Tony Attwood

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How the press let us all down, by failing to expose the Football Association for what it is.

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By Tony Attwood

If you are a regular reader of my ramblings on Untold you might recall that a while back I reported that Sport England had decided to cut funding to the FA by £1.6 million a year after participation levels among adult males in England dropped.

Now our national press did its regular [.

Chelsea suffer from not taking ref reviews seriously; Telegraph ignores history and reality.

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By Tony Attwood

Doing research and taking note of the information that is available to you, is part of the job if you are going to comment. Whether you are a manager, a blogger, a pundit or a journalist, knowing a little bit about the game is helpful. As is reading the research that others [.

Thierry Henry vs Olivier Giroud. What’s the difference?

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By Tony Attwood

All goals count. Tap ins, and lobs from inside your own half, they all just count as one goal.

Which is why it is always worth considering the total number of goals your centre forward scores.

But we also know that it takes a bit of time for newly purchased centre forwards [.

Arsenal v West Ham. Having fun and reclaiming our club for us.

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By Tony Attwood

My perception of noise in the emirates stadium is always a bit biased because I sit in the north bank the noisiest part of the stadium. But I sit in the upper tier, which traditionally is less vocal, so that bias is reduced a little. What's more I sit above Red [...]

Arsenal v Wigan: the journey

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By Tony Attwood

My trip to Wembley starts at noon; I think Walter started at around 4am. One stop in Northampton to meet up with Drew, then we drive to Harrow (or somewhere odd like that) to meet up with Ian and his sons, and then the tube on to Wembley where maybe, if we [...]

All they want is the Harlem Globetrotters

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By Tony Attwood

"Many fans will only remember success because that's the only reason they started supporting them in the first place."

That comment came from Phil Banyard of Nottingham Trent University who has studied the psychological effects of failure among fans. He continued...

"It's not much different to watching the Harlem Globetrotters you [.

Real Madrid fans see the AAA as a blueprint, rather than a dire warning

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by Tony Attwood

Now here's a thing. The supporters of Real Madrid jeered Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale during a 5-0 defeat of Rayo Vallecano. Carlo Ancelotti then pleaded with the Real Madrid fans to unite with the players.

Both events were strange to my mind. Strange to boo such talented players in a 5-0 [.

Tottenham’s new ground still a matter of mystery

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By Tony Attwood

I didn't find this year's April Fool's day (a day of practical jokes across Europe which I seem to recall is called April fish in France perhaps Walter can tell us what it is called in Flemish), not especially amusing.

The essence of an April Fool story is that at [..

Barcelona’s ban from signing anyone gives hope that other regs will be upheld

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By Tony Attwood

The fact that Fifa have actually found against Barcelona and Spain's Football Association in the issue of the transfer of minors from outside of the EU has come as a bit of a shock. At least in this office.

Fifa actually taking action? Against Barcelona? It all seemed so unlikely.

Fighting local councils, fighting the FA, fighting obesity, fighting for football

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By Tony Attwood

I wrote a short while ago about the FA and its inability to do anything other than waste money pandering to the corrupt whims of Fifa and allow its name to go forwards into a world cup run in a state based on slave labour.

My overarching claim that the media does [...

Are Premier League matches fixed? Here’s how to tell.

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By Tony Attwood

There are by and large three main approaches to fixing football matches.

The first is the oldest and most obvious: when a footballer or footballers deliberately fix a result, either to help promotion or avoid relegation. This goes back to the early days of the Football League with one of the original [.

Pity the poor naysayers and those who don’t know how to dance

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By Tony Attwood

A naysayer...

A person who frequently engages in excessive complaining, negative banter and/or a totally poor and downbeat attitude.

Naysayers view the glass not so much as half empty as bone dry, make frequent one-way trips downhill, and constantly emphasize the worst of every situation.

Believe: Red Action step forward to show the rest how to support

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By Tony Attwood

You might think these are troubled times at Arsenal, but look more closely and you will see some real class and character shining through.

But first look elsewhere. Man U's ownership has never shown class that is self-evident using the club as a cash cow to feed a shopping mall [.

Why will the media not hold the FA to account?

