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Hillsborough: Full Exposure Required

News of “another” Hillsborough documentary may have installed “Hillsborough fatigue” in observers of the on-going fight for justice for the 1989 stadium disaster victims, the 96 who died and families, survivors and witnesses whose reputations were thrashed to divert blame from police. I had an inner monologue on whether “Hillsborough fatigue” was insensitive terminology and wearily wondered “what now?” before Peter Marshall’s 48-minute film “Hillsborough, Smears, Survivors and the search for truth,” the December 12th episode of ITV’s current affairs series “Exposure.” The excellent film had the answer, “new evidence about what happened next” in “a tragedy still untold,”...

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Football Shorts: Pardew Out at Crystal Palace

He’d been hanging on for so long that it was beginning to feel asa though it might never happen, but today Alan Pardew was finally bounced out of Selhurst Park at the end of a run that blew last season apart for Crystal Palace and has seen this year’s campaign turn into a battle of attrition against relegation from the Premier League. Palace have had about as dismal a calendar year as it’s possible to have. Even though the club reached its first FA Cup final in more than a quarter of a century, Pardew was only able to...

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Football League Review: History Repeating Itself At QPR?

Towards the end of February 2001, Queens Park Rangers appointed Ian Holloway as their new manager in the hope that he would be able to salvage something from a fairly dismal season in what was then known as Division One of the Football League. He was not conspicuously successful. Following his appointment on the twenty-sixth of that month, his team could only manage one further win in the league that season, against Tranmere Rovers, the only team who would finish below Rangers in the table that season. It would take Holloway three seasons to get the club back into...

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Premier League Review: Games of Two Halves 

Goodness only knows what was said in the changing rooms at The City of Manchester Stadium on Sunday afternoon. For the first forty-five minutes of their Premier League match against Manchester City, Arsenal had looked very much as they have done for much of this season,  slick and fluid, as per recent years, but with that added spine of grit that has determined them as being one of the few clubs fit to cling to Chelsea’s coat-tails at the top of the table. Theo Walcott’s fifth minute goal had given them the lead and all seemed right with the...

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Celtic: Coasting & Colliding To Victory

I enjoyed watching AFC Wimbledon in 2003/04’s Combined Counties League; a team with larger support than clubs five steps higher in England’s ‘National Game’ consistently hammering sometimes literally “pub teams.” These four-or-more-goal processions were not everybody’s cup-of-tea. Wimbledon won games stylishly. But the lack of competitive edge disconcerted many fellow-neutrals. And when this scenario plays out in the top league in the land, it is more disconcerting still. Celtic are cakewalking to this year’s Scottish Premiership title. And their home game against Hamilton Academicals on Tuesday seemed an ideal opportunity to discover how. It was… though not quite as...

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