Friday, 26 June 2009
It looks likely that the BSP will not get the same level of TV exposure it received in 2008/09 with the sad collapse of Setanta.
Whatever your thoughts on Thursday night fixtures away at the furthest geographical point possible and the meaningless Shield competetition I can honestly say I enjoyed the fly on the wall coverage. We had Deano's team talk with all the "great" players, Rebecca's interview technique of shoving a mike in front of a stressed manager and that never to be forgotten quote from the big man Jefferson Louis on coming off against Oxford! Not to mention the opportunity for Mark to complete a full commentary on a wet and windy night in Devon from the comfort of his own armchair!!
Talking of commentary thanks to Deano for signing Adrian Cieslewicz from Manchester City. I am sure the Dragon's supremo was more concerned with his footballing skills than how to pronounce his surname but it will also give us the opportunity for some full and frank discussions in the press box as to just how it is said.
Another interesting piece of news was the possibility of signing Andy Mangan who has a tremendous knack of finding the back of his opponents net but I quess we will have to wait and see what develops on that one.
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Of course Broughton's record of playing in teams that get relegated is well known. yet he manages to do exactly what we aspire to: he consistently remains in the Football League.
I was about to suggest he splits Wrexham fans' opinions, but realised I'd be lying; it seems most people didn't like him much. Yet is that fair? He's certainly a more steady character than Jeff Louis; you might shoot back that Louis scores more goals, but who wanted to retain him at the end of the season?
By way of contrast, there are plenty of Football League managers willing to employ Broughton. This might not be the most widely-held notion, but I reckon we'd have been better off if we'd held onto Broughton. And he's six years younger than Gareth Taylor!
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
The drama around the football goes from bad to worse and you can understand why Wright is reluctant to spend a year of his career dragged a troubled club through a season in The Conference with a ten point handicap which surely means the best they hope for is an outside chance of a tilt at the play-offs.
An interesting sideshow in all this is that the local media has reported that the return of Phil Bolland to link up with a manager he has worked well with was a foregone conclusion. Surely that's all up in the air now?
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
There were suggestions in last Sunday's Non League Paper that The Confence would be able to find a new broadcaster willing to show the games. I hope I'm wrong, but I'm stunned by the notion: who on earth would do that? It was a notion which about summed up the head in the sand attitude of so many in football.
The fact of the matter is that money's gone, the high profile coverage is gone. Now we'll just have to crack on and make do. Perhaps the message to absorb is that we shouldn't expect the status quo to be permanent, especially these days.
When you see clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool spend recklessly you wonder where it will end. They're insulated from the real world, but they have the security of knowing there are plenty of influential people out there who won't let clubs of such magnitude go to the wall.
The same isn't true of clubs at our level though, and we don't have to squander the same levels of money to get into trouble. Nothing's permanent, nothing can be assumed and those who assimilate this message most clearly will be the ones who thrive.
Monday, 22 June 2009
£80,000 offer for Michael Gash and Darius Charles
A football club, which wishes to remain anonymous, has made an offer of £80,000 for both Michael Gash and Darius Charles. Should members accept this offer, £40,000 would be paid immediately on completion and a further £40,000 on 1 January 2010.
In addition:- Ebbsfleet United would receive 20% of any transfer fee received by the football club for either player. - Ebbsfleet United would receive a further £5,000 for each player if the Football Club are promoted as long the player is contracted to the football club in the season of the said promotion.
The view of Liam Daish, the EUFC Board and club accountant
Liam Daish, the EUFC Board and club accountant recommend that the club's owners accept this £80,000 offer.
Friday, 19 June 2009
The events which surrounded Histon's game against Lewes last September sound like something out of the Sopranos. There's something hard to grasp about a story on a Cambridgeshire villlage football team which kicks off with the club president having his car blown up.
It would seem the sort of guys you don't want to tangle with had a lot riding on that match-like so many of the recent stories about match fixing in The Conference and League Two, they're from the north west-and wanted redress. if they didn't get their £100 winnings on wasted bets, they claimed they ambush the Histon coach on its way to Wrexham and kill the squad.
It's a grim thought, and evokes memories of what happened to the Sri Lankan team coach in Pakistan. It appears criminals are targetting the lower end of professional football as the players are not well paid and therefore more susceptible to a bribe. Hopefully this illustration of what these people will do if crossed will make even the poorest of players think twice.
The conference AGM has voted the club's programme the best in the BSP and rightly so! The amount of effort that goes into producing a quality publication is immense and many congratulations must go to editor Dave Roberts and his team of intrepid contributors for burning the midnight oil on many occasions to bring us the quality publication they did last year.
Welcome to Gareth Taylor, an experienced and quality striker who will surely add experience and height to the Dragons front line. We also have seven pre season friendlies to look forward to. Starting in just 3 weeks time when Chris Coleman brings Championship side Coventry to The Racecourse no doubt hoping to repeat the season Wolves had last year after being well beaten by Wrexham in a pre season friendly! If only football was so simple and straightforward.
Thursday, 18 June 2009
It looks that way to me.
The FA decided last Friday to overturn the Conference's decision to relegate the Vics a further division as a punishment for an "insolvency event". (Can you remember the good old days when football fans had never heard that phrase?)
And the F.A. were right. Basically, the Conference had two contradictory edicts in their rulebook. the newer one said a side which has a conveniently-timed "insolvency event" in the Summer must drop a division, and that was the punishment meted out to Northwich.
The problem is, there was already a rule saying in those circumstances you'd have to start the next season on minus ten points in the same division. They were caught bang to rights.
So how does this link to Chester? Obviously the original punishment meted out to Northwich is the road the Conference want to go down, and the chance to make an example of a "big" club would surely have been hard to resist. But it would also have triggered another humiliating slap on the wrist from the F.A. Which is great in terms of earning us a couple of juicy derbies in the midst of our long treks to Sussex and the North East, but isn't much consolation to Woking.
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
It's an exciting project, nicely illustrated by their website, but incredibly ambitious for a club of our size, when we're at the lowest ebb of our history, in the current economic climate.
That's not to say we shouldn't think big; aiming high is what will get us back where we want to be. In fact, to be honest I find the thought extremely exciting. But that's exactly why I don't want to know about it!
I'd rather big projects like this were kept under wraps, because if we announce we're looking at this and it never happens we won't look too clever. Remember the massive stadium refurbishment we were supposed to be having in the early 90s? Embarrassing wasn't it?
Burnley are building the first StadiArena stand in the world, Coventry are looking to follow suit and there's one in the pipeline in Gujarat-India's Wembley according to the publicity. Scouring the internet to find convincing arguments for the logic of such a development isn't too difficult-ex-Burnley striker Paul Fletcher is behind the idea and he has done an impressive PR job. It looks like a great product, and his logic looks sound. Perhaps we should wait and see how profitable these projects are before going public though.
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Gareth Taylor was certainly an effective player a few years ago. One might argue that he was an effective player last season as he started a third of Doncaster's games in the Championship. One might also argue the opposite as he only scored one goal in them.
I've always had a prediliction for fielding a big bloke up front, as insurance against an inability to pass the ball around, and it might be that Taylor will be a bit too canny for Conference defences. On the other hand, he's thirty-six, and Saunders' penchant for signing aging strikers has hardly been a roaring success thus far, Suffo and Jansen failing for different reasons to help our promotion push.
Frankly, I never feel too comfortable when we sign a guy who ticks the same box as me when asked his age on an application form!
Monday, 15 June 2009
Sunday, 14 June 2009
Saturday, 13 June 2009