Fulham show calm regrouping pays off

ONE YEAR after newly-promoted Fulham were throwing money around and buying players for fun, the Cottagers found themselves back in the more humble surroundings of the Championship. The moneyball experiment, if that’s the right word for the way the club accumulated quantity over quality, was over and some of the higher profile names, notably some under-performing Ligue 1 captures, had been sent out on loan … Continue reading Fulham show calm regrouping pays off

The road to step two doesn’t need to be feared

THE POPULAR VIEW is that the jump from Southern and Ryman Premier to step two is a big one. Too many supporters wring their hands in anguish at the prospect of their team not being equipped to survive elevation to the executive suite of non-league football. But there’s good news for aspiring play-off candidates. The promoted clubs’ records over the past five years go a … Continue reading The road to step two doesn’t need to be feared

Mind the gap! First day results can tell a lot

The opening day of the season was a case of déjà vu for the teams promoted from the Championship. For the third consecutive year, a Premier new boy failed to win their first game: Bournemouth went down at home to Villa; Watford drew at Everton; and Norwich were beaten at home by Palace. Ominous signs for a trio of teams that will undoubtedly struggle to … Continue reading Mind the gap! First day results can tell a lot