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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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Rangers’ Transfer Window

Three types of ‘normality’ conflated in Scotland last month to construct a lunatic world; Glasgow’s football media, Rangers FC’s public relations (PR) operation and the parallel universes occupied by Rangers and non-Rangers supporters. It is public knowledge that Rangers need at least £7.2m additional funding to meet financial liabilities to July 2019 as they fall due, with the “first tranche” due last November. Chairman Dave King and independent auditors Campbell Dallas both said so, in Rangers International Football Club’s (RIFC) annual accounts, to June 2017. RIFC’s “forecast cash flows” assumed that “future transfer payables will be met by future...

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Dagenham & Redbridge: Flags & Financial Incontinence

Last Saturday evening in front of the television cameras of BT Sport, Dagenham & Redbridge entertained Aldershot Town in a National League match that may be now be considered to have been of greater consequence for the visitors than it was for the home team. The revival of Aldershot over the course of the last couple of years has been one of the more understated achievements of the National League. Following relegation from the Football League in 2013 and a spell in administration that was accompanied by three consecutive seasons during which the club had one eye over its...

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