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Understanding Glenn Tamplin

The Bostik (Isthmian) League Premier Division table has looked increasingly delightful over recent weeks, as big-spending Billericay Town’s league form has disintegrated (check here for further details) When I wished Dulwich Hamlet fans “good luck in the play-offs” on New Years’ Day, just before they thumped my team Kingstonian 4-0, I wasn’t dismissing their chances of winning the title but assuming that Billericay would not blow their considerable league lead, thereby blowing the semi-warped mind of their vulgar, narcissistic owner/manager Glenn Tamplin. I was saddened by Ricay’s loss to Leiston on 17th February, as until then, Ks’ opening day...

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Ray Wilkins: Gone Too Soon

There were countless good things about ‘Gazzetta Football Italia,’ Channel 4’s ground-breaking foray into top-flight Italian club football (‘Serie A’) coverage. And Ray Wilkins’ genuine love and enthusiasm for the Italian game shining through the screen was one of the best of them. Indeed, his combination of enthusiasm and articulacy stood him out in football, even back when he was called “Butch” Wilkins, a nickname whose origin remains unclear, beyond it being ironic, although footballers indulging in irony is itself a near-ironic concept. My memory says I was an autograph-hunter for precisely one evening, in 1979. Our local petrol...

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Death on Lakeside: The Resignation of Thurrock FC

This season was always going to be a curious one in the Premier Division of the Isthmian League. With only one automatic promotion place at the top of the table and the heavily financially-doped Billericay Town grabbing most – though, as supporters of Dulwich Hamlet will attest, not quite all – of the headlines, clubs with aspirations of stepping up a level might have been forgiven for putting any explicit displays of ambition on hold for a year. Meanwhile, at the bottom of the table, league reorganisation meant only one relegation place. In such an environment, there were always...

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West Bromwich Albion & Pardew: Separated At Last

If one had been required to define a “nightmare” season for West Bromwich Albion before a ball was kicked last August, there’s a decent chance that it would have included practically falling off the bottom of the Premier League whilst fierce local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers streaking away clear at the top of the division below. Under normal circumstances, this might have been considered “circle of life” by Albion supporters, who have seen the fortunes of both their club and their closest rivals wax and wane over the decades. But these are not normal circumstances, at least not for West...

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Spurs Finally Lay Their Stamford Bridge Block To Rest

Stamford Bridge was, like so many English football grounds, a very different place in February 1990 to now. A bowl of a stadium with advertising hoardings taking up the spaces where the new stands now sit, Chelsea’s home was a different kind of uninviting at the time, but Gary Lineker’s second half goal gave Spurs a two-one win there during a season which ended with them finishing the season in third place in the league table with Chelsea and Arsenal tucked in behind them in fourth and fifth place, while Liverpool streaked away to a comfortable league title win....

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