Dons On The Run

Posted by on 1:35 pm in Non-League | 2 comments

September seems likely to see the closure of yet another famous, old North London football ground, as Hendon FC finally prepare to leave Claremont Road after a protracted battle which has seen the club sail close to the brink of receivership several times. At the time of writing, they still don’t know when the final match there will be (I have seen it written that they are likely to not know that it is the last match there until after it has been played), but there is a silver lining to the story. The club has been threatened with...

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A Tale Of Three Cities

Posted by on 7:57 pm in English League Football | 4 comments

It is a grim irony that the newspaper headlines have been consumed with the travails of three clubs who, at various points over the last two years or so, have been heralding brave new worlds of cash, star players and success. One of these clubs is just about to set out on a second odyssey, having forgotten with the sort of haste that would grab the attention of a goldfish the risks associated with leaving your club in the thrall of one individual or group with no great interest in the history, tradition or culture of your club. For now, they...

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Match Of The (Mid)Week: Leeds United 2-1 Bradford City

Posted by on 11:01 pm in English League Football | 1 comment

Spare your sympathy for the League Cup. It has a massive live match on Sky Sports and a place in UEFA Cup as a reward for the winners. There are no such rewards for the Johnstones Paint Trophy, the first round of which was played last night. Started by the Football League as the Football League Trophy in 1983, it continues to suffer what could be described as “an image problem”. Perhaps it’s the less than glamourous sponsors. Perhaps it’s the fact that there are few big names that have ever taken part in it. To say...

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Geordie Messiah In “Not Geordie Messiah” Shock

Posted by on 9:13 pm in English League Football, Finance | 0 comments

People always misjudged the anti-Glazer protests at Manchester United. It was always a more nuanced argument than being against foreign ownership in football. There is nothing wrong with foreign ownership of English football clubs, as long as they are well run. Randy Lerner’s time in charge at Aston Villa is proof of this, as if it were needed. Adding another string to the bow of this argument has been Mike Ashley’s time in charge at Newcastle United, which reached yet another crisis point with what may or may not be the sacking...

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Pride Comes Before A Fall

Posted by on 8:31 pm in English League Football | 2 comments

At the precise time of writing, it’s too early to say for sure whether Dimitar Berbatov has gone to Manchester United or gone to Manchester City, or whether he will stay at White Hart Lane and rot in the reserves for the next five months. What we can say with a degree of certainty, however, is that we have learnt a lot about how the Premier League works today. Just when you think that they’ve topped themselves in the avarice stakes, they manage to scale new heights. Berbatov’s move from Tottenham Hotspur has seen a new low...

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Match Of The Week – Shoreham 1-3 Kingstonian

Posted by on 11:08 pm in Non-League | 0 comments

Middle Road, Shoreham, was not the scene of one of our greatest triumphs last season. We turned up there at the start of last season for Shoreham’s FA Cup match against Horley Town and, at the end of the half-time break, whilst waiting for a drink at the bar, my eyes were drawn towards a bottle of sambuca behind the bar. I asked for two shots of it, but the barman didn’t really understand what to do with it, and gave me two large glasses of it instead. We watched the second half with one hand over our eyes and staggered home...

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