Death of the Big Match?

September 14, 2004
Live soccer used to have something special about it. But now the procession of dull fixtures is ever increasing.

Looking at this weekend's games it's a struggle to get excited about Birmingham v Charlton, West Brom v Fulham or Everton v Middlesbrough.

It seems as though the glamour has gone out of the Premiership, with only games involving the 'big five' clubs - Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle United - really generating interest.

But ...

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