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Archives for October 2011

Arsenal AGM leaves fans underwhelmed

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Matt Slater | 06:52 UK time, Friday, 28 October 2011

When Stan finally spoke at Arsenal's Annual General Meeting (AGM) it was worth the wait.

Forthright, honest and impassioned, it was exactly what you would expect from a man with a significant emotional and financial stake in the North London club.

"I've been coming for 30 years and that was probably the worst AGM I've ever attended. The club often talks about respect but there was a complete lack of respect shown today. It was awful."

That Stan was Stanley Salter, a long-term shareholder and Highbury veteran.

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NBA dispute gives perspective to English football

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Matt Slater | 19:37 UK time, Friday, 21 October 2011

Decent working conditions, sick pay, a minimum wage, paid leave: most of us are lucky enough to take these things for granted but we should remember these are benefits earned by our forebears.

They might be cornerstones of the modern employment contract but these concessions were not readily granted. We are standing on the shoulders of giant strikers.

So how will today's heroes of the labour movement be viewed by coming generations? For what will they be grateful?

Well, if they happen to play basketball it could be for the right to buy more beachfront property because the megastars of the National Basketball Association are in a militant mood.

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French seek end to wait for Tour winner

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Matt Slater | 23:11 UK time, Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Ghostbusters, the Milk Cup, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, the ZX Spectrum…who can resist a bit of 1980s nostalgia?

OK, nearly everybody actually born in that decade - and later - can probably take the 1980s or leave them, but I would guess there is a sizeable chunk of this website’s readership with a soft spot for Ferris Bueller or perhaps his girlfriend Sloane Peterson.

But if Tuesday’s official announcement of the 2012 Tour de France route is anything to go by, we all must bow to the French in our regard for the quatre-vingts.

When Bernard Hinault won his fifth Tour in 1985, it was the 10th time a Frenchman had claimed the biggest prize in French sport in 12 years, and it meant a domestic rider had triumphed in exactly half of the Tour’s 72 revolutions.

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