Of course, Rotherham United knew what they were getting themselves involved with when they took him on in the first place, but the news earlier this week that manager Steve Evans subject of the most read post ever to appear on this little website will now be the subject of a six match stadium ban for his new club over his involvement in some fairly ridiculous scenes earlier this during both during and after a League Two match between Bradford City and his previous club, Crawley Town.
There is, perhaps, little to surprised about regarding the decision of Steve Evans to leave
promotion-chasing Crawley Town for Rotherham United this morning. Rumours had been circulating for
the last few days that Rotherham were interested in taking him and his baggage on and even the
timing with six games of the season left to play and Crawley Town two points off an automatic
promotion place isn't a major shock.
By Chris Wright
Given theĀ furoreĀ at Leeds yesterday, we thought it would be fairly timely to
put together Pies' pick of the ten English-based football managers that, for one reason or another,
are almost impossible to foster a begrudging respect for let alone take to your heart.
As you are probably already aware, the weather took an axe to this weekend's non-league fixture
list and only a handful of matches took place anywhere. The FA Trophy Third Round matches were
completely called off and will be played at a later date, so the draw for the quarter-finals, which
is to be made tomorrow, will have a somewhat odd look about it.
This week's non-league videos of the week features four matches from the Second Round of the FA
Trophy. With only thirty-two teams left in the competition at this stage, the scent of a Wembley
final is starting to drift into the air, and our four matches tonight feature twenty-five goals.
First up is a match between two clubs that are owned by their supporters, as Ebbsfleet United of
the Blue Square Premier play Chester of the Northern Premier League.
It's Non-League Day tomorrow, but you already knew that, didn't you? The brain-child of Mike
Bayly occasionally of this parish and James Doe is celebrating its second annual event this
weekend, and the extent to which non-league football has embraced the idea has been refreshing, to
say the least.
Last year was pretty clear cut in the Conference North, Alfreton were pretty much definitely
going up despite having a ridiculous backlog of games, the play-off places were fairly clear early
on and Redditch were dropping like a stone from around February time, but this season it looks set
to be a bit closer at both ends of the table and closer still in the middle.
This week's non-league videos of the week come from the length and breadth of the country, and
all feature teams at or near the top of their league table. AFC Telford United have been near the
top of the Blue Square North for most of the season. It now looks, however, as if the actual title
itself is going to Alfreton Town, who are clear at the top of the table with games in hand, but
Telford still need to keep winning matches to keep their heads up for the play-offs.
Well, it's late on Sunday night so it's time to catch up on some more non-league videos of the
week for this weekend. Our first match comes from the relegation battle at the bottom of the Blue
Square Premier. With four relegation places, it's pretty tight at the foot of the table and Hayes &
Yeading United occupied one of those positions at the start of the match.
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This week's Non-league videos have a running theme in that they all feature clubs that are owned
by their supporters, and clubs that we are featuring this evening not necessarily those that get
the most attention in the press.
At Broadfield Stadium last night, Crawley Town beat Bath City in the Blue Square Premier to move
up to seventh place in the table after four matches. A crowd of 1,252 people turned out to watch it
hardly, one might think, a ringing endorsement of the "Project Promotion" that the club has put in
place since new owners decided that money was no object in buying the club a place in the Football
Seeing red: Beckham was back in a Manchester United shirt today at Old Trafford (AP
But don't worry, Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena is no doubt confident David Beckham will be all rested
up for the game Saturday against the New England Revolution in Boston.
United biggest stars played a lot fewer minutes, but then they have a real game Saturday against
Barcelona, not one of them MLS thingies few take seriously (including, apparently, the Galaxy).
As the nation gears up for another FA Cup weekend journalists and TV producers are desperately
searching around for the most romantic FA Cup angle to fill their endless coverage.
Non-league Crawley Town, the first side from outside the football league to get to the fifth round
for 17 years, is an obvious story given they are heading to Old Trafford to take on the footballing
behemoth that is Manchester United.
By Chris Wright
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin...
1. Spitfire the Dog, Eastleigh FC
(Thanks to @Iwantcurlyhair2 for the nudge)
2. Hammerhead, West Ham
Like Optimus Prime's cross-eyed little brother.