Day: March 4, 2012

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 04/03/2012

This week’s non-league videos of the week come from the Blue Square Bet Premier, the Blue Square Bet South, the Ryman League and the quarter-finals of this year’s FA Vase. Our first match comes from Haig Avenue and is between a Southport team which – a little surprisingly – is still in the play-off places at the top of the table and a Newport County team which has seen a recent run of improved form lift their club out of the relegation places at the foot of the table. Second up is a fixture from the middle of the table in the Blue Square Bet Premier, between Forest Green Rovers and Cambridge United, while our third match is from the Blue Square Bet South, and is between Salisbury City and Dover Athletic. We then drop down another division for a match from the Ryman League Premier Division between two teams chasing play-off places for the end of this season, Bury Town & Lewes, and this is followed by another match from the Ryman League, this time between mid-table Thamesmead Town and Needham Market, who are in third place in the table. Last of all – but definitely not least – we have the goals from this weekend’s FA Vase Quarter-Final match between Peterborough Northern Star of the United Counties Premier League and Dunston UTS of the Northern League. Our...

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Villa-Boas Out, But It Is Chelsea FC That Needs To Change

The Ides of March came early for the latest governor of Roman’s empire, then. Don Luís André de Pina Cabral e Villas-Boas leaves Chelsea Football Club today after eight and a half months in the job, having apparently failed to rein in the player-power of the club’s dressing room. The tipping point came with a single goal defeat away to West Bromwich Albion yesterday afternoon, but this has been a sacking that has been coming for a while, as the team has stumbled from result to result in recent weeks, including a humbling home draw against Birmingham City in the FA Cup and a comprehensive defeat against Napoli in the Champions League. Few people with any prior knowledge of the modus operandum when it comes to the hiring and firing of managers at Stamford Bridge will have been particularly surprised by the fact that another manager has been unable to hold onto their job at the club for less than a year. After all, Villa-Boas was himself the seventh manager – the eighth, if we include one game wonder Ray Wilkins – to take charge of the club in the nine years since Roman Abramovich arrived at the club. Roberto di Matteo will now remain in charge of the team until the end of this season, which will at least give the media time to fit in several months worth...

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The Oyston Family & Blackpool FC: Eleven Million Questions To Answer – At Least

Blackpool’s accession to the Premier League was, on the surface, one of the feel-good stories of 2010. A club with a tight wage budget had broken up from the bottom division of the Football League and reclaimed a place in the top division that it had last held almost forty years previously. The team itself battled hard in the Premier League once there, winning a league double against Liverpool and beating Tottenham Hotspur at Bloomfield Road before succumbing to relegation by a single point on the final day of the season. They were relegated back to the Championship with their pride and dignity intact, and have made solid progress this season, sitting in fourth place in the table and still in touch with the automatic promotion places for a return to the top flight. Yet there was always a suspicion – albeit a slight one – that there was more to the owners of the club than met the eye. Chairman Karl Oyston resigned his chairmanship in August of 2010, citing disillusionment at the way in which the modern game was headed as the biggest single reason behind his decision to step down while remaining as acting Chief Executive of the club. A month after this resignation, however, he filed for bankruptcy even though his family had been listed on The Sunday Times Rich List – with an estimated...

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PR Overdrive at Pompey

Ignore the hype. Ignore the sad hypocrisy of the crocodile tears and the valiant claims such as “I will not allow this historic club to go out of business,” emanating from the biggest vested interest of them all. Translate the  sentence. It reads, “I will not allow my front loaded debt to go down the drain.” Balram Chainrai is on a ‘charm offensive’. He has bought himself acres of publicity this weekend in order to yet again paint himself as the victim of circumstances, a reluctant owner, whose sentimental attachment to our battered old club prevents him from allowing it to finally be put out of its misery. You wouldn’t do to an old dog what Chainrai is prepared to do to Pompey. These tears over the twitching corpse would make even Ken Bates pause and check the credibility monitor. Pompey has been on death row since September 2009 when the unholy struggle for control of the club, orchestrated by the recently re-emerging Peter Storrie, began. Between October 2009 and January 2010 Balram Chainrai’s Portpin had attained a £17m charge on all Portsmouth Football Club assets for loans to the club’s then owners, Falcondrone. Falcondrone hid its identity off shore, behind the mirage of Ali Al Faraj. Pompey fans uncovered an alliance of Israeli business connections behind this supposedly Saudi front. No Bank would lend the club money at the point in...

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