Day: September 19, 2010

125 Years Of Lewes FC

They had talked, during the week, of what the crowd might be on Saturday. That the average home crowd of Lewes FC in the Blue Square South has risen by fifty per cent this season in spite of being near the bottom of the table says something in itself about the moves that are already being made to restore the links between the clubs and its community, but the club’s hopes of getting the crowd up to 1,200 for the visit of Chelmsford City seemed optimistic. They needn’t have worried. The weather on Saturday afternoon was fine and, with a large travelling support having travelled down from Essex, the crowd swelled to 1,326 as a real festival, a half-time procession of former players and a birthday cake gave The Dripping Pan a carnival atmopshere. “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang played over the tannoy as the teams lined up to kick-off. It might have been more appropriate to play “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John because, after the tribulations of the last couple of years, there was an element of thankfulness at the club’s continuing existence to the celebrations. There have been some hard times at The Dripping Pan over the last couple of years and there may yet be more to follow, but the club still exists and its future feels more secure than it has done for...

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Match Of The Week: Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool

Manchester United vs Liverpool. Aon vs Standard Chartered. Nike vs Adidas. The warm, sticky smell of testosterone and hubris hangs large in the air this afternoon for this match, but all is not well at either Old Trafford or Anfield. Manchester United are still unbeaten since the start of the season, but they are a curiously unsatisfactory team this season so far. Late goals at Craven Cottage and Goodison Park have denied them four points in the Premier League, whilst they were unable to break down an obstinate but limited Rangers team in their opening Champions League match. Unbeaten but occasionally uninspiring, it is difficult to see where season is headed next. While this is going on, the Glazer family don’t look like they are going anywhere. There are green and gold scarves on display at Old Trafford again this afternoon, but these are really now just a fashion statement and little more. The moment, for that particular protest, feels as if it has been and gone. Liverpool, meanwhile, seem to be finding this season even more difficult than the last. A comfortable win against Steaua Bucharest on Thursday night applied a sticking plaster to their season so far, but with just one win and two goals in four Premier League matches (and that one win being a singularly unconvincing 1-0 win against West Bromwich Albion), the pressure hasn’t...

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