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Tense times as Hull feel relegation pinch

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Gordon Farquhar | 15:58 UK time, Thursday, 22 April 2010

Every season in the Premier League, three teams get relegated. There's no getting away from it, and once again we're at the point of the season where it's do or die.

At Hull, the tension is certainly showing. Wednesday night's provocative programme notes from chairman Adam Pearson, impugning the decision-making of the previous incumbent, Paul Duffen, amount to classic business-end-of-season stuff.

But what was Pearson's purpose? To wind up the atmosphere and create a sense of urgency about the KC Stadium, which might just transfer itself into the players?

If so, it didn't work, judging by the commentary on 5 live and the club's fans hardly need reminding (although they probably will be in the next set of notes) that 'every game's a cup final now'.

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Ticket fiasco must not dent the football carnival

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Gordon Farquhar | 18:16 UK time, Thursday, 15 April 2010

Organisers of the World Cup in South Africa must be wondering when their luck will turn. Perhaps in time for the tournament's opening match on 11 June, when the hosts face Mexico?

Latest efforts to give ticket sales a much needed boost got off to a bad start on Thursday when the integrated Fifa ticketing system threw a wobbly and went into limp-home mode.

Fifa and the organising committee had made a huge deal of their decision to give local fans without credit cards or easy access to the internet the chance to scoop up a few of the 500,000 unsold seats at "bargain" prices.

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Wembley must get back to grass roots

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Gordon Farquhar | 18:32 UK time, Monday, 12 April 2010

The old Wembley Stadium was many things to many people.

Home in 1966 of the English nation's finest footballing hour (well 90 minutes plus extra time) and for decades a place of pilgrimage for fans enjoying the agony and ecstasy of their club's hard-earned cup final.

As the backdrop to the 1948 London Olympics, its Twin Towers became an instantly recognisable, even iconic, piece of sporting architecture. It was also a pain to get in and out of, didn't have enough loos, and if you weren't careful with your choice of seat you'd wind up behind a pillar.

By the time it closed, it was outdated, and becoming unfit for purpose.

But the pitch... the pitch.

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