FA Cup Match Of The Midweek 2: Luton Town 1-3 Charlton Athletic

By on Dec 9, 2010 in English League Football, Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

Luton Town, it’s probably fair to say, go into this evening’s FA Cup Second Round match against Charlton Athletic with a point to prove. It’s not so long ago that the likes of Charlton were the meat and bread of Luton, but the last couple of years have been harsh on the club, a points deduction that was in itself enough to secure relegation into...

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Match Of The Midweek: FC United of Manchester 0-4 Brighton & Hove Albion

By on Dec 8, 2010 in English League Football, Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

It has already been the most improbable of cup runs. Every match in FC United’s run to within grabbing distance of the Third Round of this year’s FA Cup has been enveloped in the sort of drama that would not, in a quite literal sense, have looked out of place in a children’s comic from the 1970s. The last minute winner at Rochdale in the First...

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Missing Leatherhead Away: The Moral Dilemma Of Not Going To Matches

By on Dec 8, 2010 in Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

“Rites of passage” tend to involve teenagers and revolve around love and/or sex, certainly in the Hollywood films that I know about. Being a non-league football fan, I missed that particular rite of passage completely, along with pretty much every other interesting rite of passage you could think of. I mean no disrespect the former Isthmian League club, but nothing...

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Video Of The Week: Football, Fussball, Voetbal – Part One

By on Dec 6, 2010 in European Club Football, History, Non-League | 3 comments

This week’s Video Of The Week is a very special find from YouTube, the first part of the BBC’s 1995 documentary series on the history of European football, “Fussball, Football, Voetbal”. Recorded as part of the build-up to the 1996 European Championships, this two-parter, narrated by John Motson, traces the history of European club football,...

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Match Of The Week: Sunderland 1-0 West Ham United

By on Dec 6, 2010 in Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

They could have been forgiven for believing that they had turned a corner, of sorts. Going into this afternoon’s match at the Stadium Of Light, West Ham United had won two straight matches following a run of just one win since the end of September. Now that this particular semi-inflated balloon has been pricked, though, a feeling of claustrophobia has begun to...

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The Danes Are Back, And Croydon Should Be Wary

By on Dec 5, 2010 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 4 comments

In their last league match, Chester FC beat Skelmserdale United by four goals to nil to stay top of the Evostik League Division One North. It was their fifth successive league win and was watched by a crowd of over 2,700 people. By any measure that we choose to use, the work of City Fans United, who rebuilt the club after the death of Chester City earlier this year,...

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Match Of The Midweek: Droylsden 1-1 Leyton Orient

By on Nov 29, 2010 in English League Football, Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

For the intrepid visitor from East London to Droylsden this evening, that shiver running down the spine might not be entirely down to the bitter cold in the air tonight. The home side are, after all nicknamed “The Bloods” and the venue for this evening’s Second Round match in the FA Cup is The Butchers Arms, all of which rather calls to mind the...

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