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When Football Was Good: Part 3

TONY DALEY Winger. Born 18th October 1967, Birmingham. Clubs: Aston Villa (1985-1994); Wolverhampton Wanderers (1994-1998); Watford (1998-1999); Walsall (1999); Forest Green Rovers (1999-2002). League appearances: 340. League goals: 41. Domestic honours: 1994 League Cup. International honours: 7 England caps (1991-1992). Tony Daley was little, had mad hair and was fast. Fast in a way that wingers used to be when football was good. Fast in a way that on-the-ball trickery wasn’t even particularly a factor. It would only have slowed him down. Daley is most famous for his spell at Aston Villa. Part of the side that won Villa...

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Birmingham City: The Receivers Take Control

So. Farewell, then. Peter Pannu. This time, for good and forever. Probably. Receivers are now in charge of Birmingham International Holdings (BIH), the Hong Kong-based corporate soap opera that is Birmingham City FC’s parent company. And these are the best two pieces of off-field news Blues fans have had in years. On St Valentine’s Day, five BIH directors voted to “apply for the appointment of receivers for the Company.” Three days later, accountants Ernst & Young (E&Y) began the task of applying proper corporate governance to the firm. And last week Hong Kong’s stock exchange (HKSE) were given the...

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When Football Was Good, Part 2

MAURICE MALPAS Full back. Born 3rd August 1962, Dunfermline. Clubs: Dundee United (1979-2000). League appearances: 617. League goals: 20. Domestic honours: Scottish League Championship 1982/83; Scottish Cup 1994. European honours: UEFA Cup finalist 1987. International honours: 55 Scotland caps (1984-1992). Maurice Malpas played for Dundee United and no-one else. Even his underwear is tangerine and black. He made 830 appearances for United in a 21-year career, but at the time that he and United were winning their most recent Scottish League title in 1983, Malpas was not yet a full-time professional. Instead, he mixed football with studies for an...

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Chris Graham: The Rangers NED

The role of non-executive director is rather more serious than the abbreviation “NED” suggests. This is particularly true in Scotland…currently for two reasons. Because “ned” in Scotland is a derogatory term often said to be short for “non-educated delinquent.” And because Rangers Football Club needs almost nothing less than the appointment of a “ned” as a…erm…NED. Yet many people will joke that Rangers International Football Club PLC have done just that with Tuesday’s appointment of former fans’ spokesman Chris Graham as a NED, especially since certain aspects of his past on-line behaviour have been exposed. At face value, the...

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The Feyenoord Charity Smear

The Scottish mainstream media (SMSM) has taken a comprehensive booting in recent years for misreading the Rangers story, old and new. However, new lows were reached with coverage of a visit by fans of Dutch club Feyenoord to Glasgow from February 27th to March 1st. In February 2014, Celtic and Feyenoord fans combined under the banner “Together in Friendship 2014” (TIF) to raise funds for the Glasgow-based Kano Foundation, which takes children to Celtic matches for free, and the Rotterdam-based Daniel Den Hoed Stichting Foundation, which supports cancer research. The initiative was a success, raising over £5,000 for the...

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