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.
Category: The Ball
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So, the Premier League has grown tired of not having a proper climax to the its season. Are the proposal for play-offs about redistribution, though, or is it about dominating the end of the season?
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.
“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.