Day: August 11, 2012

Match Of The Past: Bristol City

This morning, we continue our series of video archive matches of the clubs of the Football League Championship with Bristol City, and six matches from the years between 1976 and 1996. First up sees the club in the First Division for the first time since 1911, ad facing a trip to Highbury to play Arsenal in 1976. This match is followed up by a match from three years later from Ashton Gate against Liverpool. The club lasted four years in the First Division before getting relegated in 1980. Two summers later, the club was freshly relegated to the Fourth Division and trying to off-load eight players – the “Ashton Gate Eight” – in order to stay afloat. Our third match comes from a period during which the club was starting to recover from these dark days and it is, as is one other match from our selection, a local derby match against Bristol Rovers. We then skip forward another to years to 1986, and the Freight Rover Trophy Final at Wembley against Bolton Wanderers, and we finish off with two matches from a slightly more recent era, an FA Cup Fourth Round match against Chelsea from Stamford Bridge – which is, for the record, delightfully recounted in the marvellous football anthology My Favourite Year – and, last but not least, another Bristol derby, this time from March 1996, which...

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Port Vales Summer Of Optimism Returns To Square One

200% has observed events at Burslem from a distance over the summer, as Port Vale appeared to be slowly edging towards an exit from administration. In recent weeks, Vale have begun to slowly edge nowhere. In the first of a two-part piece, Mark Murphy summarises what has happened, and what hasn’t happened at the club since April. In part two, he will try to detail why. Last April, there were three bidders interested in buying League Two Port Vale out of administration Since then, a preferred bidder was selected, proof of funds produced, a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) agreed with creditors, including the local authority, ownership documents signed and the preferred bidder declared “100% owner” of the club. At the time of writing, there are three bidders interested in buying League Two Port Vale out of administration. So why has so much happened, yet nothing changed? First signs were good, even to the jaundiced eye required to look at modern-day football club administrations. Co-administrators Bob Young and Gerald Krasner of Begbies Traynor selected their preferred bidder using the straightforward criteria of who offered the most money to creditors. With Rangers’  administrators tying themselves in Glaswegian knots to satisfy all sorts of competing interests, it was refreshing to see Young and Krasner adhere so precisely to their primary objective as officers of the courts. And they were open with fans...

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