Day: June 29, 2011

It’s Official: England Are The Fourth Best National Team In The World

The middle of the summer always brings about the “silly season”, that time of year when, with parliament sunning itself on beaches or relaxing on their country estates, news editors find themselves having to resort to a different angle in their reporting of the news. This extends to the sports pages as well, particularly in years with an odd number when there is no distraction in the form of a World Cup finals or a European Championship finals. So it is that, with most of the press choosing to ignore or patronise the European Under-21 Championships and the Women’s World Cup, we are left with transfer rumours of a decidedly reheated nature (is there anything about the Cesc Fabregas story that wasn’t being discussed six months ago or this time last year?) and, this summer, arguably the silliest story of the lot. England are up to fourth place in the FIFA World Rankings. FIFA’s equivalent of the Billboard Top 100 has, like the FA’s Respect Campaign or David James’ hairstyles, long been a source of ridicule and bafflement amongst most supporters and those in the media. The inclusion of England at fourth place in the list released today, however, takes the biscuit as a source for our amusement. They sit above Italy, Argentina and, most amusingly of all, Brazil. Although Brazil are in something of a state of disarray...

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Those We Have Lost: Fellows Park, Walsall FC

In 1990, Walsall became one of the first clubs of the modern era to leave their home for pastures new, when they departed Fellows Park for the Bescot Stadium. Tom Lines tells the story of their original home. If you support a club that has moved home and fancy writing about its old ground, feel free to drop us a line via the Contact page. There is plenty more on the history of Fellows Park here. Objectively, there are few reasons to mourn Fellows Park – the ramshackle hotchpotch of timber, concrete and corrugated iron that served as Walsall FC’s home for 94 years. Of course, like snoods and DJ Spoony, objectivity has no place in football and with two decades having passed since Fellows Park was torn down to make way for a supermarket, Saddlers’ fans old enough to remember the former ground have had plenty of time to allow their memories to percolate. Fellows Park was actually known as Hillary Street for the first 34 years of its existence before the club decided to honour director HL Fellows in 1930. Following the amalgamation of Walsall Swifts and Walsall Town (both successful sides in their own right) in 1888, the club had played at a variety of locations in the borough before Hillary Street became their permanent home in 1896. Even then the club had to move back...

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