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When Football Was Good, Part 1

In the first of a groundbreaking new series of pictures, our resident idiot Dotmund explores a time when football was better than it is now. This week: Pat Nevin. PAT NEVIN Winger. Born 6th September 1963, Glasgow. Clubs: Clyde (1981-1983); Chelsea (1983-1988); Everton (1988-1992); Tranmere Rovers (1992-1997); Kilmarnock (1997-1998); Motherwell (1998-2000). League appearances: 660. League goals: 107. Domestic honours: English Football League Division Two Champions 1983/84; FA Cup finalist 1989; Member’s Cup finalist 1989, 1991. International honours: 28 Scotland caps, 5 goals (1986-1996). Pat Nevin was a player it is very easy to admire. He was that old cliché: intelligent for...

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Stan Collymore… Moral Guardian?

I often wonder where they would have been if we hadn’t have taken them in, fed them and washed them. Imagine the scene. A leading club, one of England’s best-supported, reaches the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against a long-standing, bitter rival in a match televised live by the BBC. From an early stage, they look a distant second best and long before half-time they are a demonstrably beaten side. Their fans know this. And there seems little point in trying to urge their team on. Instead, they begin to sing “Pakis go home” alongside chants glorifying the bloody...

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Premier League Players Worth Every Penny, Says Peck

Amid all the fevered reaction to the national GDP-sized English Premier League (EPL) TV deal for 2016-2019, one article particularly activated my bile duct. It wasn’t from a usual suspect, either. No Martin Samuel little-Englander/Francophile nonsense. No mainstream Scottish media straight-down-the-line lying. But the Independent newspaper’s hitherto inoffensive and, in my opinion, highly-readable Tom Peck, in his column last Saturday. Peck eschewed all calls for football’s multi-millions to help football’s “grassroots” (a heavily-ironic description, given the state of so many park pitches, where actual grassroots would be a start). The grassroots, and the call to reduce EPL ticket prices,...

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Charlton Athletic’s Cautionary Tale

Charlton Athletic is a curious football club. Mention its name ten years ago and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who didn’t agree that it had, over the previous ten years, become a byword for stability and a blueprint for success for promoted clubs looking establish  themselves in the Premier League. Mention it today, however, and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone outside the club who would describe it as such. Instead you’ll get a rolling of the eyes, a tut and a trite statement about how you should be careful what you wish for and how...

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African Cup Of Nations 2015: A Lack Of Quality In Every Third

The 2015 African Cup of Nations (CAN) in Equatorial Guinea was hyped as wide open and unpredictable. And with holders Nigeria failing to qualify and “bigger” teams such as Cameroon and Cote D’Ivoire in “transition” this was hype you could believe. But talk of “no outstanding teams” was right on two levels. The drama of the final group games was down to mathematics not football. And although no-one was knocked out after two games, that didn’t mean they were any good. And while the quarter-finals produced goals and incident, that didn’t mean they were any good either. There have...

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