Leeds United were flattered by the margin of their win against Kettering Town of the Blue Square Premier in the FA Cup this evening, but they will need to improve by a mile if they are to avoid abject humiliation at the hands of Manchester United in the next round of the competition.
Mark Murphy returns to one of his pet subjects today, and has a few questions to ask about why, with the news that the players’ wages weren’t paid on time again at the end of last month, Portsmouth’s situation doesn’t appear to have changed much for the better under their new owner.
The hype machine will run into overdrive over the next few months or so and there is nothing that anyone can do about it, apart from gently remind the watching world that even what looks at first glance like a comfortable World Cup draw might yet contain numerous pitfalls for England.
Watford are in financial trouble, but they should be able to find £5m from Elton John or Lord Ashcroft even if they are currently being run by two brothers that supply salad to supermarkets, shouldn’t they? Mark Murphy is less than convinced, and reports on yet another cautionary tale from the Football League.
Histon and Altrincham sit in twelfth and eleven place in the Blue Square Premier respectively. Three weeks before Christmas, they met in the Cambridgeshire rain with half an eye on the play-off places and the other on the bottom of the table. The result wasn’t the greatest game of the season.
Football has changed drastically over the last few years, and not always for the best. Lee Wagstaff takes a look at the burgeoning Ultra fan culture in England and speaks to the Football Supporters Federation about their role in the changing role of supporters within the game.
Mark Murphy looks into the circumstances surrounding the takeover of Birmingham City, which aren’t necessarily as straightforward as you might have initially thought as a war of words threatens to break out between the old and the new at St Andrews.
It’s time for some a little light relief now, with this week’s “Shit Shot Mungo”. Gary Burns has convened the players for an inquest into recent events, the seriousness of which is rather undermined when chairman and former magnet magnate Sir Roddy Bulbs relieves himself in the bath.
Stephen Vaughan wins again, prolonging the demise of Chester City Football Club a little longer as the authorities roll over and allow themselves to have their bellies tickled again. What this sorry tale is confiriming is the harsh truth that football supporters don’t really have anyone on their side.
Arsenal were brushed aside by Chelsea at the weekend, and this evening they were similarly dismissed by Manchester City. With the Premier League drifting away towards the horizon, is patience wth Arsene Wenger starting to run out, or are Arsenal supporters getting used to what could be a new world order?
When a man climbed on the roof of a community gallery in East London this morning, the police had to close the road and this had unexpected ramifications on tonight’s League One match between Leyton Orient and Gillingham. It proved to be a very long night for the away supporters.
Crystal Palace and Watford are the two latest clubs to have made somewhat worrying news about their financial viability over the last few days or so, and it all jars a bit when compared with the £70m that the Premier League spent on agents’ fees over the last twelve months or so.
We don’t usually post up videos like this on here, but sometimes they’re too good to pass up. Rocky Baptiste of Ryman League club Harrow Borough shows us the ups and downs of being a non-league footballer in the space of one YouTube video.
Would you believe it, the Football Conference has deferred a definite decision on the future of Chester City Football Club until Thursday now, meaning that the club plays Cambridge City in what may just turn out to be one of the most pointless football matches of all time.
This week’s Video Of The Week is the second in the series of “Match Of The Seventies” videos, and features Brian CLough hitting national headlines for the first time, Rodney Marsh upsetting the balance at Manchester City and West Germany (not for the first time) tearing England a new hole.
Kettering Town, according to their chairman, have only six weeks to live unless the council help them find a new stadium, and they used their FA Cup match against Leeds United to highlight their current predicament to the nation. Is this, however, the whole story, or is there something else going on?