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Shit Shot Mungo: S02E33

With Glen Roeder back at Heart of Clackmannanshire, the seemingly impossible task of the club avoiding relegation has suddenly become considerably more achievable. The Clackers’ new manager is only a temporary measure, though, and the new man for the job prepares himself for press conferences by talking to himself in the mirror in the third person while a monkey paints him with Marmite. Can you guess who it could possibly be? Clue: the club’s previous manager has been put in indefinite “gardening leave”. This week’s “Shit Shot Mungo” also features Tony Gubba, and is brought to you courtesy of Dotmund, and is also available here, should you want to see it in its full-sized...

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Sheffield Wednesday’s “Imminent” Investment

Sheffield Wednesday have been in a state of flux for the last decade or so, since the reign of the current Premier League Chairman, Dave Richards. Mark Murphy takes a look at the Wednesday chairman Lee Strafford’s attempts to get somebody to pour some money into the club and finds a rather long list of near misses. Still, at least they haven’t been to the High Court yet. The February and March headlines in the Sheffield Star newspaper would have made encouraging reading for Sheffield Wednesday: “Owls takeover ‘on course’ says fans’ group” (26 February); “Owls takeover extremely close” (28 February); “Owls takeover deal still on track” (18 March). The problem was they were headlines from February and March… 2008, and Wednesday’s was a takeover tale that was dragging on a bit even then. The headline “Casino boss in Owls takeover talks” was already over a year old, and the casino boss in question was one Carson Yeung, now doing the work of a grateful nation by getting up David Sullivan’s nose on a regular basis in his role as Birmingham City major shareholder. Some of the unfounded takeover rumours were, shall we say, imaginative. Not least the one about former Manchester United big-man Martin Edwards, which was based on Edwards’ car appearing in the Wednesday car park. This was a tenuous enough link even before it was established...

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The World Cup Of National Anthems (Part Three)

For many people, major sports tournaments are the only occasion that national anthems are heard. These peculiar tunes have become a genre of their own, transcending the mere hymns that many of them were in first place, and they range from the gloriously uplifting to mournful dirges. The selection of words has, in many countries, brought about national debate that has been all-encompassing. In the case of Spain, it was decided that it would probably be for the best just to not bother having any for the sake of national unity.

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Shit Shot Mungo: S02E32

This week’s Shit Shot Mungo is episode number fifty, no less, and in this week’s episode Heart of Clackmannannshire finally face up to the relegation battle that sees them almost one hundred points from safety in the league. Unfortunately, Mungo McCrackas isn’t the man to spearhead any revival, so Sir Roddy Bulbs takes control of the situation and brings back the only man that can save the day: Glen Roeder! No surprises there, then. Still, at least it wasnt Bryan Robson. As ever, this week’s Mungo is produced in Dobly by Dotmund, and is also available...

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Cardiff & Southend vs The High Court: Round Three

Cardiff City and Southend United were both given a stay of execution recently by the High Court in their bids to stave off winding up petitions brought against them. Mark Murphy takes a look at what they have been up to since then and doesn’t find much cause for encouragement. Well, reports are emerging of a fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. So technically it’s possible. But surely Cardiff and Southend can’t stretch their material to a fourth script – anymore than I can stretch this film analogy to a fourth sentence. Yet, away from the attention which accompanied Portsmouth into the Companies Court on London’s Strand last month, both the Bluebirds and the Shrimpers have been up before the beak again, promising that next time, definitely, they’ll pay all their taxes. By all accounts (except one, see below), both Cardiff and Southend tried the same “strategy” when they re-appeared in court on March 10th, both promising that there was a shedload of money round the corner, you’ll see, we just need a bit more time. Notts County tried that line before Christmas. And it worked. And remarkably, on March 10th, it worked again. Twice. It seemed Cardiff had found the £1.7m they owed after their February hearing. Newspaper headlines such as “Land sale saves City” and “Land sale to pay tax bill” hinted that the sale of land...

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