The non-league game, we are told, is a constant state of flux and crisis, but this weekend’s FA Cup match between Dartford and Chelmsford City shows that things aren’t always disastrously bad, as this match – played at an outstanding facility in front of a big crowd – proves.
It still seems harsh to claim that FIFA deliberately changed the rules over the UEFA play-offs for the 2010 World Cup finals because some of the “big” names may be in danger of being drawn against each other, but if they don’t want this sort of controversy, it’s easily avoided.
The fact that Rangers and Celtic believe themselves to be too big for Scottish football is one of the oldest stories around but, as Gavin Saxton writes, their biggest problem is that the English don’t really want them and “The Atlantic League” remains a non-starter.
When Ukraine play England in the World Cup qualifiers, will anybody be watching? With it costing up to £11.99 and the match being largely meaningless for England it seems unlikely, particularly when there are plenty of alternatives for the discerning football fan, both live and on the television.
The FA has to face to to Alex Ferguson and the Football League has to contend with Notts County, QPR and Leeds United. Will they make strong decisions which demonstrate who actually run football, or will they cave in and make decisions which, well, demonstrate who actually runs football.
This week’s Shit Shot Mungo sees the Clackas thrust suddenly into a deep and sudden financial crisis after chairman and magnet magnate Sir Roddy Bulbs’ money runs out. With the team resorting to drastic measures to make end meet, though, a mysterious figure appears from the shadows…
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss? Sulaiman Al-Fahim overcame his kidney stones just in time to offload Portsmouth Football Club earlier this week, and Mark Murphy has managed to find the time to remind him not to allow the door smack him on the backside on the way out.
The collection tin rattling outside a football ground was, for some years, the clarion call of the truly desperate club. They were at their loudest at Notts County in 2004, who have also caught the zeitgeist by grabbing some millionaire owners from the, ahem, “Middle East”.
Newcastle United lost their case before an independent tribunal and have to pay Kevin Keegan £2m in compensation. Mark Murphy wonders how they managed this, when much of the evidence seemed to point towards Keegan knowing the terms of his contract when he joined the club.
Roy Keane, the nearest thing that we have to a Dark Knight in English football, is on the brink at Ipswich Town and the next five matches – at most – will determine whether the stays or goes. He left Sunderland when the going got tough. Will he stick it out this time?
Rangers & Celtic played out the first Old Firm match of the Scottish league season yesterday. Recent results in Europe have led some to believe that there is a slim possibility that their hegemony may be broken in Scotland but, as Gavin Saxton notes, they still remain too strong for the rest of the SPL.
The situation at Chester City, as we have noted on here before, appears to be going from bad to worse. Chester supporters have come together in a bid to try an establish what on earth actually is going on at their club, and an open letter to those running the club is reprinted below.
The World Cup qualifier between Ukraine and England is going to be broadcast, but it seems likely that it will only be available over the internet, and to those with a reasonably fast broadband speed. Is this the best way forward for football broadcasting?
Middlesbrough are trying to find an instant route back into the Premier League but, after a strong start, the wheels have come off their wagon a little of late. Their opposition this weekend, Reading, may be starting to offer cautionary tale on the dangers of not getting promoted straight back after relegation from the Premier League.
The passing of a match day helper at FC United of Manchester is a sad loss for her club, but it should also serve as a moment for the rest of us to pause for thought and thank everybody that gives up their own time to do unpaid work for them.
League One club Perfidious Albion haven’t had a very good start to the season, having lost each of their opening ten matches by three goals to nil. Their new manager is Terry Muggins, and these are the programme notes for his first match in charge of the club.