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Manchester City

Man City threaten Tebas with legal action

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London (AFP) – Manchester City have threatened La Liga president Javier Tebas with legal action after he said their partnership with Spanish club Girona was an attempt to “cook the books”.

Tebas made his remarks during an appearance at the Soccerex football conference in Manchester on Wednesday.

Kia Joorabchian Tries To Explain What Tevez Really Said

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In a remarkable speech, Carlos Tevez's agent Kia Joorabchian insisted that Carlos Tevez did not refuse to go on as a substitute for Manchester City against Bayern Munich and that he is simply a victim of mistranslation.

Joorabchian told the Leaders in Football conference in London on Wednesday that Tevez was not the sort of player who would refuse to take to the pitch.

Kia Joorabchian Offers Alternate Truth In Tevez Situation

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In a remarkable speech, Carlos Tevez's agent Kia Joorabchian insisted that Carlos Tevez did not refuse to go on as a substitute for Manchester City against Bayern Munich and that he is simply a victim of mistranslation.

Joorabchian told the Leaders in Football conference in London on Wednesday that Tevez was not the sort of player who would refuse to take to the pitch.

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‘We’re Being Monumentally Stitched Up!’ – Salisbury City’s Anti-FA Rant Might Just Be The Angriest Thing Ever Written!

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By Chris Wright

The glorious Raymond McEnhill Stadium, home of Salisbury City

Despite finishing the 2013/14 Football Conference season in a comfortable mid-table position, Salisbury City found themselvesdemoted to the Conference South in June after missing a league deadline to clear their outstanding debts.

John Still, The Knowledge & Luton Town’s Renaissance

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There are many aspects of pride to being a football supporters, some of which are laudable whilst others are less so. At the less extreme end of this spectrum is the pride of being the supporter of a club in the Football League. It's a club that along, of course, with the Premier League only ninety-two clubs can be members of, and losing that status can have a damaging effect on one's self-esteem.

Chester’s Difficult Start To The Season

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Since the liquidation of Chester City Football Club at the start of 2010, the fortunes of the game in the city which had its club effectively taken from it by its last owner has been on a largely upward trajectory. When the club's supporters trust took ownership of the lease for The Deva Stadium, the council-owned stadium that was the key to getting the football club back to the level at which it was playing when it was taken away from it, the new club, Chester FC, was granted a decent opportunity to claw its way through the non-league game, and promotions through the Northern Premier League and the Football Conference North have been rapid.

Tentatively Upwardly Mobile: Lincoln City Face The New Season

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The start of the new season sees Lincoln City play their third season back in the Football Conference and after three years of difficulties on the pitch, there are signs at the start of this season that a corner might be at the point of being turned, although there are still... issues to be resolved behind the scenes at the club, as Keith Duncombe reports.

Truro City FC Takes Its Final Steps Towards The Gallows

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They were the trailblazers, the team from the wilds of Cornwall who could afford to fly to games and who rose quickly from nowhere with ambitions of flying straight up to the Football League. But Truro City wanted too much, too soon and found that ambition without solid financial foundations burns far more quickly than the sun.

Five Days To Take The First Steps Towards Saving Truro City

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It went to the wire and it would be a stretch to say that the club has been saved yet, but Truro City of the Blue Square Bet South were at least given a stay of execution at the end of last week when the Football Conference allowed the club a further seven days in order to find a £50,000 bond in order to ensure its membership of the league.

One Positive And Many Negatives For Truro City

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It took until the first match of October, but at least the players of Truro City have something to be proud of this evening. A 2-1 win against Bath City at Treyew Road lift the team, which was docked ten points earlier this season after collapsing into administration, into a points tally for the season.

Football League

How far?

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A bit of a random post but below is a list of the nearest grounds at varying levels of English football's pyramid that I have not yet visited...

Premier / Football League:
Villa Park, Aston Villa FC - 42.4 miles

Step 1 - Football Conference (Blue Square) Premier:
Kenilworth Road, Luton Town FC - 67.

Birthday footy

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Saturday 18th February 2012
Football League 2
The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium

Today is the 35th birthday of the editor / big chief of All Roads Lead Somewhere and this was spent in east London. It had been suggested around Christmas time about going out for the day with my wife (Angela), mum (Christine) and her partner Dave but the question was where?


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Just read this article from the Thackley website, Looks like they are looking forward to our visit on Saturday.Expect fireworks (of the legal and enjoyable kind) as the Seadogs hope to rocket up the league and the Dennyboys look to avoid a damp squib.Whilst there is still the League Cup to play for, the mantra of "concentrating on the league" is perhaps uppermost in Thackley minds as they look forward to entertaining Scarborough Athletic on Saturday.


