Bananas, Banter And Blowtorches – The Julian Alsop Story

By on Apr 25, 2011 in English League Football, Latest, Non-League | 3 comments

Shortly before 5pm this afternoon a 37-year-old man burnt a pair of football boots in a field in Gloucestershire and in doing so brought the curtain down on an illustrious career spanning more than 20 years and almost as many clubs. Julian Alsop headed home a last-minute equaliser in Bishop Cleeve’s Zamaretto South and West season finale against North Leigh shortly...

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A Points Deduction Which Invites Conspiracy Theories

By on Apr 24, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 4 comments

The non-league football season wouldn’t be the non-league football season without promotion and relegation decisions coming under the spotlight on account of off the field events, and this season has, eventually, been no exception. We’ll be returning to the subject of Eastwood Town and their failure to convince the Football Conference to allow them to...

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Daylight (Bank Holiday) Robbery: the cost of policing a non-league game

By on Apr 20, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 1 comment

A £3k policing bill looks set to spoil Gloucester City’s weekend but is it justified? Football hooligans, they are on the rise in parts of Europe (some of the blogs about Russia are particularly scary) but in the Blue Square North? Really? There have been a few well documents ‘issues’ this year – Nuneaton v Telford, Stafford v Telford – but nothing outside the...

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Time To Pull The Plug On Premier Sports?

By on Apr 14, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 13 comments

“If it looks like a duck”, it is said, “swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck”. Except in this case, it was a turkey and, boy, did it gobble. The Premier Sports television deal with the Blue Square Premier carried an air of absurdity about it from the very start. Not only was the league prostrating itself at...

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Cod Army Swimming Upstream

By on Apr 8, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 3 comments

Like a moth to the flame, we are often drawn to commenting on the shadowy underbelly of football culture. Whether because it is under-reported, overlooked, or generally swept aside, issues of football finance, supporter tension over club directives, or the vagaries of rules administration provide ample fodder for analysis and debate. A regular focus on some of these...

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The harsh reality of fruitless efforts: RIP Almondsbury Town

By on Apr 7, 2011 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 4 comments

The FA is all about supporting grassroots football isn’t it? Well not if you are Almondsbury Town FC and they evict you… Almondsbury Town FC have been enjoying a great season. They are playing at the highest level in the club’s history with a decent squad of good local players. Unlike so many clubs at their level (Zamaretto South & West) and even more in...

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