Charlton were in the Premier League not so long ago, but their decline has been into sharp focus by a trip to Northwich Victoria in the FA Cup this afternoon. Northwich, meanwhile, have endured a hideous twelve months and their continuing existence is little short of a miracle.
The First Round of The FA Cup means that, albeit briefly, the media will focus some of its attention on smaller clubs. We thought it might be helpful to collate all of these articles together in one place, and the origin of the best of the bunch is something of a surprise.
Ho hum. Phil Gartside is back, this time with his third version of a neat little insurance policy that will mean that his club and others like them will never again have to sink to the level of playing anyone not “big” enough to play his massive, massive club, Bolton Wanderers.
In the fourth part of our look forward to the FA Cup First Round, we take a look back at the 1945/46 competition, which saw the innovation of two-legged matches, one of the great football tragedies of the twentieth century and ended with a burst ball and the lifting of a gyspy curse.
Swine flu fever has overtaken Heart of Clackammanshire this week but new manager Gary Burns isn’t going to let that get in the way of the club’s best winning run in years, in this week’s episode of “Shit Shot Mungo”, which also lays bare the truth of Mungo McCrackas Lemsip addiction.
We reported on the likely sale of the naming rights to St James Park on here last week, and Newcastle United delivered the punchline this week. Wait for it… until the end of this season, it will be named after Mike Ashley’s company. The man, we can only presume, is a comedy genius.
One of the names in the First Round of this year’s FA Cup is a giant-killing name from the past. In the third part of our FA Cup special we take a look at the history of Tooting & Mitcham United, who have managed to pull out of decades of decline. For now, at least.
The second of our articles to mark the First Round Proper of The FA Cup heads west to Paulton, a village between Bath and Bristol tonight. This weekend, the village team, Paulton Rovers, plays host to Norwich City in a live, televised match, but the club has already won financially, at least.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, it isn’t only in England and Wales that football clubs are maladministered. Gavin Saxton reports from Stirling Albion, where the club has to find £48,000 to avoid a winding up order while the clubs Supporters Trust fights a rear-guard action to keep it alive.
It’s the FA Cup First Round this weekend so, in the first of five pieces about the Oldest Cup Competition In The World (and there’s a phrase that is probably copyrighted by The FA), we take a look back at Wycombe Wanderers’ run to the semi-finals of the competition in 2001.
Sheffield and its football clubs fell into a state of disrepair during the 1970s, and it looked for a while at least the football clubs might not survive. This week’s Video Of The Week is a 1984 documentary called “Steel City Blues”, which looks at the decline of the city and Sheffield Wednesday’s revival.
Brighton & Hove Albion have parted company with Russell Slade, and the list of new managers is likely to feature some familiar faces. Sacking a manager fourteen games into the new season, however, indicates a problem with the hiring policy of football clubs when it comes to new managers.
It was first against third in the table in League Two this weekend, as Rochdale made the long journey south to play AFC Bournemouth. It was a match that was fired up by comments made by the Rochdale manager during the week, and Dale had the last laugh with a convincing win.
“Don’t you know who I am? I’m a millionaire”, was Marlon King’s chat-up line, and when it was swatted away by the unfortunate recipient of it he got nasty. Yesterday, he reaped the dubious “reward” of his idiocy and was deservedly sentenced to eighteen months in prison.
This week’s episode of “Shit Shot Mungo” features the aftermath of Heart of Clackmannanshire’s outstanding 3-0 win last week. Glen Roeder is sacked as the Director of Football and, after a viral outbreak at the club, the club’s new plutocratic owner brings in a plague doctor in to help out.