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Emptying out the top-drawer; thoughts on soccer world March 2011

By Kevin Koczwara

This will be a monthly column, I hope, where I dump out the random thoughts I have accrued over the last month. These thoughts are the ones I’ve tried to write columns about and have failed to materialize into anything tangible or readable.

Let’s begin with Arsenal.

Arsenal boggle the mind. The Gunners lose to Birmingham City in the League Cup final on one of the year’s most laughable goals. Then they go on and smash Leyton Orient in what should have been an unneeded FA Cup replay, 5-0, and Nicklas Bendtner scores a hat-trick. Why is the thrashing of Orient a surprise? Well, Bendtner scored a hat-trick. That’s why. It’s an absolute shock he can put together three goals in one game at times. He fumbles over his feet, misplaces passes more often Jake Delhomme, and he isn’t very good int he air despite his height.

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Newcastle Returns to the Premier League

Newcastle celebrates its title in the Championship last season. The win helped the club regain promotion after a year outside of the Premiership.

By Cameron Dickinson

July, 25 2009 is a day that has become infamous for newly promoted Newcastle United and its fans. July 25 was both the club’s lowest ebb for decades and the spark that ignited the push for an immediate return to the top flight.

That day saw Newcastle crash to a humiliating 6-1 defeat at the hands of Leyton Orient in a friendly at Brisbane Road, capping a miserable season in the Premier League which saw it relegated without little more than a whimper on the last day at Villa Park.

The Northeast club was for sale, without a manager and in disarray from top to bottom because no one knew who was going to be in charge in time for the start of the season. Continue reading

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