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Conference Wrap – It Rains Goals & Crowds in the People’s Premiership

Woking FC Win   Barnet FC, Gateshead FC ,  Bristol Rovers and Forest Green Rovers draw FC Halifax Torquay Utd & Wrexham FC lose in front of 8,163. Yes you did read that correctly just one of the top seven  won on a day when it rained goals in the Vanarama Conference Premier aka the People’s Premiership. The Mighty Imps beat AFC Telford to end the slump and thus move to within seven points of the play-offs (or 6 from relegation depending on whether your glass is half full or not.  Grab that beverage and some popcorn for some crackle, pop and snap because it is time for Neil’s big, fat Conference Premier wrap.

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Barnet buzzed as Mad Dog’s men swarmed to three up thanks to  a gem of a Lopez free-kick on 32. Ditto  Cook 38′ and then the Akinde cometh on  43′ to complete a whirlwind move.  Everyone will be after the Steve Burr recipe for half-time tea as The Harriers achieved  three second-half flyby in return.  Gash smashed on 58′ before two corners from Nicholson found the head of Blissett on 80′ and 82′.

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Woking and Eastleigh do look as if they will continue to surprise a few and perhaps even last the distance with a couple of stand-out results.  Rendell 52′Morgan 66′ and Payne 90′ did the damage for the wild Cards at Altrincham as Woking’s passing game exposed the ten- man hosts who finished with nine after an injury the Crowther.   Eastleigh stormed back to dump the Shaymen fifth.  FC Halifax went a goal up though a Boden penalty on 16′.  Then it was all rhyme as Reason 22′ Green 53′ Fleetwood 76′ and Strevens 90 sent most of the 1500 home happy.  The Spitfires are  soaring high above the clouds on and off the pitch with that new 2200 away end ready for the FA Cup and the big games ahead.

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Gateshead draw again, this time at Forest Green , with Rovers now unbeaten now in four.  Parkin finished a fine move for the hosts on 71′ before Howe got swept home an equaliser just 6 minutes later to crown his début.   Ten-man Aldershot held Bristol Rovers in a stormer of a 2-2 draw. The Shots went ahead with a Williams penalty on  16′ (pen) after Parkes tried to play second keeper. Rovers replied with Monkhouse on 42′ and then went ahead with a penalty of their own from Taylor 68′. Roberts then decided to play the ‘panto’ hero and villain hitting a whistler into the top corner on 77′ before the one owned by the referee called time on his contribution with a yellow.

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  Torquay travelled to Alfreton with the Reds all but dead and second from bottom. They are still there but after this wonderful 4-2 win the gap from salvation is just one win away.  The hosts took the lead through Hawley 18′, before Briscoe curled in a beauty on the half hour. Shaw put Alfreton 2-1 up on the  stroke of half-time  but Briscoe bagged his brace on 54′ to square matters.   Clayton made it  three-two with a chip to grace Cleethorpes on 70′ before Hawley brought the house down to celebrate his own double.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngThe Reds will want to have an eye on Dartford rather than Southport,  gaffer Gary Brabin continues to refresh the parts other men cannot reach as two loans, George 69′ and super-sub Bakayoko 84′ secured the points with a 2-0 win at Alan Devonshire’s Braintree. Welling did themselves a favour with a 4-1 win home win over fellow strugglers Nuneaton to pull further away from the trapdoor.  As did Dover with a 2-0 win over Chester.  Dartford earned a vital point at home to high-flying Macclesfield to keep them one place above Southport now unbeaten in two. Brabin’s boys have taken four points in his first five days, to sit one place above  the drop zone.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngWrexham celebrated their 150th year in front of 8163 – well almost.  Carrington brought down Thomas to allow John-Lewis to convert from the spot on 28′ and the Dragons huffed and puffed and passed, yet could not blow the trawler onto the rocks.  During a second half reminiscent of the tempest it was poetry and passion in motion with Moult sent off for ‘fistycuffs ‘ with Disley.

Wrexham manager Kevin Wilkin told BBC Radio Wales:

“To get such a fantastic gate and to play in the manner that we did for long spells of the first half was really disappointing. “We came out and gave a better account of ourselves up until the sending off in the second half. “We had Grimsby camped in and it’s important you keep 11 men on the field. “I didn’t see what the sending off was for but on my understanding it was for a stamp, if that’s the case we can’t have any complaints.”

Indeed Kevin, I too have peripheral vision issues with my right eye.

 

3466 Aldershot Town 2 2 Bristol Rovers
REPORTS B Williams 16 pen , Roberts 77, . . A Monkhouse 42 , M Taylor  68 pen
736 Alfreton Town 4 2 Torquay United
REPORTS Hawley 18 & 77 , Shaw 45 , Clayton 70 . . Briscoe 32 & 54 ,
1218 Altrincham 0 3 Woking
REPORTS . . . Rendell 52 , Morgan 66 , Payne 91
1689 Barnet 3 3 Kidderminster Harriers
REPORTS Luisma 32 , Cook 38 , Akinde 43 , . . Gash 58 , Blissett 80 , Blissett 82 ,
810 Braintree Town 0 2 Southport
REPORTS . . . George 69 , Bakayoko 84 ,
1063 Dartford 1 1 Macclesfield Town
REPORTS Hayes 85 , . . Barnes-Homer 87 ,
1009 Dover Athletic 2 0 Chester FC
REPORTS Essam 64 , OG-Heneghan 47 . . .
1498 Eastleigh 4 1 FC Halifax Town
REPORTS Reason 22 , Green 53 , Fleetwood 76 , Strevens 90 , . . D Hattersley 16 pen ,
1217 Forest Green Rovers 1 1 Gateshead FC
REPORTS J Parkin 71 , . . Howe 77
2529 Lincoln City FC 2 0 AFC Telford Utd
REPORTS Newton 63 pen , Tomlinson 76 , . . .
614 Welling United 4 1 Nuneaton Town
REPORTS Beautyman 19 & 45+1 , Marsh 72  & 74, . . Dean 23 ,
8163 Wrexham 0 1 Grimsby Town
REPORTS . . . John-Lewis 28 pen ,


