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Gambling links highlight Football Association’s hypocrisy

In a sport which has never sought to hide its links to the gambling industry, the events of this week may just be the straw that broke the FA’s back. It was revealed a number of days ago that the English Football Association had a deal in place with seven betting companies, allowing their websites […]

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FA Cup Focus: Rooney’s Derby County upset Crystal Palace

The FA Cup brings a fresh sense of excitement to the English football season, providing more games, more drama and the chance for lower league clubs to bring down the top- tier giants. It is safe to say the cup never disappoints, and my day out at Selhurst Park following Derby County was no exception. As a […]

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Hollywood destinies of McCoy and Gerrard fail to materialise

Perhaps in this age of Hollywood we have grown accustomed to fantastical stories ending in the most perfect of fashions. Whether it be the underdog team upsetting the odds with one final comeback, or the girl getting the guy she’s always dreamed of, or the young clownfish being reunited with his father; we feel satisfied, […]

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Upsets galore as Chelsea and Manchester City crash out of the FA Cup

It was a weekend of giant-killings in the FA Cup this weekend, with lower league sides taking major scalps from teams at the top of the Premier League. Chelsea and Manchester City suffered defeat this weekend, as the competition was thrown wide open. Perhaps the biggest upset of the weekend came at Stamford Bridge, where […]

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Winter break calls seem to be going against British tradition

There’s something typically British about settling down, overcome by a festive malaise, to watch football during the Christmas period. Perhaps this stems back to Tudor times, when a morbidly obese Henry VIII was rumoured to force people to exercise for him in lieu of partaking himself. Where so many other European leagues have deemed a […]

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Giant-killing FA Cup stories not a thing of the past

The FA Cup is at it again. Every single season there are new stories, new heroes made and new sides who jump from relative non-league obscurity into the full view of the wider footballing world. Perhaps this serves to illustrate why it arguably remains the best cup competition in world football. The romance with the […]