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 Seventy Two Unfortunates Football League season preview

The Seventy Two has joined forces with fellow Football League blog The Two Unfortunates, not to mention fans of all 72 clubs in the Football League, to bring you a full 108-page season preview.

Click on the image below to read online or click here to download the PDF.

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Peterborough United and the home of world football

In Bed With Maradona is the home of world football, a magnificent collection of the best English-language football writing from around the globe. And sometimes me. My article for them yesterday focused on what the collapse of Sam Baldock’s transfer from Milton Keynes Dons to Peterborough United could mean for the future of regional football correspondents.


The impression many regional football writers give is that print deadlines and scheduled sport

Huddersfield Town and Peterborough United: The story of the semis

You don’t always get what you deserve in life. Sometimes things go wrong. Sometimes things don’t quite work out as they should. In truth, the concept of a team “deserving to win” is a slightly odd one. Nevertheless, Huddersfield Town and Peterborough United both deserved to go to Old Trafford after each proving their superiority over all but two clubs during the League One season and then showing their mettle …

Play-off podcast special: Of Swans, Royals and trips to Old Trafford

Andrew Gibney of the marvellous Gib Football Show podcast was kind enough to host a play-off podcast special, featuring myself and Seventy Two contributor John Verrall, following the final whistle at the Cardiff City Stadium last night.

You can listen to our thoughts here (right-click on the link and Save Target As to download):