Day: April 13, 2009

Match Of The Week 2: Exeter City 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers

It’s Easter Monday lunchtime, and the tension at the top of League Two is close to bursting point. Results over the weekend have ensured that, with four matches of the season left to play and energy levels running close to zero, there are still six clubs in with a chance of making the three automatic promotion places. Given the nature of football supporters, there are going to be a lot of very disappointed supporters of League Two clubs by the end of today. The television cameras are at St James Park today, but there is no match being played at Newcastle United today. The cameras are at the other end of the country, at St James Park in Exeter for the match between Exeter City and Wycombe Wanderers. Exeter are back in the Football League after a short break. They beat Cambridge United in the BSP play-off final at Wembley last May to end a six year long holiday in non-league football, and they started this season comparatively slowly which has seen them shoot up the table and into the automatic promotion places. On Saturday, only a last minute equalizer prevented them from taking all three points from an away match against the divisional leaders, Brentford. Wycombe Wanderers, conversely, were an archetypal non-league club before they suddenly shot into the Football League in the early 1990s. They remain the...

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Pulling The Plug On Team Bath

On Saturday afternoon at Twerton Park, Bath City beat Team Bath by a single goal. It was a win that maintained City’s proud record of never having lost to the university team, and this is a record that seems likely now to last forever following Team Bath’s announcement last week that they are to resign their place in the Blue Square South from the end of this season. The decision to fold follows confirmation from the Football League that they would not be allowed to play in the league, should promotion ever become an option, which has led the Blue Square Premier to confirm that the club would not be allowed into that division should it ever become an option. Team Bath have certainly polarised opinion. A small minority of supporters have supported a club whose stated aim was to assist ex-professional footballers to rebuild their careers by offering them degree programmes at Bath University whilst playing for the university football team. The vast majority of supporters, however, have come to regard them as “Team Tax”, a football club that has artificially inflated its position within non-league football to the detriment of other clubs using taxpayers money. On the pitch, there can be little argument that they were successful, rising from the Western League to the Blue Square South in the ten years of their existence and, in 2002,...

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