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Blackpool’s Winter of Discontent

When all is said and done at the end of the first day of fixtures in the Football League on Saturday afternoon, there will be one particular statistic that many may reach for before any other. At home against Exeter City in their first match in the basement division of the Football League since 2001, how many people will bother with Blackpool FC’s first match of the season? For the last two seasons, attendance figures have been higher than might have been expected at a club that has fallen into a state of something approaching open warfare between the...

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Wolves: Starting As They Mean To Go On?

After several which had felt somewhat eventful, last season was one of mists and mellow fruitfulness for Wolverhampton Wanderers. In 2009, the club had returned to the Premier League after an absence of five years and stayed there for three seasons before being relegated back into the Football League Championship. From here on, something of a rollercoaster period in the club’s history began to take shape. Wolves were relegated for a second successive season before being promoted back from League One with one hundred and three points, narrowly missing out on a place in the play-offs for a place...

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Richard Scudamore & The EFL Trophy

With a couple of weeks still to go before the start of the new season, there is a feeling of some uncertainty in the air. At those clubs that have been blighted by the sort of owners that we wouldn’t wish upon our own worst enemies, little to nothing seems have been happily resolved. The Oyston family maintains its iron grip over Blackpool, Aston Villa have new Chinese overlords who have spent the summer ripping the club’s malfunctioning first team squad from limb to limb, Duchatelet remains at Charlton Athletic, as does Mike Ashley at Newcastle United. In addition...

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Football on TV: There Is Another Way

I’m not sure if this is a commonly held view but I have really enjoyed this tournament. It has not been a brilliant one, the benchmark remains Euro 2000 and I will explain at length to anyone who disagrees why they are wrong, and there have not been many truly memorable matches but there have been very few turkeys. Aside from Portugal, most teams have provided at least moments of entertainment: why, even England were very watchable against Russia. How long ago that seems now. Perhaps the key reason for my enjoyment has been the fact that it’s been...

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Sam Allardyce: England Manager

With a wave of a magic wand filled with money, the decision was made. Sam Allardyce is the new England manager. There were a couple of of late kinks that delayed his ascendency to this poisoned chalice. Signing a contract was reportedly delayed by wrangling over money, whilst there was a mild social media panic this afternoon when Steve Bruce, who’d also been interviewed for the job, suddenly resigned as the manager of Hull City. This, however, turned out to be a false flag which had more to do with the chaotic state of that club at the moment...

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