Day: October 11, 2011

Fear & Loathing At Coronation Park: What Is Going On At Eastwood?

Something may or may not be going on at Eastwood Town Football Club but it’s increasingly difficult to make any sense of the situation. To quote Donald Rumsfeld: “There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. “We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. “But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” He might have been on about weapons of mass destruction or the war on terror or something but it could easily be applied to recent events surrounding Coronation Park and it seems fans at the Nottinghamshire club are fast running out of patience with rumours and speculation about the ownership. Last Thursday’s announcement from former Nottingham Forest defender Nigel Jemson that he is NOT involved in a takeover follows a similar (initial) rebuff from Halesowen investor Steve Lynch after it was reported in the local press (and briefly on the club’s official website) that he had become the majority shareholder at Eastwood. It was followed by another statement from owner/manager Jamie Brough that he and his directors were preparing to walk away from the club. He told the Eastwood Advertiser that Lynch was heading another consortium which was buying the club, which Lynch has since confirmed, despite the fact he also owns a big...

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Voices Of Football: Barry Davies – English Football’s Renaissance Man

There has long been a strand of anti-intellectualism within football which can occasionally be somewhat distasteful, to say the least. It’s the culture that saw Graeme Le Saux labelled as “gay” because he read a broadsheet newspaper and collected antiques. It’s a culture that keeps professional footballers in a state in artificial infantilism until the end of their careers in the misguided belief that this will engender some sort of “team spirit”. It’s a culture which often saw Barry Davies, the BBC football commentator, labelled as “pompous” and “superior” because he occasionally dared to use words of more than one syllable. It is perhaps appropriate, given football’s inherent uniformity, that one of Davies’ most fondly remembered moments of commentary came with a goal which acts as a twenty second long moment of beauty and elegance from such naturally gifted players, Justin Fashanu. Fashanu’s goal, scored at Carrow Road, Norwich, on a blustery February afternoon in 1980, demonstrated something quite glorious about our game. Liverpool won that match by five goals to three but, a shade over thirty years on, this is largely forgotten by many bar Liverpool supporters. Fashanu’s goal won Match Of The Day’s “Goal Of The Season” award for the 1979/80 season, and it is this single incident that stands apart as one of the greatest moments of that season. Davies is a name from a past...

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