How Swindon Town’s Link with Tottenham is Starting to Divide

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We live in an era where the inviolable independence of football clubs is starting to become a thing of the past. After our recent examination of Charlton Athletic’s Belgian connection, guest writer Alex Cooke turns his attention to the somewhat looser but still significant link between Swindon Town and Tottenham Hotspur. Alex is a freelance writer and blogger and contributes to TheWashbag.com and WeAreGoingUp, largely on the subject of the Robins. He tweets on football as @stfconly. … ‘Everyone in the game is watching it with great interest’, according to Jed Roddy, the Premier League’s head of youth development and…

Which of Leicester City’s Players Will Step Up?

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In this month’s issue of When Saturday Comes magazine, I cast an eye over Leicester City’s financial prospects as the club homed in on promotion to the Premier League. In all, my article was perhaps a little kind on the Foxes as I gave the benefit of the doubt to the view that the untold riches on offer post-promotion would wipe out the serious ‘ifs’ that surround the club’s economy. Those question marks are sizeable ones. A £34 million loss for the last recorded accounting period (2012-3), including staff costs of £26.1 million is far from small beer and if the…

Reflecting on Relationship Between Britpop and Football

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a stone for the past month you’ll have noticed the media, and in particular the BBC, working itself into a frenzy over the 20th anniversary of ‘Britpop’. To many this level of nostalgia for a musical movement which was, if anything, merely the collection of a handful of zeitgeist wresting retrograde magpies sticks in the craw. ‘Britpop’ wasn’t a cohesive genre, less still a cultural movement, it was a confection – a label for ideas at best, a marketing tool at worst. This is right, to a degree. Britpop was a label. As Alexis Petridis…

Coventry City Face Up To Another Year in the Third Tier

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When, in March 2013, Coventry City left the Ricoh Arena in what, in hindsight, resembled Walter White’s frantic attempts to gather his dirty money and bury it in the desert before Hank could reach it in the final season of Breaking Bad, it seemed almost inconceivable that the club’s absence from its purpose-built stadium could be truly long-term. Such a situation was virtually without precedent, and however bad the relationship between Sisu and ACL was, a solution would surely be brokered – a football stadium with a football club-shaped hole in it clearly benefited no one. And yet, a year…

Book Review: The Origins of Wolverhampton Wanderers

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The Origins of Wolverhampton Wanderers by Patrick A. Quirke Published by Amberley Publishing 2013, £14.99 Wolverhampton Wanderers are without question one of England’s most storied clubs and with 2013-4 turning out to be a highly satisfactory one on the pitch, we thought it would be high time to reflect on times past. Amberley Publishing have released Patrick A. Quirke’s book on the early days of the club and Ben Piggott, designer of the avatars on this site and @Apt_Pseudonym on twitter gives us his thoughts. … At this point in football’s fervently chronicled history, as new chapters are drafted on…