Day: June 9, 2011

A Great Leap Forward For Rotherham United’s Return Home

When Rotherham United departed from Millmoor at the end of the 2007/08 season, the departure of this football club from its home of one hundred and one years was, perhaps, not granted the attention that it should have been. Rotherham, who had a wretched few seasons during the last decade, had failed to reach agreement with their landlords over disputes that had been running for several years, and left for pastures new at The Don Valley Stadium in nearby Sheffield. Since they moved out, though, they have been making slow and steady progess towards a return to their home town, though it will not be Millmoor to which they return, and this progress took a huge step forward this week. Rotherham United’s woes were amongst the most severe that any Football League club have suffered in recent years. The club had been under the ownership of the scrap metal dealer Ken Booth for many years, but mounting debts meant that Booth – who was sixty-five years old when he took ownership of the club in 1987 – ended up passing it to a supporters’ group led by a lawyer, Peter Ruchniewicz. They, though, were unable to stop the financial rot and the club ended up entering into administration twice in the space of three years. The supporters’ group passed ownership to a group of local businessmen (although this was...

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Thursday picture: Women’s World Cup VI

On the 26th June, the sixth Women’s World Cup kicks off in Germany. It is twenty years since the tournament started, during which time the women’s game has come on significantly, particularly in terms of its public profile. However, women’s football – particularly women’s professional football – is still very much in its infancy. The sixth playing of the men’s World Cup, for instance, was Sweden 1958. The women’s game has missed out rather on those days of pipes, churned pitches, lethally water-saturated leather balls, everyone in the crowd wearing a suit and a bowler hat and wingers’ legs...

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Down The Southern Road: A Tactical Adjustment

To put things bluntly, Baton Rouge have stumbled mightily at the start of this summer’s Premier Development League campaign. Although the capital club is not alone, with 2010 champions Portland U-23 finding themselves nine points off the pace in a rather competitive Northwest Division and beaten finalists Thunder Bay second from bottom in the Heartland Division (having only played two matches thus far), Baton Rouge coach Stuart Hayers must surely be getting nervous as the Capitals still sit twelve points adrift of reaching a playoff position. Granted, “squeaky bum time” might seem highly alarmist and misappropriated only five matches into a league campaign, and with the club retaining a couple games in hand, certainly there remains time to gain ground on the likes of Laredo. The PDL season, however, is only 16 matches long, so with one third of the campaign effectively already passed, there is scant room for error going forward. In other words, Baton Rouge can’t pretend to be Everton; there’s simply not enough time. This past weekend, fans of the Black & Red endured another gut-wrenching 1-0 loss at Crusader Stadium for the Capitals–this time at the hands of old foes Nashville. Baton Rouge had a stunningly-high number of chances to score with 18 shots that went begging, so the 31st minute strike by Jonathan Jackson of Nashville seemed just desserts for having wasted so many chances in front...

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