Day: August 30, 2012

Newport Countys Dream Start To The Season

References to lottery tickets are a well worn trope in the world of those who support those clubs that habitually live below the games breadline. On the whole, those that have come up trumps with those multi-million to one odds have tended to steer clear of football, but one club has bagged itself a Euromillions winner, and even this is just another moment of note in a most extraordinary start to the season for Blue Square Bet Premier club Newport County. Not only have Newport managed to persuade £45m lottery winner Les Scadding to join the board of directors of their club as its new chairman, but if the team, managed by the former Tottenham Hotspur defender Justin Edinburgh, might not even need their newest boardroom recruit to put his hand in his pocket in order to strengthen the team. It has been a remarkable few months for this club. During the summer, it left the unsatisfactory Spytty Park – also known as the Newport Stadium – for a new home, sharing the Rodney Parade rugby ground with Newport RFC and Newport Gwent Dragons. The club had spent much of the summer struggling to make the mathematics of its wage bill add up, and expectations for the clubs progress on the pitch this season were not especially high. This season has, however, seen Newport start with a run of...

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New Season, New Mungo: S05E01

It is that time again. The story of Mungo McCrackas and his time with Heart of Clackmannanshire and Primrose Hill Ramblers is too convoluted to go into here (the full Mungo archive can be seen here), but we are delighted to confirm that the worst professional footballer in the world is back for a fifth series, kicking off this morning on 200%. After a brief stay in London – and an even briefer one in space – Mungo is back in Scotland for the new season and our first episode sees him back from retirement to be reunited with...

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The 2012 Paralympic Football Tournaments – A Brief Guide

As most of you will by now be aware, the 2012 Paralympic Games opening ceremony is now complete and this means that we can all look forward to its forthcoming football tournaments. There is no womens event at this games, but there are two mens events, the 5-a-side event, which is played by athletes that are visually impaired using a ball containing a noise-making device, and a 7-a-side event, which is played by athletes with a physical impairment which affects their coordination, the majority of which have cerebral palsy. The tournaments will be played at the Riverbank Arena, the Olympic Park pitch that was used for the hockey events at the recently-completed Olympic Games between the thirty-first of August and the ninth of September. The Paralympic 5-a-Side Football Tournament   History: The 5-a-side Paralympic football tournament was first introduced for the 2004 games in Athens, having first been developed in Spain and South America during the early-to-mid 1980s. Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering the development of the game, both gold medals at the Paralympics – at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008 – were won by Brazil, with Argentina winning the silver medal eight years ago and the bronze medal last time around, China winning the silver medal four years ago and Spain winning the bronze medal in 2004. This history is probably unsurprising when we consider where the sport...

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