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Weir off as Blades wield the axe

When David Weir was appointed back in June, fans were broadly very optimistic – unusually so given disagreement on previous appointments. After a number of candidates had distanced themselves in what felt like the longest managerial search in the club’s history, it appeared like the club had come across a diamond in the rough. On […]

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Season of the long knives leaves managers watching their backs

When Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio fell on his sword, he brought the number of managerial changes in the top four divisions in England to 41 for the season. Given that we’ve still another two and half months of the season to run, it looks inevitable that over half of the 92 league will have changed their […]

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1FITG mid-season review: Sheffield United

After last year’s catastrophic end to a season where they looked destined for promotion, Sheffield United have found this season  much tougher – @josephclift looks at what’s different at Bramall Lane this season, and their prospects for making it second time lucky. With about a third of the season left to go, a handful of […]

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150 years on from the first match report

With today’s back-pages concentrating on the fall-out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s latest attempt to influence officials, you might be forgiven for missing the 150th anniversary this weekend of the first recorded match report in a newspaper. As Bramall Lane tomorrow plays host to a top vs bottom League 1 encounter, on 29 December 1962 it hosted […]

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A tribute to Gary Speed – from a Sheffield United & Wales fan

The outpouring of grief for Gary Speed in the past day is a testament to how widely respected he was in the game. 24 hours on, and I’m still in a state of shock. I learned of the news through Twitter, and naturally assumed there had been an accident. Then came the news that Speed […]

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