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Day: March 18, 2012

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 18-03-2012

Cup finals are in the air for our Non-League Videos Of The Week for this week. In the FA Trophy, a place at Wembley was at stake as the second leg of the semi-finals was played between Luton Town & York City, and Newport County & the only non-Blue Square Bet Premier side left in the competition, Wealdstone. York City led 1-0 after their first leg at Bootham Crescent, whilst Newport County led Wealdstone going into the second leg. Our third match is a small departure from usual, a semi-final from the FA Sunday Cup, as Hetton Lyons Cricket Club, from Hetton-le-Hole in Tyne & Wear, and Liverpool-based Oyster Martyrs in a match played at Billingham Synthonia FC earlier today. Finally, we have a match from the Blue Square Bet South, between title-chasing Dartford and a Havant & Waterlooville side that is battling against relegation. Our thanks, as ever, go to those that take the time to record, edit and upload these videos. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Fabrice Muamba

Shortly before 6.15 yesterday evening, White Hart Lane began to fall silent. As the possible scale of what had happened started to disseminate, first around the ground itself and then out, through cathode ray tubes and broadband connections, a respectful hush descended over English football. The FA Cup took last place last night, as our thoughts turned to the stricken player and his family. The words of goodwill were fulsome and came from across the globe, a sudden ray of warmth on an evening that had suddenly turned so numbingly cold. Yesterday evening, we were all supporters of Bolton Wanderers, and we remain so today. There is a striking irony that this should happen to Fabrice Muamba, of all people. As a child, Fabrice had become used to the sights and sounds of death in the chaotic Congolese capital city of Kinshasa. His arrival in London in 1999 found a young boy gifted in so many respects – not only in terms of sport, but also academically – but unable to speak English. Yet London became his home, and his education eventually, and perhaps inevitably, took place to the wild riches that the life of a professional sportsman has to offer, although he still managed ten GCSE passes and three ‘A’ Levels, only several years after arriving here. In so many respects, this is a professional footballer that is...

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