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Day: October 25, 2010

Brinkmanship: The Watchword For This Season

Some of you may have noted on Friday that, upon the release of news reports that Portsmouth were set to cease trading by this week if the club didn’t reach agreement with Sacha Gaydamak over repayment of his debts from the club, we didn’t pass any comment upon the subject. It wasn’t through a lack of interest in the ongoing story of the club’s fight for survival or because we didn’t feel that anybody else would have interest in it – it was because… we didn’t actually believe it. Last Friday was the second in a row that a press release promising the club’s imminent closure had found its way into the public domain and, after the week before’s false alarm, we weren’t getting drawn into that argument again. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. These two Portsmouth stories (or, if you prefer, non-stories, because that is what they both essentially were) were further examples of the use of the media in the name of a word that has become rather more familiar over last few weeks or so that we might have expected – brinkmanship. One of the emerging fashions for this season seems to be football clubs showing off their shortcomings in the most public way possible, in the mass media. Considering that even Andrew Andronikou, a man that has seldom...

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Videos Of The Week: FA Fourth Qualifying Round Highlights

We’ve got something a little different for our Video Of The Week this week. Match Of The Eighties will be back later on in the week, but for now it seems like as good an idea as any to ease ourselves into Monday morning with some highlights from this weekend’s FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round matches from the weekend just passed. We’re starting off with FC United of Manchester, who were at home yesterday afternoon against Blue Square Premier side Barrow. With the draw for the First Round Proper already having been made, United already knew that their reward for winning this match would be a local derby against Rochdale if they could get past a team two divisions above them. The second match takes us off to The Camrose, where AFC Wimbledon were away to Blue Square South club Basingstoke Town. Wimbledon have made the First Round Proper of the competition for the last couple of years in a row, but haven’t managed to beat a Football League club once there yet. Basingstoke Town, meanwhile, did provide a surprise in the competition in the 2006/07 season, when they beat Chesterfield at Saltergate in the First Round. Wimbledon, for the purposes of clarity, are playing in white. Last but not least, we can stop off at Kingfield for the all-Blue Square South match between Woking and Eastleigh. Woking, of...

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