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Play-Off Weekend, Part 1: There Can Only Be One Winner

Play-Off Weekend, Part 1: There Can Only Be One Winner

End of season play-offs have a distinct feel to them, and in recent years that feeling has increasingly started to smell of desperation. But in a culture which venerates money considerably more than it does football, so much as the presence of Newport...

Gateshead FC: Fog on Tyneside

Gateshead FC: Fog on Tyneside

To say that this week has "turbulent" for Gateshead FC would be something of an understatement. For a brief period, it looked as though there might have been a way out of this mess for the beleagured (at the time) National League club. A...

The FIFA Under-20 World Cup Finals: A Preview

The FIFA Under-20 World Cup Finals: A Preview

It comes with the territory of biennial age-limited tournaments, of course. Not one English player who won the 2017 Under-20s World Cup would be eligible for the 2019 edition, which begins in Poland on Thursday. Still, their non-qualification,...

Bangor City & The Predictable Trajectories of The Vaughans

Bangor City & The Predictable Trajectories of The Vaughans

Will this turn out to have been the final humiliation? Bangor City, former champions of Wales and regular European competitors over the years have been deducted forty-two points by the Football Association of Wales for various matters of...

An #EqualGame, Unless You Happen To Be Armenian

An #EqualGame, Unless You Happen To Be Armenian

Sportwashing ain't what it used to be. In the days before mass media, it was all pretty straightforward. In 1934, the World Cup finals were held in fascist Italy. Mussolini nobbled the referees, and the host nation won the tournament. By 1978, it was a bit...

Manchester City: Both a Symptom & a Cause

Manchester City: Both a Symptom & a Cause

It was a boot into the face of competitive football, a boot laced with threaded gold, but relentless in its pursuit of more. And it's probably already self-perpetuating, building on its own swagger and the fear of others. This is the age of the...

Southend United: The Ground Grinds On

Southend United: The Ground Grinds On

Of all the Football League’s last-day dramas, the most dramatic was at the bottom of League One. Wimbledon made the great escape, having needed snookers in February. And Southend United made the late escape, despite being ninth on New Year’s...

Leeds United Fall At The Second To Last

Leeds United Fall At The Second To Last

I'm not going to mention it.There have been something fundamentally herculean about this season's Championship play-offs. Last night, West Bromwich Albion took Aston Villa all the way to a penalty shoot-out after a taut second leg which ended in a one-nil...

Yeovil Town: The Forgotten Relegation

Yeovil Town: The Forgotten Relegation

It's been more than thirty years now, and still there is a distinction. League and non-league. The professionals vs amateurs of the modern game. The British sure do love a class distinction. Prior to the 1987/88 season, the clubs that finished at the...

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