Tag: St Albans City

Something Personal About Colin Lippiatt

We didn’t quite realise just how much of an event it was until we arrived at the ground itself. St Albans City had finished in second place in the 2005/06 Blue Square South table behind big-spending Weymouth, but the team had hardly set the local populace alight (the average home crowd for that season remained less than 600 and the club didn’t record a home crowd of over 1,000 people for the whole of the season). The possibility of promotion to the Blue Square Premier, the highest level of football that the club had played at since its formation in 1908, seemed to be an acquired taste for local people and it still felt a long way away, even on the day of the play-off final itself. The opposition, Histon, were a village team from near Cambridge. We even wondered aloud on the way to Stevenage for the match whether the crowd for it would attract many more than 1,000 people. Colin Lippiatt’s team deserved better than this. They might have ended the league season as runners-up to Weymouth, but they ran them close, eventually effectively ceding defeat in the championship race only after a narrow 3-2 defeat at The Wessex Stadium with just a couple of league matches of the season left to play. That the team should be anywhere near the top of the table in the...

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League Two And The Blue Square Premier: The Blurring Of The Lines

In 1979, when the Alliance Premier League was founded between clubs from the Northern Premier League and the Southern Football League, there was a fairly clear line in the stand. There was no automatic promotion and relegation between it and what was then known as Division Four. Clubs in the bottom four of the Football League stood for re-election against the most ambitious of the non-league clubs, but very few actually went up or down. The Football League remained a closed shop until the 1987 when, faced with decimated league attendances, the APL rebranded itself as the GM Vauxhall Conference, the Football League introduced automatic promotion and relegation, and the lines of demarcation between “league” and “non-league” have been slowly blurring more and more ever since. In the early days of this automatic promotion and relegation, with the GMVC still largely made up of part-time clubs, those that suffered the indignity of relegation from the Football League didn’t, on the whole, find life too tough. The first team relegated, Lincoln City, won their way back at the first attempt, and Darlington and Colchester United had similar success. Since the early 1990s, however, as more and more Conference clubs have turned professional, relegated clubs began to find it more and more difficult to get promoted back and this is a situation that hasn’t improved a great deal in recent years,...

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Lewes 0-0 St Albans City

It’s a fresh, spring evening, and the eyes of most of the football world are fixed upon the North London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. In one small corner of East Sussex, however, a match is being played out in the Blue Square South between two clubs that have both had their degree of problems over the last couple of years but have reacted to them in broadly different ways. While Lewes sit in the relegation places with their supporters facing an end to the season that promises to reduce their fingernails to tatters, St Albans City are playing out their final games against a backdrop of incrimination that threatens to tear the club completely asunder. It feels as if Lewes may be over the worst of their woes, but that this is all yet to come for the club that they host this evening. For the home side, it’s a critical match and the club seems to know it. They have halved their admission prices this evening in a bid to bring in some extra support, and the reasons for this are evident from the league table. A 2-1 win at Worcester City on Saturday leave them two points behind Worcester, but with two games in hand on them, of which this is the first. That they are still in with a decent chance of staying up...

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The Saints City Trust Fire The Perfect Broadside

We live in challenging times, and these extend to every corner of the game and every aspect of how clubs run themselves. The St Albans City Supporters Trust, however, has sent the perfect response to a rather odd open letter that appeared on the club’s official website this week.

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One Of The Richest Cities In England And One Of The Poorest Clubs

There was a good reason why, when Parker Brothers were deciding upon a UK-wide version of the board game “Monopoly”, they chose St Albans to represent the coveted Mayfair spot. The Hertfordshire city has become one of the most become one of the most expensive cities in the south of England, with housing prices said to be amongst the highest in the country outside London and average incomes matching it. The irony, therefore, is all the more sharpened with the crisis involving its local football club, St Albans City of the Blue Square South, where a crisis involving the clubs owners, the construction company William Verry Ltd. The irony of one of England’s most affluent cities being the home of a club that seems to lurch from occasional financial crisis to occasional financial crisis isn’t lost on the club’s supporters. St Albans City is a football club that should have it all. In the middle of a well-to-do county with few local predators (Watford and Luton Town are equally far apart and both are a bit of a pain to get to, while Stevenage Borough are miles away on the opposite side of the county), they should be able to attract a decent support. This isn’t the way that things have worked out, though. The club has always suffered from something of an image problem, and the glittering lights...

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