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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 16 10 3 3 36 13 +23 33
2 Woking 15 9 3 3 29 14 +15 30
3 Gateshead 16 8 6 2 28 19 +9 30
4 Bristol Rovers 16 8 5 3 20 15 +5 29
5 FC Halifax Town 16 8 4 4 28 18 +10 28
6 Torquay United 15 8 3 4 27 16 +11 27
7 Forest Green Rovers 16 7 6 3 21 15 +6 27
8 Kidderminster Harriers 16 7 5 4 22 15 +7 26
9 Wrexham 16 8 2 6 21 19 +2 26
10 Macclesfield Town 16 6 7 3 19 14 +5 25
11 Grimsby Town 16 6 6 4 26 12 +14 24
12 Eastleigh 15 6 5 4 25 21 +4 23
13 Lincoln City 16 6 3 7 25 27 -2 21
14 Braintree Town 15 6 2 7 20 17 +3 20
15 Aldershot Town 16 5 5 6 17 18 -1 20
16 Chester 16 6 2 8 16 26 -10 20
17 Welling United 16 4 6 6 22 24 -2 18
18 Dover Athletic 16 5 2 9 18 26 -8 17
19 Dartford 16 3 6 7 16 23 -7 15
20 Southport 16 4 3 9 16 28 -12 15
21 Altrincham 16 4 3 9 16 33 -17 15
22 Nuneaton Town 16 4 2 10 12 28 -16 14
23 Alfreton Town 16 4 1 11 15 34 -19 13
24 AFC Telford United 16 1 4 11 19 39 -20 7
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Conference Premier The Tuesday Knee-Tremblers, Manager & Player of the Month

FC Halifax V Wrexham FC is a 6-pointer because, Torquay United,  Gateshead FC and leaders Barnet FC will all gain at the losers expense.  As for the Mighty Imps the Brabin cometh at Southport – surely they could have given Martin Foyle one more game.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

FC Halifax V Wrexham looks like the game of the night with both sides desperate to bounce back after defeats at the weekend. The Shaymen were shocked 1-3 at home against Altrincham whilst Wrexham went down 2-1 at the Gulls, now third in the table.   Barnet now five points clear will not fancy Macclesfield on a Tuesday night but their fire-power, professionalism and Mad Dog Martin Allen  will ensure no slip ups.

Gateshead have an easy one against Alfreton so none of the top three can afford a slip with poor Woking without a game in fourth just hoping for an upset or a draw.  Bristol Rovers still have a great chance to jump into the play-offs with a home win over Dartford. Mind you most were expecting that before Dover got a point on Saturday.

The Imps have a 6-pointer at Southport, with Brabin turning up just in time to put his Newtons cradle on his desk and a much prized Lincoln City scalp on his wall. Full preview HERE. We really do need a budget boost or a white knight to back the expectations of Impdom, otherwise  we are in this division for good. 

Congratulations to Bristol Rovers Darrell Clarke and Gateshead’s Danny Wright click their names for the Manager & player of the month  left peg synopsis.

The Tuesday Jousts
7.45pm AFC Telford United v Forest Green Rovers
7.45pm Bristol Rovers v Dartford
7.45pm Chester v Aldershot Town
7.45pm FC Halifax Town v Wrexham
7.45pm Gateshead v Alfreton Town
7.45pm Grimsby Town v Altrincham
7.45pm Macclesfield Town v Barnet
7.45pm Nuneaton Town v Dover Athletic
7.45pm Southport v Lincoln City
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Conference Table
P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 14 10 2 2 32 8 +24 32
2 FC Halifax Town 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
3 Torquay United 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
4 Woking 14 8 3 3 26 14 +12 27
5 Gateshead 14 7 5 2 25 18 +7 26
6 Bristol Rovers 14 7 4 3 17 13 +4 25
7 Wrexham 14 8 1 5 19 16 +3 25
8 Forest Green Rovers 14 6 5 3 19 14 +5 23
9 Kidderminster Harriers 14 6 4 4 17 11 +6 22
10 Macclesfield Town 14 5 6 3 16 12 +4 21
11 Grimsby Town 14 5 5 4 25 12 +13 20
12 Braintree Town 14 6 2 6 20 15 +5 20
13 Eastleigh 14 5 5 4 21 20 +1 20
14 Aldershot Town 14 5 4 5 15 15 0 19
15 Lincoln City 14 5 2 7 20 24 -4 17
16 Chester 14 5 2 7 15 24 -9 17
17 Welling United 14 3 6 5 17 21 -4 15
18 Dartford 14 3 5 6 15 21 -6 14
19 Dover Athletic 14 4 2 8 14 23 -9 14
20 Altrincham 14 4 2 8 16 30 -14 14
21 Southport 14 3 2 9 11 25 -14 11
22 Nuneaton Town 14 3 2 9 8 22 -14 11
23 Alfreton Town 14 3 1 10 11 30 -19 10
24 AFC Telford United 14 1 4 9 19 36 -17 7

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Foyle Out Question is Will Ex Luton Gaffer Brabin Be In For Imps 6-pointer?

Former Port Vale, York City, Wrexham FC and Hereford United manager Martin Foyle has been sacked by Southport ahead of the massive 6-pointer against the Imps on Tuesday. The question is will Luton Town cast-off Gary Brabin (massively backed compared to John Still who actually succeeded) get the job in time to have any influence as the Sandgrounders attempt to lift themselves out of the bottom four with a home win over the Imps? We have already faced new manager syndrome at Nuneaton who got everything going including two goals that would try the belief and patience of a saint.

Thanks as ever for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Port Vale gave Martin Foyle his first managerial job a decade ago but despite his reputation as a coach who can work within a restricted budget he has not had a lot of luck at any of his clubs as the table below shows. He did get York City to the play-off final in 2009/10 (beaten by Oxford) as well as the FA Cup third round. The following season saw the Minstermen drop to 15th and part company with him. Northwich Victoria took a chance and he guided them to the runners up spot in the NPL before financial issues robbed him and them of promotion. The Hereford gig was just another financial train wreck although he did get them into play-off contention as well as developing Sam Clucas into a wideman goal machine who went on to fetch some decent money. Alas it was swallowed by the black hole.

