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There’s life in the old dog yet


I cannot have been the only one that had to double-take when seeing Andrei Arshavin’s name on the scoresheet, as Arsenal demolished Coventry City 6-1 in the Capital One Cup.  Call it ignorance on my behalf, but I assumed he … Continue reading

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Casual football-betting for dummies (or: how to lose £1 in 90 minutes), part 3


Part 3 – Matchday. Following on from my extravagantly fabricated scene-setting in the previous post, this is how my afternoon might have panned out as I paid heed to the five games on which £45.36 was riding on September 24th: … Continue reading

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Casual football-betting for dummies (or: how to lose £1 in 90 minutes), part 2


Part 2 – Divine inspiration (or a lack thereof). Saturday morning.  Bleary-eyed, you knock off the ear-piercing alarm which you forgot to turn off at the end of the working week, at an hour that seems frankly unfathomable.  A vice-grip … Continue reading

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Casual football-betting for dummies (or: how to lose £1 in 90 minutes), part 1


Part 1 – The mindset of the gambler. “Pure calculation means fairly little and has none of the importance many gamblers attach to it,” wrote Fyodor Dostoyevsky in his biographically-inspired 1867 novel, The Gambler.  “They sit over bits of paper ruled … Continue reading

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