Author: Ian

Match Of The Week: Crawley Town 1-1 AFC Wimbledon 3

Match Of The Week: Crawley Town 1-1 AFC Wimbledon

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.

Gateshead: Are Their Heeds In The Clouds? 11

Gateshead: Are Their Heeds In The Clouds?

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?

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Shit Shot Mungo: Series 2 Episode 13

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 Football Club – The Death Rattle (Part One) 13

Chester City Football Club – The Death Rattle (Part One)

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.

Football In The Regions: The North-East 0

Football In The Regions: The North-East

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.

The Guardian Is Banned From The Bates Motel 10

The Guardian Is Banned From The Bates Motel

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.

Match Of The Week: Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea 2

Match Of The Week: Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea

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.

Supporters Direct Arrive At The Crossroads 4

Supporters Direct Arrive At The Crossroads

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.

Trouble Brewing At The Wessex Stadium, Yet Again 6

Trouble Brewing At The Wessex Stadium, Yet Again

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.

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From The Supporters Direct Annual Conference

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.

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Shit Shot Mungo: Series Two Episode Twelve

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

Match Of The Midweek: England 3-0 Belarus 1

Match Of The Midweek: England 3-0 Belarus

England completed their World Cup qualifying group matches with a workmanlike win against Belarus this evening, and even though Peter Crouch scored twice for the home side, the real star of the show was David Beckham’s beard.

The Evil That Is The Internet Football Forum 15

The Evil That Is The Internet Football Forum

Lincoln City supporter Keith Duncombe stepped into the murky world of the football internet forum in 1997, and, in spite of warnings from his doctor about the ill-effects that it is all having on his blood pressure, he is still there today.

Blackburn vs Burnley: Time To Burst The Bubble? 13

Blackburn vs Burnley: Time To Burst The Bubble?

Blackburn Rovers play Burnley in the top flight for the first time in over forty years this weekend, but the fixture is being treated as a problem that needs to be dealt with rather than a celebration of a revival in Lancashire football which has taken many people by surprise.

Damp Squibs, Live Squibs & Strictly Come Dancing 1

Damp Squibs, Live Squibs & Strictly Come Dancing

Live only on the internet with the fact that highlights were being shown being announced by Bruce Forsyth in the middle of “Strictly Come Dancing”, Ukraine vs England was a bit of a strange match from well before the kick-off, and it didn’t get much less strange once the match kicked off.

Match Of The Week: Dartford 1-4 Chelmsford City 1

Match Of The Week: Dartford 1-4 Chelmsford City

The non-league game, we are told, is a constant state of flux and crisis, but this weekend’s FA Cup match between Dartford and Chelmsford City shows that things aren’t always disastrously bad, as this match – played at an outstanding facility in front of a big crowd – proves.