Football League gets the heebie-3Gs, but clubs should be free to choose

In a surprising move this week, representatives of all 72 Football League clubs failed to pass a change that would have allowed clubs in Leagues 1 and 2 to dispense with the lawnmowers and have 3G artificial pitches. Supporters were tied with their opponents on 34 votes with four clubs abstaining. Back in September, all […]

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Ched Evans: to employ or not to employ?

“People expect we’ll make the decision for football reasons, but this is a special type of thing, it’s unusual.” Jim Phipps – Co-Chairman, Sheffield United Should a footballer convicted and imprisoned for a serious crime be allowed to return to the game after serving his time in jail? Or should the nature of the crime […]

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Season review 2013/14 – Tottenham Hotspur

In the first of our end-of-season reviews, 1FITG Co-Editor and Founder Roberto digests 2013/14 at White Hart Lane. The fact it can be written before the season officially finishes perhaps sums it up. Pleasure to watch or utter disaster? Mostly very difficult to watch. Apparently we sold Elvis and bought the Beatles. But it turns […]

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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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Technology: Time for football to upgrade

It’s astonishing to compare what is possible in the 21st century compared to how it used to be. For instance, the way we view television is remarkable. The advent of interactive digital technology means the home viewer can select, augment and interact with what they watch in an entirely new way, and not just at […]

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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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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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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: Luton

Yesterday we gave you some thoughts on Liverpool’s season so far. Today @miller179 gives his thoughts on a team that’s actually still in the FA Cup – Luton Town. 1. So what are your thoughts on Luton’s season so far? Apart from the cup run, it’s been disappointing if I’m honest. Poor performances and losing leads […]

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The awful Football League websites we’re forced to put up with

Why, in an age when the internet continues to evolve, do football club websites consistently lag far behind the times? How is it that club websites are the last to embrace any kind of innovation, or that every club is tied to the same universally bad template, year on year? We look into the history of the […]

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