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Richard Scudamore & The EFL Trophy

With a couple of weeks still to go before the start of the new season, there is a feeling of some uncertainty in the air. At those clubs that have been blighted by the sort of owners that we wouldn’t wish upon our own worst enemies, little to nothing seems have been happily resolved. The Oyston family maintains its iron grip over Blackpool, Aston Villa have new Chinese overlords who have spent the summer ripping the club’s malfunctioning first team squad from limb to limb, Duchatelet remains at Charlton Athletic, as does Mike Ashley at Newcastle United. In addition...

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Football on TV: There Is Another Way

I’m not sure if this is a commonly held view but I have really enjoyed this tournament. It has not been a brilliant one, the benchmark remains Euro 2000 and I will explain at length to anyone who disagrees why they are wrong, and there have not been many truly memorable matches but there have been very few turkeys. Aside from Portugal, most teams have provided at least moments of entertainment: why, even England were very watchable against Russia. How long ago that seems now. Perhaps the key reason for my enjoyment has been the fact that it’s been...

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Sam Allardyce: England Manager

With a wave of a magic wand filled with money, the decision was made. Sam Allardyce is the new England manager. There were a couple of of late kinks that delayed his ascendency to this poisoned chalice. Signing a contract was reportedly delayed by wrangling over money, whilst there was a mild social media panic this afternoon when Steve Bruce, who’d also been interviewed for the job, suddenly resigned as the manager of Hull City. This, however, turned out to be a false flag which had more to do with the chaotic state of that club at the moment...

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Chesterfield: The Crooked Spireites

For the great many football clubs that don’t dine at the game’s top table, the question of fundraising is perpetual. How does a club attempt to bridge the gap between it and those above it when trickle-down economics have failed and the gap between the richest and the rest takes a further leap with each new television contract? Sponsorship deals can only go so far, and many lower division clubs already have not only the fronts of their shirts emblazoned with company names, but increasingly also the backs and, in some cases, their shorts as well. Grounds have also...

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Hendon FC: Time To Go Home

In an age during which perpetual self-improvement has become something akin to a religion, the art of stasis has become an increasingly rare sight. It can feel almost surprising to find something exactly where we left it, as though time has stood still in a bubble around it. But perhaps we should celebrate this more often than we do. In 1964, Hendon Football Club, one of the great stalwart names of English football, transferred from the Athenian League to the Isthmian League. This was a club that had enjoyed not inconsiderable success during the previous decade or so, winning...

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