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Month: October 2012

Charles Green Meets Keys & Gray – And Provides More Questions Than Answers

Ah, yes, the rule of three. From the Latin “omne trium perfectum,” (all that comes in threes is perfect), the rule is a comedy staple. So… a fortnight ago, we were treated to thirty-three minutes of the wit and wisdom of Craig Whyte – which the former Rangers owner padded out with thirty-two minutes and fifty seconds of his alternative version of recent Rangers events. Doubtless sometime soon Whyte’s predecessor David Murray will have thirty-three minutes of tales to tell about the financing of his era. The findings of the First Tier Tribunal (Tax) examining Rangers’ use of Employee Benefit Trusts are, genuinely, really, honestly on the way. And this might frighten Murray… and hacks like myself who promised to read the findings thoroughly before making comment and have been disturbed by internet reports of page numbers higher than 246. In the meantime, current Ibrox supremo Charles Green gave thirty-three minutes of his precious time to the well-researched grilling of Talksport presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray, the two Sky TV ex-employees trying to rehabilitate their careers after their yobbish sexism was caught on camera and disseminated to the world. I say “well-researched” as I am prone to sarcastic tendencies. Rangers fans may choose to disagree, whether they read it or not, but this article is far better researched than any questions from Keys, or the few asides from...

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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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Chelseas Serious Allegation & The Need For A Little Caution

“Super Sunday”, then, didn’t quite end up as “Super” as those who trailed it might have liked. Since the start of the season, a sense of disillusionment has been growing amongst many supporters, and it seems unlikely that those who have been coming around to this point of view will have had their feelings assuaged very much by the events of yesterday afternoon. Headline stacked upon headline. In the first match of the day, Luis Suarez was denied an injury time for Liverpool in their derby match against Everton by a linesmans flag, a decision received with with incandescent fury on the red half of Merseyside and, if social media provides anything like a gauge on public opinion, barely-stifled sniggers elsewhere. Then came the match between Chelsea and Manchester United. Even before the allegations made this evening by Chelsea against referee Mark Clattenburg, this had been a match in which he, rather than any of the players, had become the centre of attention thanks to his sending off of Branislav Ivanovic – not particularly controversial in itself – and Fernando Torres – an altogether more questionable decision which should probably should have ended in the other person involved, Jonny Evans, receiving a card of some description rather than Torres being dismissed  – before Manchester Uniteds winning goal, scored by Javier Hernandez, was allowed in spite of the Manchester United...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 28-10-2012

We have six matches for you this evening from the Blue Square Bet Premier, the Blue Square Bet South and last weekends FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round matches. We kick off with Friday nights match between this years surprise package in the Blue Square Bet Premier, Dartford, and Grimsby Town. Our next three matches are all from the Blue Square Bet South. First up is the match between Maidenhead United and Welling United, and this is followed by the matches between Dover Athletic and Salisbury City, and Havant & Waterlooville and Farnborough FC. Finally, we have two matches from the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy, between Weymouth and Shortwood United, and between Matlock Town and Leek Town. Our thanks go to those who take the time to record, edit and upload these matches. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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