Day: April 29, 2012

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 29/04/2012

This weekend saw the end of the normal season for many of the leagues below the Football League and the beginning of the play-offs in some. This weekend, we’re going to have a look at a few of the outstanding issues at the top and bottom of the leagues, starting in the Blue Square Bet South, where a Sutton United side jostling for the best position possible in the play-off positions was at home against a Farnborough team that has only narrowly avoided relegation at the bottom of the table. Next up is a match from Division One North of the Ryman League. Leiston led the way going into the final match of the season, but with their match against Potters Bar Town rained off, attention switched to the match between Grays Athletic and Enfield Town, where a win for Enfield would put them top of the table whilst leaving Leiston needing a win from their final match to snatch top place in the league back at the last. In Division One South & West of the Southern League, Bideford Town had already been crowned as champions but they were still looking to end the season on a high from their trip to second-placed Poole Town, who were looking for a win to build some confidence before their end of season play-off matches. Finally, the end of the season...

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Roy Hodgson… England Manager?

The timing was just right for tomorrow morning’s newspapers, but the name isn’t the one that most had expected to see at the top of their short-list. Earlier this evening, a statement appeared on the Football Association’s website confirming that they have made a formal approach to West Bromwich Albion to speak to Roy Hodgson over the position vacated by Fabio Capello two months ago. We had been starting to wonder whether an appointment would ever be made. After all, it’s only forty days until the start of the 2012 European Championships and the possibility that the FA had somehow forgotten that they should probably have a coach for this tournament – even if in name only – was starting to become a little less implausible than it might otherwise have been. Hodgson may well of the old school, but he is a damn sight more cosmopolitan than any of the other Englishmen that might have been hoping for a call from Lord Bernstein. He has coached in eight different countries – Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, England, Italy, the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland – speaks five foreign languages and has coached at international level, precisely the sort of qualifications for coaching this particular position that the bookmakers’ favourites for the position do not hold. Yet the very nature of the debate that has surrounded the matter of the...

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Whitehawk FC: Nouveau Riche Out-Muscle The Old Stagers

After nine months and thirty-nine matches, then, it all came down to ninety minutes on the final day of the season in the Ryman League Division One South yesterday. That it did came down to an incident on the opening day of the league season. Whitehawk FC played an ineligible player in their first match at Maidstone United and were deducted three points for their troubles. Had this not happened, they would already have been crowned as champions of the division. As things stand, though, they take the field at East Brighton Park for their final home league match of the season against Chipstead knowing that, although they need a win to guarantee winning the league title, their fate is at least in their own hands. As such, there is now need for anybody at East Brighton Park to be frantically checking their mobile phones for score updates from elsewhere this afternoon. Should they slip up, Dulwich Hamlet can lift the league title if they can win against second from bottom Burgess Hill Town, but Burgess Hill need a win to safeguard themselves from relegation. Should both Whitehawk and Dulwich fail to win, then third placed Bognor Regis Town can lift the title with a win away to Maidstone United. It’s the sort of convoluted state of affairs that statisticians love. For Whitehawk supporters, however, all that matters is...

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