Day: February 17, 2013

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 17th February 2013

This week’s Non-League Videos of the Week will be the last to be posted up here on a Sunday night. We’re moving them to a midweek spot from next week on. This weekend’s batch of matches come from the Northern League, the Blue Square Bet South, the Southern League Premier Division and the Combined Counties Football League. First up is a match from Friday night, a match from Division One of the Northern League between Spennymoor Town and Darlington. Darlington went into this match fifteen points clear at the top of the table, but with Spennymoor having seven games in hand on the leaders the title wasn’t quite over just yet and a capacity crowd of 2,400 people turned out at Spennymoor’s Brewery Field for this match. Our next three matches all come from the Blue Square Bet South, which is ridiculously tight this season, with even second from bottom Billericay Town being just fourteen points from a play-off place. First up is the match between Eastleigh and Chelmsford City, and this is followed by the match between Farnborough and Hayes & Yeading United, and between Bromley and Boreham Wood. Our next match after this is a match from the Premier Division of the Southern League between Cambridge City and Weymouth, and finally we have a match from the Premier Division of the Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League,...

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Blackburn May Prove A Tipping Point For Arsene Wenger

It was on the seventeenth of January 1996 that this last happened. Having been held at Highbury by Sheffield United, Bruce Rioch’s Arsenal team travelled north to Brammall Lane for a replay in Third Round of the FA Cup but were beaten by a goal mid-way through the second half, scored for the Division One club by Carl Veart. At the end of a season which saw Arsenal beaten over two legs in the semi-finals of the League Cup by Aston Villa and finishing in fifth place in the Premier League – a considerable improvement on the team’s twelfth-placed finish the season before under George Graham and the hapless Stuart Houston – Arsenal embarked upon a summer of discontent which culminated in Rioch leaving the club five days before the start of the new season after a dispute with the club’s vice-chairman David Dein (and, by proxy, its then-majority shareholder Danny Fiszman) over transfer funds. Rioch is now little more than a footnote in the history of this club, remembered for being little more than the man who brought Dennis Bergkamp to the club. His successor warrants a chapter of his own, but at The Emirates Stadium yesterday afternoon it started to feel as if a tipping point may have been reached in the increasingly fractured relationship between Arsene Wenger and the supporters of Arsenal Football Club. Already knocked...

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