Survival Instincts? Fulham and Crystal Palace Living on the Edge

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
Survival Instincts? Fulham and Crystal Palace Living on the Edge

Two consecutive Saturday afternoons; two London clubs battling to avoid relegation; two games against a Newcastle side out of form and with little to play for. Ideal circumstances in which to assess the current predicaments of Fulham and Crystal Palace – and their chances of Premier League survival.

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He may no longer be Fulham’s owner but, as someone obsessed with car crashes, there’s a …

Friends reunited as Flitcroft and Hill face off in derby

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | One Comment
Friends reunited as Flitcroft and Hill face off in derby

In a curious quirk of fate, last Friday night’s match between Bury and Rochdale not only involved two clubs located little more than five miles apart, but also two men who’ve spent much of the last fifteen years considerably closer to one another than that. In the visitors’ camp: Keith Hill. In the home dugout: David Flitcroft, who played with Hill at Spotland before working as his assistant …

Book Review: Sport in Capitalist Society: A Short History

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Book Review | 12 Comments
Book Review: Sport in Capitalist Society: A Short History

Sport in Capitalist Society: A Short History by Tony Collins
Published by Routledge
2013, £19.99

God bless Crystal Palace’s self-styled ultras, the Holmesdale Fanatics. The irony of proudly displaying a banner reading “AGAINST MODERN FOOTBALL” during a Premier League match this season, one which was beamed into bars and living rooms around the world on television, was clearly lost on them. Perhaps that’s only to be expected, …

Decline and Fall?: Football and “Failing” Towns

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Uncategorized | 18 Comments
Decline and Fall?: Football and “Failing” Towns

Last month The Economist hit the headlines for publishing a distinctly unflattering portrait of several British towns including Wolverhampton, Hull, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough. As the stats – for unemployment in particular, but also educational standards, welfare cuts and numbers of empty retail units – made clear, the towns and cities in question are undeniably enduring tough times. But the emotive choice of title for the article (“Rustbelt

Eye Witness Assessment: Tigers Beginning to Find Their Feet

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
Eye Witness Assessment: Tigers Beginning to Find Their Feet

Recent Eye Witness Assessments have featured Brighton and Ipswich, both sides who might consider themselves to have an outside chance of the Championship play-offs this season. But what of another club who, somewhat against the odds and despite stiff competition from more fancied and well-funded rivals, managed to make it out of the second tier via automatic promotion last term? Hull’s trip to St James’ Park last weekend …

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