The Decline & Fall Of Leyton Orient
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Tranmere Rovers & Cheltenham Town Stare Into The Abyss
2009 was the year in which the wheels constantly threatened to come completely off football’s financial wagon without actually doing so. Mark Murphy takes a look over the great and good of the last twelve months and wonders how they – almost – all managed to get away with it.
Leeds United were flattered by the margin of their win against Kettering Town of the Blue Square Premier in the FA Cup this evening, but they will need to improve by a mile if they are to avoid abject humiliation at the hands of Manchester United in the next round of the competition.
Kettering Town, according to their chairman, have only six weeks to live unless the council help them find a new stadium, and they used their FA Cup match against Leeds United to highlight their current predicament to the nation. Is this, however, the whole story, or is there something else going on?
Ken Bates is back in the news again. Having seen the deal over Leeds United’s Thorp Arch training ground fall through, he has taken it out on, of all people, The Guardian, banning the newspaper from Elland Road. He might find that he has more important matters on his plate in the near future, though.
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.
Earlier this year, we sent Ted Carter to the cinema with a paper bag containing some crab paste sandwiches and a ticket for the movie version of David Peace’s 2006 novel, “The Damned United”. The film is released on DVD next Monday, so we thought that it was time to revisit this interpretation of Brian…
In some ways, you almost have to hand it to Ken Bates. He is so obstinate in his behaviour, so apparently appalled by the concept of acting in a way that is half-way reasonable, that it almost appears that his self-appointed role in life is to act in a way that nobody with any scruples…