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Meet The New Bosses, Same As The Old Bosses

There’s a not unreasonable chance that you’ll have read a lot about the concept of “privilege” over the last year or so. Put briefly, in the context to which I refer, privilege might be considered to be the concept that certain people have greater advantages in life thrust upon them for no reason than their race, gender, or other descriptors that have little to do with their ability or lack thereof. Society, it is argued, grants privilege upon men on account of their sex, upon heterosexuals on account of their sexual orientation, and upon white people on account of...

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Parking The Coach: Graham Taylor

The date is Friday, 17th June 1994. Two major events are unfolding in the United States of America and neither of them involved the England football team. The first, given English soccer players’ propensity for shenanigans once the summer break rolls around, was a blessing: A white Ford Bronco driven by A.C. Cowlings and with the fugitive O.J. Simpson in the passenger seat, drove around the Los Angeles freeways, transfixing a divided nation. The second, meanwhile, was of a rather more pressing concern for the Three Lions: In Chicago, the fifteenth FIFA World Cup Finals kicked off following a...

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Televised Football In The Regions: The Beautiful South 

With the serenity of the rolling fields of Kent, the South Downs National Park and the New Forest all sitting comfortably within its boundaries, one might expect that the history of commercial television in this part of the country to have been peaceful. However, the South of England (later South & South-East of England) franchise proved to be one of the most controversial in the entire history of the patchwork of companies that made up the ITV network. This is a region for which the identity of the local broadcaster changed twice in a little more than a decade,...

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The FIFA Trial – Week Two

American journalists following the “Fifa Trial” in New York will surely have given thanks this thanksgiving week that proceedings finished on Tuesday because it IS thanksgiving week. The dizzying array of testified bribery has shown little sign of abating, leading some observers to wonder if there’s any money left in the sports budgets of the six implicated media companies, or how cheap pay-per-view football would be in Central and South America, if tales of the almost ritual stuffing of back pockets are remotely accurate. Some of the alleged “schemes,” as the US Department of Justice (DoJ) politely calls these...

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Il Calcio Dilettantistico: The Non-League Anglo-Italian Cup

The Anglo-Italian Cup had a pretty chequered history, and for ten years it was played between non-league clubs. Here’s Mike Bayly with a brief history.  In the pantheon of defunct football competitions, the Anglo-Italian cup polarises opinion like few others. An arbitrary tournament that endured low crowds and media indifference, it also offered smaller English sides the chance to play competitive European matches and experience the novelty of a continental atmosphere. Originally instituted for professional members, the concept was at its most intriguing between 1976 and 1986 when relaunched for non-League clubs, producing a raft of improbable encounters whose...

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