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Day: March 11, 2012

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 11/03/2012

As the 2011/12 season enters its final straight, we have six matches from six different competition this week to make our Non-League Videos Of The Week. First up is the FA Trophy Semi-Final First Leg between Newport County of the Blue Square Premier and Wealdstone of the Ryman League Premier Division. The winner of this tie will play Luton Town or York City at Wembley in May. Next up is a seven goal thriller from the Blue Square South, between Havant & Waterlooville and league leaders Woking, and we follow this up with a match from the Premier Division of the Evostik Northern Premier League, between Hednesford Town and Northwich Victoria. One of the biggest crowds of the weekend below the Football Conference was for the match from Division One Central of the Evostik Southern League between St Neots Town and Slough Town, and we have highlights from this match, followed by the match from Division One North of The Ryman League, between Ware and championship chasing Enfield Town. Finally, we’re off to Scotland for a match from the Super League Premier Division, between Clydebank and Beith. Our thanks, as ever, go to all of those that take the time to record, edit and upload these matches. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Death By Committee; FA In Pass The Buck Manoeuvres

You can always tell when an organisation is in denial. They set up a lot of committees to look into the symptoms rather than the causes of their problems. From the look of the FA’s response to the DCMS Football Governance Enquiry of last year, it is quite clear that Freud would have a field day if he had them on his couch. Somehow or other, the urgency for root and branch reform has drifted past the moguls of the game. The FA response shifts responsibilities around but essentially does nothing for the key ills of the game – financial instability and fan disaffection. The game is sinking into laissez-faire chaos of evolutionary proportions and the FA chooses to swerve a golden opportunity to restore sporting values and ethics to the game. David Bernstein is quite sure it’s nothing to do with the FA how much money there is in the game and he doesn’t see it as their job to deal with it. The FA response boasts of Football being ‘Britain’s “greatest sporting export” and the most followed and largest professional game in the world,’ and claims that, ‘the FA, the National Game, and the Premier League and Football League, understand the responsibilities we share to grow and protect our sport,’ later adding it was the FA’s responsibility ‘to regulate the game effectively and with integrity.’ To my mind it...

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