Day: October 2, 2011

Non-League Videos Of The Week: The Blue Square Premier & The FA Cup

This weekend’s non-league videos of the week come from the Blue Square Premier and the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. In the Blue Square Premier, AFC Telford United have reacted positively to their promotion from the Blue Square North at the end of last season and sit in mid-table in the division at present and they were at home against Hayes & Yeading United, who were the beneficiaries of Kettering Town’s generosity – and subsequent implosion on Tuesday night. Our second match from the Blue Square Premier is between two sides that have been in the news for different reasons over the last few weeks or months. The green revolution is apace at Forest Green Rovers, and they were at home on Saturday against Mansfield Town. The remainder of our matches for this evening all come from the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round. First up is the match between two teams with FA Cup pedigrees of their own – Blyth Spartans and Bedlington Terriers. Blyth still probably best known for their run to the Fifth Round of the competition in 1978, whilst Bedlington beat Colchester United by four goals to one in the First Round of the competition in 1998/99 before losing to Scunthorpe United in the next round. Coming up next is a Kent derby match between Bromley and Welling United, Redbridge and Bury Town, Dartford...

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Plymouth’s Takeover Takes A Worrying Twist

So near, yet so far. The future of Plymouth Argyle seems likely to be thrown into fresh turmoil if rumours that started circulating late yesterday afternoon regarding an attempt on the part of three former directors of the club to buy the mortgage held over its Home Park ground by Lombard North Central PLC. Just over week ago, it seemed as if the future of the club was finally set to look a little brighter. The bid of Bishop International Limited to purchase the ground and pass on ownership to Peter Ridsdale for £1 had collapsed, whilst on the pitch the Fans Reunited Day at Home Park was a great success, with this success being mirrored on the pitch with the team finally registering its first win of the season, against Macclesfield Town. The latest news came from a source described by Chris Webb of the Argyle Fans Trust as “sources … as close to the process as you could possibly get”, and the news is extremely troubling for all supporters of the club. Paul Stapleton was the vice-chairman, company secretary and accountant for the club as it ran up a quite remarkable debt of £17m. As a trustee of the Plymouth Argyle Supporters, Training and Development Trust, he was there and present when this organisation, whose purpose is to promote the training and education of young footballers, lent £330,000 to...

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The FA Cup Second Qualifying Round: Merstham 0-2 AFC Sudbury

This is the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, isn’t it? By this stage of the competition, we would usually be wearing something approaching our winter woollies and sipping at Bovril which remains scalding hot for three minutes for turning stone cold in the amount of time that it takes to blink, but summer has come late this year, and Surrey is unusually temperate this afternoon. Today is shirt sleeves and ice cold drinks weather. It doesn’t feel right, yet here we are, in spitting distance of one of the southernmost tips of the M25, for a match that will leave the winners two matches from the First Round Proper and one win from a possible tie against a Blue Square Premier side. The biggest clubs may not be taking the FA Cup as seriously as they used to but, for the likes of Merstham FC and AFC Sudbury, this afternoon is a big deal. The money is important – there is £4,500 on offer to the winners this afternoon – but the publicity that an FA Cup run brings can be a life-changing event for a club of this size. Strong reputations have, over the years, been cemented by jabbing bigger clubs on the nose in this competition and the creation of a club’s legacy can carry almost intangible benefits to smaller clubs. An FA Cup run...

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