The Explorers

Posted by on Jun 28, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Championship fans will once again rival Odysseus, Captain Cook and Ranulph Fiennes next season as all those tales of miles clocked up following one’s team will be wheeled out again. Doubtless, arranging the fixture list is a knotty business, unlikely to please all comers, but the sheer stupidity of some of the scheduling, combined with a rail service celebrating twenty odd years or so of ugly privatization will once …

The Times They Are a-Changin’

Posted by on Jun 26, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I consider myself to be a reasonably informed fan, but the ongoing takeover of my club has left me stumped. The change in ownership has been ‘just days away’ for a few months and there’s been an air of inevitability about it since Japanese businessman Yasuaki Kagami purchased a stake and became a director in mid-season.

Details about Kagami’s past are frustratingly vague and information regarding his background and his …

A New Derby Wing Man

Posted by on Jun 25, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Lee Croft first came to significant national attention following a scything tackle on Nicky Hunt in a BBC televised cup tie between Bolton and Oldham in 2005: a combine harvester of a lunge that seemed a personal tribute to Andoni Goikoetxea, the legendary “Beast of Bilbao”. The youngster was on loan to the Latics at the time from Manchester City, but this unhappy incident could not have been more misleading. …

More Black than Gold

Posted by on Jun 24, 2009 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
Wolves surely have a lot of work to do if they are to make any sort of noise in the Premier League. The Golden boys never really looked in danger of dropping out of the top two last term after cantering to the summit of the Championship early on, winning all but one of their opening eight games, but in truth their near-dominance owed as much to their stuttering rivals …

Sears on for a Catalogue of Goals?

Posted by on Jun 21, 2009 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

West Ham have had problems with homesick players before so Freddie Sears opting to stay in the big city with Crystal Palace is perhaps understandable. Who can forget Joey Beauchamp’s refusal to stray too far from his beloved Oxford dog track back in the day, or Florin Răducioiu’s love of Harvey Nick’s? Could Neil Warnock have fancied raining on Sheffield Wednesday’s parade out of spite? He probably didn’t even want …

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