A Rich Tapestry

Posted by on 11:36 am in Latest, Non-League | 1 comment

It’s the Preliminary Round of The FA Cup this afternoon, which sees 332 teams taking part for a place in the First Qualifying Round of the competition. There are, as ever, some names that everyone remembers from some point in the past if you jog their memories hard enough. The ludicrously-named FC Halifax Town, who formed during the summer when Halifax Town AFC went into liquidation, play their first ever match in the competition against Silsden, as do Nuneaton Town, who formed after the closure of Nuneaton Borough during the summer....

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What To Do About The League Cup?

Posted by on 11:50 pm in Latest | 3 comments

It’s the end of August. This means, of course, that it’s time for our annual dissection of what is wrong with the League Cup. This year’s Second Round has already been played, and it has already provided a couple of surprises, including Northampton Town beating Bolton Wanderers and Rotherham United knocking out Wolverhampton Wanderers on penalties at Don Valley Stadium. One can’t help but suspect, however, that supporters of those bigger clubs won’t be too bothered about these results should their teams win at...

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In Praise Of… Matthew Le Tissier

Posted by on 10:30 am in Latest | 9 comments

As I pondered the smoking ruins of England’s match against the Czech Republic last week, my mind turned back to Matthew Le Tissier. Matthew (and it seems somewhat wrong to reduce his first name to the monosyllable of merely “Matt”) was the great lost English talent of the last thirty years in some respects, but in others he fulfilled much that many other, more “successful” players never did. It’s not all about trophies and medals, you know. Matthew, you see, was different. He was utterly unlike any other...

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The Managerial Merry-Go-Round Grinds Into Gear

Posted by on 1:06 am in Latest, Opinion | 0 comments

It usually takes approximately three matches before the rumour mill starts to rotate, so it is that time again. Already, there is talk that Alan Curbishley is going to be kicked out from West Ham United, and that Harry Redknapp is going to make a “surprise” return to the East End to take over there. Lower down the football pyramid, the knives are also out for Stevenage Borough’s Graham Westley after the pre-season Conference favourites picked up just two points from their opening five matches Westley has been in charge of...

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Match Of The (Mid) Week – AFC Wimbledon 3-1 Bromley

Posted by on 10:50 pm in Non-League | 5 comments

One of the more cunning ideas to have come about in recent years within non-league football has been the introduction of matches on the August Bank Holiday Monday. With the Premier League and Football Leagues not playing, it’s a day for bumper crowds right at the start of the season, although the effect of going to a non-league match when there is no other football on can be a little unsettling. Upon arrival at Kingsmeadow tis afternoon, we are treated to twenty minutes of Rugby League, with Bradford Bulls playing against Hull Kingston...

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Match Of The Week – St Albans City 1-2 Chelmsford City

Posted by on 11:28 am in Non-League | 0 comments

Throughout my youth, going to watch St Albans City play wasn’t something that ordinarily provoked the senses very much. The Saints were experts at finishing somewhere between sixth and seventeenth in the league never unduly troubling the top or bottom of the table. I don’t really know how I would have coped with going week in, week out over the last few years. The excitement of the last few seasons (promotion, relegation, another close shave with relegation), one suspects, has been a little too much for the locals. Their surprise...

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