Day: November 13, 2011

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 13-11-2011

Well, it’s very late on a Sunday evening, so it’s time for a round-up of non-league videos from over the course of this weekend. We kick off with a match from the First Round Proper of the FA Cup, between Chelmsford City of the Blue Square South and AFC Telford United of the Blue Square Premier. Next up is a match from the Ryman League Premier Division between two of the pre-season promotion favourites, Lewes and Bury Town, and this is followed by a match from the Southern League Division One Central between Slough Town and St Neots Town. This is followed by a match from Division One South of the Ryman League Premier Division between Maidstone United and Ramsgate, and we’re finishing off with a match from the Northern League, between Bishop Auckland and Penrith. As ever, our thanks 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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Match Of The Week: Worthing 1-0 Dulwich Hamlet

The eyes of the world are largely elsewhere this afternoon. International matches and the first round proper if the FA Cup mean that even the tiny amount of coverage that a match in Division One South of the Ryman League might attract pales away to nothing. Yet this is, in its own way, an intriguing match. The top of this division is tight, and Dulwich sit at its head. The home side, meanwhile, are some way adrift in seventh place in the table, ten points behind Dulwich, but a cursory glance at the league table only tells part of the story. Worthing have either three or four games in hand on every team above them, so a win today for them might even throw them back into the title race, in the long run. This significance hasn’t been lost in the match-going public and, despite the slate grey sky – their is more than a hint of winter in the air today – and the normal Saturday afternoon distractions, there is a season-high crowd of 326 people here today. Worthing are in red – a cookie-cutter effort from Nike with a white chevron on the chest – today, and this means that we don’t get the benefit if seeing Dulwich’s unique pink and blue shirts. There is a story behind their change kit, though. If the white shirts and...

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The FA Cup Moves From Saturday Night To Sunday Morning

Viewers looking at the television schedules for last night may have noticed a gap in the football coverage. For the first time in more than two decades, there were no highlights from the FA Cup First Round on the television on the Saturday night after the matches were played, and viewers were forced to wait until this morning to catch up with what happened yesterday afternoon instead. It is a decision that says a lot about the over-stretched resources of our broadcasters, as well as fall from grace that the world’s oldest football competition has suffered in recent years. In terms of the television coverage of football in Britain, few other broadcasters are attacked for their output to the same extent that ITV is, and this criticism is not always fair. This company does, however, have a unique way of acting in a way that seems tailor made to anger ordinary football supporters. It is well known that commercial imperatives dictate the way in which its television coverage – consider, for example, its decision not to broadcast the final of Euro 2008 after none of the home nations reached the finals of that competition – but for many the First Round Proper of the FA Cup is sacrosanct, a unique day in the sun for smaller clubs, which has now been relegated to the relative graveyard shift of a...

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