Day: May 30, 2011

Following The Fortunes Of Wrexham

We have been paying close attention to the goings-on at Wrexham Football Club over the last few months, and have decided to bring together all of the articles on the subject for quick and – hopefully – easy reference. Mistrust had been building between the supporters of the club and the owners for some considerable time, and November saw a story that proved to be a portent for what would come to follow over the next six months, as various speculators locked horns with the club’s supporters trust for ownership of the oldest professional football club in Wales. The Return Of Stephen Vaughan? Wrexham Beware: Stephen Vaughan had already been banned from acting as a company director, but this didn’t stop him from announcing that he was interested in backing a consortium to purchase the club. Wrexham Supporters Prepare To Man The Barricades Again: By the new year, it was becoming apparent that the problems at the club were quite severe. Time, then, for a little background into the recent problems that the club has had and the decision of the owners to mortgage a debt incurred by their owners other venture, Crusaders, against The Racecourse, as well as the possibility of the club being charged rent to stay there. The Fight For Wrexham Football Club Continues: It was now apparent that a £700,000 debt owed to the Rugby...

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The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Reading 2-4 Swansea City

Swansea City stand firm as an example of how much the fortunes of a football club can change in the space of just a decade. They had been promoted from Division Three (now League Two) at the end of the 1999/2000 season, but tumbled straight back down into it a year later, and this was only the beginning of their problems. The following season, they finished fifth from bottom of the entire Football League and at the end of the 2002/03 season, they managed to haul themselves out of the relegation places with wins in their final two league matches against Rochdale and Hull City. Eight years on from that great escape, they have managed one in the opposite direction. Swansea City will start next season as the first Welsh club to play in the Premier League and the first Welsh club to play in the top division of the English league system since they were relegated from it in 1983. Reading have been here before, though their supporters may choose to forget about their previous appearance in the final of the play-offs for a place in the Premier League. In 1995, they led by two goals against Bolton Wanderers before losing 4-3 in extra-time, and lost in the semi-finals two years ago and in 2003. They made it into the Premier League as champions in 2006 and lasted...

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Changing FIFA Is The Way Forward: The Alternative Could Be Disastrous

It is the truth that we knew all along. The question is not one of whether FIFA is institutionally corrupt, but one of exactly how corrupt it is, and the answer to that question is likely to be somewhere between “very” and “completely”. The question of Jack Warner’s lack of propriety was, of course, never in question, but it always seemed possible that he was simply the FIFA ExCo member with the loosest mouth. Perhaps, we could rationalise, he retained his position for so long. Now, though, both he and Mohamed bin Hammam have been ousted from their positions, and Warner is threatening to blow the lid off what has actually been going on in Zurich over the last few months and years. His first step was the release of an email, in which FIFA’s Jérôme Valcke discussed the decision of Bin Hammam not to stand against Sepp Blatter in the race for the FIFA presidency. “If really he thought he had a chance or just being an extreme way to express how much he does not like anymore JSB [Blatter]. Or he thought you can buy Fifa as they [Qatar] bought the WC”, it read, damning words which have already been confirmed as genuine by Valcke, although he did qualify this by claiming that it has been quoted selectively. It’s a good job that the full version of...

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