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Kingstonian: A Day In The Death Of A Football Club? 

Sometimes you have to admit that your fans aren’t that terrific. Until this week, my only criticisms of a Kingstonian fan-base with many terrific individuals was their fouler-than-average language during matches, their inability to out-sing a mime artist with laryngitis and an occasional tendency to dissolve into whining self-pity. The first issue matters, the second doesn’t. But this week, the third dominated proceedings to the extent that it shook my faith in my club’s future. That future is fraught. Ryman League Ks have been sub-tenants at Kingston Council-owned Kingsmeadow Stadium since entering administration in October 2001 (five years after...

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England & Scotland Fight Over A Comb

At Wembley on Friday night, it was difficult to escape the feeling that we were all witnessing the act of two bald men fighting over a comb. England versus Scotland is the oldest international football match that there is, a cross-border rivalry that stretches back to the age of Queen Victoria and the very beginning of the white hot crucible that professional football would become over the following two decades. The Home Internationals tournament kept it alive as an annual international varsity match until the 1980s, and it even limped along after that tournament’s abolition in 1984, finally coming...

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Southend United: Fossetts Farm & Other F Words

“So, how’s Fossetts Farm coming along?” I asked my fellow Non-League Paper freelancer last season, when he outed himself as a Southend United fan. I expected to hear that their move from their old Roots Hall ground to the Farm was somehow progressing. I got one of those noises spelt with a combination of “Ps”, “Fs” and “Ts” or by putting “snort” in brackets. “Fossetts Farm” isn’t “coming along.” Even its discrete Wikipedia entry hasn’t been “modified” since June 2015, with no factual references beyond 2008 and a darkly-comic reference to a “final stadium plan” in 2007. Plenty has...

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New Balance: A Cautionary PR Story

At the time of writing, the United States of America feels like a particularly febrile place. Following the election of Donald Trump as the president of the country, the internet is awash with pictures of racist slogans and stories of people who are, apparently, no longer welcome in that country any more. This however, is a football website, and whilst we undoubtedly have strong opinions on this particular matter in a personal capacity, this isn’t really the place for them. It is, however, the place for a cautionary tale of the dangers of thoughtless corporate behaviour from a sportswear...

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Football League Review: No Home Comforts

Sometimes, one can only stand back and admire the optimism of those who run England’s football clubs. Last week, Wigan Athletic appointed the former Manchester United reserve manager Warren Joyce as their new man in charge, and gave him a three and a half year contract for his troubles. At the time of writing, twelve of the ninety-two managers of the Premier League and Football League have been in their respective positions for longer than three and a half years. The odds, with the best will in the world, are not in Joyce’s favour, and that’s before we take...

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