FOOTBALL is full of financial imbalances and the gap between the Premier and, for example, League Two is painfully vast. The gulf is so substantial that there is an argument for shifting the bottom two division of the English Football … Continue reading Ground debate: League Two and its ancient homes
GRAYS Athletic play at a very nice stadium. Brand spanking new, great facilities and a football-friendly artificial surface that performs very well. The only problem is, the club is ground-sharing at Aveley, a town of 8,000 people some four miles … Continue reading The trials of a nomadic existence
IN RECENT weeks, I have visited Brighton and Swansea and I stood and watched out of necessity. As soon as the referee’s whistle started the game, the fans in my section stood up and had no intention of using the … Continue reading Commentary Box: Edge of your seat?
LIVERPOOL is a passionate football city, that’s what we are told. Liverpool Football Club’s fans are, arguably, the most ardent of any supporters in Britain. It is a devotion that has been built over many years, from the Shankly era, … Continue reading Commentary Box: A Passion Play
Stamford must be one of the nicest places to go and watch a football match. It’s a town that a lot of people don’t know much about, something of a hidden gem, you might say. From a football perspective, the club’s old ground was within walking distance of the station – just a couple of hundred yards at best – and the town itself around the same distance. It’s like a Cotswold town that has been transported to Lincolnshire. Stamford Association Football Club dates back to 1896 and they were somewhat unique in playing on the same ground since the … Continue reading They’ve got the Zeeco, but they also need Zico…Stamford at home
Let’s be frank, some property developers are about as popular as pantomime villains. They fill the role of Mr Nasty. They’re notoriously good at working round the rules and upsetting local communities. For example, in many new developments, there is a commitment to provide low-cost, social housing, something which some developers really don’t want to do because it compromises their profitability, so they employ “experts” who help them avoid such a commitment and maintain profit margins. Nobody generally wants a football ground on their doorstep. We live in a “Nimby” world – “not in my backyard”. Some clubs, long-established in … Continue reading So, how do you fit a ground into a busy town?