If Mike Ashley is going to try for reconciliation with Newcastle United supporters after taking the club off the market he’s going strange way about it, with an announcement from the club that the naming rights for St James Park are up for sale. Does he now hate Newcastle or they that desperate for cash?
The Football Association has failed to secure a second television broadcaster for the first two rounds of this year’s FA Cup, which demonstrates the drastic change in the state of the market, the decline in importance of the competition and, possibly, irritation at their dumping of the BBC & Sky Sports.
When a match in a league six promotions from the Football Conference ended in a fight between a player and some supporters few would have guessed that the story would have made national headlines, and there’s a chance that all concerned learned something from the experience.
To the surprise of few, Chester City won another stay of execution at the hands of the Football Conference yesterday. This may give them time to get the Second Round of the FA Cup which, of course, would bring some much needed money into the club. Whether this is good for football, however, remains open to question.
Today, October 25th, is the fifteenth anniversary of the second – and most famous – of the three appearances of Brian Potter’s senior football career, and this site has very kindly indulged Gavin Saxton by allowing him to write a tribute to the great man.
One of the paradoxes of the FA Cup is that the more likely a club is to win it, the less they care about it. This doesn’t apply at the Fourth Qualifying Round stage, though, where the possibility of a big payday and the comparative glamour of a live match on the television looms on the horizon.
Blue Square Premier club Gateshead – average home attendance this season: 685 – have announced that they are turning full-time and building a 9,000 capacity stadium. Exciting times for their supporters, no doubt, but might they be endangering their future?
In this week’s Shit Shot Mungo, the new Heart of Clackmanannshire benefactor Faisal Wally Camel has something of a maverick streak and, in this week’s “Shit Shot Mungo”, he decides to appoint, well, the first person that he comes up in the street as the club’s new manager.
Chester City are standing on the precipice yet again and, frankly, it is worth asking what the game’s authorities were thinking of when they allowed them to start the season because, even if the limp through their latest crisis, they are surely doomed. A new club is the only way forward.
The second in our very occasional (by which I mean once a year or so) look at the history of regional football broadcasting on the television in Britain. Tonight, we take a look at the North-East of England, which features one of the most famous voices in Britain and occasional interludes for horse racing.
Ken Bates is back in the news again. Having seen the deal over Leeds United’s Thorp Arch training ground fall through, he has taken it out on, of all people, The Guardian, banning the newspaper from Elland Road. He might find that he has more important matters on his plate in the near future, though.
It may have been overlooked because of Liverpool’s beach ball incident at The Stadium of Light, but Chelsea’s defeat at Aston Villa throws up a few question about the Premier League, not least of which is why it’s so surprisingly open at the end of October.
The annual Supporters Direct conference was held at the NEC in Birmingham on the 16th October. There was the usual informed debate about issues relating to supporter empowerment and a slightly worrying speech from the Football Association’s new Chief Executive.
There’s an “R” in the month, so Blue Square South club Weymouth must be having another financial crisis. This time, though, with the chairman and the manager having quit, they’re planning what feels like a last throw of the dice to keep the club alive.
It’s time for the annual Supporters Direct conference, and this year it’s in Birmingham. With football clubs still frequently finding themselves in serious financial difficulty, the organisation still has a critical role to play in safeguarding the future of our clubs.
This week’s episode of “Shit Shot Mungo” brings together the club’s new owner, food additive magnate Faisal Wally Camel and the Heart of Clackmannanshire chairman, magnet magnate Sir Roddy Bulbs as they discuss their plans for the future of the club, while Bert Harris finds that new signing Mohammed Abdul Harry Bassett is a nemesis of his from days of old