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Design Classics: The Goodison Road Stand

For all of the occasional claims to the contrary, English football has become very adept at shedding its traditions in recent years. Badges and colours have come and gone, stadia which a more enlightened society might have protected as listed buildings have been bulldozed, and the media has successfully turned a joke that football started in 1992 into a truth, of sorts. At some levels, though, tradition remains whether the game’s great reinventors like it or not, and one of the great remaining traditions of the game in this country occurs shortly before kick-off at Goodison Park, in Liverpool...

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The Under-17 World Cup: The Group Stages

The double is on. Having been stylishly convincing Under-20 World Cup winners in South Korea in June, England are contenders to add the Under-17 crown in… wait… India? Fifa’s desire to make the global game truly global is truly admirable. Taking the senior men’s World Cup to Qatar was neither admirable nor for that cause. India? Makes more sense, even at the back-end of monsoon season. And the Under-17 World Cup’s early matches have offered fabulously entertaining justification for the decision to hold it on the sub-continent. However, India owed its host status to… ugh… Sepp Blatter. The disgraced...

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USA! USA! US… Ah.

There is a tendency, on this side of the Atlantic, to continue to look down upon the United States of America’s national football team as arrivistes. Last night’s narrow defeat at the hands of Trinidad & Tobago, however, ended one of world football’s more understated runs. This is the first time that the American team has failed to reach a World Cup finals since 1986, a record that few other countries can match and an impressive achievement, even if we take into account the fact that the CONCACAF confederation might not necessarily be the deepest pool from which they...

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Erin Go Bragh: Ireland Go To The Play-Offs

Hey, we’re in the play-offs. But first, a confession. I wrote much of this article over the weekend, starting as Moldova honked tunelessly through their national anthem in Dublin on Friday (and missing Darryl Murphy’s second-minute opener while typing). And, because of my pessimistic desperation to tempt fate in a good way, my words were overtaken by events. I didn’t give Ireland a proverbial prayer of winning in Cardiff. I said a few, and my future cousin-in-law had “a novena going since last Saturday” (trans: a LOT of prayers), but that’s another matter. And, because of my pessimistic desperation...

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The Ongoing Travails of Altrincham FC

There can be little doubt that Altrincham Football Club is one of the great names of non-league football. Twice winners of the FA Trophy, Twice winners of what we now know as the National League, holders of the record for the most FA Cup wins over Football League opposition for any club that has never played in the Football League, Altrincham is a name that will cause people of a certain age’s eyes to briefly mist over. Yet Altrincham have fallen on fallow times, and the club’s rapid rate of descent over the last couple of years or so...

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