Tag: Ebbsfleet United

Videos Of The Week: Non-League Special

It’s time for a bit of a non-league round-up (as is our wont at this time of the week), with highlights of three matches from the last couple of weekend’s worth of matches. First up, we’re taking the opportunity to catch up with one of the matches from the weekend of the 15th of January, with the FA Trophy Second Round match between Blyth Spartans. To people of a certain edge, hearing these two names together will send a shiver down the spine. Blyth Spartans, of course, made the Fifth Round of the FA Cup in 1978 and the Quarter-Finals of the FA Trophy in 1980 and 1983 (beating Altrincham on the way). Altrincham, meanwhile, were setting records of their own at the same time. They missed out on a place in the FA Trophy final in 1977 after a marathon four match long semi-final against Scarborough, but won the competition two years later and were runners-up again in 1982. Anyway, it was a cracking match at Croft Park last weekend. Our second match comes from the Blue Square South, and is a local derby from the south-east between Ebbsfleet United and Bromley. Bromley, the visitors, started the season with seven successive league wins and remained unbeaten until the middle of October. The chasing pack has since caught them up and they recently suffered the ignominy of a 7-0...

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FA Cup Match Of The Midweek 2: Ebbsfleet United 2-3 AFC Wimbledon (AET)

For all that supporters across the board may have breathed a sigh of relief, the suspicion remains that the media were less than thrilled by Stevenage’s penalty shoot-out win on Tuesday night. With the winning penalty kick went the story of the Second Round – the grudge match that had been talked of as if it was already a certainty. As it stands, the winners of tonight’s match (oddly scheduled to a Thursday night) will entertain Stevenage the weekend after next. Few, at least from Wimbledon, will be particularly disappointed by this. They must have felt a weight lifting from their collective shoulder and this evening’s trip from south-west London to Kent must have felt a good deal more comfortable than it might otherwise have done. Wimbledon and Ebbsfleet United offer two different perspectives on the notion of supporter ownership. Wimbledon’s success as a club owned by their supporters has been well documented. They sit top of the Blue Square Premier and, by this time next year, they could be a Football League club. Ebbsfleet United have had a more difficult time of it. The My Football Club experiment is still there, but whether it would be generous to describe it as having been a success. True enough, they won the FA Trophy during the first season of ownership. Their financial problems as the membership drained away, however, have...

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Ebbsfleet On The Brink?

The ongoing saga of Ebbsfleet United and My Football Club has long been a favourite chosen subject of this site. Their first round of renewals came around earlier this year, and the results were not encouraging for them. In spite of very vocal protestations to the contrary (not least in the comments section on here), the final number of 10,000 subscribers couldn’t really be disguised as anything less than a bit of a disaster. It was a fifth the number of people that MyFC had first wanted to attract to the project, and one-third the number of registrations that the site had at its peak last year. This time last year, it looked as if there was a chance that it could all be a success in the end. A place in the final of the FA Trophy (which they won, beating Torquay United 1-0 at Wembley) gave them another shot in the arm of publicity. However, over the last twelve months the story has – as previously reported on here – unwound fairly spectacularly, and talk surrounding them has moved on from how quickly they will be able to get into the Football League and move into a swanky new stadium to the rather more worrying subject of whether they will be able to survive into the new season without suffering some severe financial difficulties. The latest problem...

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The Promotion Jitters

Burton Albion lost 2-1 at Ebbsfleet United in the Blue Square Premier on Wednesday night. There was, in itself, nothing extraordinary about this, but this defeat marks the third successive match that the once runaway leaders of the league have failed to win and, whilst they are still comfortably clear at the top of the table, their lead, which had been in double figures with several games in hand, is down to just eight points with two games in hand. Bookmakers have already paid out on them winning promotion into the Football League, and this is starting to look like a shakier decision that it did a couple of weeks ago. They’re not the only team at the top of a table to be feeling the heat. We’ve covered AFC Wimbledon on here before – three successive draws has seen their lead at the top of the Blue Square South whittled away – but their football nemesis, the Milton Keynes Franchise, have also slumped in recent weeks, drawing four successive matches at the top of League One to drop out of the automatic promotion places, although they have games in hand on the teams above them too. In the Blue Square North, Tamworth scrambled a 2-1 win against Vauxhall Motors on Saturday, but this was their first win in three matches, and they have been overhauled at the top...

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Ebbsfleet United: “I Told You So”, Part Two

It’s difficult to imagine anything that more succinctly captured the perils of the modern game than the MyFootballClub takeover of BSP club Ebbsfleet United. The takeover, which was completed this time last year to a largely unquestioning media fanfare, has proved to be not far short of an unmitigated disaster, with the number of MyFC subscriptions having slumped to well below the level at which the Society which runs the club may have to give up control of the club. Indeed, the levels of returning subscribers have been so low that there is even a possibility that the club may have to enter into administration unless it can rein in its currently uncontrollable losses. It did look briefly as if those of us in cynics corner might be wrong. Ebbsfleet flirted with a place in the BSP play-offs last season and won the FA Trophy at Wembley. However, disenchantment at the way that the organisation was being run grew and grew, an atmosphere of civil war developed on the site’s forum (leading to numerous members being banned from it), and this malaise spread around the entire project. In a sudden about turn of policy, one of the main selling points of MyFC membership, the right for members to pick the team rather than the manager, was put to a vote, but only after an impassioned plea from head coach...

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