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Atherstone Town’s Dereliction Of Duty

Weekends when international matches take centre stage tend to be slow ones on the sports desks of our national newspapers. With no football matches being played in the Premier League or the Football League Championship, there are slim picking for those who want their weekend editions to be covered with the national game and, as such, it is perhaps unsurprising that an outbreak of crowd trouble, even if it does come to pass at a non-league which otherwise would have been of no great consequence. The indicents occurred at the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round match yesterday afternoon between Atherstone Town and Barrow AFC, and involved around thirty or so Atherstone “supporters” – a phrase which we use advisedly when we consider what the cost of their behaviour is likely to be to the club – got onto the pitch, attacked Barrow supporters and lit flares. It was a dismal afternoon for Atherstone Town, who normally play their trade in the Midland Football Combination – four divisions below Conference North club Barrow – and for whom getting this far in the competition had already been something of an achievement in itself. By the time of the incident, which came about at half-time, the home side was already losing by four goals to nil, which turned out to be the final score of the match as well. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the...

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The Return Of The Vaughan(s) – Nemesis Of Chester, Barrow & Widnes

It’s a familiar enough scene to anybody that has ever been to the movies. The bad guy gets shot, and some soothing music is played but, just as the audience settles down after the previous few minutes of tension, the music cranks up a notch and what we thought was his lifeless hand grips the handle of his gun again. There are some people in life who just keep bouncing back, and this afternoon the website of the North West Counties League published an announcement that will have raised eyebrows from Cumbria to Cheshire – the return, after a short absence, of the Vaughan family to non-league football. We can only presume that, this time around, there were no clubs in the area that would take them on, since their newest venture seems to be a completely new club, which will be named Widnes Town FC. This new club, if accepted into the English league system, intends to play its home matches at Halton Stadium, the 13,350 capacity home of Widnes Vikings RLFC and Everton’s reserve team. The ground was also one of the final resting places of the late Runcorn FC Halton, who sold their own ground to move there in 2000, before leaving the ground in 2005 because they were unable to maintain the rent on it. The club folded a year later. The new club will...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week 2: The Football Conference

We have two sets of non-league videos of the week lined up for you this week. Earlier this evening, we had a quick round-up of matches from the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. Now, to follow that up, we have a quick round-up of two matches from the Blue Square Premier, followed by one match from the Blue Square South. Wrexham stayed top of the table with a comprehensive win against Stockport County at The Racecourse Ground, but there was plenty going on elsewhere in the division. Our first match is the match between AFC Telford United and Ebbsfleet United. Second up is the match between Barrow and Hayes & Yeading United. Our third match comes from the Blue Square South, and is the match between Welling United and Dorchester Town. Our thanks go to those that record, edit and upload these videos.   </iframe</p> <p><iframe width=”562″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/gAdNMsh5gy0″ _mce_src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/gAdNMsh5gy0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Videos Of The Week: FA Fourth Qualifying Round Highlights

We’ve got something a little different for our Video Of The Week this week. Match Of The Eighties will be back later on in the week, but for now it seems like as good an idea as any to ease ourselves into Monday morning with some highlights from this weekend’s FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round matches from the weekend just passed. We’re starting off with FC United of Manchester, who were at home yesterday afternoon against Blue Square Premier side Barrow. With the draw for the First Round Proper already having been made, United already knew that their reward for winning this match would be a local derby against Rochdale if they could get past a team two divisions above them. The second match takes us off to The Camrose, where AFC Wimbledon were away to Blue Square South club Basingstoke Town. Wimbledon have made the First Round Proper of the competition for the last couple of years in a row, but haven’t managed to beat a Football League club once there yet. Basingstoke Town, meanwhile, did provide a surprise in the competition in the 2006/07 season, when they beat Chesterfield at Saltergate in the First Round. Wimbledon, for the purposes of clarity, are playing in white. Last but not least, we can stop off at Kingfield for the all-Blue Square South match between Woking and Eastleigh. Woking, of...

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The Chester City Aftermath: Self-Serving In The Blue Square Premier

In the latest edition of what has long since become an ongoing saga, the annual Football Conference summer crisis seems likely to loom large on the horizon with the confirmation that ten Blue Square Premier clubs are appealing the decision to expunge the record of Chester City to the Football Association following the club’s expulsion from the league last month. It might seem odd that these ten clubs are appealing what seems to be the only sensible way to deal with the fall-out from the club’s collapse, but the truth of the matter is that any sense of “justice” that may be emanating from these ten clubs has, in all honesty, many of the hallmarks of being about their own interests rather than being fair in any way. There is, it has to be said, some degree of obfuscation regarding the rules concerning what happens to a league should a club go to the wall in the middle of this season. This, thankfully, is because such circumstances are so very rare. On the overwhelming majority of cases that this has happened before, however, the offending club’s record has been wiped from the record. It’s what happened when Accrington Stanley folded in February 1962, when Newport County folded (whilst in what is now known as the Blue Square Premier) in February 1989 and when Aldershot left the Football League in...

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