Day: January 27, 2013

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 27-01-2013

The weather had its say in the non-league programme this weekend, but we are still able this week to bring you six matches from the matches that did manage to go ahead. First up is a match from the last thirty-two FA Vase between Newport (Isle of Wight) FC and Brighouse Town of the Northern Counties East League. Next up are two matches from the Blue Square Bet South, between Truro City and Chelmsford City, and between Basingstoke Town and Welling United. We then have a match from the Northern Premier League between Lancaster City and Prescot Cables, before finishing off with two matches from the Ryman League, with Enfield Town playing Bognor Regis Town in the Premier Division and Soham Town Rangers playing Wroxham in Division One North. Our thanks go to those who take the trouble to record, edit and upload these videos. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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The 2013 African Cup Of Nations: Seconds Outs, Round Two

The 2013 AFCON is neither the first nor last international football tournament to have an, ahem, ‘disappointing’ opening round of group matches. But that has usually been down to teams’ fear of losing their first game, something which the laws of football say you must not do. In South Africa, even when the attitude wasn’t fearful, the football was mostly dreadful. The second round had to be better. Didn’t it? Group A Angola and, for 70 minutes, Morocco failed to shake off their first round stupor. But Group A’s salvation was at hand in the neat-passing form of South Africa and Cape Verde. Bafana Bafana, unsurprisingly, made changes after Saturday – and what side wouldn’t benefit from the introduction of a combative, if serial fouling, Oldham Athletic midfielder such as Dean Furman? Gone, mostly, was the ‘big boot’ which so disfigured their tournament debut, replaced by the high-tempo passing game which ITV pundit Quentin Fortune had promised. A full-back’s left-foot far-post volley was a fine way to end three-and-a-half goalless hours of Group A football. Siyabonga Sangweni was probably lumbering upfield for a booming free-kick into the box and been caught out by the kick being taken short, but he adjusted well to the freedom of Durban, courtesy of Angola’s defence. It went from worse to worse still for Angola who only got ten players back out on the...

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Luton Town’s FA Cup Win Should Not Be Understated

There was, of course, a time when the boundaries between the Football League and non-league football were considerably more clearly defined than they are now. There was no such thing as automatic promotion and relegation from the top of non-league football, and non-league clubs wishing to make that particular great leap forward had to apply for a place amongst the top ninety-two. They would usually end up disappointed. The bottom four clubs of the bottom division of the Football League would have to apply for re-election at the end of each season, but the de facto closed shop atmosphere of those end of season Football League served existing members well. Hartlepool United held the record for the number of successful re-election bids with fourteen, eleven of which came between 1960 and 1984. In 1986, re-election was replaced with one automatic promotion and relegation place between the Football League and the Football Conference, with a second being added in 2003. The top level of non-league football has changed since then, and the Conference is now largely a professional league which has more in common, perhaps, with the division above it than the two regional divisions below, although it is worth pointing out that there have always been professional clubs in non-league football, going back as far as the golden years of the Southern League at the start of twentieth century...

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