Tag: Eastwood Town

The Death – And Potential For Rebirth – Of Eastwood Town FC

In the overall scheme of things, the resignation of a football club from one of the myriad of leagues that make up the non-league pyramid is unlikely to even warrant a footnote in the story of English football. Yet there are lessons that should surely be learned from the protracted collapse of Eastwood Town Football Club, lessons that other clubs at that level of the game would do well to heed. Whether they will or not, however, is a highly debatable questionable. The proverbial fat lady started to clear her throat a little over a month ago, when the club was evicted from its Coronation Park ground by the local council over the non-payment of rent. Already hopelessly adrift at the bottom of Division One South of the Northern Premier League, this turned out to be the final straw for a club whose reversal of fortunes had, over the last couple of years, been just about as dramatic as have been seen in recent years. Following this came a wearyingly familiar sequence of events. The club’s playing staff ebbed away. Matches were postponed. And then yesterday the club tendered its resignation from the league, meaning that closure is now but a legal technicality away. It wasn’t ever thus, of course. Over the course of the last ten years or so, Eastwood Town had been one of non-league football’s upwardly...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: The FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round

This week’s Non-League Videos of The Week are a day late, but we think that we they are are worth the wait. This week, we are concentrating on the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy. With a place in the First Round of the competition at stake, this is a competition with a very tangible prize at the end of it – a day out at Wembley come the end of the season. And whilst the clubs of the Blue Square Premier, who join the competition in the next round, may be more focussed upon trying to bag themselves a Wembley trip in the Blue Square Premier play-offs come the end of the season, the clubs from below the top division of non-league football also have a chance of booking themselves at Wembley. We’ll cut straight to the chase this evening, our five matches are Chelmsford City vs Woking, Guiseley AFC vs Eastwood Town, Matlock Town vs Hyde, Hampton & Richmond Borough vs Canvey Island and Eastbourne Borough vs Dartford. Our thanks, as ever, go to those that take the time to record, edit and upload these videos. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking here...

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Fear & Loathing At Coronation Park: What Is Going On At Eastwood?

Something may or may not be going on at Eastwood Town Football Club but it’s increasingly difficult to make any sense of the situation. To quote Donald Rumsfeld: “There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. “We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. “But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” He might have been on about weapons of mass destruction or the war on terror or something but it could easily be applied to recent events surrounding Coronation Park and it seems fans at the Nottinghamshire club are fast running out of patience with rumours and speculation about the ownership. Last Thursday’s announcement from former Nottingham Forest defender Nigel Jemson that he is NOT involved in a takeover follows a similar (initial) rebuff from Halesowen investor Steve Lynch after it was reported in the local press (and briefly on the club’s official website) that he had become the majority shareholder at Eastwood. It was followed by another statement from owner/manager Jamie Brough that he and his directors were preparing to walk away from the club. He told the Eastwood Advertiser that Lynch was heading another consortium which was buying the club, which Lynch has since confirmed, despite the fact he also owns a big...

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Non-League Videos of the Week: 28/08/11

With the leagues in full swing there have been goals galore this week, up near the top of the pyramid Fleetwood were beat by Barrow in the week, finally conceding their first goals of the season. They didn’t quite last as long as Gloucester City, who managed a further ten minutes before Eastwood Town’s Jason Bradley becomes the first player to score against them this season.   That said, AFC Totton lasted longer than both – they didn’t concede a goal until yesterday afternoon when they lost 2-1 to Leamington. Elsewhere in the Isthmian Division One South Folkestone Invicta fought back from a goal down to beat Whyteleafe, with Stewart King netting both goals. The winner was scored from the spot – with one fan in the crowd getting that all important ‘keeper’s eye’ view.   In Evo-stick Division One Central Slough Town move up to fourth after comprehensive victory over Fleet. It was all about the late goals,with Danny Burnell putting Slough ahead in the first half and efforts from Adam Logie and Sean Sonner confirming the win.   And finally a derby and a half from the Evo-stick Southern Premier League; Swindon Supermarine v Cirencester Town.   The score finished 4-4, with brothers Max and Tom Etheridge scoring a goal each for the opposing sides, add into that three red cards and numerous bookings and the repeat...

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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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