Tag: AFC Liverpool

Non-League Videos Of The Week: Supporter-Owned Clubs Special

It’s a slightly different time for our non-league videos of the week, and this week we’re focussing on clubs that are owned by their supporters again. First up is the match from the Evostik League Premier Division between FC United of Manchester and Worksop Town. A couple of months ago, we could have been forgiven for thinking that FC United’s league season was grinding to a halt, but they have won seven of their last nine matches and now have an excellent chance of making the play-offs at the end of the season. Their opposition, Worksop Town, are in mid-table but with several games in hand on the teams above them will surely not have given up on their ambitions of making the play-offs either. In the Blue Square Premier, Wimbledon have come rather unstuck of late. They were at home against Kidderminster Harriers having won just one of their last four matches. They lost top place in the table to Crawley Town last week, but need to keep winning to sure up their chances of a play-off place. Kidderminster Harriers, meanwhile, found themselves deducted five points earlier in the season but still have ambitions of finishing in the play-off places themselves, although they have played more matches that the other clubs around them in the table. AFC Liverpool are in seventh place in the First Division of the...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: Supporter-owned Club Special

If you are viewing this post from the mobile version of our site, you may be able to view it better by clicking here. This week’s Non-league videos have a running theme in that they all feature clubs that are owned by their supporters, and clubs that we are featuring this evening not necessarily those that get the most attention in the press. Our first match comes from the top of a very tight looking Blue Square North. Nuneaton Town are clear at the top of the table, but all of the teams below them have games in hand upon them. AFC Telford United have been knocking on the door of a place in the Blue Square Premier for several seasons, while Boston United are looking to reclaim the place there that they lost through demotion. The two clubs met yesterday afternoon at Boston’s York Street. Another supporter-owned team chasing promotion are Cambridge City of the Zamaretto League Premier Division. They are in the play-off positions and have games in hand on the league’s leaders, Truro City, and yesterday they were at home against Hednesford Town, who are still in the chasing pack for a play-off place themselves. Our third match comes from Scotland, where Clydebank had the chance to go to the top of the Scottish Junior Football West Division One yesterday afternoon. The club was formed in...

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Videos Of The Week: Non-League Special

This evening’s Videos Of The Week come again from the non-league game. This weekend saw the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy. It’s the final round of the competition before the clubs of the Blue Square Premier enter the competition, so there is a potential reward for the competing teams. With a final at Wembley the ultimate reward, there is all to play for and our first match comes from it. Our first match sees Dartford of the Blue Square South travel to Thurrock. The two teams are both battling relegation from that league at the moment, so this match might turn out to be a welcome relief from their poor league form. The second match also comes from the FA Trophy. Welling United have had their fair share of financial difficulties so far this season, but on the pitch they have been having quite a successful time of it and currently sit in third place in the Blue Square South. They were at home on Saturday afternoon against Tonbridge Angels of the Ryman League Premier Division. Tonbridge were also subject to rumours about their situation earlier this year, but they have had a reasonable start to the season and are in eleventh place in the table. Our third match comes from the Premier Division of the Zamaretto League. Weymouth’s difficulties have been extensively documented on this site...

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High Hopes for AFC Liverpool

In this interview (originally published on A Liverpool Thing) with their new chairman Chris Stirrup, Paul Grech asks a few questions about AFC Liverpool’s progress after a couple of seasons, including the $64,000 question of whether the club has become to close to the club that it was supposed to formed as a reaction to. It was a tough first season both on and off the pitch. Let’s start from the playing aspect: were you happy with how the team did? People were expecting a promotion from the start. Last year we had high expectations. We started the season well and probably thought that promotion was certain. Come the winter when pitches where not the best we didn’t adapt well to the conditions. This season we are now better prepared for the challenge ahead. Off the pitch, was it harder than expected? The Steering Group learnt very quickly how difficult it was. Nobody then thought it was going to be an easy ride. I don’t think anybody realized just how much work is involved in running a club even at this level. We were all surprised at what’s involved and how many hours are needed to be put in. Midway through the season Alun Parry, who basically started the whole idea, resigned. How hard was that to take? Alun’s leaving the club coincided with maybe the most turbulent time...

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Viva La Revolution!

As you will have already hopefully read elsewhere, it now seems highly likely that a Trust run team of some description going by the name of AFC Liverpool will be started up. As happened at Manchester United several years ago, disenchantment with the politics surrounding a club is causing a number of its supporters to reassess their values, and what seems to be a common feeling is a creeping sense of dislocation towards the Premier League. Supporters of Liverpool have more cause than most to feel like this. A year ago, their club had a manageable debt, was owned by people that seemed to care about the future of the club and was on its way to a second European Cup final in three years. A year on, and the debt has spiralled out of control and is only being kept in check by refinancing at considerable cost. The new owners might be asset-strippers (no-one really knows for sure exactly what their motives are), the team might not even qualify for next year’s UEFA Cup and, although they’re still in the Champions League, it seems massively unlikely that they will get anywhere near the final of it this season. In a more general sense, the Premier League wants to play matches abroad and is happy to mess up the format of the league in order to do it, ticket...

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