Day: September 18, 2011

Non-League Videos Of The Week: The FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round

This week’s Non-League Videos Of The Week see us return to the FA Cup, which reached the First Qualifying Round – the third round of matches in this year’s competition. This round sees the first appearance of the clubs of the Premier Divisions of the Isthmian, Southern and Northern Premier Leagues, so there are some familiar faces taking their first bow in this competition in this round. We have five matches for you this evening. Our two matches are both from East Anglia – the matches between Bury Town and Gorleston, and Cambridge City and Maldon & Tiptree United. Next up are Maidstone United, who scored nine goals in the last round of the competition, away to Banstead Athletic. Following this is a match between two sides from the Northern League, Spennymoor Town and Dunston UTS, and finally we have the goals from the match between Harrow Borough and Marlow. Our most heartfelt thanks go, as ever, to those that go to the trouble to record, edit and upload these matches for our delectation. Bury Town vs Gorleston   Cambridge City vs Maldon & Tiptree United   Banstead Athletic vs Maidstone United   Spennymoor Town vs Dunston UTS   Harrow Borough vs Marlow   You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Match Of The Week 2: Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Liverpool

When Kenny Dalglish railed against the refereeing decisions that he believes have cost his Liverpool side this season, he was tapping into a very modern phenomenon. The culture of criticising referees is not far short of being as old as the game itself, but in recent times it has started to take a slightly different feel, with endless television replays and the sense of persecution complex hanging around many managers has become one of the staples of the modern game. Kenny Dalglish is not the most notable practitioner of this particular dark art, of course, and we could assume the position that his statement last week was little more than unfortunately timed, considering his team’s performance at White Hart Lane this afternoon. That Liverpool had, after sixty minutes of play today, two players sent off was not the fault of the referee. This was an astonishingly ill-disciplined performance by Dalglish’s team this afternoon, and that they would end the match without the full complement of players seemed evident from the very early stages of the match. It may be for the best that we don’t even pause to consider what was going through Charlie Adam’s mind when, having collected a yellow card already, went crunching into Scott Parker’s thigh as if trying to kick a fire escape door open. The sending off of Martin Skrtel with just over an...

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Peter Reid Pays The Price At Plymouth

They lost again yesterday, of course, a two-nil reverse at Southend United which left them anchored to the bottom of the entire Football League and this morning, in an act entirely at odds with the slow, long, drawn out procedure of the take-over of Plymouth Argyle, Peter Reid paid the price for his failure as an alchemist with his job. He had been unable to muster a win in League Two following the club’s administration-spurred relegation from League One at the end of last season. There will be some that will argue that there was an air of inevitability about such a decision being taken, but many Plymouth supporters will this afternoon be likely to offer a small thanks to Reid for much of what he has done for their club over the last few months. Whilst Reid has not been successful on the pitch (although he was obviously operating with one hand tied behind his back), it is the way with which he has carried himself away from it which has really impressed. In March, he donated his runners-up medal from the 1986 FA Cup Final in the aid of the club. He was also reported to have paid the club’s heating bill from his own pocket, after supplies ran out in December of last year and to have paid the wages of some youth team players. The...

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