Being known as a "Cup team" is a mixed compliment, implying the ability to raise your game for one-off occasions, but never to sustain it. If Wigan Athletic, FA Cup winners relegated within a week, are newcomers to the genre, West Ham United have been at it rather longer.
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Friday 11 September 2009
Football and Englishness are intimately connected, with a corpus of books now devoted to the history of the national game and what it tells us about this relationship. England fans have been made to confront unfortunate truths: the head-in-the-sand belief that we were still best in the world, which led to decades of underachievement, 1966 notwithstanding; a mistrust of pure talent allied to misplaced faith in workhorses; the rise of the thug; the process that began with the end of the maximum wage and was jet-fuelled by the Sky-based big bang which saw footballers mutate from lads-next-door to lads-in-mansions, and the Premiership become the world's most sought-after sporting brand.
Thursday 10 September 2009
Wednesday 09 September 2009
Sir Bobby Charlton would have no problem if Wayne Rooney overtook his record of 49 goals for England.
Tuesday 08 September 2009
Monday 29 June 2009
Wednesday 14 January 2009
Thursday 18 September 2008
You see them at the side of the road, and generally you just speed past. They are the modern form of remembrance, bunches of dead flowers, taped to lamp-posts where the cars go too fast to see what is written on the fading cards in the yellowing cellophane, and too fast, it seems, to stop when an unwary pedestrian steps into the road.
Monday 04 August 2008
West Ham United will retire the number six shirt worn by former Upton Park and England great Bobby Moore, the Premier League club said on their website (www.whu.co.uk) today.
Deborah Orr: It is undeniably cruel to force 'cold turkey' on prisoners, but this legal action is wrong
Wednesday 15 November 2006
Friday 15 October 2004
Wednesday 13 October 2004
James Lawton: No... this is final straw in faltering leadership of the publicity king
Thursday 17 June 2004
Michael Owen is not the player he was. Discuss. People have done just that for several years now, whenever the one-time Boy Wonder suffers a dip in form or a particularly lingering injury. They frequently conclude this assertion to be true.
Monday 17 May 2004
Tuesday 09 December 2003
Sunday 30 November 2003
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
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