Day: April 8, 2012

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 08-04-2012

The Easter weekend is important across the whole of football, but in the non-league season, which starts earlier than some professional leagues, it can be make or break time for the whole season of a club. This weekend, we’ve got matches from the Blue Square Premier, the Blue Square South, the Northern Premier League and the Northern League. First up is the match from the Blue Square Bet Premier between Forest Green Rovers and Ebbsfleet United, and this is followed up with the match between Hayes & Yeading United and Cambridge United. Then we have a match from the Blue Square South, between Basingstoke Town and the league leaders, Woking. Next up is a match from the Northern Premier League, between Hednesford Town and Kendal Town, and finally we have a match from the Northern League between Newcastle Benfield and Whitley Bay. Our thanks, as ever, go to those that take the time to record, edit and upload these...

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Port Vale In Administration: The End Of The Beginning

“It will be the perfect administration, if true,” wrote the BBC’s Matt Slater on March 19th, in response to Port Vale joint administrator Gerald Krasner’s prediction of getting a deal with creditors signed off by the end of April. Krasner, to the surprise of no-one with experience of the self-confident Leeds United ex-chairman, was being somewhat bullish. But Vale’s administration, thus far, has been a relatively trouble-free experience, if not perfect for everyone. It has certainly been less fraught than what preceded it, although the failure of long-time fans’ darling Mo Chaudry to even make the short-list for “preferred bidder” status will deny the administrators universal acclaim – as will joint administrator Bob Young’s insistence that the previous regime, “fans consortium” Valiant 2001, hadn’t done that bad a job. The preferred bidder, Lancashire businessman Keith Ryder, is almost inevitably a property developer – amongst other ‘talents.’ It is almost as if there is, among administrators’ duties and objectives, a clause obligating the short-listing of property developers. This could have been so, for all the knowledge of the administration process displayed by Vale people recently. The ‘guilty parties’ included team boss Micky Adams who has complained over a different issue almost every week. “He can be a bit prickly,” Young told last week’s fans’ forum, to knowing laughter from the audience. And they also appeared to include Chaudry, whose curious...

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