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Which Way Now For Leeds United?

In a sense, the single most surprising aspect of Massimo Cellino was its timing. As the office workers of this country fumbled their way through their first cup of coffee of the morning, the news came through from Italy that Cellino had been found guilty of evading import duty with regard to the purchase of a yacht which was impounded in 2012 and fined €600,000. It was news that GFH Capital, the current owners of Leeds United and a group who had turned away from a more or less home grown bid to purchase the club two months ago,...

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A Unanimous Recommendation To Reject: The FA On “Hull Tigers”

In the interests of strict accuracy, it should be pointed that this is not completely a done deal, just yet. It may well have been that the Football Association confirmed this afternoon that their Membership Committee have made a unanimous recommendation to the FA Council to reject Hull City AFC’s proposed to the name of “Hull Tigers.” It may well be that the FA Council could go against the advice of the Membership Committee and vote to allow it, instead. It may well be that the Allems, who haven’t always shown the utmost tact and dignity in their previous public utterances on the matter, choose to go for one further exercise in throwing their toys out of the pram and try to cover their face by acting even more ridiculously over this whole matter than they have already managed. None of these outcomes are completely beyond the realms of possibility, of course, but there can be little question that the announcement – which started as a leak this morning but had escalated to being an official statement on the FA’s website by the middle of the afternoon – that the FA’s Membership Committee were unanimously recommendating rejection of this name change is a major boost to those that have worked so hard for the City Til We Die campaign, whose submission to the Football Association was a controlled, professional...

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The Right Stuff: Luton Town FC Speaks Up For Supporter Involvement

As winter finally gives way to the springtime, the sun continues to shine on Luton Town. The clubs sits thirteen points clearat the top of the Conference Premier and, whilst few at Kenilworth Road would be considering to assume promotion back into the Football League a completely done deal just yet, a last minute equaliser at Cambridge United in a match that might have blown a little life into a championship battle that has gone a little stale over the course of the last few weeks, as if there could be any doubt over this, merely confirmed that the...

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Birmingham City & The Self-Importance Of Being Peter

Birmingham City’s still-acting chairman Peter Pannu recently dismissed Birmingham City supporter protests as something of a norm for English football. More of a norm for English football, however, is Pannu’s sense of self-worth, which is only matched by whoever is responsible for paying him £400,000 a year for his role at the football club. And attached to this heightened sense of self among certain personalities in English football is a heightened sensitivity to criticism, which almost appears to be directly proportional to the justification FOR that criticism. Pannu, lest we forget, has been Birmingham City’s senior and best-paid executive during a period of considerable on-and-off-field decline at the club. It is tempting to suggest that if Pannu was on some form of performance-related pay, Blues’ debt problems would be considerably eased at a stroke. Instead, Pannu seems unperturbed at the prospect of adding to club expenditure by involving the club’s lawyers in a rather pointless spat with the Blues fan website Often Partisan (OP). OP is written by Blues fan Daniel Ivery, whose work in covering former club benefactor Carson Yeung’s recent trial on money-laundering charges was hugely comprehensive and informative, right up to Yeung’s conviction last week on all five money-laundering offences with which he was charged and his sentencing to six years in prison. Ivery even travelled to Hong Kong on a number of occasions to report...

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Introducing… Unofficial, Unaffiliated Premier League Bingo!

Now, we’ve all done it – slumped down in front of the television or a laptop, wondering what on earth we can do to brighten up the prospect of a live match that we have no particular interest apart from the somewhat ghoulish hope that somebody might hold up a piece of card that says something particularly ridiculous, punch a referee, say something a bit racist and start a fight or otherwise unliven what may, even in The Greatest League In The World™, be an uneventful encounter. Or perhaps you’re just hanging around on Twitter, waiting for someone to...

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