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Day: November 16, 2010

FA Cup Match Of The Midweek: Woking 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion (Brighton Win 3-0 On Penalties)

Kingfield looks decidedly Dickensian this evening. Fog hangs low in the air, silently and slowly covering in a fine mist of moisture. An hour before kick-off, it even feels as if this evening’s FA Cup replay might be in jeopardy, and it wouldn’t be difficult to imagine that at least Brighton supporters wouldn’t be too unhappy if this match were to be put off by a few days or so. A fortnight ago, the Seagulls were, to coin a clich√©, flying high. Unbeaten in the league since August and eight points clear at the top of League One, they could perhaps afford to rest a couple of players for a home match against mid-table Blue Square South side Woking… couldn’t they? Well, the answer to this turned out to be a reasonably resounding “no”. The two sides played out a tepid goalless draw a week ago on Saturday, both managing a half-chance upon goal each, so here we are this evening for the rematch. Moreover, Brighton’s unbeaten run in the league came to an end last Saturday at Hartlepool United – the blitheness of a minority of Brighton supporters, who claimed not to care if their team got knocked out of the FA Cup, is starting to feel just a little misplaced now. It has been a jolt to the system, and it places a little more importance upon...

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Sheffield Wednesday Go To The Wire

Monday came and went, and nothing happened. Tuesday has now come and gone, and nothing has happened. The future of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club hangs by a knife-edge, with the club having apparently made the enormously high risk decision to not put the club into administration (which would protect them from the winding up order that HMRC have presented) and to attempt to buy themselves a little time at the High Court instead. They claim to have four parties interested in buying the club Рalthough it is worth pointing out that the Certified Oil Rentals group, which was involved in talks that collapsed recently, is not amongst them Рbut this will be enough the persuade the registrar that they deserve another break? It is worth quickly remembering what has happened to Sheffield Wednesday since the start of this season. In brief, they have already survived one winding up order after the Co-operative Bank, in a display of supreme co-operation, paid off the amount of money Р£600,000 Рowed to HMRC. That option is not there for the club this time. The bank was acting in its own interests in paying off this amount of money for the club, and it has evidently decided that this is not action that it can continue to take to prop the football club up. The proposed take-over bid by Certified...

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