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VAR Gets Worse

By Posted in - Analysis & Football Philosophy & Rants on July 31st, 2019 0 Comments

My comments an VAR were miles off the mark: I didn’t foresee the real problem with it’s introduction being the rabble off the field screaming “CONSPIRACY” when things don’t go their way under review. During …

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We Won The Cup

By Posted in - History on June 10th, 2015 0 Comments

There really is only one “Cup” in English football and it isn’t the League Cup. The FA Cup has a history the League Cup cannot match and no matter what changes are made to the …

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FIFA Isn’t Soccer

By Posted in - History & Rants on May 30th, 2015 0 Comments

FIFA is a bureaucracy with direct access to funding and a largely compliant array of subsidiary bureaucracies running regional associations like CONCACAF and UEFA that in turn have their own subsidiaries in the national associations. …

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Premier League For Bournemouth

By Posted in - History on May 22nd, 2015 0 Comments

Chelsea supporters, at least those who know the history of the club before the Abramovich era, know how close their club came to dropping into the old Third Division at the end of the …

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St. Totteringham’s Day

By Posted in - History on May 22nd, 2015 0 Comments

St. Totteringham’s Day 2015

Belated wishes to you all for a special day that has occurred for 19 consecutive years: the day when Spurs cannot catch Arsenal in the league table. There are varying reports of …

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Adverts at the Grounds

By Posted in - History on April 29th, 2015 0 Comments

A friend of mine is a West Ham supporter, born within earshot of Upton Park and dyed claret & blue. During the last transfer window we were discussing potential departures from West Ham, unfortunately for …

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The Fan vs The Supporter

By Posted in - Football Philosophy & Rants & Thoughts on April 3rd, 2015 0 Comments

We now interrupt our regular programming for a small note on terminology:

I use the terms fan and supporter interchangeably, mostly for variety, but I do believe that there is a difference. The supporter is there when the club fails, coming back the next match, the next season and so on hoping for success but knowing their support isn’t predicated upon silverware. The fan is epitomized by a gentleman I met last summer who informed me he “used to be” a Manchester United fan but after the trophy-less 2013-2014 season he was going to support another team. The fan stands up and is ready to walk away when things go badly while the supporter stands up and sings louder.

Which one are you? Let me know by leaving a comment in the space below…