Day: January 4, 2009

Match Of The Week Part Two: FA Cup Third Round Round-Up

An uninspiring looking Third Round draw in this year’s FA Cup still managed to throw up some surprising results over the course of the last couple of days. Manchester City have the butt of the majority of the jokes this morning, following a 3-0 home defeat by Nottingham Forest at Eastlands yesterday. Mark Hughes has been in the firing line for some time as City slumped down the Premier League table, but those looking to vent their anger may be better off looking in the direction of chairman Garry Cook. Cook’s outbursts on the subject of how much money City have got now seem to have had a massively detrimental effect the confidence of the players that they already have. It must be difficult to play with any assurance when there isn’t any guarantee that you’ll still be in the team by the end of the month. Stoke City appear to have joined the list of clubs that now feel that they are too big for the FA Cup, having made seven changes from their last Premier League match for their trip to Hartlepool United. They now have plenty of time to focus on trying to keep noses in the bag after a 2-0 defeat at Victoria Park yesterday afternoon. In truth, they were completely outplayed by the League One side, and deserved no more than they got. As...

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Match Of The Week Part I: Bognor Regis Town 1-5 AFC Wimbledon

The story of Bognor Regis Town is largely the story of Jack Pearce. Pearce arrived at the club as a twenty-one year old in 1970 as a full-back, with the club in the Second Division of the Sussex County League. Six years later, with the club having won two successive promotions into the Southern League, Pearce took over as manager at the age of twenty-six. In 1982, in a move that was almost unprecedented for the time, they requested a move into the Isthmian League to reduce their travel costs, and this was arguably the start of the most successful period in their history, with promotion to the Premier Division of the Isthmian League and FA Cup runs that included wins against Swansea City and Exeter City. The club’s decline started with Pearce’s resignation on October 2007. He took over as their General Manager, but the club had to slash its wage budget and only narrowly avoided relegation at the end of last season. It looked as if the club had overcome the worst of its troubles when Mick Jenkins and Andy Awford took over as managers last summer, having brought in new board members to clear the club debts, but disaster struck at the end of August, when an arsonist burnt the club’s bar to the ground. The bar accounted for roughly one-third of the club’s takings over...

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