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The Despotism & Ignorance Of Vincent Tan

Perhaps now we at least might have some understanding of why Vincent Tan has been so insistent on the subject of changing the colours of Cardiff City’s shirts over this last couple of years or so. By wearing red, all associated with the club are better prepared to mask the redness of their faces as the club’s owner repeatedly drags its name through the mud. The latest revelations to come from The Cardiff City Stadium, however, are of an altogether more serious nature than those that had preceded them, rumours of £3.7m in bonuses being offered to the players...

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Bundesliga Round Up: Week 23 – Stuttgart lose again

It’s definitely crisis o’clock at Stuttgart. The Swabians are one of the Bundesliga’s biggest clubs and regular European competitors who last won the championship as recently as 2007. Their coach back then was a guy call Armin Veh. He is now the coach of Eintracht Frankfurt, who were responsible (in part at least) for Stuttgart eighth consecutive defeat on Sunday. Stuttgart went ahead with a nice finish from the Austrian international, Martin Harnik after half an hour and it was all going pretty well for the away side. Particularly when, on 72 minutes, the linesman overruled the referee after...

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Football, Beer & Sunshine: Normality Returns To The Dripping Pan

It’s been a long time coming, but spring might finally just about be in the air in East Sussex. After what felt like months of constant high winds and rain, the sun is out in Lewes for this afternoon’s Ryman League Premier Division match against league leaders Dulwich Hamlet, and a combination of the good weather and a beer festival has attracted a large crowd of just over eight hundred people to The Dripping Pan for league match of significance to both of the clubs taking part. By the end of the afternoon, though, the large, rambunctious travelling support...

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On Financial Fair Play & Legal Threats

It was always likely to only be a matter of time before somebody issued a legal challenge to somebody’s Financial Fair Play rules somewhere in this country. After all, the acquisition of debt has become one of the defining characteristics of football in this country from the very top of the professional game down in recent years. Indeed, in some respects it might be even considered a tradition – English football clubs have been using their financial muscle to crowd out their rivals since before the Football Association’s rules even allowed players to be paid to play. The challenge to Financial Fair Play is being made to the Football League and it’s coming primarily from the Championship, although reports have been conflicting on how many it might be, with the Guardian not giving the exact number of clubs behind it all (although they did name  Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers as being amongst the main movers behind it), whilst the Daily Mail went a step further and made the claim that ten clubs from the Championship and one from League One were involved in it all, although they only added the name of Bolton Wanderers to that given by their rival publication. The Guardian’s list of clubs came from “Championship sources,” and there is little reason to question it. The notion of Financial Fair...

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The Death – And Potential For Rebirth – Of Eastwood Town FC

In the overall scheme of things, the resignation of a football club from one of the myriad of leagues that make up the non-league pyramid is unlikely to even warrant a footnote in the story of English football. Yet there are lessons that should surely be learned from the protracted collapse of Eastwood Town Football Club, lessons that other clubs at that level of the game would do well to heed. Whether they will or not, however, is a highly debatable questionable. The proverbial fat lady started to clear her throat a little over a month ago, when the club was evicted from its Coronation Park ground by the local council over the non-payment of rent. Already hopelessly adrift at the bottom of Division One South of the Northern Premier League, this turned out to be the final straw for a club whose reversal of fortunes had, over the last couple of years, been just about as dramatic as have been seen in recent years. Following this came a wearyingly familiar sequence of events. The club’s playing staff ebbed away. Matches were postponed. And then yesterday the club tendered its resignation from the league, meaning that closure is now but a legal technicality away. It wasn’t ever thus, of course. Over the course of the last ten years or so, Eastwood Town had been one of non-league football’s upwardly...

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