Day: January 10, 2012

Mixed Signals & Bad News From Darlington

There may only be a couple of days left to go. Darlington FC continue to stare into the abyss and the comments of the club’s joint administrator, Harvey Madden, in an interview with BBC Radio Tees this evening will have offered no comfort to those of the opinion that it is now only a matter of time before this football club folds after one hundred and twenty-nine years. In the interview, Madden stated that there have been several parties interested in the club, but that all of those that have approached him have confirmed that they have no further interest in the club. He also stated that the club is likely to fold before the end of the week unless somebody comes in with a guaranteed offer of investment. As so many of the club’s supporters had feared, last weekend’s match at Barrow may well turn out to be Darlington’s last. The weekend had seen the news that Raj Singh, the club’s former chairman, would not be pursuing the loans that he had put into the club, which may have made it a more attractive preposition to speculators. The big news, however, came on Sunday with an statement from the owners of The Northern Echo Arena, Philip Scott and Graham Sizer, that they would put £50,000 into the club if their investment was matched by the £50,000 that the Darlington...

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Sky Blues & Grey Clouds – The Decline Of Coventry City

Matches in the Third Round of The FA Cup frequently draw attendances that are lower than they would be otherwise. The simple fact that tickets are not usually provided as part of annual season tickets combined with the possibility of people feeling the pinch in the weeks after Christmas is usually enough to keep many away. At one of the weekends matches, however, there was more to the paucity of the crowd present than met the eye. Coventry City have had a disastrous season so far, rooted to the bottom of the Championship table and with considerable unrest amongst the clubs support at the direction the the clubs management has been taking. Storm clouds have been gathering over The Ricoh Arena since before the start of this season, with a state of unresolved conflict now seeming to exist between SISU, the group that owns the club, and an increasingly vocal element of the clubs support. An eighteenth place finish in the table at the end of last season hinted at the possibility of difficulties to come this season, and the team has certainly lived down to expectations, with recent victoriess against Bristol City and Brighton ending a run of eleven league games without a win. An attempted take-over by former Northern Rock chairman and Coventry supporter Gary Hoffman failed during the summer, whilst manager Andy Thorn was been unable to...

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