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Football’s University Challenges

This week sees the climax of the university football season, at Loughborough. Here’s Paul Caulfield with a look at the hinterland at which football and education meet. In January, the London Evening Standard published “Who Says Their Brains Are All in their Boots? The Rise of the Clever Clogs Footballer”, an article about graduates in football.  While the piece was reasoned enough, the sneering headline recalled the inverted snobbery of the ‘Ba-gette’ sketch in comedy show, ‘Absolutely’ and betrayed a similar attitude to footballers’ intelligence. It is depressing  that these headlines still appear, despite the presence of footballing graduates...

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The 200% Podcast 5: The Race For The Championship Championship

Good morning everybody, it’s time for another podcast. This morning, we’re veering away from our normal tactics of just picking a nebulous subject and waffling about it for an hour, but this week’s is a little more current event-esque, as we discuss the race at the top of the Football League Championship. There are also several mentions of the deposit left by the the-Brighton manager Gus Poyet in the Crystal Palace changing room following Palace’s play-off win at the Amex a couple of years ago. Should you wish to download it, you can do so by right-clicking and saving...

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The Last Of The Old Order: Part Two – September 1991

September 1991, the second month of the last season before the introduction of the Premier League, began with Manchester United looking comfortable at the top of the First Division. We’ve got the highlights from every Saturday of the month, along with some midweek league matches and even some early fixtures from the League Cup, which was then sponsored by the now long-deceased electrical retailers, Rumbelows. There’s quite a lot of it all to love, so I’ll leave it there. The league table as of the end of the last Saturday of the month is at the bottom of the...

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When Football Was Good: Part 3

TONY DALEY Winger. Born 18th October 1967, Birmingham. Clubs: Aston Villa (1985-1994); Wolverhampton Wanderers (1994-1998); Watford (1998-1999); Walsall (1999); Forest Green Rovers (1999-2002). League appearances: 340. League goals: 41. Domestic honours: 1994 League Cup. International honours: 7 England caps (1991-1992). Tony Daley was little, had mad hair and was fast. Fast in a way that wingers used to be when football was good. Fast in a way that on-the-ball trickery wasn’t even particularly a factor. It would only have slowed him down. Daley is most famous for his spell at Aston Villa. Part of the side that won Villa...

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Birmingham City: The Receivers Take Control

So. Farewell, then. Peter Pannu. This time, for good and forever. Probably. Receivers are now in charge of Birmingham International Holdings (BIH), the Hong Kong-based corporate soap opera that is Birmingham City FC’s parent company. And these are the best two pieces of off-field news Blues fans have had in years. On St Valentine’s Day, five BIH directors voted to “apply for the appointment of receivers for the Company.” Three days later, accountants Ernst & Young (E&Y) began the task of applying proper corporate governance to the firm. And last week Hong Kong’s stock exchange (HKSE) were given the...

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