Tag: Newport County

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 22-04-2012

It’s the penultimate week of the non-league season, and while most of the championship issues have now been resolved there are still relegation places to be filled at the bottom of many of the tables. We’ve got a mixture of the top and the bottom of the tables for you this evening, kicking off with the bottom of the Blue Square Premier. The relegation places are already decided, but AFC Telford United went into their final home match of the season looking to boost their league position with a win against Grimsby Town, while Newport County prepared for their forthcoming FA Trophy final with a home match against Alfreton Town and Forest Green Rovers played already relegated Darlington. In the Blue Square Bet South, meanwhile, champions Woking were at home against Truro City, whilst at the bottom of the table Farnborough and Havant & Waterlooville both went into their match at Cherrywood Road needing a win to avoid relegation from the division. Finally, we’re off to the Southern League Premier Division, where Weymouth needed a win against Hitching Town in order to guarantee avoiding relegation themselves. Our thanks, as ever, go to those that take the time to record, edit and upload these matches. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 18-03-2012

Cup finals are in the air for our Non-League Videos Of The Week for this week. In the FA Trophy, a place at Wembley was at stake as the second leg of the semi-finals was played between Luton Town & York City, and Newport County & the only non-Blue Square Bet Premier side left in the competition, Wealdstone. York City led 1-0 after their first leg at Bootham Crescent, whilst Newport County led Wealdstone going into the second leg. Our third match is a small departure from usual, a semi-final from the FA Sunday Cup, as Hetton Lyons Cricket Club, from Hetton-le-Hole in Tyne & Wear, and Liverpool-based Oyster Martyrs in a match played at Billingham Synthonia FC earlier today. Finally, we have a match from the Blue Square Bet South, between title-chasing Dartford and a Havant & Waterlooville side that is battling against relegation. Our thanks, as ever, 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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Bananas, Banter And Blowtorches – The Julian Alsop Story

Shortly before 5pm this afternoon a 37-year-old man burnt a pair of football boots in a field in Gloucestershire and in doing so brought the curtain down on an illustrious career spanning more than 20 years and almost as many clubs. Julian Alsop headed home a last-minute equaliser in Bishop Cleeve’s Zamaretto South and West season finale against North Leigh shortly before he took a blowtorch to his boots, ending his last game in typically flamboyant style. That he chose to end his playing days at Cleeve is testament to his loyalty to Villagers’ boss Paul Collicut, who encouraged him to up his fitness during his last spell there ultimately leading to Alsop rejoining Cheltenham Town, beating the all time goals record and sealing his position as a Robins legend. Having missed much of this season due to ‘rubbish ankles’ Alsop has called it a day, but what a career it’s been; starting off in non-league in the midlands he can count Bristol Rovers, Swansea City and Northampton Town among his former clubs, although he didn’t turn pro until he was 23. He achieved infamy at Oxford United, after he was sacked for an incident with a youth team player. The incident earned him chants and nicknames, but according to Jules he rubbed the banana in the lad’s face, that was it, end of story. Almost six years later...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: Blue Square Premier Special

This morning’s non-league videos of the week come from the Blue Square Bet Premier. Last weekend saw the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy, which involved a number of clubs from the fifth division, all of which left clubs that had already been eliminated from that particular competition to get on with the important job of accumulating points in the league. Our first match features Wimbledon and Altrincham. Wimbledon, to put it bluntly, need to keep winning now if they are to get anywhere near the top of the Blue Square Premier table by the end of the season. Their defeat at home against Wrexham during the week left Crawley Town firmly in the driving seat at the top of the table, just three points behind them but with five games in hand. Altrincham, meanwhile, remain firmly in the relegation places at the bottom of the table. Our second match features another club that are battling against relegation, Hayes & Yeading United, against a team chasing a place in the play-offs, York City. Hayes, with the lowest average home crowds in the league, were always going to face an uphill battle to stay in the Blue Square Premier and it is to their credit that they are still in touch with the others at the foot of the table and they currently sit one place above the bottom four in...

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Newport County: Back Where They Belong

This season was supposed to be a tough in the Blue Square South, if you listened to the pre-season pundits. Chelmsford City had missed out in the play-offs and were anticipating another championship challenge, Woking, with Wembley appearances and FA Cup giant-killings still comfortably within living memory and had been arguably surprisingly relegated from the Blue Square Premier. Meanwhile, Dover Athletic had swaggered up from the Ryman League, had money behind them and were widely tipped to not want to hang around for too long before launching another promotion bid. Anyone seeing off just those three this season to lift the BSS championship would have achieved something quite siginificant. Enter stage left, Newport County. The South Wales club came from nowhere this season to storm to the top of the table, and last night they became the first champions of the senior English league system, beating Havant & Waterlooville by two goals to nil and guaranteeing a the league title with seven games of the season left to play. Everywhere you care to look, this season has been a record breaker for The Exiles. They have lost just one of their thirty-five league matches so far this season. They are unbeaten in the league since a defeat at Staines Town at the end of October. Their top scorer, Craig Reid, has scored twenty-five goals in thirty matches in all...

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