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Dynamoes Were Not Go

In West Yorkshire, a name from the past is stirring, and it isn’t doing it in a terribly dignified manner. Bradford Park Avenue, the subjects of a fond article on here before, have starting flexing their financial muscles and have already managed get themselves instated as the favourites for this season’s Unibond League Premier Division championship, and now their millionaire chairman has announced plans to build a 20,000 seater stadium for them. Never mind the fact that Bradford’s average crowds haven’t yet risen above 500 people for home matches. Never mind the fact that their considerably bigger rivals, Bradford City, only required a capacity of a shade over 20,000 when they were in the Premier League. Never mind that the original Bradford Park Avenue collapsed in the early 1970s thanks to a lack of local interest with crowds in their final season in the Northern Premier League in 1973/74 seldom reaching more than 600. Their millionaire chairman, Bob Blackburn, has decided that they deserve a 20,000 capacity stadium, so they will have it – and he’s a millionaire, so he must be right, mustn’t he? Well, Bradford supporters are getting very excited about the possibility of their team challenging for the place in the Football League that the original club lost in 1970, but a cautionary tale from just the other side of the Pennines might just persuade their...

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Carthusians, The Marines & The Corinthian Spirit

Last week saw the draws made for the very first round of next season’s FA Trophy. The FA Trophy has regained some of the sheen that it lost at the turn of this century when the old Wembley stadium was demolished and the venue for the final was moved to Villa Park, but it will probably never attain the place in the public’s imagination that was held by the FA Amateur Cup. The Amateur Cup, in its heyday during the 1950s, regularly filled Wembley to its 100,000 capacity for the final, but when the FA ended the distinction between professional and amateur clubs in 1974, the competition came to an end and the majority of its clubs had to settle for a place in FA Vase instead. It’s important to clarify why the FA felt the need to have an Amateur Cup final in the first place, because its very existence says a lot about the development of the game during the nineteenth century. Football as we understand it came from a curious mixture of the louche amateurism of the public schools of the south of England and the keen professionalism of the north of England and Scotland. In the 1880s, before the professional Football League had even started, clubs had started to pay players in strict contradiction to the rules of the game at the time. The first...

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Oh, Hello

Looks like you found it, then! I’ve been a little unwell today, so have been unable to reply to any of the emails that I’ve received, but rest assured that I will do as soon as possible. Apologies for it loading a little slower than the old site did, but there’s not an enormous amount that I can do about that for the time being. Anyway, feel free to have a nose around, and if you have any questions or comments, leave them on the message board or email me, and we’ll be back later with something a little more substantial to get things...

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WORLD CUP FEVER!

And finally, after six weeks, we’re back. Between them, Bulldog and BT have contrived to make for six weeks’ worth of internet-free living. I’d love to say that I spent this time expanding my mind, broadening my horizons and wallowing in culture but it would be, as I daresay you’ve already guessed, an utter lie. What I have been doing for the last 6 weeks is watching a hell of a lot of TV (I’ve developed a particular affection for Jeremy Kyle’s habit of shouting at people and then just letting them wander off on his show), watching a hell of a lot of DVDs (was it wrong of me to buy a DVD of the 1970 FA Cup Final only because I saw for sale for £2), and drinking/smoking/otherwise consuming far too much. Do I feel good on it? Well, I’ve just had a look in the mirror and I don’t feel that much older. Probably the most exciting thing to happen over the last few weeks was the acquisition of our new geek toys last Friday. It’s not every day you can walk into PC World with £800 to spend (unless you’re Bill Gates), so we were delighted to go there last week and come out with a shiny new laptop, a new wireless router, a 160 gigabyte USB hard-drive, and a couple of other bits and...

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