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By Tony Attwood

Day after day, as anyone who ever glances at a newspaper will attest, sports journalists sharpen the knives, and night after night as they prepare the next day's publication they throw them at their favourite targets: mostly specific clubs and specific managers.

Yet at the same time, some targets [.

Difficult times

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By Tony Attwood

Ever since the Unbeaten Season and the end of the 49 the media and their troll allies have been saying Arsenal are not good enough. Indeed some of them claimed the team of the Unbeaten Season wasn't really that good going out of the FA Cup, the League Cup and the [...]

What do we get from the Emirates?

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By Tony Attwood

I started to wonder what Emirates Airlines had done for us, the fans, the people who turn up at the stadium for each match, after I read that Virgin Trains are becoming the main club sponsor of Carlisle United.

Virgin (not my favourite rail line as it runs from Northampton to Euston [.

Where next for Arsenal?

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By Tony Attwood

There is a new theme in the papers today Wenger has taken Arsenal as far as he can it is time for Arsenal to move up to another level with another man.

It was exactly the theme we used to hear about Charlton Athletic, who in n 1995, appointed Alan [...]

The most expensive tickets in the Premier League

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By Tony Attwood

Back in January Untold ran the story of how Tottenham are using the EBay comapny StubHub to sell on tickets in the way that Arsenal runs its own Ticket Exchange.

The two approaches are similar, except that StubHub allows people to inflate ticket prices and charge whatever they think they can get [.

Fifa: the con artists whose victims just love to be conned

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By Tony Attwood

Another week, another set of revelations about how utterly corrupt the racist homophobic organisation known as Fifa is.

This time we have been shown how bent the bidding process for the Qatar world cup was as if we hadn't guessed. Now there is a lot of hand wringing going on, [.

The new route to market as the German system starts to crack

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By Tony Attwood

Imagine this scenario.

A big business takes over a little club or even two little clubs which it merges (against the fans' wishes). Two clubs playing in leagues so far down the pyramid that 99.999% of football fans wouldn't know the names of the leagues, let alone the names of clubs [.

Funny football finances: Uli Hoeness, QPR, Gheorghe Popescu, the Romanian League.

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By Tony Attwood

I'm not sure how much reporting there would have been concerning Uli Hoeness, president of Bayern Munich, and his admission of tax fraud had we not been playing in Munich.

But even with that spotlight, it just got a mention in most of the media and was then passed over as some [.

Mr Wenger comments on refs in Europe

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By Tony Attwood

One of the reasons why Untold has published pre-match referee commentaries has been to try and tell the refs that we are watching, and we know what they have done in the past.

What we do know from occasional incidents and comments made off the record by a few people in the [.

Arsenal Under-18s beat Everton to reach semi-finals of FA Youth Cup.

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By Tony Attwood

There are all sorts of parallels between the FA Cup and the FA Youth Cup. For example, the biggest teams enter in the 3rd round after a series of preliminary rounds are played out (six in the case of the FA Youth Cup). And we played Everton in the quarter finals. And [...]

Laurent Koscielny, the President of France, me and the accordionist.

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By Tony Attwood

There is story often told among Morris Men (dancers and musicians who perform a peculiarly English set of folk dances dating back to the Mediaeval era) about four people being stuck in a lift. One is Stalin, one is Hitler, one is an accordionist and the final one has a gun with [.

A nice day out with Özil and chums

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By Tony Attwood

In one sense this wasn't a very clever win, for if Bayern were thinking that the game on Tuesday is over, then they would have thought again on Saturday. Any chance we had of playing a Bayern reserve team has gone.

But in terms of preparation for the visit to what Pat [.

Liverpool’s owner might be an expert liar, but he can’t do the maths

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By Tony Attwood

When you start boasting about your ability to tell lies it is not a bad idea to make sure there is nothing lurking around the corner with the ability to kick you in the teeth.

That's not exactly one of the basic rules in public relations for the first rule [...]

Ramsey ready to return, and with a new contract

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By Tony Attwood

So we've just had the news about Per and Tomas, and now it is on to Aaron Ramsey who is not just about ready to return to the squad (although not for the FA Cup match) but also is ready to sign a new contract. Or, given that because of other commitments [...]

