Category: The Ball

Portsmouth’s Administration – Postponement Or Salvation? 10

Portsmouth’s Administration – Postponement Or Salvation?

The mask now seems likely to slip. After seventeen years of wearing a mask of opulence and limitless wealth, the Premier League self-made reputation as The Richest League In The World will face its most severe test yet, as Portsmouth face the inevitable and collapse into administration.

Chester City: The Death Rattle – Part 14 18

Chester City: The Death Rattle – Part 14

It almost feels as if we should be apologising for the amount of time that has been given over to Chester City on this site over the last few weeks. However, this story has unravelled into one of the most extraordinary football stories of recent times, and it still is not being reported to the extent that it should be elsewhere.

Dr Sulaiman’s Resignation From Fratton Park 1

Dr Sulaiman’s Resignation From Fratton Park

Sulaiman Al-Fahim offered his resignation as a director of Portsmouth Football Club in a characteristically farcical fashion. Mark Murphy takes a look at this, and wonders aloud what his motives for such a decision...

Match Of The Week: Aldershot Town 1-1 Notts County 0

Match Of The Week: Aldershot Town 1-1 Notts County

Aldershot were the last Football League club to go bust during the season, and it is perhaps appropriate that Notts County, who have taken the concept of boom and bust to absurd new heights this season, should be their visitors five days before a winding up hearing at the High Court in London.

A Bad Week At The Office For West Ham United 5

A Bad Week At The Office For West Ham United

The last few days haven’t been entirely happy ones for West Ham United. Their win against Birmingham City last week lifted them out of the relegation places, but they had to settle out of court with Alan Curbishley, are considering some odd legal action against Chelsea and the FA and have been rebuffed in their hopes to move into the Olympic Stadium.

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E29 1

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E29

As some of you may recall, last week’s Shit Shot Mungo ended with Mungo McCrackas disappearing into a portal in time and space. In this week’s episode, he finds himself in “Swinging London” in...

Match Of The Midweek: Porto 2-1 Arsenal 1

Match Of The Midweek: Porto 2-1 Arsenal

Sometimes, it feels as if Sol Campbell’s entire life might be scripted by someone that was laid off from the Eastenders’ writing team. In recent times, there doesn’t appear to have been very much in his life that hasn’t been accompanied with some sort of melodrama, and this didn’t let up in tonight’s match at the Estádio do Dragão.

Chester City: The Death Rattle – Part 13 27

Chester City: The Death Rattle – Part 13

Another seven days have passed. There are now less than twenty-four hours until the Football Conference meets to decide the future of Chester City. It’s yet another potentially pivotal moment in the season, but there is little reason to have any confidence that the authorities will put the club out of its misery.

Portsmouth Prepare For Their Day In Court 9

Portsmouth Prepare For Their Day In Court

There are nine days until their big day in court, and Portsmouth are acting bullish. As they submit their statement of affairs to the court, though, what are the options available to the court if they can’t settle their tax debt in full?

Cambridge City To Leave Their Home Town – For Now 3

Cambridge City To Leave Their Home Town – For Now

A couple of weeks ago, hidden away in the news section of their website, Southern League club Cambridge City finally confirmed their farewell from Milton Road, the club’s home since 1922 to pastures new at a temporary home in Newmarket. This is the story of how they came to be in this position.

Match Of The Week: Crystal Palace 2-2 Aston Villa 3

Match Of The Week: Crystal Palace 2-2 Aston Villa

Romance is all very well, but the cold, hard truth is that Crystal Palace need money. With a ten point deduction having almost certainly put paid to their ambitions of making the play-offs for a place in the Premier League, the FA Cup is their best chance of making some money this season.

Who Will An FA Cup Overhaul Really Benefit? 11

Who Will An FA Cup Overhaul Really Benefit?

The FA Cup, according to The Times, may need to be “saved”. But does it, and is Ian Watmore the right man for the job? If the ideas being looked at are anything to go by, we at least know the answer to the second of these questions.

Notts County & Munto Finance: The Inquest Begins 17

Notts County & Munto Finance: The Inquest Begins

“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” was the rhetorical question asked by John Lydon to the audience at the end of what turned out to be The Sex Pistols’ last show, at the Winterland in SanFrancisco in 1978. If only football club owners were as candid.