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JOHNNY COOPER, CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER: THE STORY OF MANSFIELD TOWN FC 99/00 (ACCORDING TO CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER)

New author and self-confessed Championship Manager addict, Chris Darwen, has released his first book, a parody of Mansfield Town FC’s 99/00 season using the legendary computer game, Championship Manager, to create the narrative. Championship Manager was the best selling football management computer game every written and this week, by coincidence, celebrated the 22nd anniversary of it’s […]

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“Coppinger puts it into an empty net! And Doncaster have won promotion to the Championship!” James Coppinger vs Brentford 27th April 2013

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting Griffin Park to see newly promoted Brentford take on Birmingham; a good family friend was visiting the UK for the weekend and wanted to take the time watch a proper English football match. As a Norwich fan, the timing was terrible. The game conflicted […]

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Officiating the Game Part III – Collective Responsibility

We need to shift away from an autocratic system of officiating, and aim for a collective responsibility approach to eradicate cheating. How can we create incentives for footballers to play the game honestly?

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“With just 20 seconds left, Dennis Bergkamp, 2-1!” – Dennis Bergkamp vs Argentina 1998 World Cup

As a new Premier League season goes into its third week and the summer dies a quick death, let us pause and reflect just once more on what a fantastic World Cup we were treated to in Brazil. Aside from the impeccable job the stadium cameramen did once more in picking out a bevvy of foreign beauties […]

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