Team Start End Record
G W D L Win %
Port Vale 13 February 2004 26 September 2007 184 68 34 82 36.96
Wrexham (caretaker) 27 September 2008 2 October 2008 1 0 1 0 0.00
York City 24 November 2008 24 September 2010 102 44 30 28 43.14
Northwich Victoria 27 February 2012 9 May 2012 14 8 2 4 57.14
Hereford United 30 May 2012 19 March 2014 93 33 26 34 35.48
Southport 4 May 2014 5 October 2014 14 3 2 9 21.43
Total 408 156 95 157 38.24

Really Lincoln could have done with Foyle getting another game to turn things around, but the 2-5 home defeat to Woking appeared to be the last straw.  Gary Brabin is the firm favourite having played for the club a couple of years ago. He has been linked with the managers job on the last two occasions. Has he been waiting for the right job since Luton sacked him in 2012? Brabin won 46% of his games at Luton (Games 62 W 29 D 22 L 11), although it was the skill of John Still (on a reduced budget) that finally led Luton back to the promised land.   Thing is with our luck  he will turn up get a loan in and, that last minute signing will put a cross-come-shot into the top corner. Well it happened Saturday!

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Conference North Wrap, Results, Reports – Its The Gonzo Goal Division!

Wins for AFC Fylde, Barrow, Chorley, Oxford City and Stockport County. Guiseley FC draw with Tamworth and Boston Utd lose to drop to sixth and seventh. If you don’t believe this is one of the greatest goal machine haunts in the game, here is a taster before we go into the stats and reports. Fylde stay top thanks to Rowe’s decider against a North Ferriby side that had the chances but blew them.  Barrow bag a brace to stay second but Chorley fashion an awesome foursome. Ex Imp Adi Yussuf scores again as gung-ho goal machines Oxford City go at it again getting five in another high scoring great eight thriller at Colwyn Bay.  Stockport also enjoy a high fives in front of a fabulous nigh on 2700 high of the day in a division where they are clearly putting something in the half time tea and the local heart units are even easier than the statisticians.  Guiseley are held 2-2 by Tamworth under the new stewardship of Andy Morrell, once a dragon always the high priest of the passing game.

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Welcome to the Football Bingo Vanarama Conference North wrap, with all the attendances scorers and match reports on every game in the Conference North .  We salute every home and away fan that went today – long live the goal kings of the Conference North and the grass roots game. Enjoy fellow football fans enjoy. As ever we have the goal machines and will soon be compiling a keepers corner – perhaps a collection might be  a bigger priority with many needing to be pensioned off for shell-shock.

 

409 AFC Fylde 1 0 North Ferriby United
REPORTS Rowe 36 . . .
1303 Barrow 2 0 Lowestoft Town
REPORTS Walker 69, Owens 89 . .
982 Boston United 0 2 Hednesford Town
REPORTS . . . McCone 39, Sullivan 43
230 Brackley Town 1 0 Stalybridge Celtic
REPORTS Rowe 17 , . .
1004 Chorley 4 0 Harrogate Town
REPORTS OG Coyle 2 , Whitham 22 , Stephenson 27 , Dean 90 . . .
261 Colwyn Bay 3 5 Oxford City
REPORTS Ryan Williams 39, Anorou 63, Ryan Williams 68 . . Pond 13, Jackson 19, Rodriguez 29, Yussuf 78 Barcelos 90 ,
343 Gainsborough Trinity 1 2 Worcester City
REPORTS Higginson 72, . . Williams 10, Geddes 30 ,
483 Guiseley 2 2 Tamworth
REPORTS Boyes 16 , Boshell 90 pen , . . Jackson 80 & 84 ,
521 Leamington 4 0 Hyde FC
REPORTS Moore 53 , Newton 63 &  68 , Wint 84 , . . .
332 Solihull Moors 4 1 Bradford Park Avenue
REPORTS Bogle 10 , Beswick 34 ,Nottingham 67 , Knights 90 , . . Walker 90 ,
2691 Stockport County 5 3 Gloucester City
REPORTS Baker 28 , Sharp 42 , Milligan 48 pen , Stevenson 52 , Dennis 85 , . . Griffin 78 & 89 , Hogg 82

The Goal Machines updates

9Omar Bogle (Solihull Moors)

8Charlie Griffin (Gloucester)

7 Kristian Dennis (Stockport County) Richie Allen (AFC Fylde)  Andy Cook (Barrow) Obi Anorou (Colwyn Bay) James Dean (Chorley) 

6Adi Yussuf (Oxford City) Dayle Southwell (Boston United) Stefan Moore (Leamington) Adam Boyes (Guiseley)

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 AFC Fylde 11 8 1 2 29 7 +22 25
2 Barrow 10 7 2 1 24 12 +12 23
3 Chorley 11 7 2 2 18 9 +9 23
4 Oxford City 12 6 3 3 26 22 +4 21
5 Stockport County 11 6 2 3 22 16 +6 20
6 Guiseley 11 5 4 2 18 11 +7 19
7 Boston United 12 5 3 4 18 20 -2 18
8 Worcester City 13 4 5 4 12 15 -3 17
9 Leamington 11 5 1 5 17 14 +3 16
10 North Ferriby United 11 4 3 4 12 11 +1 15
11 Hednesford Town 11 4 3 4 12 13 -1 15
12 Solihull Moors 10 4 2 4 22 15 +7 14
13 Gainsborough Trinity 11 4 2 5 13 17 -4 14
14 Colwyn Bay 11 3 4 4 18 20 -2 13
15 Lowestoft Town 11 3 4 4 11 17 -6 13
16 Harrogate Town 11 3 3 5 10 17 -7 12
17 Stalybridge Celtic 11 3 2 6 13 16 -3 11
18 Brackley Town 10 3 2 5 7 14 -7 11
19 Bradford Park Avenue 12 3 2 7 16 28 -12 11
20 Tamworth 11 1 7 3 11 16 -5 10
21 Gloucester City 11 1 5 5 16 24 -8 8
22 Hyde 11 1 2 8 13 24 -11 5

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Conference South Wrap Results, Reports & The Top 2 Clashed!

Wins for Havant & Waterlooville, Basingstoke Town Ebbsfleet United and Eastbourne Borough & Boreham Wood .  Lincoln striker Kabba… er strikes again for Whitehawk FC.  Bromley FC do not play to slide to a fifth placed base camp. Welcome to the Vanarama Conference South wrap, with all the attendances scorers and match reports on every game in the Conference South. We salute every home and away fan that went today – long live the Conference South and the grass roots game. Enjoy fellow football fans enjoy.

Thanks as ever for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

A wee taster then…………..

