Day: January 18, 2013

Southampton FC Adds Fuel To The Fire Of Football’s Growing Winter Of Discontent

Between September 1955 and July 1995, Southampton Football Club had five managers – Ted Bates, Lawrie McMenemy, Ian Branfoot , Chris Nicholl and Alan Ball. During this period, the club rose from Division Three South of the Football League to the First Division for the first time in its history and – barring four seasons during the mid-1970s, when any disappointment on the part of the supporters was ameliorated somewhat by beating Manchester United to win the FA Cup for the first time in the club’s history. Upon returning to the First Division in 1978, Lawrie McMenemy built what was probably the best team in the club’s history, finishing as runners-up to Liverpool in the First Division in 1984 and holding onto that top division place in spite of odds which increasing acted against the club. In the seventeen and a half years since then, Southampton have had twenty managers, including two joint managers and caretakers. In that time, the club has won nothing, and in the second half of the last decade it was relegated twice amongst a flurry of bouncing cheques and unpaid invoices. There’s a lot to be said for loyalty and continuity. Nigel Adkins wasn’t necessarily a universally popular manager of the club, but he did at least lift the club out of the fug that it had been in over the last few seasons....

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The Hamlet & The Stones: The Ryman League Warms Up For One Of Its Matches Of The Season

They’ll be working very in South-East London today to try and get tomorrow’s big match on in the Ryman League Division One South, between Dulwich Hamlet and Maidstone United. Here’s Damon Threadgold from The Real FA Cup with a look at Hamlet’s season so far. For the last couple of years, South London’s most nostalgic, if not most successful, non league side have been enjoying a purple patch. Ultimately, that has only resulted in a familiarisation with the Cardiff City oeuvre of play off defeats and a lost cup final. But, under the guidance of Gavin Rose and assistant Junior Kadi, Dulwich Hamlet are now attaining a justified reputation for melding an aesthetes outlook with a degree of end product.In 2011 the pink and blue got to the play offs with a late surge and lost in the final to Leatherhead. ┬áLast season, having been top of the Ryman Division One (South) for a good chunk of it, they slipped away in the last few weeks, missed out on automatic promotion and then lost narrowly to Bognor Regis Town in the play off final. It’s worth noting that the two clubs that snatched promotion last year are currently first and fourth in the league above. This season, with ex-league club Maidstone back in their home town, at a large bespoke ground and with the locals throwing themselves back through...

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