Day: February 6, 2012

Match Of The Week: Liverpool 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

The weather has not been a friend to football supporters of late. The cold snap did for a majority of matches scheduled below the Premier League, and this evening, an hour before kick-off at Anfield, there is a possibility that it might strike again, with a thick fog over Liverpool. The fog clears in time for kick-off, though a lack of clarity will turn out to be a common feature of the evening. The top of the table has the feeling of being a house built on shaky foundations. No team is in outstanding form and it feels as if, although there is more than a third of the season left to play, the questions of who will win this year’s title and which four teams will make up next year’s Champions League places doesn’t at the time of writing feel a great deal more decided than it did in August. After eleven minutes, a cat gets on the pitch and play is held up for a couple of minutes while players stand around with that familiar, slightly befuddled expression that passes across the face of the professional footballer that isn’t a football match, a training session or the opportunity of a fight outside a night club at three o’clock in the morning. It’s one of the rare highlights of an otherwise indistinguished half. Perhaps the absence of Harry...

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Non-League Videos Of The Past: The FA Trophy Final

As you are probably already aware, the weather took an axe to this weekend’s non-league fixture list and only a handful of matches took place anywhere. The FA Trophy Third Round matches were completely called off and will be played at a later date, so the draw for the quarter-finals, which is to be made tomorrow, will have a somewhat odd look about it. In lieu of this, our non-league videos of the week will take a few steps back in time, to have a look back at some of the FA Trophy finals of the past. We start off with the 1984 final between Bangor City and Northwich Victoria, which went to a replay at Stoke City’s Victoria Ground, highlights of which are also included on this video. We can follow that up with the 1985 final between Boston United and Wealdstone, a match which saw Wealdstone become complete the non-league double of winning the Football Conference and the FA Trophy in the same season, a record that has been completed several times since, but was unprecedented at the time. Next up are two matches from the 1990s: the 1990 final between Barrow and Leek Town, and the 1996 match between Macclesfield Town and, making a return to Wembley Stadium, Northwich Victoria. Finally, we have a couple of matches from recent years, the 2009 final between York City...

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