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Tom Davis: The Career Of A Blue Square South Journeyman

Some people find their way in the world as a jack of all trades, spending their talents over a range of different tasks. Others, meanwhile, discover that they can do one thing, but do it very well. Midfielder Tom Davis didn’t quite make the grade as a Premier League professional and he has also tried other divisions, but like a compass pointing involuntarily north, he always seems to find his way back to the division that he has called home for the lions share of his career: the Blue Square Bet South. There are, of course, plenty of other players that have made this particular division their home since its introduction eight years ago, but none have done it with quite the level of success that Davis has managed. The midfielder started his career in the youth set-up at Fulham, but since dropping down into the non-league game has played in no less than three teams that have been promoted from this division, with a potential fourth being on the cards this season following his signing on loan by the manager of the current league leaders, Woking. The Surrey club had been sailing off into the distance at the top of the table but – in spite of a defeat against struggling Eastbourne Borough last weekend – they have since his arrival at Kingsfield started to improve again after...

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Match Of The Week: Lewes 1-1 Kingstonian

It has been a difficult week for those running Lewes Football Club. The arrival of former manager Steve King back at The Dripping Pan raised an eyebrow or two when he returned to the club during the summer, but the owners of the club have – rightly – remained tight-lipped over what King may or may not have been up to and, although there are any number of theories floating around this ground as to why he should have found himself at home this afternoon, no official announcement has been made and Simon Wormull takes his place in the home dug-out today. This is, therefore, not a bad time for Kingstonian to be visiting East Sussex. A mid-table Ryman League Premier Division side that has won as many league games as it has lost in the league season, the visitors have had an inconsistent season so far – an example of this being the way that they followed up beating Tooting & Mitcham United by four goals to one away from home earlier this season, only to lose their next match by six goals to nil at Billericay Town a few days later – although a play-off place might still not be beyond them if only they can find a little more consistency from somewhere. For a quarter of an hour, the Kingstonian side that turns up for this...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 13-11-2011

Well, it’s very late on a Sunday evening, so it’s time for a round-up of non-league videos from over the course of this weekend. We kick off with a match from the First Round Proper of the FA Cup, between Chelmsford City of the Blue Square South and AFC Telford United of the Blue Square Premier. Next up is a match from the Ryman League Premier Division between two of the pre-season promotion favourites, Lewes and Bury Town, and this is followed by a match from the Southern League Division One Central between Slough Town and St Neots Town. This is followed by a match from Division One South of the Ryman League Premier Division between Maidstone United and Ramsgate, and we’re finishing off with a match from the Northern League, between Bishop Auckland and Penrith. As ever, our thanks go to those that take the time to record, edit and upload these videos. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Match Of The Week: Lewes 0-4 AFC Hornchurch

Non-league football has experienced a culture of boom and bust for as long as it has existed. From the shamateurism of the 1950s and 1960s, through to more recent vanity projects, there has never been a completely level playing field in the semi-professional football, and what becomes troubling about this is, of course, what happens to a club when the money runs out. This afternoon at The Dripping Pan, two clubs that boomed and busted during the last decade but which both found their level in subtly different ways, meet in the Ryman League Premier Division. Within the last ten years, both Lewes Football Club and Hornchurch FC lived beyond their means. One of these clubs died and the other came as close to the same fate without actually expiring, yet this afternoon they meet in a top of the table league match. The story of the fate of Hornchurch Football Club is a by-the-numbers story of over-ambition and financial doping. The club rapidly through the non-league ranks during the early years of the last decade. Lavishly funded by Karl Williams’ Carthium group of companies, they seemed set for a place in at least the Blue Square Premier, but their collapse was as sudden as it was unsurprising. Early in 2005, Carthium suddenly collapsed with debts of £7m – Williams was subsequently disqualified from acting as a company director...

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A Matter Of Trust: Some Supporter-Owned Highlights From 2011

It is the end, then, of another long, hard season, and perhaps now is an appropriate time to be looking at how those clubs that are owned and run by their supporters trusts this season managed to fair. As AFC Wimbledon paraded the trophy that confirmed their accession into the Football League nine years after their formation, the words of the FA’s committee, that a new club in the borough would be, “not in the wider interests of football”, have never sounded more hollow. Wimbledon, however, are just one of nineteen clubs in England, Scotland and Wales that are owned by supporters trusts, and they are not the only one of these to have had some degree of success this season. It is worth, then, taking a moment to reflect upon some of the other Supporters Trust-owned clubs that have had cause for celebration this season. Gretna FC 2008: Gretna FC were a prime example of how the sugar daddy model of football club ownership can fail. Funded by Brooks Mileson, the club rose swiftly through the ranks of Scottish football, played in the UEFA Cup and competed in the 2006 Scottish Cup final, where they only lost on penalties to Heart of Midlothian. However, promotion to the Scottish Premier League meant that the club had to abandon its home, Raydale Park, and play its home matches at Motherwell....

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