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Football Twitter’s Wild St Patrick’s Day

Football Twitter’s Wild St Patrick’s Day

My eyesight has been poor for some weeks. And I have been unable to read computer screens for long enough to adequately research the articles I’d had planned for those weeks. Last week’s article on Video Assistant Refereeing in the Uefa...

Sophie Jones & Actions Which Have Consequences

Sophie Jones & Actions Which Have Consequences

The case of Sophie Jones be considered done and dusted. The punishment was appropriate to the gravity of offence caused. The matter was dealt with swiftly and it can now be considered a closed case. The formal punishment of the FA is in line with...

Paul Scholes & The Impossible Oldham Athletic Job

Paul Scholes & The Impossible Oldham Athletic Job

Well, at least Oldham Athletic don't have to worry about a conflict of interests any more. When Paul Scholes arrived at Boundary Park at the start of February, there was some degree over the fact that Scholes had been allowed to maintain his shareholding...

Alan Green Goes Too VAR

Alan Green Goes Too VAR

Video assistant refereeing (VAR) was a significant feature of the Uefa Champions League this week,  for the second consecutive week. And, as Mark Murphy discovered to his aural cost, it brought an old ‘’’friend’’’ back into view.In (ulp!) September 2009, I...

Football’s Failed Experiments: ITV & “The Premiership”

Football’s Failed Experiments: ITV & “The Premiership”

It's funny how quickly you forget. From 1993 to 2007, it was actually called "The Premiership." For its first season, back in the days when there was an illusion of some sort of administrative oversight, it was called "The FA Premier League." Yeah, that...

Caveat Emptor: The Rise & Possible Fall Of OwnaFC

Caveat Emptor: The Rise & Possible Fall Of OwnaFC

History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, then as farce. It's a well-worn phrase, but it was difficult to keep it out of the mind this time just a fortnight ago, as one of the more surprising stories of this season leapt, apparently already fully...

The Weekend Match: Birmingham City 0-1 Aston Villa

The Weekend Match: Birmingham City 0-1 Aston Villa

If we look inside ourselves, we all know that something like this had been coming. Already this season, a banana has been thrown at Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang, Raheem Sterling has been racially abused by a Chelsea supporter, there has been significant crowd...

West Bromwich Albion & The Risks Of Knee-Jerk Reactions

West Bromwich Albion & The Risks Of Knee-Jerk Reactions

It's not as easy as it looks, this Championship football lark, is it? A lengthy stay in the Premier League can have curious effects on people. Between 2002 and 2010, West Bromwich Albion seemed unable to decide whether they should be a...

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