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More Than The Game: Treading Water

By the time you’ve added up the world’s more than two hundred leagues with back-of-the-envelope calculations, added all the intentional club competitions in, accounted for the huge aviation consumption of the football business itself and factored in a football-sized chunk of the carbon footprint of the sportswear industry, that’s a carbon footprint the size of another small nation.

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More Than The Game: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Regardless of the fact that the final withering of football’s heart appears to be a foregone conclusion, we should hardly take it lying down. Every concession granted to economic and political tyranny should be polemicised against with sharp invective by our media, our bureaucracies, and ourselves.

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More Than The Game: Football’s Rotten Heart

To date, more than two dozen people and entities have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering in the ongoing investigation. As such, the past twenty years of footballing bureaucracy – and the football that has emerged from it – has an excoriating asterisk next to it in the record books.

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OUAFC women’s team awarded equal Blues specifications

The OUAFC (Oxford University Association Football Club) women’s team now hold the same Blues specifications as the men’s team, after the Oxford Blues Committee passed the motion by 36 votes to 4. A merger with the men’s team also means that the 2020-21 season will be the first in which the OUAFC budget will be Read More…

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Football news: Oxford United remain in League One as Wycombe Wanderers seize Championship spot

Oxford United’s hopes for promotion to the Championship next season were disappointed after Wycombe Wanderers capitalised on a late penalty to take the win. The much-anticipated game took place at Wembley on 13 July after the entire squad and staff passed extensive COVID-19 tests to ensure safety in the play-off final. Oxford went down a Read More…

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Premier League football set to resume

Top-flight football is set to return, following the Premier League’s announcement that fixtures would provisionally restart on Wednesday June 17th, with Aston Villa playing Sheffield United and Manchester City facing Arsenal. It is then expected that a full set of fixtures will be played over the weekend of June 19th, 20th and 21st. This announcement, Read More…

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English football’s coronavirus conundrum

“You could be looking at 40, 50, 60 clubs in the pyramid ceasing to trade within the next six to twelve months”. That is the startling assessment of Huddersfield Town chairman Phil Hodgkinson on the outlook for the lower league teams in the English Football League (EFL) in light of the coronavirus pandemic. It reflects the conundrum Read More…

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Podcasts play on after coronavirus football ban

Just as shocking as the thought that the footballing globe might stop spinning due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak is the idea that the media satellites that orbit it might simultaneously come crashing down. The age of social media has only multiplied the number of pre-existing sources of dissection of the minutiae of footballers’ performances, Read More…