Devon Is A Place On Earth

It’s the night of the FA Cup First Round Replays tonight, and at the precise time of writing, all is going to plan. Brighton have scored against Cheltenham Town, and Hereford are winning at Leeds. That chicken I slaughtered didn’t die in vain. As some of you may recall, the BBC’s live televised match was between Torquay United and Yeovil Town – a strange reversal of roles for two clubs from the Westcountry. Torquay United, who had defied the odds for eighty years, fell through the trapdoor and into the Conference, whilst Yeovil Town, redoubtable giant-killers since they famously beat Sunderland in 1949, were the “big” Football League club. Almost predictably, Torquay United, in their first season as a non-league club since 1926, dumped their League One rivals on their backsides, and deservedly so. One of the occasional subjects that turns up on here is the decline of football in Cumbria in the 1970s – the area lost Barrow and Workington during this period. It has gone, so far as I can remember, that a similar decline has taken place in Devon over the last five years or so. Fortunately, though, at least one of the League sides that Devon has lost in recent times looks capable of making a quick return, whilst the other would surely be expecting a serious challenge for the title in the next couple...

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