Boreham Wood went ahead with a 6th minute Angol penalty before the H bombs hit back to make it 2-1 in front of a respectable 600 plus crowd (full reports below). Whitehawk had well over double their normal average with the locals appearing to respond to the ambition. One of those shipped in to help was Lincoln’s Kabba who got a cracker to level matters but the Hawk when down by the odd goal in seven in an edge of your seats encounter.  Basingstoke also edged a five goal thriller at Concorde Rangers. Ebbsfleet, by far the best supported team in the division, won three nil at Farnborough to continue their climb to fourth, now just two points from the summit.

216 Concord Rangers 2 3 Basingstoke Town
REPORT. Cawley 17 & 52 , . . Enver-Marum 20 & 73 , Bird 9+4 ,
514 Eastbourne Borough 4 2 Staines Town
REPORT. Charles 22 , Worrall 26 , Simpemba 43 , Beale 69 , . . Theophanous 58 , Kieman 80 ,
329 Farnborough 0 3 Ebbsfleet United
REPORT. . . . Bricknell 18 , McMahon 38 ,Rance 68 ,
530 Gosport Borough 4 0 Hemel Hempstead Town
REPORT. Bennett 17 & 47 ,Patterson 74 & 87 , . . .
605 Havant & Waterlooville 2 1 Boreham Wood
REPORT. Hooper 21 , Harris 43 , . . Angol 6 pen ,
192 Hayes & Yeading Utd 2 1 Bishops Stortford
REPORT. Wishart 11 , Collins 25 , . . Miller 11 ,
694 St Albans City 0 2 Chelmsford City
REPORT. . . . M Cheek 46 , Y Mambo 49 ,
706 Sutton United 1 3 Bath City
REPORT. D Binns 36 , . . Pratt 59 pen & 90 , Adelsbury 83 ,
110 Weston-Super-Mare 1 2 Wealdstone
REPORT. Grubb 32 , . . McGleish 50 , T Hamblin 64 ,
687 Whitehawk 3 4 Maidenhead United
REPORT Kabba 25 , Robinson 8 & 61 . . Campbell 2 & 57 ,Tilson-Lascaris 83 , Erskine 89 ,

 

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Havant & Waterlooville 11 7 0 4 19 9 +10 21
2 Basingstoke Town 10 7 0 3 19 10 +9 21
3 Boreham Wood 11 6 1 4 26 12 +14 19
4 Ebbsfleet United 10 6 1 3 17 6 +11 19
5 Bromley 10 5 2 3 20 15 +5 17
6 Eastbourne Borough 10 5 2 3 16 14 +2 17
7 St Albans City 11 5 1 5 18 18 0 16
8 Whitehawk 12 5 1 6 17 19 -2 16
9 Gosport Borough 9 4 3 2 15 4 +11 15
10 Hayes & Yeading United 9 4 2 3 11 11 0 14
11 Sutton United 10 4 2 4 16 17 -1 14
12 Chelmsford City 10 4 2 4 11 15 -4 14
13 Maidenhead United 11 4 2 5 15 20 -5 14
14 Bath City 10 4 2 4 12 17 -5 14
15 Farnborough 11 4 1 6 11 20 -9 13
16 Concord Rangers 10 3 3 4 17 18 -1 12
17 Bishop’s Stortford 11 3 3 5 18 20 -2 12
18 Weston-super-Mare 10 3 2 5 14 21 -7 11
19 Hemel Hempstead Town 10 3 2 5 8 18 -10 11
20 Wealdstone 12 2 4 6 11 21 -10 10
21 Staines Town 10 3 0 7 16 22 -6 9

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Conference Wrap: Promotion? Relegation? Humbug! Fear Not There’s always ADMIN!

Busy Bees Barnet, Torquay Utd, Gateshead FC & Woking FC win,  Bristol Rovers draw FC Halifax & Wrexham FC lose. Alas readers the Imps flag is at half mast again this evening for the Vanarama Conference aka the People’s Premiership can be a cruel mistress with just two up and four down.  Grab a beverage and some popcorn for they do say joy is as entertaining as pain and ours are the teams to follow through the odd bit of sunshine and bucket loads of rain.

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Barnet move five points clear thanks to a Hoskins strike to settle things against Eastleigh who had held 9 man Bristol Rovers and the wrath of the gods on Tuesday.  Not content with scoring with his first touch in the 5-0 win over Altrincham Hoskins  hit the post with his first touch in this. The buzzing Bees were denied a penalty before you’ve guessed it Hoskins fired home a deflection to give the buzzing Bees a first half lead.  Eastleigh had a goal disallowed and the luck continued when FC Halifax crashed 0-3 at home to Altrincham and no goal machine Reeve did not even get on the score sheet. Clee 34′ Lawrie 77′ and ex-Imp Perry 81′ blew them away before a Boden consolation chime three minuted from time.

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The Gulls are back in business but had to come from behind in the division’s biggie. Goal machine Moult charged down the keepers clearance before finishing with aplomb. Cometh the hour cometh the man as Briscoe rounded off a superb cut and thust move by drilling home. Young then brought the house down late on with a contender for goal of the season. Bowman was unloading some wayward arrows all afternoon until Captain Young showed him the true meaning of power and panache. Having struck a post with a free-kick he hit a hallelujah haymaker that whistled all of twenty-five yards  to almost rip the net.  The third placed birds will be frying and flying tonight with the Steam beers gushing out of their ears.

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Woking high-fived Southport through the relegation trap door and into the bottom four. Cheers after losing to Nuneaton we Imps need to meat someone more demoralised than ourselves on Tuesday.  Rendell gave Woking the lead before Lewis made it two. Fitzpatrick seemed to get Southport back in it then Sole got another of his sensational free kicks to restore the two goal cushion. Port never give up and got a lifeline from a towering header from Luke Foster. Time for the Rendell show.. First he headed in a peach of a cross from Lewis as the end to end battle of brains versus brawn continued.  Payne had to be stopped by hook or by crook and, Foster duly did, allowing Rendell to complete his hat-trick with a clinical penalty. An outstanding advert for the people’s premiership this one.

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Cox put Braintree one up ten minutes before the break to stun Gateshead who had passed the parcel more cautiously than the version played in a 1970’s Northern Irish pub.  But when they click they  click as three in six minutes blew Braintree away thanks to Finnigan 69′ Turnbull 72′ and a superb Shaw strike on 75′.  Wrexham and Bristol Rovers both dropped out of the play-off places although it was a massive shock to  Rovers who in fairness had the game in the bag. Bristol Rovers 6000 plus punters and, Gas gaffer Clarke, thought Cunnington’s  first half strike had seen them play-off bound. Then the boys from the white cliffs finally chalked one up and gave the pirates a few sunken chests with a 90th minute Murphy volley that was very much against the tide. Not quite hanging homself from the Clifton Bridge quite yet Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

“It’s a very quiet changing rooms in there. Obviously the lads are very disappointed, as well as the staff, because we should not have chucked it away. We should be sat here with three points. “We have got to be more clinical at the top end, but then again there keeper has made good saves. They’ve put their bodies on the line and I’m sure they’ll be very happy with a point.

