A Chequered week for Burscough FC

By on May 19, 2011 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 5 comments

In the past ten days Burscough Football Club have seen their chairman and secretary sacked, a groundshare with their rivals announced and seen their Supporters’ Club disown them and make plans to form a new, independent club. Yet just under 12 months ago the club were proudly announcing the dawn of a new era. It is unlikely director Dave Hughes had the events of the...

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The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Wimbledon 6-1 Fleetwood Town (8-1 Agg)

By on May 11, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 7 comments

“Not in the wider interests of football”. We mentioned this astonishing statement, made on the subject of a new club starting in SW19 at the time that Wimbledon FC was being franchised to Milton Keynes, during our report of the first leg of this evening’s Blue Square Premier Play-Off between AFC Wimbledon and Fleetwood Town, but it is a statement...

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The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Luton Town 2-1 Wrexham (5-1 Agg)

By on May 10, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 7 comments

This match was supposed to be a foregone conclusion. Indeed, the final aggregate score perpetuates that feeling. Truth, however, can be stranger than fiction and the supporters of Wrexham FC can be justifiably proud of the performance of their team at Kenilworth Road this evening. In the first leg of this Blue Square Premier play-off, Luton Town put in a display of...

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Diamonds Aren’t Forever? Rushden In A Critical Condition

By on May 10, 2011 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 18 comments

Non-league football is often described as a family, and one of its more recurring themes is that certain names have a tendency to turn up over and over again, like half-forgotten uncles at a reunion. Take, for example, Gary Calder. Calder was the chairman of Hornchurch FC when their money suddenly ran out towards the end of 2004 and he pitched up some time after...

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Play-Off Prices And The Nature Of Value

By on May 9, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 34 comments

Value is a relative concept, and it is all the more so in the case of sporting events. In recent times, for example, the standard fall-back position for those that defend the increasingly extortionate prices that many football clubs now charge for season tickets has been the size of the waiting list for season tickets at their club. What happens, however, in the...

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(Enchanted) Forest Green and Vince charming

By on May 9, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 3 comments

Plans for a new club crest are the latest in a series of changes for Conference survivors Forest Green Rovers. Once upon a time there was a little club on a hill which was the luckiest club around, they stayed in the Conference year after year. One day a rich eco-Prince took over. The rich prince was a clever man, who wanted to spend his money wisely – he said...

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Crunch Time In The Highland League

By on May 7, 2011 in Latest, Non-League, Scottish Football | 1 comment

With little other than a couple of play-off spots still to be settled in the Scottish Football League, keep an eye out this afternoon for the big game of the day on this side of the border – the Buckie Thistle v Deveronvale title decider in the Highland League. It’s come down to top v second in the final game, with two points separating them. A draw will...

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The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Fleetwood Town 0-2 AFC Wimbledon

By on May 6, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 3 comments

The history of football in Fleetwood, Lancashire, is one of boom and bust. The town’s original club, Fleetwood FC, renamed itself Fleetwood Town and were founder members of the Northern Premier League in 1968, before folding in 1976. A new club sprang up the following year, reached the final of the FA Vase in 1985 and won back its place in the Premier Division...

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