Tag: Droylsden

Ugly Scenes: A Bad Day In The Conference North

Remember, remember the fifth of November – well, some Conference North fans would probably rather not remember a Saturday speckled with nasty incidents which hardly cover the league in glory. Accusations of racist abuse on the field, alleged violence and a goalkeeper sent off for throwing a firework into a stand (no really) have left a grubby stain on the northern half of Step 2. Nevermind, the fact that most of the games passed off without mustering any comment, serious incidents at two matches are likely to open enough cans of worms to feed a bird sanctuary. The first incident is perhaps surprising in light of the ongoing Terry/Ferdinand situation. Yesterday evening striker Richard Offiong took to Twitter after his Blyth Spartans side’s 2-2 draw at home to Colwyn Bay and tweeted: “Do I report the racist abuse or brush it off? It will never effect me but do I take a stand” Followed by: “Racism from opposite player who has black team mates. #stampitout” And, with a sense of sadness: “Reported abuse in the past but nothing happened.” He claims he was asked: “Where’s your bunch of bananas, show me your passport please,” but has now said he won’t be commenting further until the FA have investigated the claims, despite naming the player who allegedly made the comments. There’s been no official statement from either side on this...

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The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Predictions: Conference North

Last year was pretty clear cut in the Conference North, Alfreton were pretty much definitely going up despite having a ridiculous backlog of games, the play-off places were fairly clear early on and Redditch were dropping like a stone from around February time, but this season it looks set to be a bit closer at both ends of the table and closer still in the middle. Along with relegated Altrincham and Histon there are the promoted pair of Colwyn Bay and FC Halifax, and the 22nd most northern team at Step 2 – Bishop’s Stortford, shifted over the north/south divide in the fall-out from Rushden and Diamonds’ demise. Bishop’s Stortford, like Histon and like Worcester before them will soon wise up to the difference between the two Step 2 leagues (Gloucester have only ever known the Northern side of the imaginary moving line which hovers over the Conference’s map). PROMOTION CONTENDERS It would be hard to bet against  FC Halifax Town being somewhere near the top of the table, The new boys have bulldozered their way back up the table and boast hot-shot striker Jamie Vardy as one of their key assets and laughed off an offer from Stockport to take him of their hands for a rumoured £50,000. Manager Neil Aspin has made a few key signings and if the Shaymen are as good as all their fans claim...

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Match Of The Midweek: Droylsden 1-1 Leyton Orient

For the intrepid visitor from East London to Droylsden this evening, that shiver running down the spine might not be entirely down to the bitter cold in the air tonight. The home side are, after all nicknamed “The Bloods” and the venue for this evening’s Second Round match in the FA Cup is The Butchers Arms, all of which rather calls to mind the opening scenes from “An American Werewolf In London”. Compared to the giants of the the area, Manchester United and the recently-minted Manchester City, they remain very much in the shadows, and the reality of their position is that their real competitors are the other Tameside clubs – the likes of Hyde FC, Stalybridge Celtic and Ashton United – rather than the impenetrable two of the Greater Manchester area. It’s a crowded part of the world, and a little extra publicity will do them good. Also, in the cold, hard reality of non-league football, the money from this run in the competition will come in useful and, much as we might like occasionally indulge ourselves in “The Romance Of The FA Cup” (© The FA), this counts for a lot for a Blue Square North side with an average home crowd of 400 people. Leyton Orient, meanwhile, have had a curious start to the new season. They started poorly, but have seen their form pick up...

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When The Lights Went Out (Revisited)

It’s reassuring to come back from the Christmas break to find that the fallout from the much aborted FA Cup match between Droylsden and Chesterfield is still rumbling on. After the first match was abandoned due to fog with Droylsden leading by a single goal, the two sides drew 2-2 at Saltergate. Chesterfield were then winning the replay 2-0 when an electrician fixing the electricity tripped the floodlights out with eighteen minutes left to play. At the fourth attempt, the Droylsden beat their Football League opposition 2-1 to book, as they thought, a place in the Third Round of the competition and a trip to Suffolk to play Ipswich Town. There was much gnashing of teeth in Derbyshire over this result. In the third match between the sides, Chesterfield were just three minutes from the point at which the referee would normally have awarded the result to them anyway when the lights went out, and dark rumours started to circulate that this hadn’t been the accident that it seemed. Even after all of this, there is again a strong chance that Droylsden will not be allowed to take their place in the Third Round of the competition, this time in an argument over an ineligible player. Sean Newton had been the hero of the final match between the two sides, scoring both goals to win it for Droylsden. After...

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The Strangest Cup Run Of The Year

As noted on here last night, Blyth Spartans made it a record eight non-league clubs in the Third Round of this year’s FA Cup with their 1-0 win against AFC Bournemouth at Croft Park last night. That number could yet increase, considering that Droylsden have to replay their FA Cup match against Chesterfield after last night’s match against them was abandoned with eighteen minutes still to play because of floodlight failure. Last night’s events mark another chapter in what is rapidly becoming one of the strangest FA Cup runs of all time, as Droylsden simply refuse to be eliminated from this year’s competition. It all started fairly benignly for them, with wins over Bradford (Park Avenue), Gateshead and Belper Town seeing them through to the First Round Proper. Then, all hell broke loose. They were drawn to play Darlington away in the First Round. The first match at The Darlington Arena passed off relatively peacefully and ended in a 0-0 draw, although the match was marred by ugly racist chanting from Darlington supporters aimed at Droylsden’s substitute goalkeeper Kyle Clancey, a teenager that had come on to replace Droylsden’s regular goalkeeper, who had been injured after just twenty minutes. The replay, at Droylsden’s Butchers Arms stadium, was similarly blighted by monkey chanting by Darlington supporters. Reports from home supporters noted Darlington supporters in a pub near the ground before...

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