Day: November 5, 2012

A Ten Point Plan To Bring The Respect Back To Football (Probably)

At the risk of sounding like Steve Coogans swimming pool security guard in The Day Today, last weekend in the Premier League, no-one died. This isn’t, of course, to say that there wasn’t CONTROVERSY. Every red card that is issued these days is accompanied by forensic investigation by those that would like to get said dismissal overturned and, increasingly, the same tiresome practice now occurs with every card that isn’t issued as well. Were this merely confined to the wilder extremities of the Internet they’d be easy enough to avoid, but social media and a mainstream media that frequently seems dependent upon creating CONTROVERSY where none should exist makes it all more difficult to avoid than it used to be. This, however, doesn’t mean that all is well and good within the game as things stand. English football – and in particular Premier League football, in no small part because as far as many people are concerned, this is where English football begins, middles and ends – has an image problem at the moment. With image problems come the potential for the only thing that might persuade those at the top of the game to actually act in order to tarnish this battered reputation – a loss of revenue. The FA is fighting a losing battle to try and preserve the integrity of English football at the moment, and...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 05-11-2012

This weekend, of course, saw the First Round Proper of the FA Cup, but these matches only involve a fraction of all of the non-league clubs that were playing this weekend. You can see highlights from the First Round Proper of the competition courtesy of the ITV Sport website, but we’re going to focus instead on the weekends league action, with three matches from the Blue Square Bet South, one from the Northern Premier League Premier Division and two from the Northern League. Our three matches from the BSB South are the matches between Eastkleigh and Sutton United, Havant & Waterlooville and Welling United, and Salisbury City and Maidenhead United. We then have yesterday afternoons match between FC United of Manchester and Eastwood Town, and finally our two matches from the Northern League are between Darlington and Whitley Bay, and North Shields and Birtley. Our thanks go to all of those who take the time to record, edit and upload these matches. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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