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When Football Was Good, Part 2

MAURICE MALPAS Full back. Born 3rd August 1962, Dunfermline. Clubs: Dundee United (1979-2000). League appearances: 617. League goals: 20. Domestic honours: Scottish League Championship 1982/83; Scottish Cup 1994. European honours: UEFA Cup finalist 1987. International honours: 55 Scotland caps (1984-1992). Maurice Malpas played for Dundee United and no-one else. Even his underwear is tangerine and black. He made 830 appearances for United in a 21-year career, but at the time that he and United were winning their most recent Scottish League title in 1983, Malpas was not yet a full-time professional. Instead, he mixed football with studies for an...

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Chris Graham: The Rangers NED

The role of non-executive director is rather more serious than the abbreviation “NED” suggests. This is particularly true in Scotland…currently for two reasons. Because “ned” in Scotland is a derogatory term often said to be short for “non-educated delinquent.” And because Rangers Football Club needs almost nothing less than the appointment of a “ned” as a…erm…NED. Yet many people will joke that Rangers International Football Club PLC have done just that with Tuesday’s appointment of former fans’ spokesman Chris Graham as a NED, especially since certain aspects of his past on-line behaviour have been exposed. At face value, the...

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The Feyenoord Charity Smear

The Scottish mainstream media (SMSM) has taken a comprehensive booting in recent years for misreading the Rangers story, old and new. However, new lows were reached with coverage of a visit by fans of Dutch club Feyenoord to Glasgow from February 27th to March 1st. In February 2014, Celtic and Feyenoord fans combined under the banner “Together in Friendship 2014” (TIF) to raise funds for the Glasgow-based Kano Foundation, which takes children to Celtic matches for free, and the Rotterdam-based Daniel Den Hoed Stichting Foundation, which supports cancer research. The initiative was a success, raising over £5,000 for the...

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The FA Cup Sixth Round: Manchester United vs Arsenal – Live!

Good evening, sports fans! It’s the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, and it’s Manchester United against Arsenal. The previous three games in this round of the competition have yielded just two goals, so there isn’t an awful amount to have to live up – or down – to for this evening’s teams. Historically, this is a match full of needle, going back to the second half of the 1990s. It may have dissipated a little in recent times, but this is both Manchester United and Arsenal’s last truly realistic chance of winning a trophy this season. On top of...

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A Little Perspective Over Villa Park

Between a sex toy being apparently strapped to the head of one of their supporters and a pitch invasion at the end of the match, it rather felt as if there might be something in the water at Villa Park last night. Much as we may have scoffed at the appointment of Tim Sherwood was selected to be the new manager of the club on Valentine’s day, Aston Villa have won three out of five matches under his charge and now going to Wembley for the semi-finals of the FA Cup, the club’s first trip to this particular of...

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