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With Their Heads Held High: A Darlington Fan’s Call To Arms

Posted by on 5:15 pm in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

There has been, as has seemed perpetual over the last few months or so, a lot of bad news about recently. Whether we are driving to distraction over racism, looking at football clubs that are staring into the financial abyss or lamenting the death of anything approaching civility within our national game, putting our heads above the parapets of modern football for longer than a fraction of a second can be a thoroughly dispiriting experience, and it can become a thorough bind to even seek to engage with the wider world of football at times....

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Darlington FC Hangs By A Thread

Posted by on 6:22 pm in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 4 comments

The news came through with startling speed, another rumour that swelled to an almost bewildering succession of public statements in just a few short hours. At the end of yesterday, the battle-wearied supporters of Darlington FC could only step back, blinking, and survey the wreckage. Their club has been pushed into administration for the third time in less than ten years, and the prognosis for its future looks bleak. This time, there may be no way of swerving the icy cold grip of professional football’s equivalent to the grim reaper,...

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A Good Time To Bury Bad News For Port Vale

Posted by on 8:23 am in English League Football, Finance | 6 comments

It is virtually impossible to forecast the next misdemeanour, potential or otherwise, to emerge from Port Vale’s boardroom, without descending into the realms of bad-taste fantasy (one of the major protagonists revealing themselves to be a woman trapped in a man’s body, for example). Presumably believing Christmas to be “a week to bury bad news,” Vale chairman Peter Miller informed everyone, including all fellow board members apparently, that he’d re-mortgaged the club’s Vale Park ground to facilitate a £277,000 loan...

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A Kettering New Year

Posted by on 8:49 am in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 1 comment

Often, when push comes to shove in radicalising a group of football supporters, it will take one, symbolic moment to push those that might otherwise have merely got on with the job of watching their team to realise that the time  for action is now.  For those that follow the ailing Blue Square Premier club Kettering Town, that moment may have come at any of three or four different occasions over the last month or so, but the tipping point for many may have cone with twin five-goal defeats at the hands of Luton Town over Christmas and the New...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: The Last Of The Bank Holiday Rush

Posted by on 9:52 pm in Latest, Video | 0 comments

Normal service is now to resume after the somewhat chaotic Christmas and New Year matches, but we’re going to spend a little time catching up with the last of the festive highlights from over the course of the last three days or so. We have six matches lined up for you this evening. From the Blue Square Premier, we have highlights of the matches between Wrexham & AFC Telford United and Forest Green Rovers. In the Blue Square South, we have highlights of another derby match, this time between Tonbridge Angels & Bromley, and this...

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An Unhappy New Year At Darlington

Posted by on 3:01 pm in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

A new year may have begun, but familiar problems are already starting to make themselves clear with conflicting stories concerning the well-being of Blue Square Premier club Darlington. A club that has already had two spells in administration in the last decade could well be headed for further trauma following reports in the local press during the break between Christmas and the new year, but upon what were these initial reports based, and can a consortium group which has since announced itself get the assent of the club’s current owner...

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