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Burnley: Andre Gray – And Football’s – Intractable Problem

It’s now been more than four years since Andre Gray, then just another non-league footballer plying his trade with the now-deceased Hinckley United, made the first of a set of comments which have been dredged up from the bottom of the vast ocean that makes up Twitter’s archives. And they were horrible. In their nature, they went far beyond the sort of casually homophobic bullshit that can sometimes seem pre-programmed into young men. They constituted hate speech, and that should not be allowed to be forgotten. But Twitterstorms were not a fundamental part of our universe at that time...

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The Premier League Review: Jurgen’s Jekyll & Hyde

The warning signs were there following their four-three win at Arsenal on the opening day of the season. Liverpool have the look of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde about them this season, and it seems that, unless the team has a little more consistency drilled into it or further reinforcements are made to the defence before the end of the transfer window, they will continue to shine in fits and starts rather than on a week in, week out basis. A mistake by Nathaniel Clyne after two minutes allowed Sam Vokes to give Burnley the lead against them at...

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Football League Review: A Fool’s Errands

Trying to predict anything in a league as volatile as the Championship can be a fool’s errand. In the days immediately leading up to the start of the season, the sudden decision of Wolverhampton Wanderers to jettison manager Kenny Jackett and replace him with Walter Zenga, a man with a patchy managerial record and no experience of the peculiar slog that this division requires whatsoever, seemed like a counter-intuitive one. On Saturday afternoon, however, his team jumped to third place in the table after a sparkling second half performance was enough to cruise past Birmingham City after Birmingham had...

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Podcast 68: Gosh It’s Tosh (& Swansea City)

The eagle-eared amongst you mayhave noted that, during last week’s Premier League preview podcast, we completely forgot about the existence of Swansea City. Well this, we thought, was a pretty terrible oversight on our part, so we thought we’d make it up this morning with a podcast about Swansea City’s 1981/82 First Division season. And to mark the occasion, we thought we’d have a go at writing some poetry in the style of the club’s manager of the time, John Toshack. So, there’s something to look forward to. These for our record, are our poems. Here’s Edward’s effort: And...

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