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Day: February 6, 2011

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 6th February 2011

For those of you viewing Twohundredpercent on our mobile site, you will be able to view this post better by clicking here. It’s time again for our weekly round-up of non-league videos, which this week focusses on the last sixteen of this year’s FA Trophy. Although some of the gloss from this competition may have been lost as the Blue Square Premier has come to be the behemoth of the non-league game, there is still a lot to play for with a place at Wembley at stake – these are days out that players, supporters and staff don’t forget in a hurry and the winners of this weekend’s matches will find themselves just three matches from a trip there. Our first match is yesterday’s match between AFC Telford United and Darlington. During their previous one season in non-league football – the 1989/90 season – Darlington made the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy before losing to Leek Town. They went on to win promotion straight back into the Football League before losing this status again at the end of last season and, although they currently have games in hand on the teams above them, making the BSP play-offs this season seems as if it will be a tall order. The FA Trophy, therefore, may be their best chance of success at the end of a transitional season. AFC Telford United,...

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The Shaming Of St Albans City

After almost one hundred and three years, St Albans City of the Blue Square South made their first trip to Wembley in an official capacity on Friday, but there was no silverware to be won from the disciplinary committee of the Football Association. The club had been charged with financial irregularities during the 2008/09 Blue Square South season and the punishment meted out by the FA was harsh – a £7,500 fine and an immediate ten point deduction that sinks the club to the foot of the Blue Square South table and may prove to be the death knell for their season. The FA’s statement on the subject was terse and to the point: At a Regulatory Hearing today, St. Albans City FC were deducted ten league points and fined £7,500 after a case of financial irregularities was proven. The Conference South club were found to be in breach of the following FA Rules – C2(b)(ii), C1(b)(viii) and C2(b)(iii). The three breaches are in relation to financial irregularities in respect to payments and expenses to players. In summing up, the Chairman of the Regulatory Commission had serious concerns over the financial irregularities within the Club during the 2008-09 season. Such irregularities enabled the Club to have an unfair sporting advantage over others within the League which is simply unacceptable. St Albans City FC were warned as to their future conduct...

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