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Televised Football In The Regions: The Midlands – In Colour

If, at the point that Associated Television (ATV) began their contract to broadcast seven days a week to the Midlands in 1968, one had asked a sample of football experts which parts of the country would come to dominate football in England over the duration of this contract, it’s entirely possible that the vast, sprawling band across the middle of the country wouldn’t have figured in that many people’s calculations. Such is the size of the Midlands that of course it had representation in the First Division, but this was largely concentrated in the bottom of the half of...

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Parking The Coach: Brian Clough

It is the late summer of 1975 and at Nottingham railway station, a cub sports reporter for Radio Trent called Clive Tyldesley has arrived in good time to make the journey to London to cover Nottingham Forest’s match with Chelsea. Tyldesley, freshly graduated from university and in his first job in journalism, is smartly attired in a crisp shirt, blazer and grey slacks. But nothing gets past the keen eye of Forest’s new manager: “Young man, good morning. You’re very welcome to be with the Nottingham Forest party, but when you travel with Nottingham Forest you always wear a...

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Blackpool, The Oystons & The Morning After

Those who turned up at Bloomfield Road this afternoon expecting the place to be packed to the rafters ended up disappointed on two fronts. Just over 5,000 people turned out for this afternoon’s match against Portsmouth, but it should be considered that this number included 1,700 travelling supporters who’d made the long journey north from the Hampshire coast. Blackpool’s last home match against Wigan Athletic had a home attendance of just over 3,600 people. This afternoon’s had a home attendance of just over 3,300. The boycott of Blackpool Football Club by a significant proportion of its supporters continues, and...

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Football & The Law: Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That

America’s late-night “genuine fake news” programme “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” has a segment called “Ain’t nobody got time for that,” speed-covering the swarm of news items part-caused by “Donald Trump did WHAT?” tales. “Ain’t nobody” had full time for the football legal stories which have taken significant turns this week. There I was, researching repugnant Fifa ex-Vice-President Jack Warner’s legal attempts to escape justice for his repugnant criminality (sod “allegedly,” he couldn’t lie in bed straight, that man) when, suddenly… Blackpool, the “Paradise Papers,” Fifa and the “Paradise Papers” again. Fascinating revelations, affirming football peoples’ flaky relationship...

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The FA, Watford & A Woman’s Place

It’s probably reasonable to say that, following the severe criticism that the Football Association has been receiving of late over the Eni Aluko matter (and, as though this even needs to be said, deservedly so), the relationship between men and women’s football isn’t in a terribly healthy place at the moment. As such, the decision of Watford FC to pull the funding from its women’s team and demote it down to a regional amateur level probably couldn’t have come at a worse time for the game’s governing body. The phrase “institutionally racist” came up more than once during the...

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