Sport & Leisure

Will Sustainability Kill the Dream?

Posted on March 6, 2024

In the ever-evolving world of football, the introduction of new sustainability rules is now sparking debates about its potential impact on clubs across the spectrum. While these regulations aim to promote financial stability and accountability, there's a growing concern that they could inadvertently widen the gap between smaller clubs and their more affluent counterparts. A more in depth look at FFP (Financial Fair Play) shows how these new ...

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Reading FC – Winning Hearts & Minds Amid a Crisis

Posted on February 8, 2024

Reading FC still finds itself in a dire situation as the owner's disinterest leads to rapid asset stripping and a toxic relationship with supporters. Despite this, there's a positive narrative unfolding on the pitch. Despite challenges like points deductions and uncertainty over pay, players are rallying under a manager who's found a formula where Reading are hard to beat. Resilience in Adversity This resilience in the face of adversity ...

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The Impact of Wealthy Businessmen at Football Clubs

Posted on January 20, 2024

The ongoing chaos at Reading FC has had me thinking about the intersection of business and sport. In the last two decades it has become increasingly prominent, with wealthy businessmen frequently taking ownership of football clubs. While this infusion of capital can bring about positive changes, it also raises concerns about the potential downsides. So, what are the pros and cons of a wealthy businessman taking over your football club? Fi...

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A Desperate Day at Reading FC

Posted on January 14, 2024

In the shadow of persistent disillusionment, today marked my reluctant return to Reading FC alongside my son and stepson. The journey to the ground was overshadowed by the looming protests saturating social media. We knew things were likely to turn ugly and they did. Unfolding Despair The situation at Reading FC, a long standing bastion of Football League history, has plunged into a despondent abyss. A series of crises unfold, from ...

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Ruddy Footballers – Too Much Money, Always Diving, Blah Blah!

Posted on December 19, 2023

I saw a post on the BBC Sports page the other day. It was about Harry Kane scoring again for Bayern Munich. There was a bit of a love in from England and Spurs supporters but it wasn’t long before the gammons joined in the party and started abusing him. Farmers League Diver Whenever I see Harry Kane interviewed he seems a very humble, pleasant sort of bloke. When I see him play football, he appears to do what he is paid handsomely for, ...

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