Day: July 18, 2012

100 Owners: Number 88 – Tony Lazarou (Enfield FC )

In November of last year, a non-league football club made its first appearance at its new home ground. This in itself is nothing truly remarkable. After all, football clubs relocating has been a common enough sight over the last quarter of a century or so. For this particular club, though, the move was a special one, bringing, as it did, to an end twelve years of asset-stripping, internecine arguing and a battle to keep senior football alive in a borough on the periphery of London that had become synonymous with one of the best known names in non-league football. In November 2011, senior football returned to Enfield for the first time since 1999, but the name of the club bringing it back wasn’t quite that which more casual observers might have expected. Enfield FC was originally formed in 1893 as Enfield Spartans, before truncating it’s blame seven years later. The club moved into a new stadium – almost enigmatically called The Stadium, but more commonly known by the main road near which it stood, Southbury Road – in 1936. Developments over the years turned it into an archetypal small English ground, covered at both ends, with a large cover on one side and a seated stand in which was located the changing rooms, bar and offices. It was in the 1960s that the club began to make its name,...

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Olympic Disinterest In Football

Considering the hysteria which surrounded the release of tickets for this summer’s Olympic Games last year, we might have expected that sales for the football tournament would be high. After all, this is a country which loves its football and the idea of a tournament of any description – and it is of course worth bearing in mind the World Cup won’t be coming to these shores any time in our lifetimes and it’s not implausible that the European Championships might not either – being held in this country is an appealing one. This week’s confirmation that half a million tickets are to be withdrawn from sale, however, isn’t a great surprise, for this summer’s Olympic Games have already created more ill-will than anybody could have imagined send Britain’s involvement in the football tournament has laid bare the fractured political union of a country which seems likely to completely fall to pieces in the fullness of time. The arguing began as soon as it was announced that a Great Britain team would be appearing in the tournament. There were many different ways in which this team could have been cobbled together and the rights and wrongs of it are not something that we’re going to rake over yet again. We should, however, suffice to say that the decision to play games around the whole of the UK seemed optimistic –...

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