Non-League Videos Of The Week: 18-08-2012

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The premier division of the Football Conference may have started last weekend, but this weekend is the one that we're marking as the start of the new football season and the return of our non-league videos of the week. Tonight, we have four matches from four different divisions as clubs get back to competitive action after their summer break.

The AGM cup 2012 – Mystic Rhys’ predicts

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It's the end of the season, and York City have won the final playoff game to secure their return football league. Now, the process of positioning teams in various leagues will begin in a process jokingly referred to as the AGM Cup.

Always controversial, the Football Conference AGM decides who gets placed into various leagues in the Conference system (Conference Premier, North & South).

Darlington FC: Saved, But At A Price

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As has happened before in the recent history of the club, the battle to save Darlington FC went to the wire. Another deadline was hanging over the club this week with the a threat of liquidation waiting on the other side of it, but yesterday afternoon it was confirmed that the Darlington 1883Â group, which has been battling to keep the club alive in this incarnation since the beginning to the year.

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 11/03/2012

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As the 2011/12 season enters its final straight, we have six matches from six different competition this week to make our Non-League Videos Of The Week. First up is the FA Trophy Semi-Final First Leg between Newport County of the Blue Square Premier and Wealdstone of the Ryman League Premier Division.

On The Brink: Field Mill Forever (Or How Mansfield Town Got Their Ground Back)

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Hidden away among the doom and gloom spreading through football like a plague, borne on the backs of greedy money-men, is a shimmering chink of light with the news that Mansfield Town have finally secured ownership of their ground. The announcement that owner John Radford had purchased the freehold to Field Mill was the final axe blow needed to sever Keith Haslam's link with the club.

Non-League Videos Of The Past: The FA Trophy Final

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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.

Darlington’s Second Final Day Of Reckoning Approaches

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It is a sobering thought to consider that, for all the hard work and drama involved in keeping Darlington FC alive just nine days ago, the looming deadline over the clubs future comes up for renewal again on Monday. The last few days have seen a patchwork team lose narrowly to Fleetwood Town and Hayes & Yeading United in the league, but performances on the pitch have, by necessity, had to take a back seat to the continuing efforts to save the club.

The FA Cup Third Round: Wrexham 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion (4-5 Pens)

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There is, perhaps, little surprising in the fact that the most confusing tie of the Third Round of the FA Cup should involve Wrexham. The Blue Square Premier club the last non-league club still involved in this year's competition have had possibly the most convoluted twelve months of any side in the entire English league system, and this extended into the arrangements for this match against Brighton & Hove Albion, following their 1-1 draw at The American Express Community Stadium a week and a half ago.

What Today At Darlington Tells Us About Lower Division Football

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At the exact time of writing (almost one thirty in the afternoon), we do not know whether Darlington FC has been rescued or not. What we can say for certain is that a situation that may have seen the club die at one minute to midday has been extended and that further negotiations are now taking place and that a decision is due imminently over whether the club can be saved in its current form or not.

Darlington FC Hangs By A Thread

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The news came through with startling speed, another rumour that swelled to an almost bewildering succession of public statements in just a few short hours. At the end of yesterday, the battle-wearied supporters of Darlington FC could only step back, blinking, and survey the wreckage. Their club has been pushed into administration for the third time in less than ten years, and the prognosis for its future looks bleak.

Wrexham’s Cup Win Sets Up Another Fans United Day

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Twenty years ago in January, Wrexham AFC managed one of the great FA Cup surprises of all time. They had finished the previous season at the bottom of the Football League and had only been spared relegation to the Football Conference on account of the League expanding its size, while their Third Round opponents in that competition, Arsenal, had ended the previous season as the champions of England.

Football In Wakefield & An Issue Of Ongoing Viability

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The bulldozers moved in at College Grove in Wakefield last week. This, of itself, should probably not have come as too much of a surprise to those that have been watching the recent difficulties of Wakefield Football Club of the Northern Premier League for most of this year, but as a visual analogy it was depressingly appropriate that a club which has had a disastrous year should have seen its home almost completely razed to the ground in favour of a multi-sport complex by its owners at the same time that those running the club confirmed that it was on the brink of closure.

The Wrexham Take-Over Hits The Buffers Again

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With a team that is top of the table, a new manager that has just won the Manager Of The Month award for his division and a winnable FA Cup tie coming up in a couple of weeks, these should be happy times for the supporters of Wrexham Football Club. As regular readers will be aware, however, very little at The Racecourse Ground is as it seems and the proposed take-over of the club by the Wrexham Supporters Trust (WST) has now hit the buffers again over clauses relating to liability for outstanding debts, which are being treated so seriously by the Football Association and the Football Conference that, once again, the WST take-over of the club might not go through.

