Day: August 31, 2009

The FA Cup 2009/10: Worthing 4-0 Raynes Park Vale

As the new season sleepwalks into life the FA Cup has, before August is even finished, already reached its second round. The names in the Preliminary Round of the competition start to have a familiar feel to them. They’re the little clubs up the road that most of us don’t visit that often. Worthing Football Club are in Division One South of the Ryman League. They have been in or around the play-off positions in that league for the last couple of seasons, but this season hasn’t started very well for them. They have just a single 1-0 win against Sittingbourne to show for their four league matches so far and are sitting closer to the relegation places at this early stage than they might find comfortable. Their opposition today is Raynes Park Vale, of the Combined Counties League. They play their home matches in front of around forty-five people at the Prince George Playing Fields, which had been a proposed site for an academy for Wimbledon Football Club during the 1990s. They have already played two matches in this year’s competition, beating Farnham Town after a replay in the Extra Preliminary Round. In blue shirts, blue shorts and yellow socks, they look at first glance as if they may be paying a tribute to the Chelsea team that won the competition in 1970. This, though, is where the...

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Bournemouth’s Transfer Embargo Continues

AFC Bournemouth overcame a seventeen point deduction to stay in League Two but, as Mark Murphy writes, their problems didn’t finish there. It could be argued that the greatest condemnation of the Football League’s “Fit and Proper Person” test was that Ken Bates could pass it. This, however, may no longer be the case – not because of anything Bates himself has done, but because of the serial mismanagement of AFC Bournemouth’s affairs last season – which has emerged from the Football League’s explanation for maintaining the strictest possible transfer embargo on the South Coast club. Current Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell issued a statement three days after meeting league officials at their Preston HQ this week to discuss the embargo’s future. While Notts County can add the equivalent of a small country’s Gross Domestic Product to their salary bill apparently without breaching League Two’s salary cap, Bournemouth cannot currently even loan a player from another club. Football League regulations allow these two contrasting circumstances to apply, despite what is supposed to be a ‘level playing field’ because of the mismanagement skills of gentlemen called Alastair Saverimutto and Paul Baker. Sol Campbell’s £40,000-per-week keeps Notts’ salary bill below 60% of turnover because their new owners, Middle East consortium Munto Finance, are paying Campbell’s wages outside of the club’s actual turnover, even though the financiers behind Munto are yet to be...

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