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Televised Football In The Regions: From The North – Granada

The history of televised football in the North-West of England is complicated by the fact that independent television in Britain underwent structural changes in more than one sense during its formative years. When the Independent Television Authority (ITA) first advertised franchises for commercial television in the early 1950s, only three areas were made available – London, the Midlands, and the North of England – and in addition to this the ITA was sufficiently concerned by the amount of possible influence that any one broadcaster could hold that it decided to split each franchise into two, with one company to...

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Parking The Coach: Don Revie

  The English game has never produced a figure quite so divisive, so controversial and so widely reviled as Donald George Revie. If it has, they were never as consistently successful. The Leeds United team that Revie crafted – by turns brutal, immovable and brilliant – proved to be a short-lived dynasty, unable to survive the passing of its leader once Revie was lured away to manage England. This, too, would prove a step too far for Revie. A period of uncharacteristic failure, uncertainty, and eventually a scandal that would permanently taint his legacy (while no doubt delighting all...

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Sunderland: When The Lights Go Out

This season marks the sixtieth anniversary of a very significant event in the history of Sunderland AFC. Sixty-eight years earlier, in 1890, the club had joined the Football League and in the intervening seven decades the club had become the only club to be an ever-present member of the First Division. The previous season had issued the club with a warning, when it finished in twentieth place in the table, just one place above the relegation zone. This time around, though, there was no such luck. Despite winning its final two matches of the league season and with just...

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Kettering Town: Poppies At The Gates Of A New Dawn

There are some familiar faces at the top of the Southern League Premier Division this season, all of whom have had their brushes with extinction in recent years. Leading the way at the moment are Slough Town, with King’s Lynn Town, Weymouth, Kettering Town and Hereford currently occupying the play-off positions. Two of these five clubs –  King’s Lynn Town and Hereford – are phoenix clubs formed from the smoking ashes of predecessors that crashed and burned. A further two – Kettering Town and Slough Town – lost their grounds are still seeking a home of their own and...

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The Importance of Being Everton

Last weekend’s heavy home defeat at the hands of Arsenal sealed the fate of Ronald Koeman and ended his time in charge of Everton. His departure from Goodison Park is one of the least surprising of the season so far. With almost a quarter of the season played, the Toffees sit in third from bottom place in the Premier League table, with no signs of improvement over the last couple of weeks or so, and with the players available at his disposal the problem feels like one that can be rectified before a difficult start to the season turns...

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