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Blackpool Supporters Do The Right Thing

The value of FA Cup matches against Football League opposition for non-league football clubs is well documented. Revenue sharing for match tickets and television money is, for clubs that may be otherwise dependent upon modest sponsorship and commercial revenues, gate receipts and other sundry sources of income, a most welcome breath of fresh air through annual accounts that may well otherwise fall somewhere between being stale and being rotten. This creates something of a dilemma for the supporters of clubs at which there is discontent at the behaviour of owners. By a law of unintended consequences, smaller clubs may...

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Premier League Review: Of Mice & Footballers

The last week or so has brought about considerable media excitement at the prospect of a tightest Premier League title race for years. With a solitary point separating the top five clubs, the ultimate hope of the media and broadcasters – that a spread of “big” clubs: none of those upstarts like Leicester City, thank you very much – would be jostling for position like horses approaching the first fence of the Grand National has started to feel as though it might just come true. Four of those five clubs won at the weekend, and three of them scored...

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Football League Review: The Slenderest of Margins

After six minutes had been played at The American Express Community Stadium yesterday afternoon, the Norwich City goalkeeper Michael McGovern mis-controlled a routine back-pass and was muscled off the ball by Glenn Murray, who rolled the ball in off the post to give Brighton & Hove Albion the lead in their top of the table Football League Championship match. What a difference a handful of inches can make. Had Murray missed this chance, Norwich may well have tightened their defence on account of this early scare. The result might have been very different. On this occasion, however, Murray had...

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West Ham United & Football’s Intractable Position

It was always likely to be a combustible fixture, was West Ham United vs Chelsea in the League Cup. A rivalry that dates back decades in a competition for which match tickets are usually available played at this time of year could hardly be described as a low-risk fixture, and perhaps the aspect of this story that is likely to raise eyebrows amongst most supporters is anybody might have considered that this wouldn’t be the case. Both of these clubs’ support bases have a reputation, and surely only in the minds of the sunniest of optimists could it have...

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Watford & The Doctored Letter

The headlines may well turn out to be worse than any eventual sanction that the club faces, but there can be little question that those headlines are very damaging indeed, and that the ultimate matter of what happens next to Watford Football Club after the revelations made in the Daily Telegraph this morning is out of the club’s hands. The Telegraph reported that, when the club transferred its ownership from Giampaolo Pozzo to his son Gino in the summer of 2014, a forged document – a letter from the HSBC Bank – was used to prove to the Football...

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