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Basket-Casery And The Football League Championship

To do so much as glance at the Football League Championship table can often be a most disorientating experience. At a glance, should be a considerable amount of orthodoxy in this division. On the one hand, the Championship swallows up the lion’s share of the relatively meagre amount of television money that the Football League can muster from its negotiations with Sky Sports and the BBC, whilst the bigger clubs in the division manage to make considerably more in terms of gate money and other commercial revenue than many of their smaller rivals. On the other, meanwhile, the lavish...

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The Battle To Save Top Field

It is probably little more than a mere fact of life that, for a football club plying its trade six divisions below the bright lights and hyperbole of the Premier League, national headlines are likely to be thin on the ground. Any attention from the mainstream media is likely to be welcome, even if the story is of a “man bites dog” variety. When a hedgehog escaped onto the pitch during a recent Red Insure Cup match between Hitchin Town and Arlesey Town, leading to a short minute delay as officials tried to remove the interloper from the field...

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Radiolab & Association Football

Over the last decade or so, there has been an absolute explosion in the amount of writing and talking about association football, to such an extent that it’s possible to believe that the “market” for such media has long since passed the sign marking the city limits for a city called Saturation. A considerable amount of it, though, continues to fall some way short of the expectations that those amongst us who prefer their sports coverage to contain words of more than one syllable. None of this, however, is to say that it isn’t possible to write or talk...

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Coventry City & The Franchising Of London Wasps

For a couple of weeks or so, there was something approaching normality at The Ricoh Arena. After an absurd amount of time away, Coventry City Football Club was back home with a team that was performing reasonably well on the pitch, and all was as near as things have been at this basket-case of a club over the last two or three years or so. It didn’t take long, however, for a cat to be thrown amongst the pigeons yet again for the long-suffering supporters of the club. Or a Wasp, to be a little more precise. Earlier on...

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Can The FA Cup Relight My Fire?

It’s ten past two on a Saturday afternoon, and I’m walking across a field towards a turnstile. There’s one thing, though. This isn’t a metal gate at which I’m greeted by an old man wearing a v-necked jumper and a striped tie offering a ticket in return for my hard earned cash. This is a wooden turnstile, of the type traditionally used to allow people to pass from field while keeping sheep or other livestock penned in rather than the type that most football supporters are familiar with. We cross it and walk along a pathway covered in brambles...

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