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29 January 2016 ~

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Greg Dyke says he is stepping down as chairman of the FA, citing the difficulties he has had pushing his reforms through the FA Council. Given that most of those ideas were bad, such as introducing B teams to the lower leagues, maybe the notorious men in blazers have a use afterall.

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HappyValley150aBadge of the week ~ Happy Valley AA, Hong Kong
This is another example – there are so many – of a Missed Opportunity. Given the project of creating a design for the badge of a club called Happy Valley, one might have expected one of the following images to be prominent: children with balloons in a valley, children with balloons within an unspecified topography, a group of people lying on the grass eating peaches, a willowy male sucking on a laudanum-drenched handkerchief, three trainee estate agents miming the saxophone, Bradley Walsh laughing at a road sign, or a pig on a bouncy castle.

These are the design possibilities available for the phrase. And yet, incredibly, none were adopted. Instead, the design team felt the club’s initials would be enough really, as the central image. This is like Bruce Forsyth being fed the name Alan Plasticgenitals as the next Generation Game contestant and being unable to think of a joke. This badge is not so much an image as an oversight. We can only assume that there was a graphic designers strike in Hong Kong in 1950 that damn near brought the country to its knees. Cameron Carter

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from Steve Beecham
“Somehow, I’m not tempted by this offer.”

Would you be interested in attending an event we are hosting on Friday Jan 29th to launch our new Sky beer ‘Done Deal’. The roundtable evening will be run by Phil Thompson, Charlie Nicholas and Guillem Balague and it is a chance to chat and ask questions about transfer news/rumours before the window closes, whilst sampling the exciting new beer.

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Join in the hunt for Harry the Hoopo.

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Sheffield United fans invoice Sky. Hopefully the start of a trend.

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A sign of things to come? FIFA presidential candidates avoid a debate, while one of them apparently has a role for Richard Scudamore.

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Gary Neville struggles to get his message across in Valencia.

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Also in the news this week
Sheffield Wednesday revert to an old badge
David Gold has a message for Carl Jenkinson
Wimborne Town face bankruptcy. Can new director Harry Redknapp help?

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