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Scottish Football Goes Nuts

Football’s genuine status as “only a game” was perfectly demonstrated by comparing Scottish football’s descent into madness last week with the parallel fall and fall further into the arena of the psychologically unwell of US president Donald bloody Trump. Trump’s week of false equivalence, ignorance of history and resultant encouragement to American neo-Nazis and white supremacists has been well-documented, by far better documenters than me. Suffice to say that the clownish rhetoric, schoolboy politicking and rank-rotten refereeing which pock-marked Scottish club football’s week was many times… MANY TIMES less dangerous. For some observers, part of Scottish club football “tradition”...

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Premier League Review: Tottenham Hotspur’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

At the very top end of professional football, there is no such thing as a “bad” player. The days of the chain-smoking, heavy drinking footballer with a paunch and a bookmaker’s pen behind his ear have probably gone (although the latter of these character traits has likely only moved on to mobile phone apps), and when we talk of the attributes of players we probably focus too much on the physical and not enough on the psychological. This, we might well argue, is why Tottenham Hotspur’s apparent Wembley hex is important. Prior to the Premier League’s debut the national...

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Clearing The Summer Hangover

My team, Bostik League Premier Division Kingstonian (Bostik? Evo-Stik? Rhyming adhesives and non-league football… er… league sponsorships, eh?) began their 2017/2018 season this Saturday. But I wasn’t interested. They did so at Billericay Town, tabloid press darlings, sure-to-be-wisely-gargantuan spenders and inevitable title favourites among football bookies who probably couldn’t name any non-tabloid star ‘Ricay players, let alone rationally analyse their promotion prospects. Paul Konchesky. Jamie O’Hara. Jeez, Jermaine Pennant. Players that football fans have heard of. In the Isthmian League. £35,000 weekly wage bill. In the Isthmian League. But I wasn’t interested. They did so under the management of...

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Premier League Review: Peak Arsenal – Fifty-Six Minutes

It is a curious anomaly that a Premier League season that has started with a somewhat muted feel to it than previous years should have thrown up such an eventful first weekend. One could be persuaded that the glamour, the glitz, the pomp and the circumstance count for little, and that what matters is the quality of the matches themselves, the actual football, and just occasionally a reminder or two that to err is human. Sometimes the game is at its best when there is an element of slapstick about it. In the current Premier League, there has been...

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Football League Review: Aston Villa’s Slow Motion Replay

It says something for the condition of the club in recent years that the extent to which Aston Villa were swept aside by Cardiff City yesterday afternoon barely even merited that many headlines outside the cities of Cardiff and Birmingham the following day. This time last year, Aston Villa were preparing for their first season outside of the top flight in a quarter of a century with the burden of being pre-season favourites weighing heavily around their neck. Despite having finished hopelessly adrift of the rest at the foot of the Premier League in 2016, new owners and a...

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