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Coming Next On “2017”

“Nothing changes on New Year’s Day,” Bono sang in 1981 (I forget which song). For those who had good 2016s and deserved them, I hope that’s true. For those who didn’t have good 2016s but deserved them… well, Bono’s a pretentious prick, eh? On New Year’s Eve, two years later, the then-Greater London Council leader Ken Livingstone was asked what the actual, looming 1984 of George Orwell’s famous dystopian novel would be like. “Pretty much like 1983, really,” he whined, a less dystopian answer than required, but more accurate. Bono and Ken were right about football, too (aren’t they...

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Hull City: Missing The Point, Again

In the high octane, fast moving world of football manager replacement, it can often feel as though there isn’t a great deal of sympathy for those that have been cast aside. This doesn’t seem to have been the situation in the case of Mike Phelan and Hull City, though. Phelan, according to the majority consensus, walked into an impossible job at The KCom Stadium. Hull City were promoted into the Premier League via the play-offs in May of last year, an end of season denouement totally at odds with the level of discord behind the scenes at the club...

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Football League Review: Brighton’s Happy Christmas

With around twenty minutes to play in the New Year’s Day round of Football League Championship matches, an unusual sequence of events occurred across three matches that may just turn out to have a significant psychological effect on the second half of the season in that particular division. At Ewood Park, the division’s leader Newcastle United were tied goalless by struggling Blackburn Rovers. Elsewhere, at Craven Cottage the divisional leaders, Brighton & Hove Albion, were defying their recent white-hot form by having fallen a goal down at the hands of Fulham. And finally, third-placed Reading, who have been keeping...

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Bexhill United’s New Year’s Resolutions

The Polegrove, home of Bexhill United Football Club, is an unusual place. For the much of the balance of the year it forms the southwesterly end of Egerton Park, a large public space just to the west of the De La Warr Pavilion. Consequently, the ground is peculiarly accessible throughout the seasons: passers-by can, should they wish to, sit in the dugouts or prat about in the grandstand, scratching obscene words into the glass panes and enjoying their first sexual experiences by the irridescent glow of the alarming piles of pigeon guano. All things considered, it must be said...

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The 200% Review of the Year: Goodbye. Good Riddance

Anyone hoping for a positive take on 2016 in this article is about to have their hopes dashed. Dashed again, probably. I was in the mood to find upbeat angles for this football-year review but there’s precious few. 2017 needs to be a belter to make up for this 12 months of shite and more shite. Just before sitting down to type this, Professor Phil Scraton clinched the “Non-football Person Involved with Football” of the Year. The leading Hillsborough justice campaigner’s refusal to accept the Order of the British Empire, partly on the grounds that (to paraphrase) the British...

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