to sew up Rafael Benitez’s third win of the new season....

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The Champion’s League Draw: Ian Rush’s Unscrewable Balls

So. Why was Ian Rush given so much to do when he couldn’t get his balls open?” It was surely the question on everyone’s lips after the Uefa Champions League (UCL) group stages draw in Monaco. The draw was less interminable than some past events and would have been less interminable still but for Rush’s problems screwing open the balls containing the group letters…and if the 2017 UCL Final ambassador wasn’t in action for the entire draw while stars such as Thierry Henry and Clarence Seedorf were in for one pot and off the stage again (the final is...

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Podcast 69: Liverpool’s Class of ’88

This week’s 200% podcast is going back to the 1987/88 season, and perhaps the greatest English club team of all time. Liverpool won the First Division at a canter that year, but they couldn’t win the double and this high point came shortly before the beginning of a period of tragedy and decline for the club. But still, what a team, although Ian has his doubts that they would have been able to compete with the extraordinary Milan team of the era had English clubs been allowed to enter European competitions. That, however, is more a reflection on how...

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