Up The Avenue

Of the smaller clubs that have had runs in the FA Cup over the years, some have had unhappy endings. Enfield, who became a national name in the 1970s and 1980s, have been the subject of a piece on here before, whilst Farnborough Town, who briefly scared the living...

When Sutton Met Coventry

As the trains wend their way out of central London towards Surrey, one could be forgiven for missing Sutton in amongst the ever-expanding suburbia. These days, it’s quite difficult to make out where London stops and Surrey starts, and it’s even more...

A Brave New World

Whilst noble in principle, the Abercrombie Report could hardly now be described as having been an unqualified success. The report, which advocated the mass decampment of a million and a half people from the overcrowded East End of London, led to the creation of such...

Blyth Spirit

Even though the FA Cup has regained some of its sheen over the last couple of years, the new financial realism of the modern game tends to take its toll on any pretensions of “the romance of the cup”. There is a tendency to look at everything through the...

Match Of The Week – Grimsby Town 1-2 Darlington

Wikipedia describes purgatory as “the condition or process of purification or temporary punishment in which the souls of those who die in a state of grace are made ready for heaven”. Such a condition may not have been the intention of the Football League...