Liverpool owner admits he lied about Suarez’ buy out clause

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by Tony Attwood

The story of Arsenal's apparent bid for Luis Suárez last summer is one that was used extensively by anti-Arsenal commentators as an example of how ineptly the transfer process is handled at Arsenal.

It was back in November 2012 that the Daily Mirror ran the headline, "Red alert!

FFP: let the leagalities begin

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By Tony Attwood

It has been a long time coming, but now we are there. The question is to be asked: are the Financial Fair Play rules that exist European and Football League competitions, legal?

First out of the blocks were the Football League clubs Leicester City, QPR, Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers are [.

Hello Joel, as media turn on the Man U and Chelsea

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By Tony Attwood

I am not sure if it is just my perception that is changing, but it seems to me that of late the media has lost a bit of interest in endlessly knocking Arsenal.

I guess the idea started to develop on reading the Daily Mail piece which I reported yesterday it [...]

Daily Mail take a very silly line over Bergkamp

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By Tony Attwood

Sometimes newspapers publish articles just to get an audience. Sometimes just to annoy. Sometimes to fill up a bit of space.

There's a typical "get an audience" piece from today's Daily Mail (a right wing, English "get Britain out of the EU" newspaper that recently led the attack on the father of [.

In the end football is always a question of money. Arsenal, Man U, Chelsea, Rangers

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By Tony Attwood

Everyone knows the Arsenal money stories. How the club did everything to reduce its stadium debt from building houses on the Highbury pitch through to front loading sponsorship deals and using the money to reduce the borrowings.

If you know your Arsenal history you'll know that when Lt Col Sir [.

AFC v Sunderland raises the question: Giroud or Henry?

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By Tony Attwood (standing in for Walter, who is on a train under the water).

I remember a time in 1987 when, having won nothing for 8 years, Arsenal got to the League Cup final by beating Tottenham in the semis on March 4. (You may recall the era the time of "1-0 down, [...]

Everton object to reduced ticket allocation for FA Cup match

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By Tony Attwood

I must admit that when I wrote my piece about the danger of flares and smoke bombs in football matches, I didn't expect much interest. But we did get an above average number of readers.

I did however hope that my final paragraph would suggest to anyone who did read the article [.

Football matters to us; that’s what the pundits cant grasp

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By Tony Attwood

There's been some chatter in the media of late about the abuse Adrian Chiles suffers from football supporters. As the Telegraph said in a review, "As a presenter, Chiles divides opinion. Either you hate him, or you despise him."

They then go on to wonder why this is so; why people should [.

The press wake up, but still can’t quite see the history

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By Tony Attwood

For a moment this past week I thought the Daily Telegraph had finally got it. Paul Hayward who is described as their "Chief Sports Writer" said,

"Arsenal fans, though, will have to decide. If there are to be recriminations let them start in May, not now, when Giroud is lining up [.

It’s unfashionable I know, but sometimes a little perspective can be helpful

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By Tony Attwood

Really good writing in all its forms (poetry, novels, biographies, songs and yes, even journalism) makes the reader think, ponder, reflect and end up feeling moved. Moved perhaps by a new insight into the world in which we live. Moved perhaps by a perspective in terms of past events.

You couldn’t make it up.

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by Tony Attwood

Monday 3 February 2014 17.42 GMT

The Guardian

Swansea chairman dismisses rumours over Michael Laudrup's future

Tuesday 4 February 2014 19.52 GMT

The Guardian

Michael Laudrup sacked as manager of Swansea City

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The Rest

Untold creates the agenda and the papers follow. Mystifying eh?

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By Tony Attwood

We screwed up today, and I have a team from GCHQ looking into it. Dominic's preview was written and ready to go, and it didn't go. But since Untold always goes where others don't it is published below. Sorry dom.

But, here's the thing. After four episodes of the new major series [.

Does Chelsea shake when the USA uses the language of the AAA?

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By Tony Attwood

Does Chelsea shake when the USA uses the language of the AAA?

Or come to that does Liverpool worry that no statement from the club will ever be believed again after the admitted lying over Suarez' contract? Do Rangers fans worry that their club has to pay 30% p.a. interest on a [.