If Mike Ashley is going to try for reconciliation with Newcastle United supporters after taking the club off the market he’s going strange way about it, with an announcement from the club that the naming rights for St James Park are up for sale. Does he now hate Newcastle or they that desperate for cash?
The Football Association has failed to secure a second television broadcaster for the first two rounds of this year’s FA Cup, which demonstrates the drastic change in the state of the market, the decline in importance of the competition and, possibly, irritation at their dumping of the BBC & Sky Sports.
When a match in a league six promotions from the Football Conference ended in a fight between a player and some supporters few would have guessed that the story would have made national headlines, and there’s a chance that all concerned learned something from the experience.
Liverpool might well have been very convincing in beating Manchester United on Sunday, but Mark Murphy is less than convinced that this result says very much about the medium to long-term stability of a club that may have become very dependant on perpetual Champions League money.
To the surprise of few, Chester City won another stay of execution at the hands of the Football Conference yesterday. This may give them time to get the Second Round of the FA Cup which, of course, would bring some much needed money into the club. Whether this is good for football, however, remains open to question.
Today, October 25th, is the fifteenth anniversary of the second – and most famous – of the three appearances of Brian Potter’s senior football career, and this site has very kindly indulged Gavin Saxton by allowing him to write a tribute to the great man.
One of the paradoxes of the FA Cup is that the more likely a club is to win it, the less they care about it. This doesn’t apply at the Fourth Qualifying Round stage, though, where the possibility of a big payday and the comparative glamour of a live match on the television looms on the horizon.
The Football League’s confirmation that Notts County’s new owners are “fit & proper” appears to be a cause for celebration for the club, but Mark Murphy is wondering exactly why this should be when, to be quite frank, no-one is any the wiser as to who these owners actually are.
Blue Square Premier club Gateshead – average home attendance this season: 685 – have announced that they are turning full-time and building a 9,000 capacity stadium. Exciting times for their supporters, no doubt, but might they be endangering their future?
In this week’s Shit Shot Mungo, the new Heart of Clackmanannshire benefactor Faisal Wally Camel has something of a maverick streak and, in this week’s “Shit Shot Mungo”, he decides to appoint, well, the first person that he comes up in the street as the club’s new manager.
Chester City are standing on the precipice yet again and, frankly, it is worth asking what the game’s authorities were thinking of when they allowed them to start the season because, even if the limp through their latest crisis, they are surely doomed. A new club is the only way forward.
The second in our very occasional (by which I mean once a year or so) look at the history of regional football broadcasting on the television in Britain. Tonight, we take a look at the North-East of England, which features one of the most famous voices in Britain and occasional interludes for horse racing.
Birmingham City are under new ownership and, as you’re probably aware, it’s another club under foreign ownership. Mark Murphy takes a look at David Gold (who we suspect will be back sooner rather than later) and puts Carson Yeung under the spotlight.
Ken Bates is back in the news again. Having seen the deal over Leeds United’s Thorp Arch training ground fall through, he has taken it out on, of all people, The Guardian, banning the newspaper from Elland Road. He might find that he has more important matters on his plate in the near future, though.
Sulaiman Al-Fahim has been getting out in the press, and a recent interview with a pan-Arab business magazine caused Mark Murphy to get all hot under the collar again. He dissects what Al-Fahim said, and has compared it with what we understand has been going on at Fratton Park recently.
It may have been overlooked because of Liverpool’s beach ball incident at The Stadium of Light, but Chelsea’s defeat at Aston Villa throws up a few question about the Premier League, not least of which is why it’s so surprisingly open at the end of October.