Day: April 15, 2012

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 15-04-2012

It’s almost the end of the non-league season, so we’ve got six matches from the tops and bottoms of varying divisions for you this evening. At the top of the Blue Square Bet South, a win for Woking at Maidenhead United would be enough to take the title back to Kingfield, while if they failed Dartford could keep the title race going for another week if they could win at Sutton United. Next up, we’re off to the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League, where Hednesford Town wanted to continue to push for a play-off place with a win at troubled Northwich Victoria. Meanwhile, at the other end of that table, Stafford Rangers were at home against Buxton. Next up, the hot favourites to win the Northern League are West Auckland FC, and they were away to Bishop Auckland. Finally, a win for Guildford City against Raynes Park Vale would be enough to win Combined Counties League. Our thanks, as ever, go to those who take the time to record, edit and upload these videos. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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The 2012 FA Cup Semi-Finals: Chelsea 5-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Since they last won the FA Cup in 1991, Tottenham Hotspur reached the semi-finals of the competition on six occasions and lost every time. It is, perhaps, possible that this has has effect on the inner psychology of a club. Something close to indefinable, in the furrowed brows of the supporters when the final comes into view, in the words of journalists and the quietened mutterings of the club’s office staff, a self-perpetuating and self-defeating cloud that hangs over the entire institution. Considering the winners of the quarter-final ties in this year’s competition, there was no “easy” tie for Spurs to look forward to at Wembley this weekend. But Chelsea hold a special hex over Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs haven’t beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for twenty-two years. This was the draw that Spurs didn’t want. In the second decade of the twenty-first century, professional football has been taken to a new peak in terms of the physical fitness and the technical ability of players, and at the top end of the professional game all of those taking part are magnificent athletes, so to what extent this infinitesimally small psychological effect might influence a club is a question that might be unanswerable. Tottenham Hotspur used to be the holders of the record for the most number of FA Cup wins, but those days are long gone. Over the last couple...

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Hillsborough And I: Where We Were On 15th April 1989

Twenty-three years ago today, a disaster occurred that would claim ninety-six lives, indelibly alter the character of one of Britains great sporting institutions and change the face of football in Britain forever. The Hillsborough disaster of 1989 had an indelible effect on both Liverpool Football Club and British football in a wider sense, and to mark this years anniversary we have asked some people for their recollections of that dreadful day. Our thanks go to those that took the time to write these for us, and our thoughts today are with those that died and their families. The battle for justice for the ninety-six goes on.  – The words have been said a million times but they still ring true. Nobody should set out on a day to watch the game that gives such joy and pleasure but never return. I would say every football fan of the age of 35 or above will remember exactly where they were when news started filtering through Hillsborough of the stoppage of the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. For me it was standing on the terraces of the South Bank at Upton Park watching West Ham head towards relegation with a defeat to Southampton. It had been a poor season for West Ham, who had a squad including a young Paul Ince, an old Liam Brady and an off-the-rails...

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