“We were very rarely in trouble; there was only a lapse in the first half when they hit the post but other than that I think we defended very well. “We just need to be more clinical at the top end. But I’m not going to be to critical of the boys. It’s another game where we are undefeated and it’s about all the negatives about today being put right for Tuesday night.”

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1476 Aldershot Town 2 0 Alfreton Town
. Hatton 33 , Gibbs 63 , . . .
1610 Barnet 1 0 Eastleigh
. S Hoskins 37 , . . .
6162 Bristol Rovers 1 1 Dover Athletic
. A Cunnington 35 , . . Murphy 90 ,
1997 Chester FC 1 1 Welling United
. Mahon 10 , . . Marsh 93 ,
1285 Dartford 1 1 Grimsby Town
. Bradbrook 61 , . . John-Lewis 84 pen ,
1727 FC Halifax Town 1 3 Altrincham
. S Boden 87 , . . Clee 34 , Lawrie 77 , Perry 81 ,
1244 Gateshead FC 3 1 Braintree Town
. .Finnigan 69 , Turnbull 72 ,Shaw 75 , . . Cox 34 ,
2117 Kidderminster Harriers 1 1 AFC Telford Utd
. Verma 45 , . . Todd 79 ,
1329 Macclesfield Town 2 2 Forest Green Rovers
. Lewis 52 , Fairhurst 73 , . . Frear 11 , Hughes 78 ,
928 Nuneaton Town 2 1 Lincoln City FC
. Fowler 30 , Dawson 67 , . . Miller 39 ,
730 Southport 2 5 Woking
. Fitzpatrick 55 , Foster 81 , . . Rendell 5 82 & 87 pen, Lewis 53 , Sole 66 ,
2350 Torquay United 2 1 Wrexham
. Briscoe 62 , Young 84 , . L Moult 30

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The Table  

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 14 10 2 2 32 8 +24 32
2 FC Halifax Town 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
3 Torquay United 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
4 Woking 14 8 3 3 26 14 +12 27
5 Gateshead 14 7 5 2 25 18 +7 26
6 Bristol Rovers 14 7 4 3 17 13 +4 25
7 Wrexham 14 8 1 5 19 16 +3 25
8 Forest Green Rovers 14 6 5 3 19 14 +5 23
9 Kidderminster Harriers 14 6 4 4 17 11 +6 22
10 Macclesfield Town 14 5 6 3 16 12 +4 21
11 Grimsby Town 14 5 5 4 25 12 +13 20
12 Braintree Town 14 6 2 6 20 15 +5 20
13 Eastleigh 14 5 5 4 21 20 +1 20
14 Aldershot Town 14 5 4 5 15 15 0 19
15 Lincoln City 14 5 2 7 20 24 -4 17
16 Chester 14 5 2 7 15 24 -9 17
17 Welling United 14 3 6 5 17 21 -4 15
18 Dartford 14 3 5 6 15 21 -6 14
19 Dover Athletic 14 4 2 8 14 23 -9 14
20 Altrincham 14 4 2 8 16 30 -14 14
21 Southport 14 3 2 9 11 25 -14 11
22 Nuneaton Town 14 3 2 9 8 22 -14 11
23 Alfreton Town 14 3 1 10 11 30 -19 10
24 AFC Telford United 14 1 4 9 19 36 -17 7

Nuneaton 2 Imps 1 – Leicester Loan Striker Settles it with A Stunner

Leicester City winger Adam Dawson settled this one for Nuneaton against Lincoln City with a long range moment of quality in a start-stop game.  Liam Daish is at it again, they wanted and won every second ball… but let us not get too ahead of ourselves first the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake a Boro or Imp fan at.

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H/T 11
Scorers  30′ Fowler 39′ Miller 67 Dawson
Attendance 928  (704 Boro  224 Imps )
Ref Mr Bennett

Teams & schemes

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The Potential teams & schemes

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Liam Daish goes 4-2-3-1
30 Charles-Cook
29 Charles 11 Streete  5 Dean (C)  3 Franklin
7 Armson 22 Dyer  26 Fowler
   9 Hutchinson 25 Curran (Y-65)   30 Dawson (Y-92)
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23 Sam-Yorke
11 Tomlinson  10 Ledsham   22 Marshall
14 Nolan 12 Mendy
3 Newton  27 Anderson  5 Brown (C)  2 Miller
26 Townsend
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

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 Subs & substitutions
The Head Bench:  19 Wren,  18 Brown, 17 Smith, 6 Walker, 4 Cowan
Substitutions:   53 ‘ Walker on for Dyer  91’ Brown on for Fowler.
The Imps Bench: 31 Preece, 17 Caprice, 6 Diagne, 8 Power, 4 Jordan
Substitutions:  26′ Diagne on for Anderson 59′ Power on for Nolan.

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To the game fellow football fans to the game…………

The Imps force a corner. Newton’s delivery is half cleared and Tomlinson’s boot is too high so a free-kick is given. Early doors the Imps are closing down the space and failing to find any quality final ball, then again Daish has Boro battling for every second ball as if it were their last. Newbie Dawson looks useful and cuts inside but Anderson reads and finds Sam-Yorke before Dean snuffs the danger.  Armson is also looking useful but  Imps captain Brown clears his delivery.

Marshall finds some space after winning a brave 50/50 with Franklin, and with the Imps forward in numbers  Streete superbly gets a toe to the ball to clear the danger. Dawson again gets the better of Miller and centres, but, Hutchinson’s header is very week.  Keeper Charles-Cook gets it wrong pushes Tomlinson over yet incredibly no free-kick is given. With the ball just outside the box there was no question of a penalty but a last man red was stonewall.  The long sticky pitch and the niggly fouls are interrupting a potentially exciting end to end game.

