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Month: September 2012

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 30/09/2012

This evening we have six matches from this weekends matches in the FA Trophy, Blue Square Bet North, the Evostik Southern League, the Northern League and, from Scotland, the Super League Premier Division. This weekend saw the First Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy. It’s a long, long journey to Wembley for the clubs entering the tournament at this stage, and we kick off with three matches from this very early round of the competition. First up, we have perhaps the comeback of the weekend in any competition with the match between FC United of Manchester and Mossley, and this is followed up with the match between Chippenham Town and Swindon Supermarine and the match between Weymouth and Tiverton Town. We then break away for three matches from this weekends league matches. The clubs of the Football Conference do not join this competition for a while yet but they were all in action in the league this season, and we this week feature the match from the Blue Square Bet North between Stalybridge Celtic and Chester. Our fifth match features another reformed club, and it’s the Northern League division One match between Darlington and Newcastle Benfield. Our final match comes from the Super League Premier Division in Scotland, and is the match between Clydebank and Glenafton. As ever, our thanks go to all of those who take the time...

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Kettering Towns Problems Continue To Mount

At what point does it become right and proper to start reading the last rites for a football club? We have written extensively about the travails facing Kettering Town over the last few weeks or so, but the last seven days or so have seen a succession of misadventures which can lead us to only negative conclusions – that time is up, and that it has been proven that whatever on earth it was hoped would be achieved by moving the club eight miles from its home town to Irthlingborough to play at Nene Park has failed to materialised and that after one hundred and forty years it is now only a matter of time for this club ceases to exist as we understand it today. It is a startling indictment of owners who can only be described as utterly incompetent or working towards an end game that is corrupt to its core. We don’t know which of the aforementioned is closer to the truth. We do know that this is the only way that any sane person could regard the last twelve months of the history of this once proud club before this club becomes history itself. Yesterday afternoons FA Trophy qualifying match against Concord Rangers would not have been particularly expected to be a crowd-pleaser, but further problems manifested themselves for the club during the week, before...

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AVB & The Hysteria Of The Tabloid Press

Amongst the many private codes that the weird parallel universe of football operates, perhaps the most curious of the lot is the bond between the tabloid press and the professional game. Players, officials, managers and scouts all have axes to grind to some extent or other and the red tops provide a free and confidential service to those who want their grievances aired in public without the discomfort of actually having their names attached to the stories. Anybody can say anything about anyone in tabloid world, and this frequently includes the journalists themselves. In such an environment, supporters are drip fed a constant diet of salacious gossip and half-formed opinion masquerading as rumour which, under the guiding principles of what we might call Tomorrow’s Chip Wrapper Theory, which determines that in the short-term memory loss world of the tabloid press, ninety percent of everything that is said will be forgotten within forty-eight hours of having been printed in the press. Hell, however, hath no fury like a tabloid journalist scorned and this is a lesson that has been repeatedly forced upon Andre Villa Boas over the last few months or so. Villa Boas’ current list of offences is two-fold. In the one hand, he’s not like other managers. He is young, smart – ‘too clever by half’ you can imagine his detractors saying, as if having the mental acuity...

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Match Of The Past: Leeds United

We continue our series of archive matches from the clubs from the Football League Championship this evening with six of the best from Leeds United, but this selection is a little different from most of the rest because it contains two full-length compilation videos. First up, however, we have four matches from the 1970s. Our first match sees Leeds travel to Arsenal for a First Division match from March 1972. We follow this with a home league match from their 1974 Football League championship winning season against Queens Park Rangers and, from the following season, a European Cup match at Elland Road against Barcelona. Our brief resumé of matches from the 1970s then ends with a home league match against Southampton from November 1978. Finally, though, we have something of a treat for anybody that enjoys watching video highlights compilations from the past. First up is an hour-log compilation from the 1986/87 season, which the club spent in the Second Division and finished with an appearance in the end of season play-offs and the semi-final of the FA Cup. Leeds failed to get promoted that season, but they did back into the top flight three years later and our final compilation is from the 1991/92 season, when Leeds ended the last season before the introduction of the Premier League as the champions of England for the first time in...

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100 Owners: Number 82 – Wallace Mercer (Heart of Midlothian )

The problem of what to do about Rangers and Celtics domination of Scottish football is a seemingly intractable problem which has troubled many minds over the years. There have been oases of openness over the years, perhaps most notably in the early to mid 1980s when both Dundee United and Aberdeen enjoyed both domestic and European success, but ultimately the pendulum of success has always returned to Glasgow. In football, size matters, and Rangers and Celtic are the biggest of the lot. Such a schism is, perhaps, more keenly felt in Edinburgh than anywhere else. The capital city but not the biggest city, Edinburghs two clubs, Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian, have existed in the shadow of the Glasgow giants since the nineteenth century, unable to permanently break their grip on the overwhelming majority of Scottish footballs silverware, but in the summer of 1990 one man did try to break that grip by the most extreme means possible. Wallace Mercer took over the running of Heart of Midlothian on the 25th May 1981, at thirty-four years of age. A self-confessed ‘controlled egomaniac’ (an observation that the he would later come to regret), he had made his fortune in property development, he had moved to London at the age of twenty-five to run a property firm before moving back to Edinburgh with his own company, Pentland Securities, having studied accountancy,...

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