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The AGM cup 2012 – Mystic Rhys predicts

It’s the end of the season, and York City have won the final playoff game to secure their return football league. Now, the process of positioning teams in various leagues will begin in a process jokingly referred to as the AGM Cup. Always controversial, the Football Conference AGM decides who gets placed into various leagues in the Conference system (Conference Premier, North & South). With teams struggling to make ends meet, and the ever shifting North/South borderline, the AGM does throw up a few surprises now and again. Although teams technically could be affected by the AGM (Hereford, Macclesfield Town, Woking, Hyde, Chester amongst others) are nigh on guaranteed to be in the leagues they were promoted from or relegated to, this article will look into those teams that’s future is a lot less certain. In this article, I will look to my crystal ball and attempt to predict Steps 1 and 2 of the non-league system next year. Although step 1 itself is fairly secure, step 2 is a lot less predictable. I will look at the big players in their AGM Cup and will attempt to predict which league they will play in next year. Darlington Although now a little more financially secure than they were when previous owner Raj Singh placed them into administration, thanks to the DFC 1883 group, the club has appeared to have...

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Pants And Publicity For Bath City

How often does an FA Youth Cup game get national coverage? I’m not talking ages old clips of a young Wayne Rooney or David Beckham or John Terry replayed in some ‘before they were famous’ programme while non-entity talking heads try to be witty, I mean actual coverage of the events of a game. Today various tabloids carried reports on Newport County’s Monday night tie with Bath City at Spytty Park, a few of them included pictures, most of the stories covered the key points of a sparky match, won comprehensively by the young Welsh side by five goals to nil. How come? Well, its all down to the referee’s decision to dismiss six members of the Bath squad because of a row over pants. Some of the Bath players had white thermals under their red shorts, thus contravening a little known, but perfectly valid, law of the game. It’s there in the FIFA rules: “if undershorts or tights are worn, they must be of the same main colour as the shorts.” It’s daft but it’s a rule, it isn’t one which is very well known but who knows all the rules inside out? Likewise the reaction of the Bath bench and players was equally daft and led to a series of red cards for dissent. While two of the Bath City Academy boys were changing their underwear on the side of the pitch, Newport...

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Bath City’s Bridge-Building Initiative

Like most non-league football clubs, Bath City of the Blue Square Premier live a hand to mouth existence. Indeed, Bath are in what could easily be described as a uniquely devilish position. Not only are they a semi-professional club playing in a league in which the majority of clubs are now full-time, but the city of Bath itself may also be considered something of a rugby stronghold. Attracting the sort of crowds that would make going full-time – which would make the club more competitive on the pitch – should, therefore, be at the forefront of the minds of the directors of the club. The directors of Bath City, presumably with this hanging heavily in their minds, therefore came up with a promotion to try and attract a big crowd for their forthcoming match against Grimsby Town, to be played this Saturday. Posters have gone up all over the city advertising the match and the hope is that the club will be able to bring in a crowd of 3,000. It’s a tall order, considering that their average home attendance this season has only been a shade over 1,000 and that the match is on the same day as the final day of the Six Nations rugby tournament. It has been decided by the club, therefore that promotions will be offered to encourage groups that don’t regularly attend Twerton...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: Blue Square Premier Special

This morning’s non-league videos of the week come from the Blue Square Bet Premier. Last weekend saw the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy, which involved a number of clubs from the fifth division, all of which left clubs that had already been eliminated from that particular competition to get on with the important job of accumulating points in the league. Our first match features Wimbledon and Altrincham. Wimbledon, to put it bluntly, need to keep winning now if they are to get anywhere near the top of the Blue Square Premier table by the end of the season. Their defeat at home against Wrexham during the week left Crawley Town firmly in the driving seat at the top of the table, just three points behind them but with five games in hand. Altrincham, meanwhile, remain firmly in the relegation places at the bottom of the table. Our second match features another club that are battling against relegation, Hayes & Yeading United, against a team chasing a place in the play-offs, York City. Hayes, with the lowest average home crowds in the league, were always going to face an uphill battle to stay in the Blue Square Premier and it is to their credit that they are still in touch with the others at the foot of the table and they currently sit one place above the bottom four in...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week

For those of you viewing Twohundredpercent on our mobile site, you will be able to view this post better by clicking here. It’s time, then, to wind down with our weekly selections of non-league highlights from the last seven days. Our first match this evening comes from Twerton Park, and it’s the Blue Square Premier match between Bath City and Wimbledon. Wimbledon are still chasing a place in the Football League and needed three points from their trip to the west country from this match. Bath, however, may still harbour hopes of a place in the play-offs at the end of the season and provided a stiff test for the team that has spent much of the last few months at the top of the table. Our second match comes from the Premier Division of the Ryman League. Croydon Athletic have had about as dramatic a season as any team could possibly imagine, and are sitting near the foot of the table. They would have one of their most difficult matches of the season on Saturday against Bury Town, who are in second place in the table and are still chasing the coat-tails of the league leaders Sutton United. Our final match comes from the Premier Division of the Zamaretto League and is between Cambridge City and Brackley Town. Cambridge managed to get themselves an extension on their Milton...

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