Category: The Ball
Mark Murphy has been looking at the Notts County supporters’ reaction to recent events at Meadow Lane, and he is less than impressed. But then, what else would you expect from supporters that, as it turrned out, gave their club away for one pound?
This week’s Video Of The Week is another episode of “Match Of The Seventies”, which takes us back to 1972/73 and features a prototype version of the Liverpool team that would go on to rule Europe later on in the decade and in the 1980s pipping Arsenal and Leeds United to the First Division championship.
The Championship is starting to open up in the same way that it has in previous seasons, and the chances are that even if Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion end up strolling back into the Premier League, the race for the play-offs might be as tight as ever.
Dean Ashton’s career is over at the age of just twenty-six. Tragedy though this is, he can at least reflect upon the fact that he made it in the first place, and that his career in the game doesn’t have to be completely over. This may end up being a new opportunity presenting itself.
Munto Finance have put Notts County up for sale. Most Notts supporters still seem to regard Chief Executive Peter Trembling as some sort of hero, but they should probably be asking him a few questions about how his handling of the last few months or soat Meadow Lane.
Kings Lynn Football Club died today, but now is not the time for sadness about that fact. Now is the time for Linnets fans to start afresh, preferably with a new club owned by its own supporters and a solemn vow to not let the disaster of the last couple of years ever happen again.
Twohundredpercent won an award from When Saturday Comes this month – a prize that means a great deal to me. It’s time, then, to get drunk on cheap champagne, put on my crown and my ermine, and deliver a thank you speech that would make Gwyneth Paltrow blush.
Leeds United were flattered by the margin of their win against Kettering Town of the Blue Square Premier in the FA Cup this evening, but they will need to improve by a mile if they are to avoid abject humiliation at the hands of Manchester United in the next round of the competition.
Mark Murphy returns to one of his pet subjects today, and has a few questions to ask about why, with the news that the players’ wages weren’t paid on time again at the end of last month, Portsmouth’s situation doesn’t appear to have changed much for the better under their new owner.
The hype machine will run into overdrive over the next few months or so and there is nothing that anyone can do about it, apart from gently remind the watching world that even what looks at first glance like a comfortable World Cup draw might yet contain numerous pitfalls for England.
Watford are in financial trouble, but they should be able to find £5m from Elton John or Lord Ashcroft even if they are currently being run by two brothers that supply salad to supermarkets, shouldn’t they? Mark Murphy is less than convinced, and reports on yet another cautionary tale from the Football League.
Histon and Altrincham sit in twelfth and eleven place in the Blue Square Premier respectively. Three weeks before Christmas, they met in the Cambridgeshire rain with half an eye on the play-off places and the other on the bottom of the table. The result wasn’t the greatest game of the season.
Football has changed drastically over the last few years, and not always for the best. Lee Wagstaff takes a look at the burgeoning Ultra fan culture in England and speaks to the Football Supporters Federation about their role in the changing role of supporters within the game.