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Soft Spots: The Polygamous Football Supporter

The predominant narrative of the modern football supporter paints us all as one club obsessives, but for many of us that all-encompassing obsession can be complemented with a number of “soft spots” for other clubs as well. Here’s Mike Bayly to explain his wandering eye.  When the subject of allegiance came up in my formative football education, I chose to read from a very outdated syllabus. Unlike my 1980s school peers, I shunned the ‘big five’ to follow sides from England’s lower divisions. On a given day, I could arrive in the playground wearing a Kidderminster Harriers cap or...

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Televised Football In The Regions: London – The Big Match

With a plethora of television channels just a click of the remote control away, it can feel difficult to be able to remember a time when, in media terms, we didn’t get what we want, when we want it. Anybody over the age of forty, however, will readily be able to remember a time when there were three television channels on the United Kingdom, none of which began showing programmes until half past nine in the morning and all of which closed down for the day not long after midnight. Football has mirrored the world of media in this...

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Worthing FC, Me, My Boy & The Future

Imagine, if you can, a world without football. You’re aware of such a thing as *a* football, a round thing full of air that’s fun to throw, kick or chase around, although you don’t completely know it by name. Beyond that, though, nothing. No Manchester United, no Tottenham Hotspur. No Real Madrid, no Barcelona. No FA Cup, no World Cup. No pitch markings, no corner kicks, no laws of the game. No Richard Scudamore, Garth Crooks, or Jamie Carragher. No Hope Powell or Caroline Barker. No Carlos Alberto or Ferenc Puskas. There’s just you and a round thing that...

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The Under-17 World Cup: Eight On A Passage In India

At one stage, the Under-17 World Cup’s goals-per-game ratio was tapping four on the shoulder, despite some poor finishing. Eurosport Player will be getting lots of new subscribers, if this continues. ON-FIELD Group A: India 0 Ghana 4; United States 1 Colombia 3. Final Group Standings: Ghana 6pts (GD +4), Colombia 6 (+2), United States 6 (+2), India 0. Group A’s turnaround was swift and late, and would have been ultra-dramatic if the third-placed team wasn’t guaranteed qualification after everybody beat India and beat each other. Many Indian players were in tears after the Ghana game. But it is...

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The FA Cup 4Q Round: St Albans City vs Boreham Wood – Live!

Good afternoon, everybody! This is likely to be a long, uninterrupted stream of conciousness on the live blog this afternoon. Let me declare an interest. I went to my first match there in September 1982 and remain an avid watcher of their results. However, I live in Sussex nowadays, and distance – as well as other parts of my life, mean that I wouldn’t label myself as their number one fan. Back in a moment, the teams have just come out onto the...

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