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The Last Of The Old Order: Part Six – January 1992

So it was that 1992 began with Manchester United comfortably ahead of Leeds United at the top of the last First Division table before the introduction of the Premier League. This weekend’s continuation of our story of this season starts with the traditional New Year’s Day’s fixtures, but the FA Cup also breaks up this particular month on two separate occasions, so we also have highlights of the Third Round match between Wrexham and Arsenal, as well as the Fourth Round match between Bristol Rovers and Liverpool. As ever, the league table as it stood at the end of...

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Neil Doncaster: Stupid Is As Stupid Does

The Scottish Professional Football League’s CEO, Neil Doncaster, is either stupid, or thinks everyone is. This is the logical conclusion to draw from the SPFL’s breath-taking decisions on the Scottish Championship’s fixtures for Saturday May 2nd. At first glance, Sky TV televising Hearts v Rangers and moving the game from Saturday to Sunday is nothing unusual. Two of Scotland’s biggest club names, one receiving the Championship trophy that day, the other central to the battle for play-off places. However, May 2nd was the last day of the regular Championship season. And with final league positions still potentially up for...

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FC United of Manchester: New Ground, New Hope, Same Old Nerves

At this point of the season, comparing league positions between two teams that are just about to play a match certainly feels as if it matters less than it might have done a few months ago. Points won in April may have no greater actual significance than those won in October, but it can certainly feel like it when nerves start to jangle in anticipation of promotion or silverware, or in the face of the cold, steely glare of relegation. Form books can go out of the window as players that have been struggling throughout the previous nine months...

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The 200% Podcast 9: Football Through Fresh Eyes

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Due to other commitments, this week’s 200% podcast is a little earlier than usual and we’re trying something a little different this week. Those of you that have been paying something approaching the vaguest of attention to my personal life (and I have absolutely no idea who has and who hasn’t, so bear with me if you’ve heard this before) may already be aware of the fact that I got married at the start of this year. Now, my wonderful wife is American and has no knowledge of association football whatsoever, so we decided...

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When Football Was Good, part 7 – David Speedie

DAVID SPEEDIE Born 20th February 1960, Glenrothes. Clubs: Barnsley (1978-1980); Darlington (1980-1982); Chelsea (1982-1987); Coventry City (1987-1991); Liverpool (1991); Blackburn Rovers (1991-1992); Southampton (1992-1993); Birmingham City (1992, loan); West Bromwich Albion (1992, loan); West Ham United (1993, loan); Leicester City (1993-1994).  514 career league appearances, 148 goals. Domestic honours: 1986 Full Member’s Cup; 1987 Charity Shield finallist. International honours: 10 Scotland caps (1985-1989). “Mummy, who’s that man leaping like a majestic salmon to head the winning goal?” Well, it could only have been David Speedie, the 5 feet 7 inch centre forward with the aerial presence of a man...

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