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Wolverhampton Wanderers: On Promotion & Agency

The last few years haven’t been terribly kind to the football clubs of the West Midlands. Aston Villa have been dragged down into the Championship and are finding getting back up out of it to be more a challenge than they might have expected. Birmingham City were relegated seven years ago and have only ever fleetingly looked like making their way back since then. West Bromwich Albion may have won at Old Trafford yesterday but seem to be hurtling towards the same fate. And the less said about Coventry City, the better. At the very top of the Championship,...

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The OFAB – An Act Of Folly: Part Two

The story so far: The Scottish National Party (SNP) jerked its law and order knee to produce the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act (Scotland) 2012, more ‘popularly’ known as the ‘Offensive Behaviour at Football Act’ (OBFA). People ‘at football,’ and others, foresaw legal and practical problems… “Rushed law is bad law” is widely-perceived legal wisdom. And the recently-deceased OBFA was SOOO rushed and bad. Ostensibly, it was passed because of unity among the overall majority of SNP members of Scotland’s parliament (MSPs) in Holyrood, Edinburgh in 2011…and repealed because of unity among the overall majority of...

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Manchester City Win The League Title By Default

When the full-time whistle blew at Old Trafford yesterday afternoon, the crowning of the new champions of England couldn’t have come about in more unusual circumstances. Supporters of the home side had started streaming towards the exits some time earlier – the empty seats on display had previously somewhat contradicted the announced attendance of just over 75,000 people – and most of those still inside the ground were West Bromwich Albion supporters, deliriously celebrating a result which, in the most pragmatic terms, may still end up counting for little come the end of the actual season itself for them...

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The Saturday Movie Club: Thoroughly Sensible Soccer

Having been born in 1972, I was probably of the first generation to have computers at home from a young age. My first machine was a ZX81, bought in 1982 in the vain hope that I would ever get any useful from a computer. It was an angular chunk of cheese with a keyboard that literally couldn’t have had a worse designed keyboard, 16kb of RAM (if you plugged this mildly dangerous looking expansion back into the back of it), had a black and white only display and was silent. A year or so later, I graduated onto the...

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A World Cup With A Conscience

There is a lot of agonising going on at the moment amongst some football supporters about how we might be able to enjoy this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia with a clean conscience. It’s a difficult decision, of course. The World Cup feels as though it’s a part of the DNA of many of us. We can all remember our first tournament – the old adage that “the best World Cup finals is that which took place closest to your tenth birthday” still rings true for me – and the rhythm with which it comes about – every...

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