Grays Athletic 2-1 Forest Green Rovers


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. James says:

    Two division relegation?

    Grays will play in either the Ryman Division 1 North or Essex Senior League.

    For starters the two grounds they are proposing to share with do not have C (Ryman Premier) grading, and the end of March deadline has long since passed to get it and secondly clubs who have dropped further will object to Grays being allowed to drop just 2 divisions.

    Of course even Ryman Division 1 North will depend upon the Ryman League accepting them, which is doubtful if Grays are in such financial difficulty that they cannot afford Blue Square South. Why would a league want a club that is broke? No offence to Grays and one feels for their few supporters left, but if a company is bust then it should be wound up – sadly this needs to apply to clubs run as commercial enterprise as well.

    So their dream of playing in Ryman Premier will remain just a dream….

  2. GRAHAM says:

    East Thurrock have a c grading , otherwise they wouldnt be allowed into the playoffs for entry into the ryman premier.

    as for the other comments about not being able to afford to carry on. if all football cubs were to fold if they were in debt then there would be no clubs left.

  3. Martin says:

    Grays were always a Ryman League side and once Woodward left there was only one inevitable outcome.

    I doubt Forest Green will actually go down as there is still the all important AGM Cup to play for (can Histon survive?)

  4. oftenscore6 says:

    “East Thurrock have a c grading, otherwise they wouldn’t be allowed into the playoffs for entry into the ryman premier”.

    Actually the reasoning there is not correct. Teams can compete in the step 3 and 4 playoffs if they have the grading for their current level. They have until March 31st of the following year to get the grading for the division they are promoted to. There are some additional qualifications for the step 1 & 2 playoffs, but in neither case do you have to have the full grading to take part in the playoffs.

    However, I can’t help as to exactly what grading East Thurrock has, but it must be at least a D. Since they were at Isthmian Premier level 2 years ago, a C is quite likely.

  1. April 29, 2010

    […] Grays Athletic 2-1 Forest Green Rovers “All of the decisions at the top of the Blue Square Premier table have already been made, but the final day of the season brings an intriguing battle to avoid relegation from the league and the most poignant of the fixtures is the one at The Recreation Ground, Bridge Road, Grays. As football venues go, The Recreation Ground is a pretty unprepossessing one. When the club somersaulted into the Blue Square Premier five years ago new terraces were built at either end of the ground and small covered enclosures popped up in front of the flats that run the length of side of the pitch. In spite of these developments, The Recreation Ground, hemmed in by buildings on all four sides, remained a defiantly non-league ground in a league that has started to assume many of the pretentions of professionalism over the last few years.” (twohundredpercent) […]

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