Tag: Hinckley United

The Death Of Hinckley United?

Yesterday afternoon at Meadow Park in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, Chesham United defeated Hinckley United by three goals to nil in the Premier Division of the Calor Gas Southern Football League. Under different circumstances, it would have been the most unassuming of matches. Chesham United are chasing promotion at the top of the table, while their visitors are just above the relegation places at the foot of the table, and on the pitch the outcome of this match was never likely to be in any great doubt. Away from it, however, the match has taken on a significance which overshadows anything that could have happened on the pitch, for the travelling supporters, at least, because yesterday afternoon those travelling supporters from Hinckley may just have seen their club play its final match. It is less than twelve months since the club suffered the indignity of the cancellation of a home league match in the Blue Square Bet North against Bishops Stortford because it was unable to raise a team for the match following the imposition of a transfer embargo. This wasn’t the first time that the club had found itself in severe difficulty, either. Hinckley lost in the Blue Square Bet North play-offs in 2007, but its decline since then has been rapid. Two years ago the club finished in third from bottom place in the finals Blue Square Bet North...

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Hinckley United’s Season Goes From Bad To Worse

One of non-league football’s more enduring crises of recent seasons reached its head this week with news of the postponement of the Blue Square Bet North match between Hinckley United and Bishops Stortford. A transfer embargo was placed upon the club by the Football Conference at the end of October following a failure on its part to pay the wages of five players. Yesterday afternoon, the club requested cancellation of their match last night because it only had eight fit players, but a couple of the details of this postponement may cause some to raise their eyebrows. It has been reported that injuries picked up during Saturday afternoon’s match against Harrogate Town were the cause for the cancellation of last night’s match, but it was reported yesterday that not only had the club failed to provide medical certificates by 3.30 yesterday afternoon – as per requests from the Football Conference – but also that the club had rejected an offer from Dennis Strudwick, the general manager of the Football Conference, to sign enough emergency players to enable the match to go ahead, stating that it was not practical to do so when the offer was received at 1pm yesterday afternoon. Some would point out that Hinckley United could have started yesterday evening’s match with eight players (the laws of the game requires a team to have a minimum of...

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The AGM cup 2012 – Mystic Rhys predicts

It’s the end of the season, and York City have won the final playoff game to secure their return football league. Now, the process of positioning teams in various leagues will begin in a process jokingly referred to as the AGM Cup. Always controversial, the Football Conference AGM decides who gets placed into various leagues in the Conference system (Conference Premier, North & South). With teams struggling to make ends meet, and the ever shifting North/South borderline, the AGM does throw up a few surprises now and again. Although teams technically could be affected by the AGM (Hereford, Macclesfield Town, Woking, Hyde, Chester amongst others) are nigh on guaranteed to be in the leagues they were promoted from or relegated to, this article will look into those teams that’s future is a lot less certain. In this article, I will look to my crystal ball and attempt to predict Steps 1 and 2 of the non-league system next year. Although step 1 itself is fairly secure, step 2 is a lot less predictable. I will look at the big players in their AGM Cup and will attempt to predict which league they will play in next year. Darlington Although now a little more financially secure than they were when previous owner Raj Singh placed them into administration, thanks to the DFC 1883 group, the club has appeared to have...

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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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Non-League Videos Of The Week

Our non-league videos of the week are twety-four hours later than usual this week but, to make it up to you, we’ve brought together the highlights of five matches this week. Our first match is from the Premier Division of the Ryman League and is between the league leaders, Sutton United and Hastings United. Sutton went into the match knowing that a win would hand them the league title with a little to spare, while Hastings went desperate for the points themselves, sitting, as they do, just above the relegation places. Our second match is from the top of the Blue Square South. Braintree Town went into their home match against Havant & Waterlooville knowing that a win would leave them at least four points clear of second-placed Farnborough with just three matches of the season left to play. Havant, meanwhile, needed a win to keep their faint mathematical chance of grabbing a play-off place alive in any way. In the Blue Square North, meanwhile, it is AFC Telford United who are doing the chasing. Alfreton Town were two points clear of Telford with a game in hand and just three more rounds of matches yet to be played. On Saturday, they were away to Hinckley United, who are just about safe from relegation but would probably appreciate one more win, just to be absolutely certain. We’re going to...

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