Day: September 17, 2012

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 17/09/2012

Due to other commitments, this weeks non-league videos of the week are a little late but we have seven matches from seven different competitions for you this evening, from the Blue Square Bet Premier to the FA Vase. Our first match comes from Princes Park, and is the Blue Square Bet Premier match between Dartford and Hereford United. These two sides were two divisions apart last season, but promotion for Dartford and Hereford United has brought them together for this season, with Dartford having acquitted themselves very effectively since their promotion. Our second match comes from the Blue Square Bet North, and is between Worcester City and Droylsden. Our third match from the three divisions of the Football Conference is the match from the Blue Square Bet South, between Tonbridge Angels and Boreham Wood. We then have a match from each of the Evostik League Premier Divisions – in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, Matlock Town were at home against Blyth Spartans whilst, in the Southern League Premier Division, Cambridge City, who have had a slow start to the season, were at home against Frome Town. In the Northern League Division One, meanwhile, Dunston UTS were at home against Whitley Bay, and our final match for this week is from the FA Vase, and is the match between AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Fakenham Town. Our thanks go...

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Hillsborough: Changing Perspectives

Now the whole truth about Hillsborough is out, perspectives on the tragedy have changed, as they have continually down the years. This week I read past Hillsborough material from my magazine and book collection; When Saturday Comes (WSC) magazine editorials from June 1989 and March 1990; and two chapters from Nick Hornby’s 1992 book Fever Pitch and from each of Guardian journalist David Conn’s books The Football Business (1997) and The Beautiful Game? (2005). WSC, was then still as much a “fanzine” as a magazine, so it was natural for its first post-Hillsborough issue to rail against the misrepresentation of fans’ role. The cover, headlined “Hillsborough: The verdict,” had pictures of the recently-appointed FA Chief Executive Graham Kelly, South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Peter Wright and our dear leader, Margaret Thatcher, all telling us via speech bubble: “It wasn’t our fault.” The football crowd in the fourth picture confessed via speech bubble: “Oh well, it must be our fault again.” It was, of course, an ironic take on post-tragedy attitudes, made more ironic by this week’s confirmation of whose fault it really “wasn’t.” The WSC editorial had a wearied tone. “We quickly reached saturation point,” it noted, “because there are a limited number of ways in which the same points can be made…and because so many stupid things have been said.” Cynicism abounded. “Fans have been both the prophesiers...

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