Kings Of The Stone Age

I have been involved in the running of a couple of amateur football clubs, and the biggest single issue is funding. How do you secure sponsorship for a club with no supporters (and, occasionally, less than eleven players)? It’s not cheap, either. Chances are, no matter how small your club is, that you’ll have to raise the best part of a couple of thousand pounds to cover the cost of pitches and referees, before you even get onto the thorny issue of kit and equipment – and let’s not even get onto the subject of trying to subsidise an end of season beano. In many respects, it’s little surprise that the number of people playing football is falling, year on year. Considering these uphill battles (and running one of these clubs is nothing if not a series of minor uphill battles – I may get around to putting my Sunday League Memoirs up on here one day), it’s small wonder that some new clubs go to great lengths to make their lives a little easier, and this has been taken to something approaching a logical extreme by 27 year-old Scot Kenny Anderson, who is claiming that his new football club is the oldest in the world. The Foot-Ball Club of Edinburgh was formed in 1827, and reportedly played until it folded in 1841. Anderson has a couple of friends...

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