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Mid table marvels – five bosses worthy of praise

There have been several managers that deserve praise for Herculean efforts this season. Sean Dyche’s remarkable season with Burnley, Russell Slade making Leyton Orient genuine automatic contenders, and Tony Pulis turning a doomed Palace side overnight into a viable Premiership survivor to mention but a few. But what of those that have perhaps had less […]

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Davies axed as SOS sent to Warnock

Saturday’s embarrassing 5-0 loss to local & promotion rivals Derby County led to an abrupt end, again, to Billy Davies’s time at the City Ground. The loss saw Forest fall out of the playoff zone and continues a winless run that’s now up to 8 games. What a difference a month makes. Just over five […]

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Safe Standing takes another step forward

On Friday, the Football League took a progressive step in sending a consultation document to all 72 clubs seeking their views on Safe Standing. It’s a strong indication that the Football League is seriously considering whether to change it’s view on the issue to date. For some time the Football Supporters Federation have ran a […]

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Shenanigans at Hull City. Whatever next?

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery seems to be Hull City chairman Assem Allam’s maxim as he strives to outdo Cardiff owner Vincent Tan in stripping their respective clubs of tradition and history. Allam has a way to go yet to beat Tan who has not only changed the nickname and colour Cardiff play […]

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They’ve stolen Sky’s crown jewels, but can BT Sport be King?

Today, BT Sport announced they’ve won the rights to Champions League games from 2015-18. £897m, for all 350 games – ending ITV’s long-running stint, and snatching Sky’s most recent jewel in their footballing crown. This shit just got real. The Football TV rights landscape has seen many pretenders come and go but Sky have always […]

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Wonder week epitomises Saints progress

Last year I wrote about the potential of Southampton’s youthful team, and their ambitions for the Premier League. After Nigel Adkins was sacked, I also described the canniness of the Chairman, Nicola Cortese. Now, at the start of the 2013 season, Southampton FC are ready to explode into the Premier League. And what a contrast […]

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Mid-table obscurity looms for Match Of The Day

These are troubled times for Match Of The Day. The BBC’s flagship football programme has, in recent years, attracted a steady drip of criticism: too cosy, too cliquey, too complacent. A haven of hackneyed cliché, lazy punditry, and bar room banality. These rumblings of dissent suddenly registered much higher on the Richter scale last season […]

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New season. New look.

  Hello One Foot In The Game readers, we’ve been wearing our clothes for awhile. So with the MOST EXCITING PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON EVER (SkySports trademark) we thought it best to give ourselves a spruce up. First of all, you’ll notice our new font and blog design, we think it’s much more in keeping than […]

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2013/14 predictions from 1FITG

Pre-season comes to a welcome end this evening as the first Football League fixture opens up another 10 months of glorious action. And what a season it looks like on the face of it. The top of the Premiership hasn’t looked this unpredictable in years, which is mirrored in each of three divisions below. Ever […]

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Sent to Northampton: the sad demise of Coventry City

Big Ron once quipped that if the Titanic was painted Sky Blue it would never have gone down. Like many of the big man’s insights this proved wide of the mark, and in 2001, after 34 years in the top flight the Sky Blues were relegated to the old Division One. And if relegation was […]

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