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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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Inside The Mindset Of The Premier League

Posted by on 10:56 am in English League Football | 3 comments

Manchester City may be at the beginning of embarking upon a financial crisis that has never before been seen in English football, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not full of imaginative ideas for the future of the game. City’s “Executive Chairman” (yes, I know, I don’t know what an “Executive Chairman” is either) Gary Cook has come up with a plan that will “basically share the wealth”. In an amazingly wrong-headed interview with The Times, Cook proposes a closed shop, fourteen...

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Weekend Break

Posted by on 6:48 pm in Latest | 0 comments

I’m having a night off tonight. This is all in preparation for a very exciting weekend of football. It’s a Conference South special weekend, and I’ll be taking in St Albans City vs Chelmsford City tomorrow afternoon, followed by AFC Wimbledon’s match against Bromley on Bank Holiday Monday. Exciting times! Edit: By the way, if anyone has any handy hints regarding how to get to Norbiton from Clapham Junction (and back), considering that the direct trains aren’t (by the looks of things) running, I would be delighted...

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Match Of The (Mid)Week: England 2-2 Czech Republic

Posted by on 8:25 pm in Latest | 2 comments

Friendly internationals, we are told, are not about the result. They’re about the performance, and about preparing the team for competitive matches to come. What, then, are we to make of a match when more or less the only thing to come from a friendly match that can so much as remotely be regarded as positive is the result? What are we to make of a match in which even the result isn’t that positive and comes about thanks to a goal that wouldn’t have looked out of place in “The Keystone Kops Go Sokker”?...

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Merthyr Most Foul

Posted by on 9:59 pm in Finance, Non-League | 0 comments

Football club implosions can take several different forms, to the point that it is is probably fair to say that there is no one route to insolvency. Sometimes, mere spending beyond one’s means for a season is enough to have grim long-term ramifications, as happened to Bradford City, who are still paying the price for former chairman Geoffrey Richards and his “six weeks of madness” a decade ago. Sometimes, it’s trying to live in the fast lane and propping up the shortfall with more and more unsustainable (and...

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