Friends reunited as Flitcroft and Hill face off in derby

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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

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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 …

The Damned Forest: The ‘Real Story’ of Alex McLeish at Nottingham Forest

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
The Damned Forest: The ‘Real Story’ of Alex McLeish at Nottingham Forest

Ahead of its serialisation in a national newspaper, we’re fortunate enough to be able to give you a sneak peek into the diary of Alex McLeish, who’s had an eventful few weeks…

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23rd December 2012

Watched Villa get tonked 8-0 by Chelsea this afternoon. Not so long ago that would have cheered me up no end, but just lately I’ve been having difficulty feeling …

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