Day: February 13, 2011

Non-League Videos Of The Week: Supporter-owned Club Special

If you are viewing this post from the mobile version of our site, you may be able to view it better by clicking here. This week’s Non-league videos have a running theme in that they all feature clubs that are owned by their supporters, and clubs that we are featuring this evening not necessarily those that get the most attention in the press. Our first match comes from the top of a very tight looking Blue Square North. Nuneaton Town are clear at the top of the table, but all of the teams below them have games in hand upon them. AFC Telford United have been knocking on the door of a place in the Blue Square Premier for several seasons, while Boston United are looking to reclaim the place there that they lost through demotion. The two clubs met yesterday afternoon at Boston’s York Street. Another supporter-owned team chasing promotion are Cambridge City of the Zamaretto League Premier Division. They are in the play-off positions and have games in hand on the league’s leaders, Truro City, and yesterday they were at home against Hednesford Town, who are still in the chasing pack for a play-off place themselves. Our third match comes from Scotland, where Clydebank had the chance to go to the top of the Scottish Junior Football West Division One yesterday afternoon. The club was formed in...

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Six Of The Best: Football Commentators, Part Two

On Friday afternoon, we brought you the first part of our mini-series paying tribute our top six football commentators, and today it’s time for the second three. Again, we would like to take the opportunity to point out that this top six is not in any particular order – merely that it was a pleasure to spend our Saturday afternoons, Saturday evenings, Sunday afternoons and more in their company. Gerry Harrison: Another nearly man, or someone that got just a little bit lucky? Gerry Harrison’s introduction to the the world of football broadcasting came about as a the result of losing a competition. In 1969, in preparing for the arrival of colour television and the expansion to highlights of two matches per week, the BBC launched the “Find A Commentator” competition for Match Of The Day. Ten thousand applicants were eventually whittled down to a final six, which included the former Liverpool player Ian St John, Gerry Harrison (who had joined BBC Radio Merseyside two years earlier) and a Welsh packaging salesman called Idwal Robling. Robling won the competition and went on to work for BBC Wales until the mid-1980s but remained largely anonymous. Harrison’s voice, on the other hand, caught the attention of the commercial channel Anglia Television and he was offered a job working for them. For the next two decades, Harrison was the voice and face...

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Dundee`s CVA Passes (For Now)

The first reaction, when the news broke that Dundee’s CVA had been passed at a creditors’ meeting on Tuesday, was relief. I’d never really thought there would be much danger of it not doing, but it’s hard to be sure of such things, and with various different quotes of the total debt and of HMRC’s share of it, it did seem there was some possibility that HMRC might be able to block it, particlarly if anyone else voted with them. And despite all my criticism of the club, both in the reckless abandon that led to a second administration in seven years, and of the way they’ve handled it in the few months since, I really didn’t want the club to go under. All this criticism, however, remains as strong as ever. The CVA offered creditors 6p in the pound (on debts which had mysteriously shot up to something over £3.5 million – of which, more shortly). I remain convinced that far more could have been done to cut costs and put more money into the debt, and it remains scandalous that they have continued to be able to focus so much (financial) effort on the team and continue to live beyond their immediate means while the club has been stiffing creditors to such a colossal extent. The list of debts was published this week, showing the full extent...

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