Day: May 8, 2012

Red Mist Descends for The Bluebirds

Another season ends for Cardiff City in what seems to be the norm, faltering in the play-offs. However, when the change of manager and the summer exodus are taken into account, praise for Malky Mackay’s achievements in his first season cannot be understated. As with most clubs, Cardiff City has an active and vocal fan base online, where one can find insight into the day-to-day running of the club, rumour and conjecture. It wasn’t long after the final whistle at Upton Park that rumours of a rebranding for the Bluebirds were touted, as ridiculous as this may seem it appears to be gaining some attention. Cardiff City for the third consecutive season finished in the top six of the Championship, thus earning themselves a chance of promotion to the the Premier League. Their opponents for the semi-final were too much to handle for the Bluebirds though and they succumbed to defeat both home and away. It was moments after this game that an anonymous message was posted on the Cardiff City message board. The anonymous post detailed a number of changes that the Malaysian investors, spearheaded by Vincent Tan, intend to implement for the Bluebirds, or should I say, soon to be former Bluebirds? The changes consist of the club playing in red from next season, dropping the Bluebirds nickname and changing the club badge to feature a dragon....

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Guernsey FC: Mission Accomplished At The End Of Season One

At the start of the season, Andy Ollerenshaw was kind enough to tell us the story of Guernsey FC, the first club from the Channel Islands to take a place in the English football pyramid. They have had a very successful first season in Division One of the Combined Counties League, and Andy has kindly returned to fill us on their progress over the last nine months or so. On Friday 4th May 2012 Guernsey FC lifted the Combined Counties League (CCL) Premier Challenge Cup in front of over 500 travelling Guerns. Their 2-0 extra-time win against Colliers Wood United was the icing on the cake for what has been a quite remarkable first season of football for the new club. I wrote about their inaugural CCL Division One fixture for Twohundredpercent back in August 2011, and their achievements in the subsequent months have already left an imprint in the record books. The statistics are impressive. Guernsey FC won 31 of their 34 league games scoring a staggering 138 goals; they lost only twice, to Eversley and Spelthorne Sports. Their closest challengers were Bedfont Sports, who finished some 11 points behind; it was therefore fitting that Guernsey FC’s victory in March against the runners-up (a 7-1 thumping in front of a record attendance of 2,143) was the win that secured the title. They completed the double when they lifted...

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Sit Down, Shut Up: Blackburn Rovers Supporters & The Stewardship Of Their Club

With an air of the inevitability that has accompanied much of their season and more than a hint of black comedy, Blackburn Rovers slipped from the Premier League last night. It was managed, as these matters so frequently are, by a very thin margin, with only a goal from Wigan Athletic’s Antolin Alcaraz three minutes from time being enough to separate the two sides on the night. Those protesting at Ewood Park last night, however, were playing protest as the longer game, having spent much of last nine months venting their fury in the direction of the Venkys group, whose ownership of the club has led to the eventuality of relegation and the financial uncertainty that comes with it. The black humour on display at Ewood Park last night provided merely the thinnest veil of levity to an otherwise depressing evening for the club’s supporters. Where else but at this ground, we might reasonably ask, could a match be held up because a chicken dressed in the livery of the home team managed to get onto the pitch? It was a moment that the high definition cameras of the watching broadcasters couldn’t help but focus upon, but as the fall-out began to settle after a fractious evening in Lancashire, a familiar narrative had been picked up on by those watching the match from the comfort of the studios – that of the know-your-placery that has...

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