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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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VARs: The Final, Final, Final Word

I have been unable to spell my reactions to the latest Video Assistant Referees (VARs) palavers, on and off the field. The non-swear words, anyway. Tottenham’s FA Cup-tie against Rochdale, we shall consider in a moment, stopping for now just to apologise to those with whom I had a twitter conversation on the non-VAR-related chapter in the curious case of the Son Heung-Min penalty in the night (a conversation made more curious still by Fernando Llorente scoring every time I tweeted). But first, Fifa President Gianni Infantino. Those of you still awake AND caring may know that the International...

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The FA Cup (Briefly?) Shines Again

Taking the world’s oldest football tournament and smacking it over the head with a rubber chicken has become something of a national sport in itself in recent times. With the FA broadly as silent as ever and no sophisticated media machine drip, drip, dripping us into believing that This Is Important, it’s become a punching bag, a useful outlet onto which anybody with an opinion, regardless of its value, can express their hopes or fears for The State Of Things. Time does move on. We can all agree on this. But while many, many people are satisfied to look...

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