Hidden away in the back pages of a couple of web sites, another football club is dying. It’s a club that has been to the brink before and, unlike, other, bigger clubs that have faced financial problems this season, they haven’t exactly hogged the headlines over the last couple years or so.
Category: The Ball
It is, as if you hadn’t already noticed, open season on Portsmouth. There had been precious little sympathy for the supporters in the club in the media, but when it was confirmed that the club were back in court over a challenge by HMRC over the legitmacy of them placing themselves into adminstration, the gloves came off.
Presidents of the United States have their annual “state of the union” addresses. The Queen has her annual Christmas TV broadcast. And the equally important Richard Scudmaore, Premier League-land’s head of state, has his annual exercise in nauseating sycophancy from Daily Telegraph football correspondent, Henry Winter.
Six goals, two penalties and two red cards. FC United of Manchester are still clinging onto the coat-tails of the leaders of the Unibond League Premier Division, but they had their work cut out on Saturday against title chasing North Ferriby United.
FC United of Manchester held a rally on Saturday lunchtime which outlined very clearly, in practical and emotional terms, why the time for change in football has now arrived. Supporters of all clubs now have to make a serious decision over what form their support will take.
Gloucester City have until the end of March to find a new home if they are to avoid relegation from the Blue Square North. It just so happens, however, that the temporary home that they are looking at happens to belong to their biggest rivals.
Imagine a boot with a circle of stars on the sole of it stamping on a human face forever. This evening sees a new low in the status of the FA Cup and a new high in the ascendency of the Champions League over all other football competitions.
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.
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.