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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

…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

…on Mancini’s “kamikaze spending”

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James Milner - The cherry on the cake, the sixpence on the Christmas pudding, the... oh, you get the idea

It’s all over folks. Roberto Mancini has said that James Milner is Man City’s last summer signing.  Alex Ferguson has lambasted them for “kamikaze spending”, with Sheikh Mansour now having committed over £1bn to Manchester City since he has arrived. Ferguson can talk, spending £7m on a player he’s never seen play. We’re now approaching the end of the second year since Mansour purchased the club via his investment vehicle and they still appear to be buying whomever they can lay their hands on. A Man United fan said to me recently that only Man City could be given all the money in the world and conspire to mess it up. He may be eating his words soon, I’m not sure it’s all that bad. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 19, 2010 at 4:33 pm

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…on a loss (that somewhat isn’t) for the HMRC

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Andrew Andronikou is very smart and very lucky

I couldn’t fucking believe it when it happened. Pompey joined the long line of court-endorsed footballing tax dodgers by defeating the challenge of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to their Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA). It was essentially a win on a technicality. The massive, ever-changing debts and unethical practices didn’t matter because it came down to whether or not Portsmouth broke insolvency rules and, in the opinion of Mr Justice Mann, they did not. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 8, 2010 at 9:31 pm

…on the Premier League squad limits

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Denilson of Arsenal

Denilson - Brought over from South America, growing and flourishing in the British Isles. Like potatoes.

When my fiancee is out in the evenings, I sometimes enjoy Mark Saggers on Talksport. I know, it’s Talksport, but if you ignore the awful callers, what you have is a smart, longtime broadcast journalist discussing sport sensibly with two decent sport journalists. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 29, 2010 at 10:53 pm

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…on Dan Gosling

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Dan Gosling applauds the fans

"Thanks lads, I'll be off now"

I have long felt it is not a contradictory position to argue that footballers are overpaid whilst siding with them in disputes with their club.  In general, I feel that English clubs can be inherently duplicitous when it comes to player disputes.  Read the rest of this entry »

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July 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm

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