Author: Mark

Kingstonian & Kingsmeadow: Get Me Out Of Here

Tuesday’s Guardian newspaper contained a terrific double-page article by Nick Ames on Kingstonian’s last-ever game at Kingsmeadow Stadium, where they had played since 19th August 1989. Nick covered almost all the bases; the history, the politics, the possible impact of an immediate-term move out of Kingston borough, the raw emotion, my mate Phil’s bobble hat. And the piece wasn’t harmed by… OK, it massively benefited FROM… the absence of any of my ten-minute chat with him. Because I was, in equal measure, without a bobble-hat… and any emotion worth including in a national newspaper. I recall missing only one...

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The Ryman League Denouement: Close Shaves At Both Ends

Sky Sports would have LOVED it. The title in doubt until minutes from the very end? Play-off and relegation places decided by stoppage-time action? And controversy? Just step this way. Easter Monday simplified the Ryman Premier’s various issues, although it still left only one game, Tonbridge Angels v Worthing, with nothing at all riding on it. Saturday’s extraordinary events reintroduced the chaos theory. To quickly-ish recap, Havant & Waterlooville led the table by two points from Bognor Regis Town, who had a better goal difference. So, if Bognor won at home to relegation-threatened Metropolitan Police, Havant HAD to win at...

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Rangers: Dave King – At It Again?

Last week, Rangers International Football Club (RIFC) chairman, Dave King, unilaterally decided, as he does, that regulations were for other people. His attitude, as it does, could land him in court. Yet, as they do, elements of Scotland’s Glasgow-based football media still consider him Rangers’ “best hope of salvation” and “still the right man to lead” them despite…EVERYTHING. Followers of football club takeovers know that if individuals or groups “acting in concert” exceed 30% ownership, they are obliged by the “City Code on Takeovers and Mergers” to offer to buy the remaining shareholding. The independent “Takeover Appeal Board” (TAB)...

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The Ryman League Reaches Its Denouement

Sky Sports’ more perceptive staff might be wondering if this season’s final Premier League (EPL) “Super Sunday” might be a super… damp squib. The Ryman League Premier Division’s insane run-in would currently make better telly. When Saturday Comes magazine’s late, lamented (by me, anyway) diary section used to call the Football League Championship “the mad division,” because…it was. As unpredictable as Donald Trump in a dizzy spell and as competitive as Trump’s senior Whitehouse staff on a tetchy day, while the Premier League/Premiership was a dismal Arsenal/Manchester United duopoly, when Man Yoo weren’t strolling it. The business ends of...

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The Premier League Relegation Zone: Who To Choose?

Each April, I take a view on the Premier League (EPL) relegation struggle, based on more than just football (this year my focus is partly to swerve my own team Kingstonian’s involvement in an ultra-tight battle to avoid the cultural wasteland of Ryman League Division One South. I watched Crystal Palace v Arsenal on Monday through the unlikely prism of “moral dilemma.” One which I solved in true Trevor-Brooking-on-Match-of-the-Day-in-the-1980s style…plumping for a draw. Having watched frankly too much football at Spurs from 1973 to 1992 (Screensport Super Cup, anybody?), a natural “Arsenal-to-lose” instinct remains. But Sam Allardyce… The man...

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