Tag: Farnborough

The AGM Cup: Or How To Avoid Relegation, The Non-League Way

With the AGM Cup looking set to decide the non-league pyramid’s final placings once again, Jenni Silver looks at some of this year’s possible contenders. It should be the most exciting time of the season, promotions, play-offs and relegation dog-fights, the glorious month which ends the football season. But forgive me for not really feeling it this year. Somehow I know the Blue Square North table after the last game has been played won’t really tell the true story of the winners and losers of the league. The same can be said of its sister league in the south and the BSP too, along with several of the feeder leagues. As with the past few seasons the real winners will come in the AGM Cup, the clubs who are lucky enough to be handed a reprieve at the expense of another club with no ground grading/ financial woe/ big tax bill (delete as applicable.) Give it a few years and we will effectively be back in the days when clubs were voted in and out of leagues and relegations didn’t count if you had the right connections. I’m not being dramatic here, last year no one was relegated out of the BSN or into it from the BSP thanks to Salisbury and Northwich being booted down the pyramid (Grays Athletic, Farsley Celtic and Chester City had already dropped out...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: The Blue Square South

There are just four weeks left to go of the season in the Blue Square South, one of the two feeder leagues to the Blue Square Premier, and there is still all to play for at the top of the table. This week’s Non-League Videos Of The Week features six of the top eight in the league, and with the battle for the title and for the four play-off places still wide open, there is still all to play for. At the very top of the table, there was just one point between the leaders, Braintree Town, and second-placed Farnborough. In our first match, Braintree have a golden chance to win three points against Dorchester Town, who are sitting just above the relegation places but have probably just about done enough to secure their place in the division for next season. Meanwhile, at Cherrywood Road Farnborough FC were at home against Bromley. Farnborough have trimmed Braintree’s lead at the top of the table down to a single point at the top of the table, whilst Bromley are in mid-table, probably a little too far from the play-off places to be able to launch a challenge of their own. Still, with the nerves starting to jangle as the end of the season looms on the horizon, there are no matches for clubs at the top of the table that can...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week

We have got four matches for you as our non-league videos of the week selection tonight. First up is a match between two teams chasing play-off places in the Blue Square South, Woking and Farnborough FC. Farnborough started the day in third place, but knew that anything other than a win could see Welling United leapfrog them on goal difference. Woking, meanwhile much improved under new manager Garry Hill and are now up to eighth place in the table. Our second match comes from the Blue Square North, and is a match between another two clubs around or about the play-off places, Blyth Spartans and Solihull Moors. Solihull are in fifth place – the last play-off spot, with Blyth just below them. Blyth, however, go into this match four points behind Solihull and desperately need three points to close the gap on their opponents in the league. We have mentioned before on this site how tight the top half of the Ryman League Premier Division is this season, and the next match up is between two teams at either end of that particular rat run. Tonbridge Angels are in fourth place in the league. They’re eleven points behind the leaders Sutton United, but only eight points ahead of Canvey Island, down in tenth place in the table. They met each other in a league match last Tuesday night. Finally,...

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Up The Avenue

Of the smaller clubs that have had runs in the FA Cup over the years, some have had unhappy endings. Enfield, who became a national name in the 1970s and 1980s, have been the subject of a piece on here before, whilst Farnborough Town, who briefly scared the living daylights out of Arsenal as recently in 2003, folded and had to restart again. The spirit of both of those clubs, however, lives on now in brand new clubs which both have brighter and more secure futures ahead of them. One of the most doleful stories that one can tell about the non-league game, however, comes from north-east London, where one of the most famous amateur names of all was swallowed up and spat out, with all attempts at reviving the name having come to nothing. Walthamstow Avenue were one of the great amateur names. Playing at the cramped but idiosyncratically vast Green Pond Road (which was used as one of the football venues for the 1948 Olympic Games), they scared the living daylights out of various Football League Clubs, and won some of the biggest honours in the amateur game. Formed in 1900, they joined the Athenian League in 1929 and won it five times in years before the Second World War brought an end to the normal football programme. At the end of the war they joined the...

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Down And Out?

More sad news from the lower reaches of the football ladder, where yesterday’s Non-League Paper reported on the crisis facing Conference South club Farnborough Town. Farnborough scratch a living on the outer edge of what many of you would regard as “real” football. Their woes go back, ironically, to what might otherwise have been their finest moment – their FA Cup match at Highbury against Arsenal in 2003. Their owner-manager, Graham Westley, had taken them over a couple of years earlier, and he was nothing if not an excellent self-publicist. He certainly hoodwinked the FA, who allowed him to switch his club’s FA Cup third round match from their own, somewhat humble, Cherrywood Road ground to the somewhat more palatial (and, significantly, more lucrative) Highbury. They lost the match 5-1, and in a matter of days, Westley was off: decamping to Stevenage, and taking a staggering seven of his players with him. He also made up with a sizeable pot of cash, leaving the club with a sizeable debt. From then on, the financial mis-management has been sizeable. It has left Farnborough having to put forward a proposal for a CVA (Companies Voluntary Arrangement), which has been reportedly rejected by the club’s biggest creditor, the Inland Revenue. As it stands, they have seven days to persuade the IR to change their position, they’ll be closed down. There is, of...

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