Month: October 2011

Is The Worm Starting To Turn? Cardiff Fans Walk Out Of Elland Road

In some respects it was inevitable that a group of fans would collectively reach a breaking point, and take a stand at the way supporters are treated by many professional clubs. However the fact that it happened at Elland Road yesterday, and the Cardiff City fans concerned ended up boycotting the end of a game where they had already paid was still a surprise. Cardiff City fans don’t have the greatest of reputations, most notably due to the actions of the Soul Crew – one of the most notorious of the hooligan firms of the 70s, 80s and 90s – and matches between the Bluebirds and Leeds United have had flashpoints in the past (most notably the FA Cup Third Round game between the two in 2002. However, while I would never defend nor condone hooliganism, not every Cardiff City fan is a hooligan. In fact the vast majority of Bluebirds fans are law abiding citizens, and most of their away following just want to follow their team round the country, like fans of most teams. In fact, the club has brought in so many effective measures designed to reduce hooliganism at Cardiff games, that they are the current holders of the title “Football League Family Club of the Year” However, unlike fans from most other teams, Cardiff City fans have to jump through the more than the occasional...

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Voices Of Football: Brian Moore – The Face And Voice Of ITV

When we look back to try and trace the history of football on the television in Britain, there are several dates that stand out as being of significance. The twenty-second of August 1964, for example, saw the first episode of Match Of The Day, whilst the sixteenth of August 1992 saw Nottingham Forest beat Liverpool in the first live Premier League match on Sky Sports. One date that does escape most memories, however, is the second of August 1968. This was the day that London Weekend Television came on air for the first time and it is a significant date, because this brash -by the standards of the time, at least – new company would go on to revolutionise the way in which all sport – and especially football – was broadcast in this country, and the man that they chose as both their face and voice of football would go on to become a legend of British sports broadcasting. The introduction of commercial broadcasting to Britain was very much a product of its time. Tightly regulated by the newly-formed Independent Broadcasting Authority, commercial television in Britain was divided into regional companies which opened across the country between 1955 and 1960. To ensure that no one commercial organisation would come to dominate the media landscape and with the London region – by some way the most populous and lucrative region of...

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

This weekend, the FA Cup reached its final qualifying round and the introduction of the clubs of the Blue Square Premier adds a little extra spice to the competition as well. Everybody that took to the pitch in this competition at the weekend went into their match knowing that a live appearance on ITV and a sizeable pay day could well be on the cards if they could just get over this hurdle, and this evening we have four matches from this round of the competition. First up is the match between Bishops Stortford and Salisbury City, and this is followed by the matches between Gateshead and Hebburn Town, Dartford and Bromley, and Chelmsford City and Gloucester City. Our thanks, as ever, go those that take the time to record, edit and upload these videos, and you can see the draw for the First Round Proper of the competition – which was made earlier this afternoon – here. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Match Of The Week: Lewes 0-4 AFC Hornchurch

Non-league football has experienced a culture of boom and bust for as long as it has existed. From the shamateurism of the 1950s and 1960s, through to more recent vanity projects, there has never been a completely level playing field in the semi-professional football, and what becomes troubling about this is, of course, what happens to a club when the money runs out. This afternoon at The Dripping Pan, two clubs that boomed and busted during the last decade but which both found their level in subtly different ways, meet in the Ryman League Premier Division. Within the last ten years, both Lewes Football Club and Hornchurch FC lived beyond their means. One of these clubs died and the other came as close to the same fate without actually expiring, yet this afternoon they meet in a top of the table league match. The story of the fate of Hornchurch Football Club is a by-the-numbers story of over-ambition and financial doping. The club rapidly through the non-league ranks during the early years of the last decade. Lavishly funded by Karl Williams’ Carthium group of companies, they seemed set for a place in at least the Blue Square Premier, but their collapse was as sudden as it was unsurprising. Early in 2005, Carthium suddenly collapsed with debts of £7m – Williams was subsequently disqualified from acting as a company director...

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This Week In Plymouth: The Final Chapter & A New Beginning

Clever man, that James Brent, the (drum roll)… new owner of Plymouth Argyle. In the past week he has revealed himself to be far from the philanthropic ‘saviour’ many fans have keenly labelled him, while displaying a sure political touch, to protect his financial interests, against those of staff, players and administrators owed money. Yet across those same seven days, he has re-affirmed what most people outside certain parts of Cornwall, and the mind of a certain insolvency practitioner, have known for months; that he is the best available hope for Argyle’s future – by some distance. And now he has the chance to prove it. It was appropriate that administrators, the P&A Partnership, would be the last obstacle to a deal. The issue of their fees – the most money, to those who need it least – kept fans on tenterhooks to the end, threatening another e-mail bombardment of P&A offices. But when Brent made his “best and final offer” this week, even P&A grasped what “final” really meant, after months of missed “final” deadlines throughout the administration. And bout time too, as it was hardly a last-minute issue. Like almost everything that has gone wrong at Argyle since the CVA was agreed in May, it dates back to P&A and lead administrator Brendan Guilfoyle’s kid-glove treatment of Cornish property developer Kevin Heaney; on this occasion their failure...

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