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The Death & Rebirth Of Football In Hereford

When the end finally comes, it is usually the mundanity of that is the most striking thing of all. At the High Court in London, five days before Christmas and with most “football people” focusing their attention on the forthcoming rush of holiday fixtures, Hereford United Football Club passed quietly into the night, another of the English game’s relative footnotes cast asunder shifted to its “History” section. Yet the story of Hereford United and its demise doesn’t end with the scratching of a judge’s signature on a document in a hushed courtroom. When it comes to football clubs, these...

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Steven Pressley & Coventry City’s Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

When the axe fell, it was at least swift. Steven Pressley’s two years in charge of Coventry City Football Club ended yesterday with his dismissal from a club that has dropped into the League One relegation places at just about the most difficult time of the season. February is the point of the season at which clubs that have spent the winter months labouring to pick up anything at all need to start winning matches if they are to pull themselves out of whatever mire into which they found themselves being dragged. Last weekend, however, whilst Colchester United, Leyton...

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Stan Collymore… Moral Guardian?

I often wonder where they would have been if we hadn’t have taken them in, fed them and washed them. Imagine the scene. A leading club, one of England’s best-supported, reaches the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against a long-standing, bitter rival in a match televised live by the BBC. From an early stage, they look a distant second best and long before half-time they are a demonstrably beaten side. Their fans know this. And there seems little point in trying to urge their team on. Instead, they begin to sing “Pakis go home” alongside chants glorifying the bloody...

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The 200% Podcast 1: What Does A Manager Actually *Do*?

Those of you who continued to follow the fortunes of this website while it was on its hiatus from football will be fully aware of the fact that podcasting every Friday became a regular staple of our diet. Well, now we’ve climbed aboard the football bandwagon again, it’s time to resurrect that terrible idea, so here’s our very first podcast of 2015, in which Edward Carter and I try to figure out the vaguest job description in the world, that of the professional football manager. We’re a bit rusty, so forgive us for that, but from now on it...

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Premier League Players Worth Every Penny, Says Peck

Amid all the fevered reaction to the national GDP-sized English Premier League (EPL) TV deal for 2016-2019, one article particularly activated my bile duct. It wasn’t from a usual suspect, either. No Martin Samuel little-Englander/Francophile nonsense. No mainstream Scottish media straight-down-the-line lying. But the Independent newspaper’s hitherto inoffensive and, in my opinion, highly-readable Tom Peck, in his column last Saturday. Peck eschewed all calls for football’s multi-millions to help football’s “grassroots” (a heavily-ironic description, given the state of so many park pitches, where actual grassroots would be a start). The grassroots, and the call to reduce EPL ticket prices,...

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