Day: May 31, 2011

Leigh Genesis: A Cautionary Tale

After three years, then, it looks as if the Leigh Genesis experiment may be coming to an end. The club had been rebranded during the summer of 2008, but it now looks as if the club is to cease playing after three years of chaos which followed what was supposed to be a brave new world in the history of a club which had, through several different names, been playing since 1896. The club finished last season at the bottom of Division One North of the Evostik League and was due to start next season in the Premier Division of the North-West Counties League, but difficulties at their temporary home at the home of Atherton Laburnum Rovers meant that yesterday, the 31st of May, the club confirmed that it could no longer continue as a semi-professional club. How, though, did it come to this? Leigh RMI (RMI stands for “Railway Mechanics Institute”) were initially founded in 1896, seven miles away from Leigh in the Bolton suburb of Horwich. Horwich RMI were a pretty run of the mill non-league club for the majority of their existence, moving slowly up the non-league rankings whilst playing their home matches at the sloping Grundy Hill. By 1995, though, they had decided that they had out-grown their ground, and took up the offer to move seven miles away to Leigh, change their name from...

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Down the Southern Road: A Bumpy Start

If off-season alterations surrounding the 2011 Premier Development League campaign for Baton Rouge were not apparent before, this weekend saw both the squad and its supporters face them properly. After two seasons in the Southeast Division of the Southern Conference, the club has been returned to the Mid-South from which it began in 2007, playing principally Texas-based sides as opposed to the Southeast’s cadre of Florida teams. The capital club found little success in the Mid-South during its early days of existence, finishing bottom and second-bottom of the Mid-South table before realignment to the Southeast and the concluding of a remarkable 2010 summer season that saw them qualify for the PDL Championship playoffs and finish 3rd nationally. Perhaps as a welcome back to the Mid-South Division for 2011, the Black & Red were inexplicably scheduled to wait while all the Texas-based clubs worked out their early-season quirks by playing through two matches before Baton Rouge embarked upon a sojourn west across the Lone Star State. Forced to start early doors at a slight disadvantage by making their longest away trips of the season to two clubs already off the mark, Baton Rouge somewhat expectantly lost to West Texas and Chivas El Paso prior to returning home this past weekend to host the other two Texas sides in their new division. While all of this could be considered a minor irritation and something clubs from Scottish football would scoff...

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