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Tuesday Night Live! (An Experiment In Live-Blogging)

Oh, hello. With the World Cup finals coming up in five months time, we’ve been discussing coverage of it over the last few days and one of the ideas that has sprung to mind has been live-blogging it all. Fortunately, WordPress has a plug-in which allows this to be done with the greatest of ease (or so they claim), so I thought we’d give it a test drive and see how it works. Or whether it works. In view of this, apologies in advance for if this somehow manages to go magnificently, hilariously wrong. There’s every chance that it will do. But anyway, this evening features a roster of matches that would do any weekend throughout the course of the season proud. There’s the Merseyside derby, whilst Juan Mata – the undoubted saviour of Manchester United – makes his debut at Old Trafford this evening against bottom of the table Cardiff City. A little further down the food chain, meanwhile, the Championship’s crisis club du jour, Bolton Wanderers travel to Queens Park Rangers, whilst Leyton Orient play Coventry City in League One and there are relegation six-pointers – you know them, they’re the matches where the winners get three points, just like in every other match – aplenty at the foot of League Two, with Portsmouth travelling to Wycombe Wanderers and Bristol Rovers at home against Accrington Stanley. The...

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What On Earth Is Going Wrong At Bristol Rovers?

With Bristol City near the foot of League One and Bristol Rovers only four points from the relegation places in League Two, this hasn’t been the greatest of seasons for the conurbation of Greater Bristol. Here’s our West of England correspondent Irene Goodnight – see what I did there? – to bring us up to speed with what may or may not have been going wrong at The Memorial Ground of late. In December 2012 the Bristol Rovers Supporters Club Share Scheme marked its ten year anniversary, with fans contributing more than £1,000,000 since the launch. The hitting of seven figures was marked by celebrations on the pitch at half time of our home match versus Wycombe Wanderers earlier this season, with Andy Rammell – the striker bought with share scheme funds who saved us from relegation by scoring six goals in twelve games at the end of the 02/03 season –paraded round the pitch, and fans applauded for their efforts in transforming the club. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the scheme had revolutionised not only the fortunes of Bristol Rovers but also supporter involvement in how the club was run, yet the hot air coming out of the club with regard to these landmarks only tells half the story. At the time the share scheme started, Bristol Rovers was firmly rooted to the bottom of the Football...

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Goole AFC Captain Karl Colley’s Afternoon Of Folly

The vast majority of non-league football clubs – it might even be argued all of them – spend their lives at some distance from the glare of the national media, and when one does make national headlines, it’s as likely as not that it will not be a story that said club would not want to be in the limelight for. So it was over the weekend for Goole AFC of Division One South of the Northern Premier League. They sit in fourteenth place in that particular division, far enough above the relegation places to not be to concerned by the possibility of relegation but a little too far from the play-off positions to be likely to cause any difficulty at the other end of the table, either. Last Saturday afternoon, they were beaten at by three goals to nil by third placed Coalville Town. This was not a result that would be surprise to many regular watchers of this particular division, but still the match has still managed to find itself splashed across the national press on account of the Goole captain that afternoon, Karl Colley. Colley had just been sent off for a bad tackle when the taunting of the travelling Coalville supporters got a little too much for him, and he jumped into the crowd and made several attempts to get at them, throwing a punch...

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Bundesliga Week 18 Round Up: Signs of life at the bottom

After a month off for warm weather training and general battery recharging, the German Bundesliga returned to action last Friday with a highly anticipated top of the table clash between third placed Borussia Mönchengladbach and the top of the table, Bayern Munich. However, the real drama of the weekend did not come at the Borussia Park where the home team submitted to a 2-0 defeat but elsewhere at Nuremberg, Wolfsburg and probably most excitingly at Freiburg. SC Freiburg’s European commitments and squad changes were an unfortunate legacy of a fantastic 2012/13 season in which they finished 5th. But the Breisgau club are small in relation to the German top division and this season has proved something of a struggle. However, they finished the first half of the season with a home win against Hannover and looked to lift themselves out of the bottom three with a win against, Bayer Leverkusen who, despite being second in the table, had lost their previous two league encounters and were there for the taking. Things got off to a rotten start for the home side when Lars Bender scored in the opening minutes for Leverkusen. Just over twenty minutes later Admir Mehmedi equalised before Simon Rolfes retook the lead with a set piece header. In the second half, Jonathan Schmidt bit back for Freiburg and the battle was joined so to speak. This...

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Rangers: Alistair McCoist’s “Pearls Of Wisdom”

It is tempting to leave this page blank, both in homage to Len Shackleton’s famous chapter on “The average directors’ knowledge of football” and because so much of what Rangers boss Ally McCoist has said this past week has left people speechless. But the sheer magnitude of McCoist’s folly deserves the fullest possible exposure. Talk of the new Rangers aping the old by going into administration has lit up Scotland’s traditional and social media since word got out last Thursday that Rangers’ first-team squad had been asked to consider taking a 15% pay cut and had declined so to do. Chief Executive Gordon Wallace’s claim that “no offer had been made” met with merited contempt and parody when he added that it was “more of a conceptual discussion about the possibility of some sort of reduction.” One contributor to the Celtic website Kerrydale Street’s ‘Next Sevco Discussion Thread’ suggested that Wallace might have “made them a conceptual discussion they can’t refuse.” And it was easy to imagine the players suggesting that Wallace consider discussing the concept of “getting tae ****.” But Wallace’s descent into the linguistic world of Brian Glanville-isms (one for the teenagers) was a momentary aberration. He has, after all, spoken the only sense so far on the subject of the restarted Rangers’ finances, telling last month’s AGM that “the current operating structure we have is too...

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