The second of our articles to mark the First Round Proper of The FA Cup heads west to Paulton, a village between Bath and Bristol tonight. This weekend, the village team, Paulton Rovers, plays host to Norwich City in a live, televised match, but the club has already won financially, at least.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, it isn’t only in England and Wales that football clubs are maladministered. Gavin Saxton reports from Stirling Albion, where the club has to find £48,000 to avoid a winding up order while the clubs Supporters Trust fights a rear-guard action to keep it alive.
It’s the FA Cup First Round this weekend so, in the first of five pieces about the Oldest Cup Competition In The World (and there’s a phrase that is probably copyrighted by The FA), we take a look back at Wycombe Wanderers’ run to the semi-finals of the competition in 2001.
Sheffield and its football clubs fell into a state of disrepair during the 1970s, and it looked for a while at least the football clubs might not survive. This week’s Video Of The Week is a 1984 documentary called “Steel City Blues”, which looks at the decline of the city and Sheffield Wednesday’s revival.
Brighton & Hove Albion have parted company with Russell Slade, and the list of new managers is likely to feature some familiar faces. Sacking a manager fourteen games into the new season, however, indicates a problem with the hiring policy of football clubs when it comes to new managers.
It was first against third in the table in League Two this weekend, as Rochdale made the long journey south to play AFC Bournemouth. It was a match that was fired up by comments made by the Rochdale manager during the week, and Dale had the last laugh with a convincing win.
Mark Murphy has been having a look at the precarious financial position that Hull City seem to find themselves in, and is concerned. Through a myriad of holding companies, the club now seems to be almost entirely dependent on avoiding relegation in order to survive.
“Don’t you know who I am? I’m a millionaire”, was Marlon King’s chat-up line, and when it was swatted away by the unfortunate recipient of it he got nasty. Yesterday, he reaped the dubious “reward” of his idiocy and was deservedly sentenced to eighteen months in prison.
This week’s episode of “Shit Shot Mungo” features the aftermath of Heart of Clackmannanshire’s outstanding 3-0 win last week. Glen Roeder is sacked as the Director of Football and, after a viral outbreak at the club, the club’s new plutocratic owner brings in a plague doctor in to help out.
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.