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Bank Holiday Tuesday – Portrait Of A Foul

Imagine if you will being born. A comfortable float around a womb that you are quickly starting to outgrow. It has to end. Something’s got to give. Then the pushing and the seepage and the screaming and hey presto, pro-lifers everywhere pat themselves on the back, someone done a baby. As a life event, it is perhaps the most dangerous, perilous and traumatic your body will ever face.¬†And that’s what it is like to play non-league football on a Christmas Bank Holiday, I would like to argue. Not for the non-league player the dieticians, the monitors and the internal flight to another swish hotel of the Premier League, nor even the coach stopping off at the Little Chef of the Football League. You are responsible for yourself, floating around in your own little bubble of family, friends and a cheeky rum baba. But there’s the same constricting feeling of that ultimate date with destiny. In this case, it’s at the Robert Albon Memorial Stadium on 27th December 2011, kick-off 19:45. Be you ready for it or not, that’s when you are going to have to emerge, be you fully-formed or riddled with complications. And like the world beyond your dear mother’s foo-foo, it’s a pretty bloody awful place to be. It’s an attractive place for a football ground during the daylight hours, perched right on the edge of the...

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Match Of The Week: Lancing 4-2 Witham Town (AET)

Hove, Aldrington, Portslade, Fishersgate, Southwick, Shoreham-by-Sea, Lancing. The train rumbles westward along the coast from Brighton for an unexpected treat, an FA Vase Third Round match between Lancing, of the Sussex County League Division Two and Witham Town, of the Essex Senior League. The FA Vase, as many of you will be aware, was first competed for in 1975, following the FA’s abolition of the formal distinction between professional amateur players. While the FA Trophy (the competition that professional non-league clubs have been playing for since the late 1960s), however, has been suffering in recent years as the Football Conference sweeps all before it at the top end of the non-league game, the Vase, by comparison, feels healthy. These are clubs whose hopes of reaching the Football League are, broadly speaking, remote, to say the least. What, then, of Lancing? With a population of around 19,000, it’s a contender for the honour of being Britain’s largest village, and is probably best known as the home of Lancing College, amongst whose alumni we can count Evelyn Waugh, Tom Sharpe and Tim Rice. It’s also now the home of the Sussex County Football Association, and their decision to use Culver Road, the home of Lancing FC, as their base has reaped considerable dividends for the club. The old stand has been replaced by a new, smart replacement with an outstanding bar,...

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