Day: December 13, 2011

It’s Yeovil’s Turn To Be Giant-Killed In The FA Cup – Well, Almost

How times have changed. So many times in the past the FA Cup giant-killers, Yeovil Town, now stalwart members of League One were knocked out themselves this evening, at home in an FA Cup Second Round replay, by a non-league club. The Glovers had been comfortable in the first match against Blue Square Premier promotion chasers Fleetwood Town with a two goal lead, but two late Fleetwood goals earned a replay at Huish Park and this evening the non-league club finished off the job with a two goal win that hands them arguably the tie of their dreams at the start of January.  While two divisions separate these two sides for the time being, they could yet be playing each other in League Two next season. Yeovil Town are just two points and two places off a relegation place in League One, and have financial pressures of their own. Fleetwood Town, on the other hand, sit in second place in the Blue Square Premier, three points behind leaders Wrexham but with a game in hand, their recent success funded by the property developer, who has partnered the club’s on-field success with development of the club’s Highbury ground. On the basis of this evening’s match, though, it was clear which was the stronger of these two sides. A goal in each half from Jamie McGuire and Jamie Vardy was enough to...

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Is The End Nigh For Croydon Athletic?

It was a story that started almost a year and a half ago in a blaze of publicity which involved a major newspaper, allegations of corruption in another sport, a non-league football club and suicide. Now, with the half-way point in the following season fast approaching, it seems almost certain that the final chapter to play out in the life of Croydon Athletic Football Club will end in the collapse of a club which found itself thrust into the front page of newspapers around the world and, as the authorities pick over the carcass of this club over the next few weeks and months, a question well worth asking will be that of how nobody came to recognise the signs that there was something terribly, horribly wrong at this club earlier than it was. Croydon Athletic gave a very familiar death rattle last week, when they were unable to field a team for their Ryman League match at Ramsgate. This followed the award of a ten point deduction and a £7,500 fine against the club for financial irregularities stemming from its ownership at the hands of Mazhar Majeed, whose world had started to come tumbling down during the summer of 2010. Twenty-five charges of misconduct had been levied against the club by the FA relating to Majeed’s ownership of the club, during which time it was promoted from Division...

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