Championship Manager 89/90 Challenge: September ’89

Let’s not beat around the bush, August was tough. In modern football, I’d probably already be out on my ear, looking for a new job, and hated as part of the ‘Cockney Mafia’ in Newcastle. As it happens, probably only the last one is true at the moment. I should have taken the job at Leyton Orient. I know them. And they have no expectations. But here I am, more beloved Wearside than Tyneside, and it doesn’t get any easier. The international break won’t save me in the Second Division – seven games, five of the top eight. Including the top two. Great. Continue reading Championship Manager 89/90 Challenge: September ’89

Weekend Preview 18/08/17

Well, last week saw the return of the Premier League, and it threw up some interesting results. The dissatisfaction at Chelsea is clearly greater than we all believed, while Liverpool’s defensive frailties continue apace. Arsenal squeezed through their game with Leicester, and a seemingly revitalised Jamie Vardy, and who could have seen Huddersfield’s demolition of Palace? This week sees the return of the Bundesliga, and we’ll be hoping for just as much excitement there.

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The Death Match

When people think of the Nazis and football, most would think of Escape to Victory, the film in which Bobby Moore, Michael Caine and Pele, Prisoners of War, play for the pride of the allies and draw, carried out of the stadium on the shoulders of the oppressed French citizens to a jingoistic, triumphant soundtrack. Fewer people know that it was inspired by a match in the Ukraine between the occupied and the occupiers. What Escape does not show is half the team being executed for defying their conquerors. That is the dark secret of the Death Match. At least, that’s what we’ve all been told. Continue reading The Death Match

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