The away support is immense both in terms of volume and numbers (surprisingly only 224 given in a crowd of 900). Hutchinson gets another opportunity thanks to a ball from Fowler but just can’t get his feet right to get a shot away. Sam-Yorke turns his man and is then fowled by Fowler, yet incredibly he is deemed to have gone down easy. Simmo is incensed for the second time in the opening 15 minutes.  A long throw from Miller sees the height advantage pay off again.  The keeper cannot claim, Tomlinson slides in but Streete clears off the line.  A bullet from Curran lacks just the dip as the ball whistles over the bar

Newton floats in a free-kick Anderson rises supreme but Franklin, covering the far post, clears off the line. Franklin sends in a great free-kick only for the offside flag to end the threat and possibly Anderson’s game and his Imps career as he seems to roll an ankle.   After treatment he comes back into the fray.  Townsend double fists clear a free-kick as the start stop game continues. Sam-Yorke has the pace and power yet the referee is never giving him the benefit of the doubt. Another tackle from rush keeper Charles-Cooke clatters him to the ground. Anderson goes down again but with the physio busy it takes a couple of minutes before he is substituted with Diagne the replacement.

Armson seems to have the beating of Newton who deflects his cross for a corner.  The corner is easily dealt with although Miller gives away a needless free-kick for a foul on Streete.  The free-kick from Fowler is allowed to bounce four times, eluding every defender, and Nuneaton player before trickling inside the far post with Dean claiming a touch.  Miller gets down the line, delivers an out-swinger but Ledsha’s header is well wide.  Finally Sam-Yorke gets a free-kick with both centre-backs struggling to deal with him.

Sam-Yorke looks useful again, Dean robs him but his clearance finds Mendy who goes for power and shoots wide. Dean is penalised for  a challenge on Sam-Yorke much to the consternation of the home faithful and the six-foot soldiers finally break though.  Newton sends over a floater, Miller rises supreme heads downwards and the ball bounces into the centre of the net for the equaliser.  Tomlinson feeds Sam-Yorke with Dean clearing for a throw with the brave but overly busy keeper in no man’s land.  Dean has had a great half so far, so has Sam-Yorke with the two enjoying an enthusing dual.

Second Half

A lively start to the second half as Fowler conjures a cross that Dawson heads just wide. A Curran drive is blocked by Brown  and a Miller throw finds Ledsham who crashes a drive against bar with the Imps ready to rise on the terrace behind.  A terrific ball ball from Dawson finds Hutchinson who flicks a header against the post.  Daish  shows ambition as Walker comes on for Dyer

Tomlinson is robbed, Diagne challenges but Curran still gets a shot in that goes wide. Alan Power replaces Jon Nolan. Curran throws his arms up and Brown falls to the floor clutching his head for the first yellow card of the day.  Ben Hutchinson sends a direct free-kick fizzing wide. A moment of real quality from the new  Leicester loanee.  Newton fails to shadow and stop the cross come shot that flies over Townsend for a spectacular strike – a stunner all of thirty-five yards into the far top corner.

The result will do for Nuneaton and the Liam Daish game plan has worked a treat.  His first loan signing clearly a star for for the future has struck and Dean has had a captain’s game as he always does.  Fowler has bossed things in the middle with some clever thoughtful stuff that has dictated the pace of the play. The Imps have failed to get going against a resolute Boro side who, desperate for points, have disrupted the flow even if they have lived dangerously against our aerial superiority.  Naturally the time wasting comes into play as well, but that would be sour grapes – mental note send Mr Bennett a digital watch for Christmas.

But in truth the match has been punctuated by free-kicks, physios magic sponges and a referee that misses more than a blind juggler wearing boxing gloves smothered in lard. Power finally touches the ball but it is a quality one,  finding Brown who lashes a drive that Charles-Cook claws back with a terrific one-handed save.  A glorious rising 25-yarder from Fowler whistles wide. Walker also has a dig from distance that needs a great save from Townsend as the minutes tick down. Lincoln threaten at the last but Charles-Cook smoothers an effort from Power and hits a huge one that Curran beats two brilliantly before firing harmlessly wide from distance.  Fowler comes off for Anton Brown to a standing ovation as the clock is run down by the hosts.

The Stats & League Table

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Note: shots on includes  goals plus all blocks and saves includes crosses claimed

*****

51 % Ball 49 %

3 Shots on 2
6 Misses 4
4 Saves 3
7 Corners 5
3 Offside 1
14 Fouls 17
2 Yellows 0
0  Reds 0

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The Table

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 14 10 2 2 32 8 +24 32
2 FC Halifax Town 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
3 Torquay United 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
4 Woking 14 8 3 3 26 14 +12 27
5 Gateshead 14 7 5 2 25 18 +7 26
6 Bristol Rovers 14 7 4 3 17 13 +4 25
7 Wrexham 14 8 1 5 19 16 +3 25
8 Forest Green Rovers 14 6 5 3 19 14 +5 23
9 Kidderminster Harriers 14 6 4 4 17 11 +6 22
10 Macclesfield Town 14 5 6 3 16 12 +4 21
11 Grimsby Town 14 5 5 4 25 12 +13 20
12 Braintree Town 14 6 2 6 20 15 +5 20
13 Eastleigh 14 5 5 4 21 20 +1 20
14 Aldershot Town 14 5 4 5 15 15 0 19
15 Lincoln City 14 5 2 7 20 24 -4 17
16 Chester 14 5 2 7 15 24 -9 17
17 Welling United 14 3 6 5 17 21 -4 15
18 Dartford 14 3 5 6 15 21 -6 14
19 Dover Athletic 14 4 2 8 14 23 -9 14
20 Altrincham 14 4 2 8 16 30 -14 14
21 Southport 14 3 2 9 11 25 -14 11
22 Nuneaton Town 14 3 2 9 8 22 -14 11
23 Alfreton Town 14 3 1 10 11 30 -19 10
24 AFC Telford United 14 1 4 9 19 36 -17 7

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Vanarama Conference Wrap Results Reports Tears Fears & Jeers.

Wrexham FC,  FC Halifax & Woking FC win, Barnet, Bristol Rovers and Gateshead FC draw.  Torquay UTD lose both the points and a couple to red cards again. The Vanarama Conference aka the People’s Premiership wrap certainly has much to amuse the baying hordes from Tuesday 30th September.  Let us take a look at the  results, crowds scorers and the all-new link to all the reports of today’s games from the local folk who were there and care.

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Braintree took a point battling point off Barnet after Weston’s cross for an early Akinde header had the Bees buzzing on twelve minutes. Stack could not quite keep out a Cox bullet-header just before the interval. Hamann brilliantly saved from Weston with Cox almost grabbing a second during an end to end affair in front of an impressive midweek 1167 crowd.

