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Archive for October, 2008

Everton 1 United 1

We are all used to games being schedules at crazy times for television, but to play a game at 12pm without Sky even wanting to show it is just baffling. The police seem to want to blame Wayne Rooney for this, as if somehow a lunchtime kick off will make home fans less likely to throw mobile phones at him or will stopĀ supporters having a drink. But all that happens is a lot of people have to wake up at the crack of dawn for no reason at all, and the game itself contributes to a day when there was only one kick off at 3pm in the Premier League. Read more

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United 4 West Brom 0

United’s performances have been mixed this season, with only a few glimpses of the free and open football that was played pretty much every week last year. Yet the performance at Blackburn was so good that many expected the team to push on from that and find its feet playing stylish and exciting football. At half time against West Brom United seemed to have regressed, and there were many heads in hands feeling almost dismayed by the performance, but then suddenly it all came together. Read more

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Blackburn 0 United 2

Blackburn is always a fantastic away game where away fans are welcomed with open arms. Usually local police want an alcohol ban, fans to get there as late as possible and to leave immediately after the game. But Blackburn, with few fans of their own, give United 7000 tickets and turn the fixture into a day of festivity, including erecting a marquee at the Fenhurst pub next to the ground. They also have the common sense to put Sky Sports on in the concourses and serve drink inside until half time, encouraging fans to arrive early and avoid the last minute stampide for kick off. The policies of Blackburn Football Club and the local police should be comended, and many other clubs across the land should follow their lead, which results in great days out with less trouble meaning happy days all around.

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