Day: September 27, 2011

Cupset In The South West: Mangotsfield And Chippenham’s Early Exit

The FA Cup hasn’t even reached the second qualifying round yet but already a second club in the South West has been kicked out of the competition. Mangotsfield United, who play in the Southern League Division One South and West, are already out – thanks to player ruled ineligible due to a a fine from a previous club,  a fine which the club were not made aware of by either the player or the Gloucestershire FA. And now Chippenham Town are out as well (with the added worry of possibly losing league points too). In August, Chippenham signed a 24-year-old full back called Curtis Jack. What the club (and the Wiltshire FA) didn’t know that he was suspended from playing back in May because he owed £95 to an old club, Somerset County League side St George Easton-in-Gordano. He was also suspended from playing by the Gloucestershire FA back in August for owing £50 to Wick FC, who play in the Bristol Premier Combination League – only the Gloucestershire FA had the player listed as Jack Curtis, not Curtis Jack. Jack has played six games in the Southern League Premier Division so the Bluebirds could be docked points, he also, crucially played against Somerset-based Wells in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup and today an FA Cup Sub-Committee decided that because Jack was suspended by two other county...

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Football, Television And Sir Alex

Perhaps we are now so used to the gamesmanship of Sir Alex Ferguson in press conferences and interviews that we now look for subliminal messages in everything he says without even thinking about it. His comments yesterday on the nature of the relationship between football and television have certainly provoked debate, though, not least from those that have chosen to reflect upon the irony of the manager of a club that has arguably benefited more than any other from the expansion of television rights into being the main financial mover in the modern game commenting on the influence of broadcasters being to “shake hands with the devil.” It is worth taking a moment to recall just far the relationship between football and television has come over the course of the last two or three decades or so. When the regular television league football began with Match Of The Day in 1964, we saw the introduction of a format that would remain largely unchanged for the next two decades. Initially, the BBC would send cameras to one match – expanded to two at the start of the 1970s – and the viewer would be stuck with extended highlights of that, regardless of the quality of the match on offer. ITV, meanwhile, expanded their regional coverage of the game after their franchises were reorganised in 1968 and London Weekend Television’s Jimmy...

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