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Day: November 6, 2011

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 06/11/2011

We have matches for you this evening, as our Non-League Videos Of The Week. Our first comes from the Blue Square Premier, and is the match between Mansfield Town and Cambridge United. Our second is from the Blue Square South, and is between Woking and Havant & Waterlooville. We then have two matches from this weekend’s FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round, with Bury Town playing Hythe Town, and Hednesford Town playing Matlock Town. Finally, we have the final league match that Enfield Town play at Cheshunt before moving to their new ground. They were at “home” against Ware in Division One North of the Ryman League. Our thanks, as ever, go to those that take the time to record, edit and upload these videos. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Ugly Scenes: A Bad Day In The Conference North

Remember, remember the fifth of November – well, some Conference North fans would probably rather not remember a Saturday speckled with nasty incidents which hardly cover the league in glory. Accusations of racist abuse on the field, alleged violence and a goalkeeper sent off for throwing a firework into a stand (no really) have left a grubby stain on the northern half of Step 2. Nevermind, the fact that most of the games passed off without mustering any comment, serious incidents at two matches are likely to open enough cans of worms to feed a bird sanctuary. The first incident is perhaps surprising in light of the ongoing Terry/Ferdinand situation. Yesterday evening striker Richard Offiong took to Twitter after his Blyth Spartans side’s 2-2 draw at home to Colwyn Bay and tweeted: “Do I report the racist abuse or brush it off? It will never effect me but do I take a stand” Followed by: “Racism from opposite player who has black team mates. #stampitout” And, with a sense of sadness: “Reported abuse in the past but nothing happened.” He claims he was asked: “Where’s your bunch of bananas, show me your passport please,” but has now said he won’t be commenting further until the FA have investigated the claims, despite naming the player who allegedly made the comments. There’s been no official statement from either side on this...

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Match Of The Week: Durham City 1-1 FC United of Manchester

The FA Trophy continued this weekend with Durham City entertaining FC United of Manchester at New Ferens Park, after a brush with serious financial difficulties which threatened the very future of the club. FC United of Manchester, meanwhile, are still celebrating the planning permission granted for their new ground. Andy Hudson was there to see it. Durham City 1 FC United of Manchester 1. Saturday 5 November 2011. FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round. New Ferens Park. Attendance: 533. Fireworks greeted the final whistle of this FA Trophy clash and, as a spirited Durham City side came from behind to level the match against a pedestrian FC United, they weren’t the only things to be explosive during this bonfire afternoon in the north-east. Durham City are only now getting back on an almost secure footing after their rapid rise to the upper echelons of the Evostik Premier League ended hastily with the news that their third generation artificial turf pitch was unsuitable for the Blue Square North, despite the same surface being suitable for a Champions League Final in Moscow. Financial backing was withdrawn and after a tortuous relegation season, where almost every game saw the team line up with local youngsters almost exclusively on the receiving end of a thrashing (they won two games all season, including an away win against FCUM), and a consolidation year last season in...

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Policing Football Fans: Civil Liberties Or Taking Liberties?

‘Football fans have been exposed to the type of policing historically that is probably unfair and untargeted. I think it’s evolved, I think it’s moved on. My football unit police with the best interests of football fans that are around safety and that’s our principle driver. It’s not you and us at all. We want to work with you. I’m really happy to work with football fans on this.’ Supt. Rick Burrows, Silver Commander, Hampshire Police Football Unit. In stark contrast to the Hampshire Commander’s rhetoric, recent reports of over-kill by West Yorkshire Police and heavy-handed stewarding by Leeds United belie the idea that policing of football fans has evolved.  Cardiff City, Portsmouth and Coventry City fans have made complaints about their treatment at Elland Road. Policing tactics may have changed  but 1980 attitudes are still to the fore. If you are an away fan in particular it is very much a case of ‘you and us’. At the Football Supporters’ Federation ‘Watching Football Is Not A Crime’ meeting in Portsmouth on October 20, this issue was raised. Supt. Burrows admitted that there seems to be a degree of partisanship in both stewarding and policing of away fans. He observed that when you have officers lining up between two sets of fans, ‘if you don’t tell them what to do, they all face the away fans. I think it is because...

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