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Day: March 8, 2011

Match Of The Midweek: Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal

Barcelona versus Arsenal, then. This tie might just turn out to have produced a higher acreage of newpaper stories than any other match this season, with comments thrown from one club to the other like hand grenades in the air over the last couple of weeks. The hype¬† has added to the feeling that this isn’t a mere football match being played out this evening. It’s mas que un football match, if you prefer. It’s a match upon which hopes are being rested that aren’t solely to do with the partisanship of club support. Aesthetes are hoping, possibly praying, for a match that will take association football to a new artistic plane. Some are wondering whether the hegemony built up in recent times by Barcelona, who seem to have become something of an embodiment of their club motto over the last five years, can be broken by Arsenal this evening. They didn’t win in last year, but that can be written off as a one-off. Two years in a row, however… Arsenal, meanwhile, have endured something approaching Champions League purgatory since their participation became seemingly perpetual a few years ago. They arguably had their big chance in the competition in 2006, when they finally, finally made the final in Paris. In that match, they grabbed the lead in Paris after having had their goalkeeper, Jens Lehmann, sent off. It...

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Halesowen Town Back On The Edge

It had been hoped that, when Halesowen Town of the Zamaretto League Premier Division entered into administration in September of 2009 that their problems might finally be starting to come to an end. The club exited administration after having been bought by the brothers Graham and Godfrey Ingram (Godfrey was a former player with Luton Town, just in case the name is ringing any bells) and the Supporters Trust, which had been boycotting thee club on account of the mismanagement of previous owner Morrell Maison, cautiously ended the boycott of the club that had seen crowds slump by 70% to only around the 100 mark. Perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised by the fact that it has only taken around fifteen months for Halesowen to find themselves back in a familar position again. The financial crisis of 2009/10 seemed to galvanise the players and the club finished in eighth place in the Zamaretto League Premier Division, having lost just four matches all season. That ten point penalty for entering into administration hit them hard – had they not suffered it, they would have finished the season in third place in the table, comfortably in the play-off places and with eighty points. This season, however, a familiar gloom has descended over The Grove and, at the time of writing, the Yeltz sit at the bottom of the table with just...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week

We have got four matches for you as our non-league videos of the week selection tonight. First up is a match between two teams chasing play-off places in the Blue Square South, Woking and Farnborough FC. Farnborough started the day in third place, but knew that anything other than a win could see Welling United leapfrog them on goal difference. Woking, meanwhile much improved under new manager Garry Hill and are now up to eighth place in the table. Our second match comes from the Blue Square North, and is a match between another two clubs around or about the play-off places, Blyth Spartans and Solihull Moors. Solihull are in fifth place – the last play-off spot, with Blyth just below them. Blyth, however, go into this match four points behind Solihull and desperately need three points to close the gap on their opponents in the league. We have mentioned before on this site how tight the top half of the Ryman League Premier Division is this season, and the next match up is between two teams at either end of that particular rat run. Tonbridge Angels are in fourth place in the league. They’re eleven points behind the leaders Sutton United, but only eight points ahead of Canvey Island, down in tenth place in the table. They met each other in a league match last Tuesday night. Finally,...

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