Posts made in November, 2008

Up The Avenue

By on Nov 7, 2008 in Non-League | 2 comments

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 daylights out of Arsenal as recently in 2003, folded and had to restart again. The spirit of both of...

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When Sutton Met Coventry

By on Nov 5, 2008 in Non-League | 2 comments

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 difficult to make out Gander Green Lane it amongst it all. Gander Green Lane is the home of Sutton United,...

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A Brave New World

By on Nov 4, 2008 in Non-League | 0 comments

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 wonders of post-war architecture as Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and Harlow. The...

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Blyth Spirit

By on Nov 3, 2008 in Non-League | 1 comment

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 eyes of an accountant these days – how much will we get if we get through? What is...

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Match Of The Week – Grimsby Town 1-2 Darlington

By on Nov 2, 2008 in English League Football | 4 comments

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 when they imposed their points deductions upon Luton Town, AFC Bournemouth and Rotherham United...

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