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Birmingham City: Damn Right I’ve Got The Blues

If convicted money-launderer Carson Yeung Ka-Sing’s gruesome tenure as Championship strugglers Birmingham City’s main shareholder taught the club’s fans anything, it was ‘be careful what you wish for.’ West Midlands football is currently a Chinese hotbed, of course. And many risks and controversies are covered by owners at Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa. Investment conglomerate Fosun International turned Wolves £7.5m profit into a £23.18m loss in their first financial year at Molineux, indeterminate amounts of which have made their way to Jorge Mendes’ players’ agency, Gestifute, which is part-owned by…Fosun. Tony Xia’s ‘ambitious’ plans for his...

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Boycott or Not? England & The 2018 World Cup

Well, the timing of it all has certainly been unfortunate from a sporting perspective. As the United Kingdom and Russia do their level best to make an already tense hold its breath all the more – and assuming, as we do, that the whole of these two countries aren’t reduced to no more than two large piles of radioactive dust within the next couple of months or so – attention has started to turn to the thorny subject of whether the England national football team should boycott this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. But before we take a...

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Manchester United: “Mea Culpa” Disappears From The Dictionary

There is a song by the rock band Led Zeppelin that often seems to spring to mind when thinking of the state of the modern world. Adapted from a 1927 song written by the blues guitarist Blind Willie Johnson and recorded for their 1976 Album “Presence”, the song’s title alone, “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”, sounds as dated now as the original recording of the song must have sounded to Jimmy Page and Robert Plant more than forty years ago. It is a truth universally acknowledged that, in modern football, everything is always the fault of somebody else. “Mea culpa”...

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Jamie Carragher & The Spit Heard Round The World

The modern world, it increasingly feels, seems hellbent on destroying many of the basic civilities that used to hold society together. Such is our addiction to hurling abuse at anyone with the temerity to have a different opinion to our own these days that, whether through through semi-detached snark or picking apart every syllable of every word in the worst of all possible faiths, there doesn’t seem to be a single thing that anybody ever says that won’t ultimately be sneered at by somebody, somewhere, for some reason. What a grotesque people we’ve become, and in so many different...

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West Ham United, Life, The Universe, and Everything

As the players lined the centre circle and the crowd opposite the television cameras arranged themselves into a mural which spelt out the words “MOORE 6” behind them at the London Stadium yesterday afternoon, it might have been persuasive to think that David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady had dodged a bullet. Perhaps the memorial for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of their finest ever player, West Ham United would find a way of coming together in the middle of a time during which it appears from the outside as though the club is coming apart at...

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