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Laurence Bassini & Bolton Wanderers: A Marriage Made In…

Laurence Bassini & Bolton Wanderers: A Marriage Made In…

For the sixth time in eighteen months, Bolton Wanderers survived a date with football's nearest equivalent to the gallows this morning. Having avoided being wound up at the High Court two weeks ago over an unpaid tax bill of £1.2m, the club received a...

John Delaney & The FAI: Not Lending Credibility

John Delaney & The FAI: Not Lending Credibility

Mark Murphy has had the song ‘Delaney’s Donkey in his head for over a fortnight. Here’s why… For many reasons, John Delaney’s resignation from his €360,000-per-annum Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief executive (CEO) role is not yet...

Sheikh Salman: What The FFA?

Sheikh Salman: What The FFA?

The fall-out from the case of Bahraini international footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi continues. Questions need asking of Fifa because…well…Fifa. Likewise certain Australian politicians. Queensland senator Fraser Anning’s repugnant post-Christchurch...

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...

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