The FC Halifax  and Neil Aspin quest continues then? The second-placed Shaymen have now halved the Bee hive distance to two points after a 2-0 win at Alfreton. Smith did the roast and served up a cross for Ainge to lick his lips and head home in style after a dozen minutes. Then Boden made no mistake with a clinical finish to make the game safe.  Alfreton manager Nicky Law, bless him there should be a picture of him above the definition of optimist, felt:

“I thought we murdered them, played them to death with some good football and were far and away the better team.”

Neil Aspin diplomatically remained tight-lipped about his peers pearls of wisdom and the Port Vale link, with Micky Adams now a front runner for the job. Aspin does appear to want to finish the job here at the never grey Shay despite the obvious Valiant links. The incredible rise has been something of a personal crusade- that has seen The Shaymen remarkably return through the pyramid after some very dark days indeed.

Wrexham storm to third, Chester apart the Dragons are looking ominous after overcoming a resilient and talented Kidderminster Harriers, their squad still in tact after two of the owners honoured a commitment.  Not quite the picturesque game between the passing princes we expected but a great advert for the Conference showing a tougher side to the Dragons and Harriers. A super passing move found Moult who played in Durrell on 84 to fizz a daisy cutter home.

The Gulls were clipped again at Forest Green Rovers, now eighth after a 2-1 win. Acheampong gave Torquay the lead with a lovely lob on 22 minutes before Oshodi gave Parkin the opportunity to score from a very acute angle.  The Gulls saw the red mist again just before the half-time whistle when Courtney Richards got a second yellow.  The Gulls did get another half-time red as manager Hargreaves was sent to the stands for questioning a refereeing decision.  After losing two at Telford it was tough to take but the second-half was a valiant but uphill battle until Freer got free and found Norwood. He does not miss those and stroked home for the breakthrough 11 minutes from time.

Woking, aka The Cardinals, have found the divine inspiration they needed to get back to winning ways and thus rejoin the play-off posse. Bless my Sole Giuseppe got the winner right at the death with another fantastic free-kick after Nuneaton had parked the bus.  With Kevin Betsy back on the bench the Cards look good to stay fifth despite the battle of attrition coming up at Southport on Saturday

Garry Hill told BBC Surrey:

“It was a game we dominated for long periods and I was very pleased with the energy we played with and the tempo of the match. To score a goal so late and keep a clean sheet after the last 10 or 12 days we’ve been through, it was a big win for us.

Bristol Rovers game at Eastleigh is very much a case of last but not least with regard to the chasing pack as The Gas refused to give up their play-off place easily.  Backed by the travelling hordes Eastleigh got a seasonal high of 2600 plus and went ahead on thirty-three minutes through a Collins header after Rovers keeper  Mildenhall, saw red for bringing down McAllister outside the box. But Rovers battled and  earned a share of the spoils with a 35-yard wonder strike from Clarke. It was worth the gate money on its own and just as well too as Clarke then saw red late in the game.

The Results, Reports & Stats

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1871 AFC Telford Utd 1 2 Chester FC Report
STATS Grogan 19 . . Rooney 28  McConville 66 .
705 Alfreton Town 0 2 FC Halifax Town Report
STATS . . . Ainge 11 Boden 53 .
1817 Altrincham 1 0 Macclesfield Town Report
STATS Lawrie 90 . . . .
1167 Braintree Town 1 1 Barnet Report
STATS Cox 36 . . Akinde 12 .
797 Dover Athletic 3 0 Aldershot Town Report
STATS Sterling 22 Nanetti 54  Miller 69 .
2621 Eastleigh 1 1 Bristol Rovers Report
STATS Collins 33 . . Clarke 52 .
1365 Forest Green Rovers 2 1 Torquay United Report
STATS Parkin 34  Norwood 84 . Acheampong 22 .
3353 Grimsby Town 0 1 Southport Report
STATS . . . Richard Brodie 82 , .
2394 Lincoln City FC 1 1 Gateshead FC Report
STATS Anderson 55 . . Wright 63 .
1306 Welling United 2 2 Dartford Report
STATS J Fyfield 14 Beautyman 6 . . Bradbrook 36 , P Sweeney 9 , .
1313 Woking 1 0 Nuneaton Town Report
STATS Sole 91 . . . .
Attn: 3149 Wrexham 1 0 Kidderminster Harriers Report
STATS Durrell 84 . . . .

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P W D L F A +/- PTS
1 Barnet 13 9 2 2 31 8 +23 29
2 FC Halifax Town 13 8 3 2 24 9 +15 27
3 Wrexham 13 8 1 4 18 14 +4 25
4 Torquay United 13 7 3 3 23 11 +12 24
5 Woking 13 7 3 3 21 12 +9 24
6 Bristol Rovers 13 7 3 3 16 12 +4 24
7 Gateshead 13 6 5 2 22 17 +5 23
8 Forest Green Rovers 13 6 4 3 17 12 +5 22
9 Kidderminster Harriers 13 6 3 4 16 10 +6 21
10 Braintree Town 13 6 2 5 19 12 +7 20
11 Macclesfield Town 13 5 5 3 14 10 +4 20
12 Eastleigh 13 5 5 3 21 19 +2 20
13 Grimsby Town 13 5 4 4 24 11 +13 19
14 Lincoln City 13 5 2 6 19 22 -3 17
15 Aldershot Town 13 4 4 5 13 15 -2 16
16 Chester 13 5 1 7 14 23 -9 16
17 Welling United 13 3 5 5 16 20 -4 14
18 Dartford 13 3 4 6 14 20 -6 13
19 Dover Athletic 13 4 1 8 13 22 -9 13
20 Southport 13 3 2 8 9 20 -11 11
21 Altrincham 13 3 2 8 13 29 -16 11
22 Alfreton Town 13 3 1 9 11 28 -17 10
23 Nuneaton Town 13 2 2 9 6 21 -15 8
24 AFC Telford United 13 1 3 9 18 35 -17 6

Football TV Rights? 3 Very Different things For Fans.

