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The Last Of The Old Order: Part Four – November 1991

Well, it’s getting on towards winter now and the First Division of the Football League is starting to settle into an agreeable groove, with Leeds United and Manchester United having established themselves at the top of the table. This morning, we’ve got the goals from every weekend of this month, plus some more goals from the League Cup and Manchester United’s European Super Cup match against Red Star Belgrade, from Old Trafford. There is, you’ll note, another free weekend for international fixtures. You can see the First Division table as it stood at the close of play on the...

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Taking On Mike Ashley, The Rangers Way

Mike Ashley, Newcastle United’s owner and all-round corporate scumbag appears an expensive barrier to Rangers’ financial progress. When former RIFC director Chris Graham was proclaiming the skies over Ibrox free of massive clouds, Ashley had already formed his own ultra-massive, lucrative clouds.  He reportedly invested £1m to buy three million RIFC shares before the now-infamous Initial Public Offer (IPO) in December 2012, a considerable personal investment in the context of the IPO, if not in the context of Ashley’s personal fortune, which made him Rangers’ third-largest shareholder. There were also reports that Rangers could “borrow as many as nine...

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Scotland’s Football Association Is Not Corrupt

Scotland’s football authorities have taken as much of a booting over their mishandling of the “Rangers situation” as its mainstream media. However, the SFA have recently demonstrated considerable versatility in the art. The latest examples came from the fraught, occasionally violent, Scottish Cup quarter-final tie between Celtic and Dundee United; particularly the first match at United’s Tannadice ground on March 8th; and particularly the unseemly stramash ten minutes in. And the SFA then extended their mishandling of the affair by their ultra-sensitive, immature reaction to criticism of that mishandling by Dundee United supporter Stewart Milne on the Scotzine website....

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The Last Of The Old Order: Part Three – October 1991

As the nights started to draw in during the autumn of 1991, the First Division of the Football League was starting to take a familiar shape that it would maintain for the majority of the rest of the season, with Manchester United and Leeds United at the top of the table, with the defending champions Arsenal tucked in just behind them and Liverpool, who had dominated English domestic football for most of the previous decade, off the pace somewhat. October 1991 featured one free week for the clubs of the First Division as teams broke for a week on...

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When Football Was Good, Part 4

MIKE HOOPER Goalkeeper. Born 10th February 1964, Bristol. Clubs: Bristol City (1983-1984); Wrexham (1984-1985); Liverpool (1985-1993); Leicester City (1990 (loan)); Newcastle United (1993-1996); Sunderland (1995 (loan)). League appearances: 125. If Liverpool’s famous Boot Room was the power behind the throne of the most recent great Liverpool team, Mike Hooper was arguably the power behind the substitutes bench. A promising career in the lower divisions seemed to be blossoming when Kenny Dalglish made Hooper one of his first signings as Liverpool manager in 1985. Over his eight seasons on Merseyside he mustered only 51 league appearances, usually in dead rubbers...

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