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Football League Review: Brighton’s Happy Christmas

With around twenty minutes to play in the New Year’s Day round of Football League Championship matches, an unusual sequence of events occurred across three matches that may just turn out to have a significant psychological effect on the second half of the season in that particular division. At Ewood Park, the division’s leader Newcastle United were tied goalless by struggling Blackburn Rovers. Elsewhere, at Craven Cottage the divisional leaders, Brighton & Hove Albion, were defying their recent white-hot form by having fallen a goal down at the hands of Fulham. And finally, third-placed Reading, who have been keeping...

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Bexhill United’s New Year’s Resolutions

The Polegrove, home of Bexhill United Football Club, is an unusual place. For the much of the balance of the year it forms the southwesterly end of Egerton Park, a large public space just to the west of the De La Warr Pavilion. Consequently, the ground is peculiarly accessible throughout the seasons: passers-by can, should they wish to, sit in the dugouts or prat about in the grandstand, scratching obscene words into the glass panes and enjoying their first sexual experiences by the irridescent glow of the alarming piles of pigeon guano. All things considered, it must be said...

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The 200% Review of the Year: Goodbye. Good Riddance

Anyone hoping for a positive take on 2016 in this article is about to have their hopes dashed. Dashed again, probably. I was in the mood to find upbeat angles for this football-year review but there’s precious few. 2017 needs to be a belter to make up for this 12 months of shite and more shite. Just before sitting down to type this, Professor Phil Scraton clinched the “Non-football Person Involved with Football” of the Year. The leading Hillsborough justice campaigner’s refusal to accept the Order of the British Empire, partly on the grounds that (to paraphrase) the British...

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Horsham: At Home, And Away 

A little under a quarter of a century ago, my sister moved to Horsham. She married a man, had two children, and has lived there happily ever since. A little over a decade later, with me having decamped at first to London, and then to Brighton, my parents joined her, moving to a house about a mile away from hers. I have a family of my own, now, living twenty miles away in Worthing, on the coast. Horsham, however, remains enigmatic to me. It’s the first town or city that we haven’t all called home, and even after more...

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Hillsborough: Full Exposure Required

News of “another” Hillsborough documentary may have installed “Hillsborough fatigue” in observers of the on-going fight for justice for the 1989 stadium disaster victims, the 96 who died and families, survivors and witnesses whose reputations were thrashed to divert blame from police. I had an inner monologue on whether “Hillsborough fatigue” was insensitive terminology and wearily wondered “what now?” before Peter Marshall’s 48-minute film “Hillsborough, Smears, Survivors and the search for truth,” the December 12th episode of ITV’s current affairs series “Exposure.” The excellent film had the answer, “new evidence about what happened next” in “a tragedy still untold,”...

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