Nice for Nice, but for how long?

FOR THOSE of us accustomed to seeing Paris St. Germain galloping away with Ligue 1, the start to 2016-17 has been interesting. PSG, shorn of the charismatic Zlatan, have struggled to find their feet under Unai Emery and the current leaders are Nice. Although the team from the Cote D’Azur may be unfamiliar league leaders, there’s a very recognisable striker who is helping Le Aiglons (The Eaglets) make the early running in France. Mario Balotelli, who has signed on a one-year contract from Liverpool, netted five goals for Nice as the club remained unbeaten in their first eight games. Date … Continue reading Nice for Nice, but for how long?

The spirit of ’76 lives on for Hitchin and Weymouth

HITCHIN TOWN and Weymouth lock horns this weekend, almost 40 years after the two clubs met in the FA Cup first round in a long-running saga that lasted four games. Such runs are a thing of the past as the endurance factor has been replaced by the “wham, bam, thank you ma’am” of the penalty shoot-out. Nevertheless, the quartet of games and the outcome remain locked into Hitchin Town folklore. At that time, Hitchin were “amateurs” and Weymouth represented the rough and tumble world of the semi-professional. Hitchin were riding relatively high in the Isthmian League and Weymouth were Southern … Continue reading The spirit of ’76 lives on for Hitchin and Weymouth