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Day: October 21, 2010

Video Of The Week: Match Of The Eighties, 1983/84

It’s a couple of days later than usual, but this week’s Video Of The Week returns to the BBC’s “Match Of The Eighties” series and on to the 1983/84 season. Liverpool had run away with the 1982/83 league title and they were to repeat this by finishing three points clear of Southampton, with Nottingham Forest in third place. How times have changed. Meanwhile, it wasn’t a terribly good year for most clubs in the Midlands – West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, Coventry City, Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers took up the bottom six places in the First Division. In the FA Cup, Plymouth Argyle had a run to the semi-finals before finally meeting their match in the form of Watford and Everton ended a lengthy period in the doldrums by winning the competition. Liverpool, meanwhile, flush with their league championship, had the dubious pleasure of travelling to Rome to play AS Roma in the final of the European Cup. As for England… well, the less said about them the better – suffice to say that they didn’t appear in the finals of the 1984 European Championships. And on the last day of the season, Newcastle United bade a strangely over-emotional farewell to Kevin Keegan as they celebrated promotion back into the First Division, promoted alongside Sheffield Wednesday and Chelsea, who had been recently purchased by one Kenneth William Bates....

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Ilkeston Town FC: A Small Club For A Big Society?

The battle for the future of football in Ilkeston is now on. Ben Shave reports on what has been going on since the old club in the town was liquidated. Since becoming Prime Minister, David Cameron has consistently referred to his ‘Big Society’, describing it as his “passion.” Emphasising the collective role that communities can play in their progression and development, Cameron declared that the initiative is intended to “turn government on its head.” This philosophical declaration has manifested itself in many ways since Cameron made that speech in Liverpool this past July, some of which have had a profound impact on the landscape of spectator sport, and football in particular. In May of this year, the Coalition Agreement stated that “we will encourage the reform of football governance rules to support the co-operative ownership of football clubs by supporters. Hugh Robertson MP, Minister for Sport and the Olympics, recently expressed his determination “to make progress and to push ahead with both the wider reform agenda and football supporters’ involvement.” Fine words, but as ever in politics, the proof will be in the policy-filled pudding. Today an opportunity has emerged for the new government to make a real difference to the future of a true community club. Ilkeston Town FC of the Blue Square North division were wound up by court order on September 8th. Owing £47,000 to HM Revenue...

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Mungo S03E12

It’s late October, which means the first frosts are on the ground, the nights are drawing in and Heart of Clachmaninshire FC are in crisis. But this year, they’ve done it in some style. Thanks to their bizarre egg-based plot to introduce a new player, they can add tough legal sanctions to their growing list of problems. A list not particularly helped by the club’s own hardman chairman, Sir Roddy Bulbs. Still, every cloud has a silver lining, as they are soon to discover. Dotmund actually wrote this. Click for...

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When Both The Mind And Body Are Willing…

Dean Windass, who turned forty-one earlier this year, has signed up to play for Scarborough Athletic in the Northern Counties East League and should be playing for them on a game-by-game contract soon. Some might regard this as a fall from grace, but the urge to keep playing is obvious and it is to be hoped that Windass can do a job for The Seadogs this season. Hopes that he can do this are raised by the fact that Windass hasn’t been away from the game for that long. He scored the winning goal in the Championship play-off final for Hull City in 2008, and stayed in their squad for much of their first season in the Premier League. Windass is one of the modern generation of players. Training techniques, diet and injury treatment should, at least in theory, have extended the shelf-life of a modern footballer and, whilst there are many that will retire from the game as soon as they think that they have got enough money to never have to work again, there will be others that can’t give up that addiction. For Windass, one suspects that it will be all about that surge of adrenaline as he steps over the touchline and onto a pitch and as the ball hits the back of the net. It’s a feeling that doesn’t fade away with age, and...

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