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Does it really matter who owns Leeds United?

By Tony Attwood

In 29 July 2011 a Parliamentary committee on football said that they were appalled by what was going on at Leeds United.

Ever since 2005, the reminded us, no one knew who owned Leeds United. Ken Bates said he didn’t own any Leeds shares, and was just the UK rep of […]

Arsenal – Chelsea, a tale of free kicks

By Walter Broeckx

The 6th game was the game it happened. It could have been the name of a thriller. And in a way it was a thriller. But one with a bad ending. Not that there were a lot of chances with both defences mostly on top during the game. But in the 6th […]

Arsenal 1893 vs Chelsea 1905. A college of divinity vs an ex-coal tip

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Chelsea FC was formed in 1905, after a meeting between a football enthusiast and the owner of a down-and-out athletics stadium which had previously been used as a coal tip, decided that west London could do with another […]

Liverpool plan to start diving because refs don’t play fair

By Tony Attwood

I have seen some odd and bizarre comments from clubs following our endless revelations about referees but the one from the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers seems the most odd – and the most unexpected.

According to press reports Rodgers has said that Liverpool players could start diving and attempting to fool […]

Referee Decisions restarting anytime now

By Walter Broeckx

Those of you who follow us in our search for making football fair for all will have noticed that the new website that we have started seems to have stopped producing referee reviews.

Maybe left and right in the headquarters of some organisation like the PGMOL they have already opened a bottle […]

Football corruption: the allegations keep on rolling along

By Tony Attwood

Sometimes it all goes quiet for a few weeks. Then we hear of new enquiries. The manager of Juve is banned for a year. Some Turkish clubs are being investigated. There’s suggestions that a world cup match was fixed. The bias of referees in this country is shown in our own […]

As cheap as the 6th division, Arsenal prepare to put on their glasses*

By Tony Attwood

Last weekend Ian, his sons and I went to watch Corby Town play Leamington in the FA Cup. Corby play in the Bet Square North (or some such name) – effectively the sixth division of English football. Tickets for the ground were £10 for adults, somewhat similar to Arsenal’s last night.

Of […]

Paying clubs and win, and not playing your strongest team, are linked.

By Tony Attwood

There is an article on the Daily Telegraph web site today which asks if the Football League should be penalising clubs for not playing their strongest team in the competition – just as the Premier League did in February 2010 after Wolverhampton changed their team a couple of months earlier.

In that […]

Money can also buy you troubles

By Walter Broeckx

You can often hear and read of some fans wishing we would be like Manchester City and Chelsea. The ones that are in it for the winning of things. I really like us to win anything and I will be filled with joy when it happens, but for me and I think […]

What’s it like to support a club like Coventry.

By Tony Attwood

A while ago I did a piece about Mark McCammon, who had claimed that Gillingham FC had refused to treat an injury, docked his wages, and fined him for not turning up for training during heavy snow – basically because he was black.

A tribunal looked into the matter and found that […]

This season v last season: more goals than with Van Persie

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By Walter Broeckx

The season is still very young and so it is difficult to predict what can happen for the rest of the season. But there is something that is interesting when we look […]

“Aaron Ramsey selection for City encounter baffles Arsenal fans”

The Metro says “Aaron Ramsey selection for City encounter baffles Arsenal fans”

Are we winning the midfield battle?

By Cameron Wolfe

I wonder if those same Arsenal fans were still baffled after the game had finished.

I thought for most of the game we were awesome. We played once again as a team […]

59% possession v Abu Dhabi. Now for Coventry.

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal went to the home of the champions – a football club effectively owned by Abu Dhabi. We had 59% possession, used our third choice goalkeeper, played without our inspirational captain and got a draw. Not a bad result.

Next up we play SISU, the city council, the Higgs Trust, at least […]

Munchester City v Arsenal. Tongues of fire and blood stretched above, Shivering with fear, I heard the infinite scream

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By Billy the Dog McGraw

Munchester City was created by Edvard Munch, a painter who went on to found a football club in north western England.

The club’s deeply evocative psychological themes of hope mixed with failure and […]

A wise lesson from twitter: turning against Arsenal does not help Arsenal

By Walter Broeckx

This week we had another “twitter takeover” from Arsenal. And one question got my attention and the response also was a very important one.

The question was asked by Anthony Field @antfield10 and was: how does the crowd moaning at you affect your confidence. The question was asked at Andrey Arshavin.

I […]

May you live in interesting times

By Tony Attwood

It is amusing, at least when there is nothing else to do, to contemplate if a blog can have any effect on football.

By and large the answer is surely no. No, because it is hard to imagine the manager or players bothering to read a football blog, no because it […]

Jack’s back – but who drops out?

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By Tony Attwood

OK, I know, Wilshere won’t be playing for Arsenal in September, but sometime in late October he will be ready for some experience, perhaps first as a sub and then as a starter in […]

REF REVIEW 2012: The final words – How to improve refereeing and football

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This article is part of the series : REFEREE REVIEW 2012

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By Walter Broeckx

In our previous article we have pointed at the things we found that are bad in the referee world in general.

Now as we reach the end of the year review we will […]

RVP’s statement: why neither Vos nor RVP wrote it

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This is the concluding part of this article. Here are the earlier parts

RVP – what really happened part 1 ,,, part 2

 

The reason I personally feel […]

Montpellier – Arsenal, the only thing missing for the moment

By Walter Broeckx

So here we are. The Champions League is back and as usual we are in it. And we take it for granted that we are in it once again. Being in it for 15 years…an amazing achievement that is sometimes looked upon as natural. In my eyes the most amazing thing for […]

REF REVIEW 2012: Blatant Bias, incompetence, imbalance, inaccuracy, poor selection policy

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This article is part of the series : REFEREE REVIEW 2012

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By Walter Broeckx

Last season we analysed around 40% of the matches in the Premier League and looked at the referees in each case, what they did and how accurate they were. We threw up many […]

Montpellier v Arsenal cancelled due to Theo non-signature

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By Billy The Dog McGraw

Read most of the more serious English newspapers today and you will be hard pushed to realise that Arsenal are playing in their 15th consecutive Champs League. In 13 of these the club has progressed to the knock about stages – […]

The RVP saga part 2: “Arsenal needs to splash cash in the transfer market to end its trophy drought”

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By Anne

There is a group of people in the media who were responsible for such infamous scripts as the “Arsenal in crisis” narrative, and of course, the unforgettable masterpiece: “Arsenal needs to splash […]

Arsenal v Southampton, the catering review

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‘Oh when the Saints…’: Arsenal vs Southampton

This was always going to be an interesting day. After all it was the first time I had had to opportunity to introduce the Twins to Tony and they were very excited (on top of being over excited […]

RVP: what really happened?

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Untold Media: Robin van Persie still didn’t say that (and neither did his agent). But I’ll tell you who did.

By: Anne

Back in July, when Untold published my article All the things that Robin Van Persie […]