As English football desperately attempts to be perceived as what it is not, the stories are going to keep on surfacing as a critical point has been reached where full disclosure of the extent of the corruption is now an option.
So, while the mainstream media attempt to create a narrative suggesting that relatively poorly paid lower division Black men are spot-fixing, the real issue is that the corruption and insider trading in English football are systemic.
Kenny Dalglish has defended his record during his second spell as Liverpool boss, claiming the team's achievements were "beyond any expectations". Dalglish was sacked by Liverpool's American owners Fenway Sports Group in May 2012 because the Reds finished eighth in the Premier League. The Anfield legend insists winning the Carling Cup, which remains their only trophy since 2006, and reaching the FA Cup Final that season were more memorable than finishing fourth.
After staging the FA Cup Final prior to the conclusion of the Premier League for the last three seasons, the FA have finally conceded to pressure from fans and media alike to schedule the 2013/14 showpiece occassion on 17 May, a week after the league season has finished. While hosting the Champions League Final in 2011 and 2013 provided an extenuating circumstance to explain the timing of those respective matches, the overwhelming feeling amongst the footballing fraternity has been of gratitude for the historic values to be restored.
Take nothing away from Wigan Athletic's gritty and energetic performance to win the FA Cup in stoppage time but Manchester City had the tools to handle matters fairly easily, but once again faltered. Roberto Mancini and the Citizens will end this season in disappointment. After a glorious finish to last seasons Premier League title chase for City, the Manchester club will head into the summer without any trophies, and possibly without Mancini.
1. Luis Suarez: controversy seeks him out like a ball to an outstretched hand. 2. FA Cup third weekend was a great advert for the January transfer window. With Demba Ba and Daniel Sturridge both on target on their debuts, perhaps it's not such a bad time to splash your cash. 3. Hastings striker Bradley [.
The coming nine season will be the fifth since Stoke City ascended back to the Premier League,
and in surviving comfortably in this division they continue to frustrate the game's self-appointed
purists. Stoke remain the nearest thing that the division has to an antithesis of the self-image of
twenty-first century football.
Legendary Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann has died. The 89-year-old was best known for playing on with a broken neck for the final 17 minutes of City's 1956 FA Cup final victory over Birmingham City. The German played more than 500 games for City between 1949 and 1964.
After the embarrassment of losing an FA Cup final to a relegation-threatened side that was assembled for less than half the cost of his own Manchester City transfer fee, Carlos Tevez suffered further indignity when he took an unfortunate trip on the steps at Wembley, straight after having a losers' medal thrust in his face.
It's that time of the year again when the FA Cup takes centre stage as Manchester City bid to win their second FA Cup in three years at Wembley with Wigan ready and able to pull off a Wimbledon in 1988.
And what better way to commemorate this great event than a nostalgic look back on some of the Finals greatest goals!
Sad news is reaching us that former Manchester United, Leeds and Rochdale centre-half Brian Greenhoff died suddenly today at the age of 60.
Greenhoff made 271 appearances for United between 1970 and 1979, though his most famous was surely in the 2-1 FA Cup Final win over Liverpool in 1977 that saw United nix Liverpool's hopes of completing the treble that year.
Get your 'Chelsea Mugs of the Roman Empire' commemorative mug [101GG] Ever wanted to play 'Where's Wally?' with a slightly disturbing Phil Thompson twist? Here's your chance [Lurking Thommo] Great photos of the first FA Cup final, which took place between Bolton and West Ham 90 years ago [Dirty Tackle] Legendary Liverpool ball-crusher Phil [.
Controversial announcer Gus Johnson will host a 30-minute show after today's FA Cup Final alongside Alan Shearer. "The Road to Wembley," a special UEFA Champions League Final preview that relives the journey of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund's path to the final, will be televised on the free-to-air FOX network at 2:30pm ET.
Wigan pulled off one of the biggest shocks in recent FA Cup final history to record a surprise 1-0 win over favourites Manchester City. Ben Watson's late goal was enough to secure win for Roberto Martinez's side, whose attention will immediately turn to trying to secure Premier League survival. You can see extended highlights of [.
We've had a gut feeling about Wigan right from the point that they progressed to the FA Cup semi-finals (call it a sneaking suspicion, if you will) and after their FA Cup victory last night, you could attribute it to the Deathly Domino's Effect phenomenon.
It's a strange scenario that plays out often in football a red card, innumerable fouls, pathetic shots-at-goal and finally, the inexplicable send-off.
I usually find myself in cool places around the world to watch the FA Cup finals, but this year I found myself in an airplane, and was thus unable to watch a surprising final where Wigan Athletics won a surprising 1-0 victory over Manchester City. Wigan are fighting relegation from the Premier League and this victory is their first FA title ever!
