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On Protesting: What is to be done?

Scunthorpe United’s Football League Trophy match against Middlesbrough’s youth team was seen by 1,200 people. As a fan who is vehemently opposed to this season’s changes, I stayed away and was very dismayed to see that the attendance was relatively high: just a fraction below the average for the last two seasons, excluding visiting supporters. Clearly, despite forums and social media being full of protesting and scorn for the changes to the competition, few supporters had actually decided to vote with their feet. The motives behind the introduction of U-23 into the competition could be seen as a stalking...

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The English Football League: A “Whole” “Game” “Solution”, Part 1

So the sealed envelopes are in, supporters groups probably haven’t been consulted with that much, and next spring we’ll find out what they’ve managed to cobble together. Nature abhors a vacuum, and in the absence of anything substantial from the Football Association since their “blue sky thinking” it seems to have fallen upon the Football League to arrange a “Whole Game Solution” for English football. Now, it’s probably reasonable to say that few people are expecting anytime positive for supporters from all of this. Professional football in this country long since crossed the Rubicon of being entirely set up...

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The Great Loan System Mockery

As headline figures go, it’s certainly an arresting one. Chelsea now have thirty-eight players out on loan with other football clubs, a number so great that it has finally really caught the imagination of the press with a series of articles published over the last few days. Chelsea aren’t the only club to have a large number of players in this position. In the Premier League of clubs with players out on loan, however, they are comfortably clear at the top of the table, with Manchester City in second place with a comparatively paltry sounding seventeen. The number of...

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Podcast 70: A Post-England BigSamCast

Due to other commitments, we’re a little late with this weekend’s podcast, but we got there in the end. We didn’t have too much of a plan for it, but settling down to watch the first World Cup qualifier of the Sam Allardyce vintage, we though that his first match would be a good topic of conversation. And considering his love – which exists solely and entirely in my own mind – of the gala pie, it also gave me the opportunity to pull out Fred Dinenage getting very excited about a very long egg, during the late 1970s....

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Football League Review: The Forgotten Men

On the first weekend of September, we tend to forget about the clubs of League One and League Two. Those of the Football League Championship join the Premier League in a weekend off on account of the international break, whilst non-league clubs enjoy a day in the spotlight, but the clubs of the bottom two divisions, already sold down the river this season by the desecration of the Football League Trophy, tend to get fall between the gaps in the grates a little, on this weekend at the very least. Still, though, they played on, despite near monsoon conditions...

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