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Blues’n’ Trouble – The Continuing Story Of Birmingham City

When I last wrote about Birmingham City things were grim, on-field and off. In the intervening seven months, NOTHING has changed… apart from the entry in the club’s record books marked “heaviest home defeat.” On May 3rd, Blues avoided relegation to League One by about as long as it took me to type this far. Yet Blues fans may have forgotten Paul Caddis’s drop-saving, stoppage-time equaliser, at fellow-financial basket-case Bolton, when Tokelo Rantie made it eight-nil (EIGHT) to Bournemouth at St Andrews on October 25th. Blues’ then acting-chairman, Peter Pannu, said in an interview with Tom Ross on the...

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Ched Evans & A Hole Too Big To Be Dug Out From

For Sheffield United Football Club, the timing couldn’t have been much worse. This weekend is a weekend of international football and, since nature abhors a vacuum, there have been plenty of column inches to fill in the sports sections of newspaper wesbites which which might not otherwise have been looking for a story. Yet it doesn’t seem unreasonable to state that, in view of what we know about the ongoing rumblings over the readmittance of convicted rapist Ched Evans into football society, this is a position into which the club has cast itself voluntarily. It was under no obligation...

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A Little Love For The FA Cup

We live in an age during which, if I may be permitted to mangle the words of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus for a moment, change is the only constant. Professional football is changing, both on the pitch and away from it, and no-one knows for certain where, exactly, this will all end up. Yet, for all the turbulence of the modern game, there remain some traditions that cling to continuity with an obduracy that most likely infuriates the sensibilities of the most radical modernisers. In England, the philosophical trade-off made by many with an interest in the game is...

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Basket-Casery And The Football League Championship

To do so much as glance at the Football League Championship table can often be a most disorientating experience. At a glance, should be a considerable amount of orthodoxy in this division. On the one hand, the Championship swallows up the lion’s share of the relatively meagre amount of television money that the Football League can muster from its negotiations with Sky Sports and the BBC, whilst the bigger clubs in the division manage to make considerably more in terms of gate money and other commercial revenue than many of their smaller rivals. On the other, meanwhile, the lavish...

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The Battle To Save Top Field

It is probably little more than a mere fact of life that, for a football club plying its trade six divisions below the bright lights and hyperbole of the Premier League, national headlines are likely to be thin on the ground. Any attention from the mainstream media is likely to be welcome, even if the story is of a “man bites dog” variety. When a hedgehog escaped onto the pitch during a recent Red Insure Cup match between Hitchin Town and Arlesey Town, leading to a short minute delay as officials tried to remove the interloper from the field...

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