Franchise football: lessons from Australia

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Franchise football: lessons from Australia

Ahead of grand final weekend down under, Frank Heaven examines the ambition and resentment at the heart of Australia’s sporting franchise systems.

This Sunday is a massive occasion for one of Australia’s most controversial sporting teams.

Melbourne Storm play in their first National Rugby League (NRL) Grand Final since 2010, when it emerged that the club had been breaching the competition’s salary cap on a massive scale for over five

The Not So Secret Footballer: Readers’ Q and A

It’s been a while since AFC Wimbledon striker Jack Midson wrote for us. He’s been fairly busy to be fair, bagging goals for his club to the extent that he is currently joint top goalscorer in League Two. Nevertheless, Jack has been kind enough to take a few moments out to answer a few of your questions.


What do you miss most about your previous club Oxford?

What I miss …

A journey through projects of the Football League

“Project” is generally perceived as a dirty word in English football, particularly in the lower leagues. It is usually employed as justification for short-term failure or overly extravagant expenditure. When things go wrong, everyone needs to pull together and believe in the project. When things go right, it’s just called winning…


proj·ect   [n. proj-ekt, -ikt; v. pruh-jekt]

noun
1. something that is contemplated, devised, or planned; plan; scheme.

2. a …

The Not So Secret Footballer: A Wombling Merry Christmas

Since the summer, AFC Wimbledon striker Jack Midson has been keeping us in the loop with life in the lower leagues of English football. Jack has now reached double figures in the league this season but things aren’t going so well for the team as a whole at the moment. In his latest column, Jack gives an insight into his first Christmas with the Dons and remains confident that things

Should Celtic and Rangers be forced to follow AFC Wimbledon’s path?

Despite years of rebuttal, Rangers and Celtic continue to make eyes at the Football League. But can a parallel be drawn with a certain club in south London? Matt Thompson ruminates.


It took a week shy of nine years for AFC Wimbledon to officially daub out the legacy with which Raj Parker and Steve Stride stained their club. Of course, a special mention must go to the FA for its …

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