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FC United of Manchester: New Ground, New Hope, Same Old Nerves

At this point of the season, comparing league positions between two teams that are just about to play a match certainly feels as if it matters less than it might have done a few months ago. Points won in April may have no greater actual significance than those won in October, but it can certainly feel like it when nerves start to jangle in anticipation of promotion or silverware, or in the face of the cold, steely glare of relegation. Form books can go out of the window as players that have been struggling throughout the previous nine months...

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The 200% Podcast 9: Football Through Fresh Eyes

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Due to other commitments, this week’s 200% podcast is a little earlier than usual and we’re trying something a little different this week. Those of you that have been paying something approaching the vaguest of attention to my personal life (and I have absolutely no idea who has and who hasn’t, so bear with me if you’ve heard this before) may already be aware of the fact that I got married at the start of this year. Now, my wonderful wife is American and has no knowledge of association football whatsoever, so we decided...

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When Football Was Good, part 7 – David Speedie

DAVID SPEEDIE Born 20th February 1960, Glenrothes. Clubs: Barnsley (1978-1980); Darlington (1980-1982); Chelsea (1982-1987); Coventry City (1987-1991); Liverpool (1991); Blackburn Rovers (1991-1992); Southampton (1992-1993); Birmingham City (1992, loan); West Bromwich Albion (1992, loan); West Ham United (1993, loan); Leicester City (1993-1994).  514 career league appearances, 148 goals. Domestic honours: 1986 Full Member’s Cup; 1987 Charity Shield finallist. International honours: 10 Scotland caps (1985-1989). “Mummy, who’s that man leaping like a majestic salmon to head the winning goal?” Well, it could only have been David Speedie, the 5 feet 7 inch centre forward with the aerial presence of a man...

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It’s Time For A Reassessment Of The Valley Parade Disaster

It’s difficult to know where to begin with all of this, of course. At first, the headlines can only make one’s stomach turn. The Valley Parade of May 1985, which claimed the lives of fifty-six football supporters from two football clubs, already occupies a particularly dark place in the history of professional football in England and the mere possibility that it might have been anything whatsoever more than a horrible and tragic accident is enough to make most of us recoil from the horror of it all. But the allegations that have been alluded to over the course of...

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Latics Heading Towards The Basement

The concept of being mathematically relegated means that they’re not quite down yet, of course, but last night at The New Den Wigan Athletic took their biggest step yet towards the precipice. A two goal defeat against the similarly embattled Millwall yesterday evening means that the bell is tolling for the Latics’ time in the Football League Championship after just two seasons. With three matches left to play of the season, survival would require an unlikely sequence of events involving a team that has been misfiring all season winning all of their last three matches of the season and...

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