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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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Horsham: At Home, And Away 

A little under a quarter of a century ago, my sister moved to Horsham. She married a man, had two children, and has lived there happily ever since. A little over a decade later, with me having decamped at first to London, and then to Brighton, my parents joined her, moving to a house about a mile away from hers. I have a family of my own, now, living twenty miles away in Worthing, on the coast. Horsham, however, remains enigmatic to me. It’s the first town or city that we haven’t all called home, and even after more...

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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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