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Day: May 5, 2010

Chester Football Club Gets The Deva Stadium

The email arrived this morningĀ  – a press release issued by City Fans United, the supporters organisation that brought the supporters of the fractured club together, mobilised them, organised them against the cancer that was killing their club and then picked up the pieces from the wreckage of it all and starting making arrangements for the future. It was embargoed at the request of Cheshire West and Chester Council until a minute past midnight, possible to coincide with general election day, possibly for benefit of the local press, but now we can finally reveal the happy ending. Chester Football Club, the nascent club formed by CFU with the overwhelming support of its local community, local business and the supporters of the now deceased Chester City FC, has been given the lease for The Deva Stadium. The news marks the end of a tale that started this time last year, when the transfer of ownership of Chester City Football Club was quietly passed from Stephen Vaughan into that of his son, Stephen Vaughan Junior, thus setting in motion a chain of events that led to where we ended up today. It was a sequence that no-one could have predicted, considering that Chester City were, this time last year, a Football League club. A flawed and failed attempt to push through a CVA led to the club facing expulsion from the...

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Match Of The Midweek: Manchester City 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

When the Champions League play-off suggestion was made earlier this season (and laughed out of court accordingly), few would have guessed that we would be where we are with four and a half days of the Premier League season left to play. Aston Villa’s wobbly second half of the season coupled with Liverpool ably demonstrating that the abjectness that they displayed during the first half of the season was absolutely no flash in the pan have set up something approaching what the originators of the plan had envisaged. With two matches left of the season, either Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur will be taking their chances in the final qualifying round of the Champions League. It has been a very odd season indeed in the Premier League. For Spurs, recent results have gone their way. A draw this evening leaves their destiny in their own hands, and will mean that a win at Burnley on Saturday will guarantee them a chance at a share of the multi-million pound pot. Following Arsenal’s defeat at Blackburn Rovers on Monday, a win will not only guarantee them a place in the final qualifying round for the Champions League with a match to spare, but also keep the slight hope of being able to finish above Arsenal in the Premier League for the first time since 1992/93 – the very first season of...

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Manchester City v Spurs: Does It Matter?

Tonight at Eastlands, Manchester City take on Tottenham in what may well be the decisive game in the race for fourth place and the final Champions League spot. The media have worked themselves up into a proper frenzy, but does it much matter?

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Video Of The Week: Match Of The Eighties – 1980/81

This week’s Video Of The Week may be a couple of days late, but it’s well worth the wait – it’s the first episode of the BBC’s “Match Of The Eighties” series. “Match Of The Eighties”, hosted by Danny Baker, was a six-part series that first aired in 1997. It follows a fairly simple theme, telling the story of each of the first six seasons of the 1980s (the series stops at the point at which the BBC lost television rights to show Football League matches). There’s nothing too complex going on here, but the sheer volume of the BBC’s football archive carries it along. Part One Part Two Part Three Part...

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