Day: January 25, 2012

Is It Time To Drop The Dons?

“It only took nine years” was the cry from South-West London last summer, when AFC Wimbledon won promotion back to the Football League after a dramatic penalty-shoot-out win – as if there is any other sort – against Luton Town at The City of Manchester Stadium in the Blue Square Premier play-off final. After a strong start to the League Two season, the team tailed off a little and even looked for a while as if they may get sucked into a battle to avoid relegation back from the Football League after just one season. Three straight wins, however, seems to have steadied the nerves of their jumpier supporters and, although they remain in fifteenth place in the table, they are considerably closer to the play-off places than they are to the relegation places at the time of writing, with nineteen games of the season left to play. Last week, however, a new campaign was started by the Wimbledon Guardian with reference to the club that has always represented everything that AFC Wimbledon isn’t. Milton Keynes Dons continue to exist in League One, despite their ongoing status as perhaps the pariah club of English football. The Guardian’s campaign, Drop The Dons, is seeking to persuade this club to drop the suffix to its name which harks back to the Football League place formerly held by Wimbledon FC, but the...

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The 2012 African Cup Of Nations Review: Group Stages, Round One

The 2010 African Cup of Nations fell away in quality and excitement after the opening round of group games. If this year’s tournament does the same, we will be in for a long three weeks. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, we’ll be bringing you up to date with the progress of the four groups in this competition as each round of matches is completed and the first round of group matches is now over. Don’t forget that all matches in this competition are being shown live on British Eurosport, and that ITV4 is also covering this tournament. Group A It was my fervent belief as well as hope that national pride was a stronger motivational force than money for players in the ACN. Sadly, Equatorial Guinea’s 1-0 victory over Libya proved that $1m trumps pride every time. Whatever of the (low) quality of the opening match, it was a shock of some proportions. The Equatoguineans – or “National Lightning” to use their wildly ironic nickname – are ranked almost 90 places below Libya, which is a hell of a gap, whatever the (high) margin of error in Fifa’s rankings. But whatever the extent of the “new” Libya’s national pride, it was no match for the $1m from the back pocket of the president’s son, the Equatoguineans were on, or should that be “Equatogenarians”? Jack Charlton’s Ireland...

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