Tag: Gainsborough Trinity

Divided They Fall: The Fight For Gainsborough Trinity’s Northolme

This year is supposed to be a special one for Gainsborough Trinity Football Club, marking, as it does, the one hundred and fortieth anniversary of a club which spent sixteen years in the Football League between 1896 and 1912 but now resides in the Blue Square Bet North, two divisions below League Two but a comfortable distance from the one man and a dog territory that marks out the flotsam and jetsam of non-league football. Celebration, however, is the last thing on the mind of many concerned with the club at the moment, though, and the source of discontent is a wrangle between the club’s owner and the owners of the club’s Northolme ground over its proposed sale which has led to a row which has now gone so far as to drag in the club’s first team manager. The Northolme is about as close to the archetypal non-league football ground as could be imagined. A short walk from the town centre and railway station, it has cover on two sides and a stand which seats just over five hundred people. It’s not football’s most glamorous venue and, like many other homes of football at this level of the game, it could do with a little care and attention, but it has been the club’s home for a very long time and it is, in many respects, perfectly fit...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 14/05/2012

Well, this is the final edition of Non-League Videos Of The Week for this season, but we do at least have a round-up games that are well worth an hour of your time. We kick-off with a double-bill from Wembley, with highlights of Saturday’s FA Trophy final between York City and Newport County, followed by Sunday’s FA Vase final between Dunston UTS and West Auckland. Then we have extended highlights from the Blue Square South play-off final between Dartford and Welling United and the only goal of the match from the Blue Square North play-off final – complete with the musical accompaniment of the Electric Light Orchestra – between Gainsborough Trinity and Nuneaton Town. And finally, we have the final of the Surrey Senior Cup, played at Kingsmeadow between Woking and Sutton United. Our thanks go to all those that have taken the time to record, edit and upload these videos. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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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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Brian Little – Slow Decline Or Varied Career?

If you watch a match this afternoon, take a moment if possible to look into the eyes of your manager. If your team is winning you may think that you see happiness, but it’s not. It’s relief and respite. If your team is losing or drawing you may just get to see a haunted soul. Ironically, given that it is statistically likely that most managers will lose as many games as they win, the life of the football manager is one of surviving from one match to the next. In the most extreme circumstances, one match can lose a manager his job and, in select cases, destroy his reputation. Managers in the Premier League are the top of their game. At the prime of their game, and it’s a long way down. Even some of the most established Premier League managers will be more than aware that their reputations will only last for as along as their teams can keep their heads above water. It is an insecure profession and, since all managers have been players at some point, they know it. It is, therefore, likely that some older managers may have shivered yesterday when a minor announcement appeared, almost as a footnote at the bottom the sports news. Gainsborough Trinity, of the Blue Square North, have hired Brian Little as their manager. Little’s managerial career has become a...

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