Day: October 30, 2012

Match Of The Past: Watford FC

We continue our collection of matches from the past of the clubs of the Football League Championship this evening with Watford. Our first match comes from the 1969/70 season, and is their FA Cup quarter-final match against Liverpool from Vicarage Road. We then skip forward to the start of the following decade, for another FA Cup match, this time against non-league Harlow Town, who the Hornets seemed to have more trouble with than much of their opposition in the league as they shot through the divisions from the Fourth Division to the First Division in the years between 1978 and 1982. Our third match is another FA Cup match, this time from the 1980/81 season and features their Fourth Round match against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Our next two matches come from the middle of the 1980s, by which time Watford had become established as a force to be reckoned with in the First Division. Having got promoted there in 1982, they finished their first season as runners-up behind Liverpool in the First Division and our next match sees Arsenal travel to North London to play against Arsenal in a First Division match at Highbury from November of that year. Our fifth game is a home league match against Chelsea from September 1985, and we finish off at the start of the 1990s, with Watford facing a trip to Griffin Park...

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Kettering Town Face The Gallows Pole

Such is the extent to which it has become a horror story over the last twelve months or so, it seems somewhat appropriate that the next day of reckoning for Kettering Town Football Club should be Halloween. Last Wednesday, the Southern Football League adjourned without reaching a final decision over whether to expel the club from its league and allowed the club a further seven days to “satisfy certain conditions” and keep its place in the league. Considering that the last trickle of cash-flow into the club would cease for the the foreseeable future should the club be expelled from the league, it seems in no way an overstatement to suggest that this club, in its one hundred and fortieth year, is now hearing the sound of the bell ringing for time at the last chance saloon. Rumour and counter-rumour have continued apace since then. There has been talk of new investors considering buying into the club, but it has been suggested over the last few days that the likelihood of anybody stepping in and paying the vast amounts of money required to keep this club afloat has started to dissipate again. Ultimately, it is difficult to avoid the fact that the club remains burdened with ongoing liabilities which render it a dubious investment. The club is understood to be paying in the region of £150,000 per year for...

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