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Colin Murray, Liverpool & Integrity

This year hasn’t been a very good year for integrity. No matter which side of the political schism that is currently playing out like an episode of House of Cards on mescaline you currently sit, the very idea that there are people left in the public sphere that can still act with a degree of principle has come to feel like a relic of a bygone age, like going to take the bins out and coming across a sabre-toothed tiger jumping over the wall into next door’s garden. As it is in politics, so it is in professional football....

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Euro 2016: The Final Reckoning

This wasn’t, it seems reasonable to say, the ending to the tournament that UEFA were most likely expecting. As Portugal danced around the pitch in front of their small but extremely boisterous group of supporters with the Henri Delaunay Trophy tucked under their collective arm, the inquests had already begun. How could a team that only won once in ninety minutes over the course of their seven matches win the trophy? Was this the fault of the decision to expand it all to twenty-four clubs? This conclusion on top of much of the football played over the last four...

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Euro 2016: France vs Portugal… Live!

Good evening brothers and sisters. The end is in sight. Euro 2016 has now been whittled down to its last two teams, and this evening in Saint-Denis France play Portugal at Le Stade de France to decide who will be crowned the champions of European football. This evening’s match sees the one of the pre-tournament favourites and the hosts taking on a team that has never won a major international tournament before, but can Portugal really be considered outsiders when they have Cristiano Ronaldo – and an in form Cristiano Ronaldo, at that – amongst their numbers? Portugal finally...

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Torquay United: Going To The Dogs?

This year has been a somewhat unusual one for Torquay United Football Club. Speaking to BBC Radio Devon at the start of February, manager Kevin Nicholson, who’d brought in six new players to try and turn around a disastrous season which saw the club ten points from safety at the foot of the Conference National, stated that, “They’ve got to gel quick”. Nicholson got his wish. From the start of March, his new look team won nine and drew four of their remaining games of the season, dragging themselves to safety with three games to spare and eventually finishing...

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EFL Trophy: Coming Apart Before It Begins?

If the original plans hadn’t been such an insult, the events of the last few days would have been quite funny. The Football League – or, as it has chosen to rebrand itself from this summer, the “English Football League” – opted to ignore a rumble of discontentment from the supporters of its member clubs and press ahead with its decision to invite Premier League academy teams into the Football League (or “EFL”) Trophy, but with just a few weeks to go before the start of the new season, it is becoming increasingly apparent that far from all of...

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