Portsmouth’s decision to sack Paul Hart hasn’t exactly been a surprise, but the paucity of high calibre names being chosen to replace him betrays their current position. Will they go for someone that lasted just a season at Chelsea or a manager who couldn’t cope with life in the Championship?
One of the great names in amateur football has been living out of a suitcase since 2002 but, after numerous delays and hurdles, Bishop Auckland Football Club will now be returning to its hometown next year. It’s the end of a fifteen year quest to get a new stadium of their own.
This week’s “Video Of The Week” is the start of the BBC’s “Match Of The Seventies”, featuring the 1970/71 season. Hosted by Dennis Waterman, it has just enough attention to detail and access to the BBC archive alone means that this series is a cut above the rest.
It’s Chester City time again. That lovable rogue Stephen Vaughan Senior has been giving conflicting interviews in the media, but it’s not difficult to read between the lines of what he is saying. Still, if the club doesn’t pay it football creditors by the 30th November, it will all be irrelevant.
Spurs have scored nine goals before in front of the “Match Of The Day” cameras, against Bristol Rovers in the Second Divison in 1977. This, however, was a different kettle of fish, and it’s a result that casts doubt over Wigan Athletic’s ability to keep their heads above water this season.
The news that a major match-fixing ring has been uncovered in Germany should come as no great surprise, particularly as two of the accused have been involved in this sort of thing before. Everybody in the game, however, from those that run it to those that play it (and even those of us that watch it), has ensure that football isn’t rigged.
The British media have been gorging on the reflected anger of the Thierry Henry handball saga over the last couple of days or so, but do Irish football supporters need the British media churning up a diplomatic row on the scale of The Bay Of Pigs Crisis over a mistake on the part of a referee?
This week’s Shit Shot Mungo sees the financial crisis at Heart of Clackmannanshire deepen still further, as the club is forced to put all of its players on part-time wages, but one man (who has been earning £190,000 per week for as long as anyone can remember) may be able to save the day. He probably won’t, though.
It’s the derby of North Africa and the stakes couldn’t be higher – a play-off match in Sudan for a place in the World Cup finals in South Africa next year. Will the apolcayptic predictions of some in the press come to pass, or will we merely see which of these relative under-achievers will get through?
The issue of Bradford City leaving Valley Parade for rugby league club Bradford Bulls’ Odsal Stadium, which the council would like to redevelop as a “sports village”. What, though, is the major benefit for Bradford City when they have a perfectly good – if expensive – facility on a long term lease?
Swindon Town are reported to have been with a demand for bankruptcy by one of their creditors, but their robust response to it has been to dispute that they even owe this money. So, did the company that lent it to them make a mistake, or are the club’s new owners barking up the wrong tree?
England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup is plenty capable of derailing itself, but vice-president Jack Warner has unsurprisingly now been getting involved. Should the FA be being lectured on morals by him, though? Mark Murphy thinks that they probably shouldn’t be.
When Blue Square Premier club Histon spoke to an investor about putting some more money into the club, he agreed, but with a rather peculiar clause which the club decided not to take him up on. Will clubs like Histon cut their cloth accordingly, or is this just the start of a new trend?
New Zealand have qualified for the 2010 World Cup finals by beating Bahrain in Wellington this morning, and this result may have stirred a few memories amongst men of a certain age that will remember their only other successful qualification attempt, from 1982.