Match Of The Week: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 FC United of Manchester

By on Nov 29, 2010 in English League Football, Latest, Non-League | 5 comments

The Mongol hordes didn’t materialise, as things turned out. Indeed, anyone looking for trouble around Brighton railway station yesterday lunchtime will only have found a handful of bored and cold looking policemen and the pubs humming with travelling support from Manchester enjoying a pre-match drink and trying to postpone having to venture out into the...

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A Final Word On Brighton vs FC United

By on Nov 26, 2010 in English League Football, Latest, Non-League | 12 comments

The Second Round of the FA Cup should be a time for the supporters of an Evostik League Premier Division club to be celebrating, but, as we have discussed on this site before, FC United of Manchester are not like other clubs and this week has, if nothing else, been a harsh education in the ways of modern football at higher levels. We spoke on this site of the rank...

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Rotherham United & FC United of Manchester: Grounds For Celebration United

By on Nov 25, 2010 in English League Football, Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

If we are to be concerned about the future of football in the twenty-first century, one issue that perhaps doesn’t get the attention that it should do is the loss of grounds themselves. The major citadels of the modern game – Old Trafford, The Emirates, Wembley – are safe, but smaller clubs find themselves in a perilous position as small, often...

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The Football Conference’s Financial Reporting Initiative: Cause For Cautious Optimism

By on Nov 22, 2010 in Latest, Non-League | 5 comments

While the financial news elsewhere in football continues to be no better than mixed, one league at least seems to be moving in the right direction with regard to how it deals with its financial affairs. The Football Conference, comprising the Blue Square Premier, North and South introduced new, tougher financial rules for clubs last year, and the first results that...

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Brighton vs FC United: Not Wanting To Be 846th In Line

By on Nov 20, 2010 in English League Football, Latest, Non-League | 53 comments

Perhaps this fixture has come a year too soon. Were FC United of Manchester to be playing Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup next year at The American Express Community Stadium, segregation would be easy and FC United would have over 3,000 tickets available to sell to their supporters. As it is, they have been allocated just 845 seats for the match at Withdean...

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FA Cup Match Of The Midweek 2: Ebbsfleet United 2-3 AFC Wimbledon (AET)

By on Nov 18, 2010 in English League Football, Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

For all that supporters across the board may have breathed a sigh of relief, the suspicion remains that the media were less than thrilled by Stevenage’s penalty shoot-out win on Tuesday night. With the winning penalty kick went the story of the Second Round – the grudge match that had been talked of as if it was already a certainty. As it stands, the...

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FA Cup Match Of The Midweek: Woking 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion (Brighton Win 3-0 On Penalties)

By on Nov 16, 2010 in English League Football, Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

Kingfield looks decidedly Dickensian this evening. Fog hangs low in the air, silently and slowly covering in a fine mist of moisture. An hour before kick-off, it even feels as if this evening’s FA Cup replay might be in jeopardy, and it wouldn’t be difficult to imagine that at least Brighton supporters wouldn’t be too unhappy if this match were to...

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Match Of The Week: Lewes 3-1 St Albans City

By on Nov 14, 2010 in Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

In heraldry, it’s called The Rule Of Tincture. Metal should never be placed upon metal. St Albans City arrived at Lewes this afternoon with a mix and match kit. Their choice of outfit, yellow and blue striped shirts with white shorts and socks broke this rule – yellow represents gold and white represents silver. St Alban himself, had he a particular...

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