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Millwall Turn Up The Heat

It seems to surprise us every season, even though it almost certainly shouldn’t. For the majority of the season in the Football League, most clubs seem to play as though the serious businesses of promotion and relegation can wait for another day. With such a relentless slog of fixtures this probably shouldn’t be too surprising, but some time around the start of springtime it feels as though clubs wake up and remember the scale of the prize at stake should they manage to squeeze their way into a higher division. Nowhere is this more accentuated than at the top...

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The Manchester Derby: A Tale Of Two Masks

As the supporters of football clubs, there are two masks that we are required to keep about our person at all times. One of these masks is practical. It’s the mask that prioritises league position over everything else. It’s the mask that accepts the limitations of the clubs that we support. The other is that with which we are more familiar from the media representation of supporters. This is the emotional side, the side that refuses to listen to reason or moderations when we’re watching our team play, the side that brings out our inner child in the name...

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The Saturday Movie Club: Sport Billy

As anybody with a long enough memory will be able to tell you, watching children’s television throughout the 1970s and 1980s could be a peculiarly pick and mix affair. With limited budgets, programme planners had a tendency to show whatever they could pick up, and what came to be shown on our screens could be esoteric, to say the least. From the Eastern European animations that would occasionally pitch up in the middle of the afternoon on Channel Four to oddities such as Wattoo Wattoo, La Linea, or animated versions of the cartoons of Guillermo Mordillo, one could never...

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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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