Posts made in January, 2008

To The Manor Born

By on Jan 31, 2008 in Finance, Non-League | 0 comments

Grosvenor Vale is about as far from the Premier League as most people could imagine. The pitch there is surrounded with a wooden picket fence that harks back to a long-forgotten era and the club that uses it, Ruislip Manor has a long (if inglorious) history. Their neighbours Wealdstone are former non-league giants who found themselves homeless through a mixture of...

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Tuesday Night Review

By on Jan 30, 2008 in English League Football | 3 comments

This week’s midweek matches, the vast majority of which were played last night, seemed to catch many people unaware. This certainly seemed to be what happened at The Reebok Stadium, where just 17,700 people took the time to drop by for their 0-0 draw with Fulham. The missing thousands must have known something. Meanwhile, Arsenal went back to the top of the...

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When Soap Operas Collide

By on Jan 29, 2008 in English League Football, Finance | 2 comments

The Simpsons has a habit of occasionally dropping in cameo performances from the stars of other animated series, and it always leave me feeling strangely uncomfortable. Seeing Fred Flintstone sitting on the couch at 742 Evergreen Terrace has the effect of making me look around, just to check that the world is still turning and that I haven’t slipped, without...

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Some Final Thoughts On Havant & Waterlooville

By on Jan 28, 2008 in Non-League | 1 comment

There has been plenty of comment in many different places on the subject of Havant & Waterlooville’s FA Cup run, and their performance on Saturday. There are many people more closely involved in what has been going on than I am, but I thought that I would take opportunity to add some final, personal thoughts on the subject before laying it to rest for the...

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FA Cup Fourth Round Review

By on Jan 28, 2008 in Latest | 3 comments

The FA Cup Fourth Round, played out last weekend, was most peculiar. There were sixteen matches played, involving thirty-two clubs, and not a single one was drawn. It was the first time that this had happened in a shade of fifty years. I bet no-one at the BBC saw that one coming. Equally strange is the layout of the last sixteen of the competition. Arsenal,...

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