Midweek Non-League Videos: The Blue Square South Title Race

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There was a full round of matches in all three divisions the Football Conference this week, and it looks like being a very tight season in the Conference South. Today, there are just ten points between the team at the top of the table and the team in fourteenth place, and there seems little between the top three sides, with others lower down the table looking more than capable of joining them.

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John Henry Discussed TV Plan With The Glazer Family

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The Glazer family discussed the possibility of individual selling of overseas television rights with John W Henry and his colleagues at Liverpool before club chief executive Ian Ayre floated the subject this week, The Daily Telegraph understands.
Ayre's suggestion that the biggest clubs in the league abandon the Premier League's collective selling model and exploit their overseas rights individually has met with opposition from the league and clubs concerned that it would ultimately weaken the competition.


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For regular readers of my blog, you would have seen my post yesterday. For those of you that haven't you can catch it here. Basically, I posted comments made by Bruce Buck about AVB and the fact that he could be our manager for the next 10-15 years. Deja-vu don't you think considering this is what was said of Jose Mourinho.

The Roma Empire: Inroading In America?

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Serie A expert Eric Giardini is just that. Here, on Roma

This past week marked the 2011 version of the Leaders in Football conference which, according to its website, was created to provide a "networking environment in order to bring together football's most important leaders to share knowledge, best practice and ideas.

Manchester United

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As the proprietor of this here website has ably demonstrated over the last week or so, the task of the blogger is rendered thankless when trying to pick the thin, stringy scraps of meat off of the interlull carcass. Tis a carcass so bereft of nourishing properties that, at times, you've the feeling that even a parasite would starve.

In reading Ivan Gazidis's recent statements after appearing on a panel at the Le

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In reading Ivan Gazidis's recent statements after appearing on a panel at the Leaders in Football conference, one left with the distinct impression that the perpetuation of Arsenal's self sustaining model was of primary concern, not its football. That and the idealization of the financial fair play rules as some sort of magic bullet.

Champions League

Carra looking to the future with both feet in the present

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Carra looking to the future with both feet in the present

With a large chunk of the Liverpool squad away with their national sides it's been a less intense week of training for those who stayed behind. One of those is Jamie Carragher and the break from the Premier League calendar gave him time to talk to national radio and also to a football conference in London.

Gazidis: Top-four spot not crucial for Arsenal

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Arsenal can still compete financially with the top clubs evem if we missed out on a Champions League spot, says chief executive Ivan Gazidis. The club earned £26m from Europe last season but Gazidis believes they could still keep pace with the top English clubs without it.

"We would rather qualify for it but we have a really sustainable model that can cope.

The Rest

Brackley Town FC

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Brackley Town 1 Gloucester City 3 - Football Conference North

Brackley is a town in South Northamptonshire. It is about 19 miles from Oxford and 22 miles from Northampton. Historically a market town based on the wool and lace trade; it was built on the intersecting trade routes between London, Birmingham and the English Midlands and between Cambridge and Oxford.

Barnet FC

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Barnet 2 Cambridge United 2 - Football Conference, National

The name Barnet derives from an ancient settlement, recorded as Barneto c.1070, Barnet 1197, La Barnette 1248, that is 'the land cleared by burning', from Old English bærnet, referring to the clearing of this once densely forested area in early times.

Droylsden 3 Hinckley Athletic 2 -

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Droylsden 3 Hinckley Athletic 2 - Football Conference, North
Droylsden is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside, in Greater Manchester. It is 4.1 miles to the east of Manchester city centre, and 2.2 miles west-southwest of Ashton-under-Lyne. Historically a part of Lancashire, Droylsden grew as a mill town around the cotton mills established in the mid-19th century, and the Ashton and Peak Forest canals.

Guiseley AFC

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Guiseley 2 Corby Town 1 - Football Conference North

Guiseley is a small town in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire. Its name is of Saxon origin. It was named "Gisele" in the Doomsday Book. Much of the surrounding valley was once wooded, and "ley" means a clearing in the woodland.

The 100 Most Controversial Football Club Owners Of All-Time: No.97 – Graham White (Colne Dynamoes)

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We have, in recent years, become rather too accustomed to a boom and bust culture in football, particularly at clubs in the lower divisions. Few clubs, however, have ever boomed and busted with the speed of Colne Dynamoes, and it is the man that was responsible for this, Graham White, who takes the number ninety-seven position on our list.

Match Of The Week 3: Sutton United 0-2 Notts County

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Evening falls over Sutton, and with it comes the final match of the Second Round of this year's FA Cup. Gander Green Lane has been here before, of course, in 1989 when the team in amber and chocolate knocked Coventry City out of the competition the last time that a non-league club knocked one from the top division out of the FA Cup and also in 1970, when a scarcely-credible 14,000 people packed in here to see Sutton United lose 6-0 against Leeds United in the Third Round of the competition.