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Scottish Media & “The Celtic Tax Case”

It was front-page news on October 12th. A Daily Record investigation. “Celtic and the tax dodge firm,” screamed the headline. £434m in unpaid tax. Rangers Tax Case? Relative peanuts. Many Scottish football fans would consider the existence of a Record newspaper investigation into anything front-page news in itself. The Record played its full part in missing the Rangers liquidation story, the biggest in Scottish football history, as it unfolded in the years leading up to 2012. More recently, they ignored a damning report into Scottish football governance by the Tax Justice Network. And they are currently missing/ignoring the financial...

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Premier League Review: Cherries On Top

AFC Bournemouth appearing first on Match of the Day isn’t an especially common occurence, but their performance in putting six goals past Hull City in the Premier League at Dean Court yesterday certainly justified such star billing. After a slow start to the season, they’ve now won three and drawn one of their last five games, all of which was enough for Gary Lineker, after having watched their demolition of a Hull City side that is now starting to show the signs of fraying around the edges that were widely predicted before the start of the season, to mention...

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Charlton Athletic & Coventry City: Brothers In Arms

There has been a definite change in tone in the nature of supporter protests against those who are mismanaging some of our football clubs. In years gone by, they could come to feel like an insular matter, and for those looking on from the outside it could feel a little like intruding a private matter to express much support. From joint protests between supporters of Oxford United and Reading when it was proposed that the two clubs should merge under the “Thames Valley Royals” name in 1983 through to the Fans United day held at Brighton & Hove Albion’s...

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Republic of Ireland: Martin O’Neill – The New Trapattoni?

When appointed Ireland manager in November 2013, Martin O’Neill was widely seen as a ray of light after the dark final days of predecessor, Italian Giovanni Trapattoni. At Fulham’s Craven Cottage the following May an Ireland fan suggested the team had played “more football” in the as-yet-unfinished friendly against Italy than during Trap’s entire tenure. However, as Ireland chugged their way to an unconvincing six points from two World Cup qualifiers last week, I couldn’t but be reminded of Trapattoni’s teams. Over-negative narrow home wins. Luck-riding away draws against opposition of genuine class. Narrow away wins against opposition of...

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Derby County’s Managerial Merry-go-Round

This hasn’t necessarily been the easiest of years for the supporters of Derby County. On the twenty-ninth of December last year, the Rams were in second place in the Football League Championship, behind Middlesbrough at the top of the table but four points clear of third-placed Hull City. We all know what happened next. Derby slumped to an eventual fifth placed finish in the table, and were then beaten in the semi-finals of the play-offs by the team that they’d been ahead of as the clocks rang in the new year. Modern professional football being modern professional football, a...

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