In one of the biggest shocks in FA Cup Final history, Wigan Athletic defeated Manchester City 1-0 today at London's Wembley Stadium.
With minutes to go before the full-time whistle blew, Wigan substitute Ben Watson came up for a corner kick and brilliantly headed the ball into the back of the net over the arms of City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Watch some of the best FA Cup Final goals from over the years—everything from Charlie George's goal for Arsenal in 1971, Denis Law for Manchester United in 1963, Stuart Pearce for Nottingham Forest in 1991, Ricky Villa for Tottenham in 1981 and many many more.
We're not quite sure if we're having our puddings pulled here, but the chaps over at Sondico assure us that Wigan 'keeper Ali Al-Habsi is to debut a new pair of 'Penalty Saver' goalie gloves today should the FA Cup Final go to a shoot-out this afternoon.
The gloveshave a "mitten style webbing" of the third, fourth, and fifth fingers to create a larger surface area which is the kind of thing that comes in handy when repelling penalties.
Wigan Athletic are almost certainly headed for relegation this season but one bright spot in an otherwise gloomy season is the possibility of winning their first ever FA Cup. This Saturday, the Latics will face mighty Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in a match that will determine which club will hoist the famous trophy in 2013.
The FA Cup Final is being shown nationwide throughout the United States for the first-time ever on free-to-air national television. Except if you live in Indianapolis or Hartford.
The TV coverage begins tomorrow at Noon ET on FOX. However, two FOX affiliates — WXIN in Indianapolis and WTIC Hartford — have decided to show the game on delay at 2pm instead, after the game has already ended.
The bods over at FATV have put their heads together, picked their favourites and slung together this quick-fire compendium a cracking cavalcade of the finest goals ever to be scored during the FA Cup Final...
Our favourite is obviously always going to be Pyscho's ripsnorter of a free-kick against Spurs with quarter-of-an-hour of the 1990/91 final gone (shortly before it all went tits up), but which Wembley goal gets your vote Pies fans?
On Saturday, Wigan will contest their first ever FA Cup Final at Wembley. The game will provide a pleasant distraction from the club's increasingly dire fight against relegation – a fight which Wigan has won the last three years by placing the club's Premier League life into the flames, then pulling it out at the last moment.
The Premier League season just wouldn't feel right if Wigan Athletic weren't in a relegation scrap with just two games remaining. Last season, Roberto Martinez's men turned up the heat towards the final month or so, steering the Latics up to fifteenth to confirm survival once again, but this season is different.
Mark your calendars football fans Saturday, May 11th will see Chelsea and Wigan Athletic square off at Wembley Stadium in the final of the FA Cup. Ousted from the Champions League in the group stages, and the Premier League crown stolen weeks ago by Manchester United, a light may be at the end of the tunnel for a so far, trophy-less season for the Citizens.
A quick scout around Twitter today has shown that an awful lot of people are up in arms about the FA's decision to have this year's FA Cup Final between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City kick-off at 17:15 BST again.
It is the second time in a row that the final will kick-off "late" with last year's game between Liverpool and Chelsea also starting in the early evening.
Wigan reached the FA Cup final for the first time against the backdrop of disgraceful scenes of violence from Millwall fans at Wembley.
Goals from Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman either side of the interval were enough to seal a meeting with either Manchester City or Chelsea for Wigan, just 35 years after they were elected into the Football League.
Well, despite the best efforts of all and sundry to make the Beer TV Company Electronics Corporation Money Lending Institute Washing Powder FA Cup Final as tawdry as possible, Wigan returned some of the magic of the competition yesterday by means of ... football.
Now now, there's no reason for this Wigan fan to feel under the weather! After a 2-0 win over Millwall earlier today, Wigan made club history by progressing to their first FA Cup Final ever thanks to goals from Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman. Sure, club legend Teddy Sheringham had been gunning for a Millwall victory all week, but Wigan displayed incredible poise and class to advance to the finals.
A bit of what's going on in Butt's Brain after a week of FA Cup semifinal action that see Manchester City and Wigan book their places in the final at Wembley on May 11th. Is Fernando (Zorro) Torres back to ... Continue reading →
[S]ome nine years have passed since the last peak in the endlessly repeating cycle of Millwall boom-and-bust. Of course, we didn't realise that was what we were watching at the time. At least, I – still a hopeful undergraduate at the time – didn't realise. A team containing genuine top-flight talent had reached the FA Cup Final for the first time in the club's 118-year history, while an attempt on the Championship play-offs had only faltered once the glint of a Cup runners-up medal caught the players' eyes.