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The Inevitable York City Follow-Up

The idea that non-league football largely consists of men with beer bellies kicking a football around between puffs on their Benson & Hedges is a hopelessly outdated one, but that isn’t to say that it doesn’t exist. Countless clubs, both in the Football League and at the top end of non-league football, have fallen into this trap before, but nothing seems to stop it from repeating itself. This isn’t, however, always the reason why clubs fail to beat lower ranked opposition. Sometimes, the players that compete against these butchers, bakers and candlestick makers just aren’t good enough. This seemed...

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Scottish Media & “The Celtic Tax Case”

It was front-page news on October 12th. A Daily Record investigation. “Celtic and the tax dodge firm,” screamed the headline. £434m in unpaid tax. Rangers Tax Case? Relative peanuts. Many Scottish football fans would consider the existence of a Record newspaper investigation into anything front-page news in itself. The Record played its full part in missing the Rangers liquidation story, the biggest in Scottish football history, as it unfolded in the years leading up to 2012. More recently, they ignored a damning report into Scottish football governance by the Tax Justice Network. And they are currently missing/ignoring the financial...

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Premier League Review: Cherries On Top

AFC Bournemouth appearing first on Match of the Day isn’t an especially common occurence, but their performance in putting six goals past Hull City in the Premier League at Dean Court yesterday certainly justified such star billing. After a slow start to the season, they’ve now won three and drawn one of their last five games, all of which was enough for Gary Lineker, after having watched their demolition of a Hull City side that is now starting to show the signs of fraying around the edges that were widely predicted before the start of the season, to mention...

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Charlton Athletic & Coventry City: Brothers In Arms

There has been a definite change in tone in the nature of supporter protests against those who are mismanaging some of our football clubs. In years gone by, they could come to feel like an insular matter, and for those looking on from the outside it could feel a little like intruding a private matter to express much support. From joint protests between supporters of Oxford United and Reading when it was proposed that the two clubs should merge under the “Thames Valley Royals” name in 1983 through to the Fans United day held at Brighton & Hove Albion’s...

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Republic of Ireland: Martin O’Neill – The New Trapattoni?

When appointed Ireland manager in November 2013, Martin O’Neill was widely seen as a ray of light after the dark final days of predecessor, Italian Giovanni Trapattoni. At Fulham’s Craven Cottage the following May an Ireland fan suggested the team had played “more football” in the as-yet-unfinished friendly against Italy than during Trap’s entire tenure. However, as Ireland chugged their way to an unconvincing six points from two World Cup qualifiers last week, I couldn’t but be reminded of Trapattoni’s teams. Over-negative narrow home wins. Luck-riding away draws against opposition of genuine class. Narrow away wins against opposition of...

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