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Spurs Finally Lay Their Stamford Bridge Block To Rest

Stamford Bridge was, like so many English football grounds, a very different place in February 1990 to now. A bowl of a stadium with advertising hoardings taking up the spaces where the new stands now sit, Chelsea’s home was a different kind of uninviting at the time, but Gary Lineker’s second half goal gave Spurs a two-one win there during a season which ended with them finishing the season in third place in the league table with Chelsea and Arsenal tucked in behind them in fourth and fifth place, while Liverpool streaked away to a comfortable league title win....

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Accrington Stanley: If You Have To Ask That Question

Good Friday turned out to be a particularly good day for Accrington Stanley. They beat Mansfield Town by a goal to nil at Field Mill, whilst Luton Town, who are now below them in second place in the League Two table, were beaten by two goals to one at Colchester United. It was Accrington’s ninth win in their last ten games, and it leaves the club sitting three points clear with two games in hand on the three clubs immediately below them in the table. With this sort of momentum behind them, it becomes difficult to see how they...

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The Saturday Movie Club: Murphy’s Mob

Grange Hill has a lot to answer for. When the BBC launched its drama series set in a secondary school in inner London in 1978, children’s television drama in Britain tended to err towards period drama and, occasionally, the supernatural. The arrival of Grange Hill on our screens might be considered childrens’ television’s punk rock moment. True enough there was no swearing and very little spitting, but the comparatively vérité nature of the show was revolutionary for its time, and it would go to run for three full decades before finally ending in 2008. Perhaps one of its most...

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The OBFA – An Act of Folly: Part One

On 15th March, the catchily-titled Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 (OBFA) was repealed by Scotland’s parliament. In the first of two articles, Mark Murphy examines the origin of this particular species and how, as ever, the rush to produce legislation produced bad legislation. In the 1970s and 80s, the West Indies cricket team were menacingly successful, leading to calls for heavy restrictions to be put on a menace which usually came from four very fast bowlers indeed. For the cricket uninitiated, a “bouncer” is a short-pitched delivery designed to pass, and usually aimed at,...

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York City’s Tense End of Season

With the end of the season fast approaching, one might think that a football club with half a chance of promotion could do without the distraction of being put up for sale. At a time of the year when all focus might be expected to be placed upon what’s happening on the pitch, instability of any sort behind the scenes within a club seems considerably more likely to have a destabilising effect than anything else, and we all know the extent to which the margins between success and failure can be extremely narrow indeed. Considering the last few seasons...

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