Day: March 6, 2011

Molineux Lays On A Fitting Tribute To Dean Richards

After a testosterone-fuelled lunch at Anfield, the real world gate-crashed at Molineux this afternoon. At the quickest, faintest of glances, one could have been mistaken this for a normal Sunday afternoon match in the Black Country. The ground was full and, as the teams emerged onto the pitch, “Fanfare For The Common Man” blared at full volume over the public address system, as it always does when the teams take to the pitch at Molineux. Yet today was no ordinary day at this most famous of old grounds. Today was the day that Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur came together to mark the passing of their former defender Dean Richards, who was taken away from us at the unspeakably young age of thirty-six last week. His widow and two young children were there, as were representatives from Richards’ two other former clubs, Bradford City and Southampton. An appropriately handsome and lavish tribute to Richards was read out, and this was followed by a thunderous round of applause from the Molineux crowd. It was a perfectly adjudged tribute to a player that was clearly highly regarded at each of the clubs that he played for and the management, players and supporters of Wolverhampton Wanderers deserve warm applause themselves for not covering the day in mawkishness, instead opting for an understated yet notably and obviously heartfelt tribute to a player that...

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Match Of The Week: Whitehawk 5-0 Whyteleafe

At the Withdean Stadium this afternoon, all the fun of the fair was on display, with two goals in the last few minutes and a win that keep Brighton & Hove Albion at the top of League One. This success is well deserved, but there is a knock-on effect of sorts going on just up the road at Whitehawk. Promoted from the Sussex County League at the end of last season, they are still being subsidised and are now in third place in the First Division South of the Ryman League, but their home attendances still struggle to get into three figures. There are just eighty people here today, and a good quarter of them have made the journey down to the south coast from Whyteleafe. If Whitehawk are to survive in the long-term at this level or above it, this is a matter that they will need to address. To whom we should attribute the first usage of that most hardy of perennial clich├ęs, “it’s a game of two halves”, appears to have been lost to the mists of time, but were reminded of it during the second half of this match. A tedious, tepid, goalless first half had passed us by with just a single long-range shot tipped acrobatically over the crossbar to awaken us from our slumber. What, we might reasonably have asked ourselves, is the...

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