Day: May 5, 2012

The 2012 FA Cup Final: Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

The FA Cup final, sponsored by an American beer, kicking off at 5.15 on a Saturday afternoon while other matches are being played on the same day. It is on such occasions that one is tempted to think that it might not necessarily be the clubs or the supporters that are the most intent on destroying the spectacle of this most enduring fixtures in the sporting calendar, but those charged with the job of keeping this day alive, in the face of the all-encompassing grip of the Premier League and the Champions League.For all the glamour of having two of the clubs in the final that look down on the rest of English football from somewhere approaching its summit, however, this FA Cup final has the feeling of being a match that only its mother could love. Perhaps it’s appropriate that a season that has come to be defined allegations of racist behaviour on the pitch (and very definite racism away from it) should feature the two protaganists at the very heart of these frequently tiresome stories. More significantly, perhaps, this match is a distraction for one and an exercise in face-saving for the other. Chelsea have at least one eye on the Champions League final, which is to be played in Munich in three weeks time, as evinced by their home defeat at the hands of Newcastle United...

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Relegation Looms for Carmarthen Town (…Or Does It?)

The close of a football season usually brings about some interesting ties. These can come in the form of title deciders or battles to avoid relegation. One such clash that took place on the last day of regular fixtures in the Welsh Premier League was between Port Talbot and Carmarthen Town. Carmarthen need to take points from this game to give themselves a chance of finishing outside the bottom two and thus avoid relegation, but things are never that straightforward in the Welsh Premier League. Just as last season, the title will be decided in a fixture between The New Saints and Bangor City. Once again, this fixture will be played on the last weekend of regular fixtures, only this time around, TNS have the advantage of being at home. Bangor have had another brilliant season and the part-timers will be looking to retain their title against their full-time opponents from Oswestry. As a brawl for the title takes place in the north, Port Talbot is host to a scrap for safety as Carmarthen aim to avoid the drop zone. Exactly how far up the table that drop zone extends is yet to be determined, but Carmarthen won’t want to tempt providence. Since Tomi Morgan’s departure from Richmond Park, the club has improved on its early season form. The twenty-two games before the league split saw them take only...

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