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Di Canio’s sacking – hardly a shock

THE departure of Paolo Di Canio from Sunderland was probably the most predictable managerial sacking in the Premier League. Only the timing was slightly surprising. The Italian had been a gifted but explosive player and a fiery, unconventional coach. His political views were questionable, to say the least, and his man management methods when boss … Continue reading

The lovely gardens of Athelhampton House

ATHELHAMPTON House, just outside Puddletown, must surely be one of Dorset’s most beautiful manor houses. Comparatively unsung, it is a place of under-stated but pure beauty and stands in the most breathtaking gardens. Built by Sir William Martyn, the earliest parts of the house are Tudor, and it was restored and transformed in the late … Continue reading

A familiar look to the top of the table

IT’S the oldest cliché in football: the league’s a marathon, not a sprint. The table, it is said, tells lies until the season’s at least 10 games old. Well, take a glance at the Premier League table right now and, four games into the new campaign, it bears a startling resemblance to the one most … Continue reading

Foreign influx undermining England team

IT’S not often that Glenn Hoddle says anything that makes sense but the former England manager is spot-on when he diagnoses the main problem afflicting the national team. Too many foreign imports, he says, may have helped turn our Premier League into the richest division in the world but they have also created a massive … Continue reading

Football finances on a different planet

WHEN footballers most of us have never heard of are bought by top Premier League clubs for eight-figure sums and yet hardly warrant a mention on transfer deadline day, we can safely say that the so-called people’s game has truly gone into a different orbit. Most of the elite clubs are shelling out tens of … Continue reading

Tyneham: a journey back in time

TYNEHAM, Dorset’s famous ‘ghost village’ close to the coast in Purbeck, has been described as the community that died for D-Day. In November 1943 notice was given to the village’s 225 residents ordering them to leave within 28 days as the area was needed for forces’ training. On December 17 the last villagers left believing … Continue reading


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