Mark Murphy concludes his marathon round-up of the African Cup of Nations with a round-up of the latter stages of a competition that was, sadly, upstaged by events that took place before a ball had even been kicked.
Category: The Ball
Mansfield Town of the Blue Square Premier are running a little experiment on Saturday – their supporters can turn up at Field Mill for their home match against Gateshead and pay what they like to get in. It’s now down to the people of the town to show how much they value their football club.
There comes a point when even the most obsessive of us think, “You know, maybe this is too much”, and it’s entirely plausible to believe that many of us might reach that moment with this video. Yet somehow or other, this sixteen year-old film captures a critical juncture in the changing face of modern football.
Manchester City and Manchester United may live like kings, dining out on the excess of Premier League football, but this evening our attention turns to two of Manchester’s satellite clubs, both of whom may in the past have been considered also-rans of the local scene but both of whom, this season, are having rather good seasons – Bury and Rochdale.
It was one of the longest journeys that any club in this country had to make over the weekend, but there can be little doubting that supporters of Blue Square North club Workington AFC will be in no doubt whatsoever that it was worth it.
Bury Town have rather been in the shadow of their local rivals AFC Sudbury in recent years, but they are having a good go at the Southern League Midland Division this season and, with top of the table Hitchin Town frozen off, they had a chance to go top of the table against mid-table Leighton Town yesterday.
Cardiff City are due in court in a couple of weeks fighting off a winding up order, and the man in charge is a rather familiar one to supporters of Leeds United and Barnsley. Mark Murphy reports on Peter Ridsdale’s repeated misdemenaours and finds a predictable and depressing set of themes.
Mungo McCrackas seriously injured both of Heart of Clackmannannshire’s two goalkeepers, “Dangerous” Ducky Norton and Rab “Flappins” McGinty, in last week’s “Shit Shot Mungo”, so this week he has to play in goal for The Clackas in their match, whereupon he discovers previously untapped talents.
We live in challenging times, and these extend to every corner of the game and every aspect of how clubs run themselves. The St Albans City Supporters Trust, however, has sent the perfect response to a rather odd open letter that appeared on the club’s official website this week.
Chester again. The club has been offered to the supporters but they don’t have long to carry out due diligence, considering that the club is due at the high court for a winding up hearing on Wednesday. So, is this more brinkmanship, or is the white flag finally being raised by the club’s owners?