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Liveblog compilation

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I’ve been collecting up a selection of liveblogs, or interactive coverage as we called it, from my year covering Crystal Palace.  It is not a definitive collection, there are some I just can’t find, but I think it gives a good flavour of what I was writing.  We discontinued the coverage when it was clear we could not boost numbers.  Unfortunately, Palace Radio’s appeal was too strong for us to overcome. Read the rest of this entry »


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February 22, 2013 at 11:33 am

If the SPL and SFL want to fix Scottish football, they need to think bigger

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Campbell Ogilvie - Roll your sleeves up, do some dirty work.

Campbell Ogilvie – Roll your sleeves up, do some dirty work.

The dust seems to have settled on the argument and now it just lays in wait for somebody to pull their fingers out. The Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League spent most of the autumn sounding out fans and the press and launched rival plans for restructuring the professional game in Scotland. Both plans were approved by their members with some small changes and both will press on, seemingly in the complete ignorance that any changes that are made will be just a tiny percentage of the things that need to change. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

…on whether MLS’ designated players are actually worth it

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Torsten Frings - "WTF, I can't run that far anymore!"

With salary-capped sports leagues, there is always pressure to loosen the purse strings a little, especially in minority sports. Raising the cap is the most common way or alternatively allowing cap exemptions for certain players but it’s a balancing act between those teams that want to spend more and those who can’t. In MLS, the solution was to allow teams to spend what they want in a controlled manner. The Designated Player Rule – championed by Anschutz Entertainment Group so their franchise, the LA Galaxy, could sign commercial juggernaut David Beckham – was introduced in 2007 and has been changed and tweaked ever since. However, with the Galaxy the only team to ever win the MLS Cup with designated players and both conferences currently led by teams without them, the question has to be asked; are designated players a waste of time? Read the rest of this entry »

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May 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

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…on why we must reform and possibly wave goodbye to the Conference National

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Scarborough were the first team automatically promoted but their "Theatre of Chips", McCain Stadium, was torn down in 2011 after the Seadogs went bust

It’s 25 years since Lincoln City became the first team automatically relegated from the Football League. Founder members of the Football League Second Division and ever the trend-setters, the Imps decided the best way to bounce straight back was to stay professional in a semi-professional league. Little did they know that a trend had started which would permanently change the Conference where today, 18 of its 24 clubs are fully professional. It’s time to face up to what the Conference has become and reform it, else it will become a burden. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 17, 2012 at 7:31 am

…on West Ham’s rapidly disintegrating season

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Allardyce felt adopting a Henry the Eighth-esque pose would win the fans over. Unfortunately, it failed.

If it’s squeaky-bum time in the Championship, it would seem that West Ham have already followed through. Topping the table in February, a dry run of form has befallen West Ham at exactly the wrong time. An eleven-game unbeaten run would ordinarily be something to shout about but with seven draws, five of which on the bounce, West Ham are now four adrift of second-placed Reading, who ended said streak with a 4-2 win at the Boleyn Ground. Early in the season, manager Sam Allardyce was full of 10-game targets and gusto, now he’s fallen back on his favourite trick; turning on the fans. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm

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…on John Bostock and the flawed cult of the loan spell

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John Bostock and Harry Redknapp

John Bostock can't catch a break. Every loan spell is treated as some great disaster and proof of a supposed attitude problem.

It’s the final transfer deadline of the season. The Football League’s crafty emergency loan loophole will be closed in a year or two but until then you have to treasure the last bit of transfer action. The last throw of the dice, the last opportunity to dump some wages, the last chance to bring in that one player that could get you those extra points to avoid relegation or sneak into the playoffs. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm

…on Capello picking Davies

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Kevin Cyril Davies - Looks more shocked than anything


England’s last Euro 2012 qualifier of 2010 is upon us, with opinions hardening against Fabio Capello’s reign as England manager.  The press reaction to Capello seems to be mirroring the tenure of Graham Taylor, with this summer’s World Cup being the most disappointing performance from an England team at a major championships since Euro ’92, where nineteen Englishmen and Tony Dorigo went out with a whimper rather than a bang.  Fortunately for Fabio, his face is yet to be placed upon a root vegetable. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm

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