Day: November 14, 2010

Video Of The Week: Non-League Special

We’re returning this week to a theme that we touched on a couple of weeks ago, with highlights from some of the matches played in the non-league game over the last few days. We kick off with a top of the table local derby from the Ryman League Premier Division that was played last Tuesday night between Sutton United and Kingstonian. A crowd of not far short of 800 (a remarkable statistic, if we stop and consider that this is being played in effectively the regional seventh division of English football) turned out for this match, with Sutton three points clear at the top of the table and with a chance to extend their lead. Our second match sees us stay in Surrey, for Saturday’s match from the Blue Square South between Woking and Chelmsford City. Both of these teams have had curious seasons so far. Woking could be forgiven for being distracted by their forthcoming FA Cup match against Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday night, with a match against FC United of Manchester being the reward for the winners of that match. For all of their success in the FA Cup this season, however, Woking have stalled in the league so far and sit in a lower mid-table position at present. Chelmsford City are already in the Second Round of the competition and will travel to Wycombe...

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Cracks Begin To Show At Manchester City

Manchester City drew 0-0 against Birmingham City at Eastlands yesterday afternoon. It wasn’t the greatest result or performance that they will manage this season, but they managed a point and kept a third successive clean sheet. Such is the burden of expectation brought about by the amount of money lavished on the squad over the last couple of years or so, though, that the team was booed from the pitch. Such investment, as supporters of the club this season are starting to find out this season, carries with it as much burden as it does reward. The dissatisfaction displayed by Manchester City supporters yesterday was the first truly public display of unhappiness by the club’s supporters since Roberto Mancini became the manager of the club and it raises question, and this in itself may mark a milestone in the evolution of Manchester City from a normal Premier League club towards an approximation of a “super club”. Manchester City, as their rivals are so keen on pointing out at every opportunity, have now gone for almost three and a half decades without a trophy. In that time they have been relegated from the top division of English football on four occasions – in 1983, 1987, 1996 and and 2000 – and spent one season in the third tier of English football before being promoted back through the play-offs. Over the...

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Match Of The Week: Lewes 3-1 St Albans City

In heraldry, it’s called The Rule Of Tincture. Metal should never be placed upon metal. St Albans City arrived at Lewes this afternoon with a mix and match kit. Their choice of outfit, yellow and blue striped shirts with white shorts and socks broke this rule – yellow represents gold and white represents silver. St Alban himself, had he a particular interest in the conventions of heraldry (and, let’s face it, it wouldn’t be entirely inappropriate) might well have been appalled. He would probably, however, have been even more enraged by the travesty of a performance that a team bearing his name managed this afternoon at The Dripping Pan. Perhaps no-one had reminded them of the importance of this fixture. St Albans went into the match one place and one point above Lewes, third from bottom, in the Blue Square South table. With one win in their last twenty-three matches, there is no question that they are facing a scramble to avoid relegation from this league and this match felt as if they are sleep-walking through this situation. If they are to have any chance of avoiding that relegation, it is a truism they need to be winning matches like this. If they can’t guarantee winning matches like this, then they need to at least be in the game. As a bare minimum, these games need to be contested....

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