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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 04/03/2012

This week’s non-league videos of the week come from the Blue Square Bet Premier, the Blue Square Bet South, the Ryman League and the quarter-finals of this year’s FA Vase. Our first match comes from Haig Avenue and is between a Southport team which – a little surprisingly – is still in the play-off places...

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March 4, 2012
Ian

Villa-Boas Out, But It Is Chelsea FC That Needs To Change

The Ides of March came early for the latest governor of Roman’s empire, then. Don Luís André de Pina Cabral e Villas-Boas leaves Chelsea Football Club today after eight and a half months in the job, having apparently failed to rein in the player-power of the club’s dressing room. The tipping point came with a single...

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March 4, 2012
Ian

The Oyston Family & Blackpool FC: Eleven Million Questions To Answer – At Least

Blackpool’s accession to the Premier League was, on the surface, one of the feel-good stories of 2010. A club with a tight wage budget had broken up from the bottom division of the Football League and reclaimed a place in the top division that it had last held almost forty years previously. The team itself...

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March 4, 2012
Ian

PR Overdrive at Pompey

Ignore the hype. Ignore the sad hypocrisy of the crocodile tears and the valiant claims such as “I will not allow this historic club to go out of business,” emanating from the biggest vested interest of them all. Translate the  sentence. It reads, “I will not allow my front loaded debt to go down the drain.”...

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March 4, 2012
SJMaskell

On The Brink: Field Mill Forever (Or How Mansfield Town Got Their Ground Back)

Hidden away among the doom and gloom spreading through football like a plague, borne on the backs of greedy money-men, is a shimmering chink of light with the news that Mansfield Town have finally secured ownership of their ground. The announcement that owner John Radford had purchased the freehold to Field Mill was the final...

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March 3, 2012
Ian

On The Brink: A Week In The Life Of Port Vale Football Club

On September 25th 2008 the then Port Vale chairman Bill Bratt declared: “I feel the board and I have taken the club as far as we can.” And now, officially, they have. The end of the “Valiant 2001” era at Vale Park, which began when the self-styled “supporters” organisation bought Vale out of administration in...

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March 3, 2012
Mark

On The Brink: Pay Up Pompey, Pompey Pay Up

How on earth did it come to this again? Two years ago, Portsmouth Football Club became the poster boys for football’s wretched current condition when they became the first Premier League club to be nudged into administration. For all the heartache that this caused, the club was due to be getting a clean start with...

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March 2, 2012
Ian
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