Having a gander at Sutton United

ANYONE who has circulated the Isthmian League over the years will know that Sutton United are a classy club. It helps that they’re in a relatively affluent part of the country, but they have always stood out for being a club that held onto the old amateur ideals of doing things the right way – or so it appeared to the neutral onlooker. At the same time, you often felt that Sutton were a little stuck in the past – but what a good past it was: five Isthmian titles, FA Cup giant-killings, FA Amateur Cup finalists (1963 and 1969) … Continue reading Having a gander at Sutton United

Sutton United, Vardy, Iceland and Carneiro are our award winners

AND SO, the great and the good gathered at The Westbury Hotel, Mayfair (Game of the People has been doing well…) for this year’s awards. As the glasses clinked in the Polo Bar in Conduit Street, the cognoscenti decided upon the winners from a star-studded field. The GOTP awards do not necessarily hand plaudits to the obvious – in fact, we look to recognise the somewhat quirky aspects of the game – with one or two exceptions. It is easy to hand Barcelona, Real Madrid, Lionel Messi and Neymar accolades, but we won’t be doing that – besides, we cannot … Continue reading Sutton United, Vardy, Iceland and Carneiro are our award winners

Sutton United deserve credit for their brave move

Sutton United could well turn out to be the most value-for-money club in British football in 2015-16. The Surrey-based club, once one of non-league football’s top sides (remember 1988-89 and Coventry City?), has taken the bold step of introducing £99 season tickets to try and lure more supporters to their home games. I’ve been to Sutton quite a few times and it always seemed like a club stuck in an era where blazer badges dominated, boardrooms were guarded by officious staff and past glories were hammered to every wall. Great club and nice people – some of whom would not … Continue reading Sutton United deserve credit for their brave move