Day: October 25, 2011

Match Of The Week: Aldershot Town 0-3 Manchester United

Perhaps it is all a matter of perception. For clubs at one end of the spectrum, a home defeat at the hands of a local rival may be enough to start the tabloids gossiping. Supporters of Aldershot Town could be forgiven for shrugging their shoulders at such relative trivialities. They, in March of 1992, lost their club with two months of the season left to play and had to begin again the following season as a new club, in the Ryman League Division Three. It took Aldershot until 2008 to get back into the Football League and they remain in League Two, in a lower mid-table position in the table. For Manchester United supporters lucky to have got themselves tickets for this, a trip to The Recreation Ground is a trip back in time. With a barrel-roofed terrace behind one goal, this is a ground which has changed little in the twenty years since Aldershot FC went to the wall. For all the talk of jangling nerves, however, the gulf between the top of the Premier League and the middle of League Two is so great that Manchester United strolled through this match with the casual insousiance of a wealthy dowager regarding a pauper in the streets. The gulf this evening look as great as it ever has, and this was with Ferguson choosing to play his fringe players....

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John Terry & Presumptions Of Innocence And Guilt

In the shadows of Manchester City’s extraordinary 6-1 win at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, one of the Premier League season’s more eyebrow-raising results of the season so far was being played out at Loftus Road, as newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers beat Chelsea by an odd goal. It was a curious match in several different respects. Chelsea were reduced to nine men – one red card, that of Didier Drogba, was as undebatable as they come, whilst the other, awarded against Jose Bosingwa, was somewhat less so – but Queens Park Rangers found the going more difficult than they might have expected playing with a two-man advantage, and the paucity of their performance with this advantage will give manager Neil Warnock something to chew over ahead of his team’s trip to White Hart Lane to play Spurs on Sunday afternoon. Such matters, however, take second place to the accusations made of racism in the direction of John Terry on Sunday afternoon. It was the second successive week that such an accusation has been made so publicly (following on from a spat between Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez the week before) and, for the second week in a row, the decisions over what has happened seems to have already been made before an investigation into it at any official level has begun. The video footage of the Terry incident is...

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