I get altitude sickness at Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest,  Chesterfield FC  and Mansfield Town games having chosen to cover The Conference Premier and Conference North. Like the Manchester City fans last night I have been priced out having moved up to Lincoln as a lifestyle choice. So the two £1250 a year Arsenal season tickets and the jokes of co-season ticket holders Alan Davies and Ian Stone just had to go.  Before the rant of sorts, a quick good luck to the promotion chances of  Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest and Chesterfield FC and their fabulous fans who are doing well in-spite of, as opposed to because of, all that TV cash. It could all change for the better, even the playing field so to speak, if Virgin’s complaint to Ofcom is taken seriously? Then again pigs could fly.

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Most of us now know that Ofcom, among other things the broadcasting regulator, looks set to open an investigation into how the Premier League sells the TV rights to its live matches. This is at the request of Virgin Media who claim the practice is driving up consumer prices. Ofcom is taking the matter seriously and will give a decision in 8 weeks. So the fan is a consumer to champion once again as opposed to a sheep that is sheered each and every year by the people’s game.

A change in the bidding process would have huge implications on the game from the top to the bottom of the pyramid. Currently, on an annual basis, £340m goes to youth development with another £23 million directly to grass roots. The Footy Bingo grass roots article yesterday shows how Greg Dyke is spearheading what has already had a staggering nine figure impact on the game CLICK ME.

Both sides will have strong arguments, not to mention that previously mentioned grass roots programme that could well be a fantastic legacy for proactive FA Chairman Greg Dyke (£1.2 bn raised for grass roots so far). Further the Premier League do operate fair, transparent and open process when it comes to the auction of its audio-visual rights. Previous investigations by UK and European busy-bodies have found everything to be in order and compliant with UK and European competition legislation.

Virgin rightly argue that we Brits pay the highest prices in Europe to watch football on TV. The real crux of it you feel is that Virgin has to buy its own rights from BSkyB and BT. It will not be bidding in the process later in the year for a slice of the pie for 2016 onwards. Therefore they have to pay higher so we pay higher which ups the price. Perhaps, but, in a free market those of us with BT Broadband can get a good chunk of live games free as well as seeing the Conference games to boot. Were it not for my football writing I would be round at a mates watching the Arsenal games because zero hour contracts have to support a football writers income nowadays. He, a pensioner, is with Virgin and pays over a hundred a month for the privilege of receiving his broadband, telephone and TV from them.

From a purely and somewhat economic theory based point of view it is about supply and demand and, what plagues the failing capitalist economy as a whole. Fairness is the least concern of big business where patents, rights and big money will guarantee an income flow for institutions and shareholders. Aside the odd spat with toothless and underfunded regulators, this is the way directors ensure they keep their bonuses and snouts in the golden troughs. We are consumers when it suits and at best sheep, or the cahless are of no consequence, the rest of the time. The Premiership have a monopoly as a collective bargaining power, with the carve up going to BSkyB and BT who can post the anti. Virgin, ITV and even the BBC cannot justify paying the lump sums on their balance sheets.

Supply and demand is also used for the high price in going to games. Again it is greed based just adding to the ‘cream’ over here while in Germany tickets are a fraction of the UK. We also top the pile across the rest of Europe by a country mile. This superb article from the Guardian is as good a case for the consumer’s defence as I have come across CLICK ME. The three percent increase in season tickets at Arsenal (had one for 14 years) amounted to a fraction of their income. Clearly an US owner taking out a similar amount was purely coincidence of course. Aside the Football Supporters federation no one is championing Twenty is plenty are they? Granted, this is for away tickets, although it would have an impact on the home prices in corresponding areas.

Andy Savage, who runs the website MCFCForum.com, got it spot on in his twitter spat with Rio Ferdinand over the price disgrace and the empty seats at City’s European game against Roma last night.

“I took Rio Ferdinand to task on Twitter. He was taking the mickey out of the empty seats at the Etihad last night. He is living in his own bubble there. Some people are living hand to mouth and don’t know where the next penny is coming from, and he’s criticising them for not filling the stadium when the tickets are £35-plus.

“He was an absolute disgrace on Twitter, as was Scholes on ITV. They are multi-millionaires. They don’t give the man on the street a second thought, how much it is costing people. The cost of living is going up, so many people are out of work. Football is not everyone’s priority, like it used to be. People just can’t afford, over the course of the month, to pay for tickets three, four or five times.

“I took Ferdinand to task, and not because he is an ex-United player. He’s got an autobiography coming out. I’m sure he’s not giving that away. I’m sure he’s not joined QPR for the love it. He’ll be getting a substantial salary. Perhaps it will hit home next year if QPR have to put their prices up and they won’t be able to fill their stadium. It really wound me up last night.”

So is there any end to the golden rails on the inevitably downward staircase of greed? Not from a regulator point of view you feel although the Lords of the manor will inevitably shoot themselves in the foot one day (perhaps the inevitable interest rate rises will not help either). The last round increased the overall receipts of the Premier League to £5.5 Bn if we include the international carve up or £3Bn domestic (up from £3.3BN for all in the last carve up) suggesting the rights have yet to plateau. When the music stops the transfer and wage inflation will catch up with them all. Until then it is open season with perhaps next summer seeing £1 billion spent in the window. For anything or anyone to actually get in the way of big business is a flight of fantasy. Can anyone picture a herd of flying pigs?

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England C Squad – Imps Miss Out As Gas & The Green Gain

Alas Jon Nolan and Jordan Burrow have both missed the England cut with Lee Brown & Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) plus duos from FC Halifax and Forest Green Rovers forming the basis of the team and 16-man squad. The two Imps do make the contingency squad should injuries cut in, but that is somewhere between Bob Hope and no hope.

 

England C’s  first  fixture is against Turkey B in Istanbul in The  International Challenge Trophy Group A  on Tuesday 14 October 2014 at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium.

The  Squad

Jamie Butler (Concord Rangers)
Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers)
Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers)
Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town)
Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town)
James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers)
Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers)
Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town)
Andy Yiadom (Barnet)
Callum Kitscha (Hayes & Yeading Utd)
Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers)
Andy Halls (Macclesfield Town)
James Comley (St Albans City)
Jake Gallagher (Welling United)
Josh Payne (Woking)
Louis Moult (Wrexham)

The Contingency Squad

Jon Nolan (Lincoln City)
Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City)
Jordan Keane (Alfreton Town)
Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers)
Chey Adams (Ilkeston)
Louiezos Theophanous (Staines Town)
Luke Young (Torquay United)
Ryan Bowman (Torquay United)
Joe McNerney (Woking)
Andy Coughlin (Wrexham)
Connor Jennings (Wrexham)

 

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