An emotional David Beckham played his final home match for PSG and his first match since announcing his decision to retire at the end of the season. Asked if there had been any tears, Becks said: "I expected to have them a little bit, you know it was hard. You try to fight it back [...]
The FA Cup reached its First Qualifyng Round last weekend, which meant the introduction of the
clubs of the Premier Divisions of the Isthmian, Southern and Northern Premier Leagues, and we have
highlights from six matches from this round of the competition for you this morning. First up is
the match between Cambridge City of the Southern League Premier Division and Huntingdon Town, and
this is followed up by a match between two sides from the Northern League, between Durham City and
Shildon, whilst our third match sees another Southern League club, St Albans City, travel to
Middlesex to play Harrow Borough.
The more eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that we're slowing down on this series now that
the new season is properly under way. We'll work our way through the rest of the Football League
over the next few weeks and months, but tonight we continue with Crystal Palace and we have six
matches from the years between 1971 and 1990.
This morning, we return to our series of videos of the clubs of the Football League Championship
with another of those relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, Blackburn
Rovers. Blackburn Rovers is a club whose initial decline arguably started with the advent of
television, which makes archive footage of them a little difficult to find, but we do have six
matches for you today from the years between 1968 and 1994, kicking off with a trip to Craven
Cottage to play Fulham in 1968, and this is followed with a home match against Sheffield United
from the 1969/70 season.
Regular readers of this site will by now be fully aware of the fact that our Match Of The Past
series has now finished with the Premier League and is now ploughing its way through the Football
League Championship, and those of you that have been keeping tabs on this series may well scroll
down this page with a little surprise to find that we have seven videos rather than the usual six
We continue our series of the Football League Championship clubs' matches of the past this
morning with Bolton Wanderers, and six matches from the years between 1954 and 2003. The first
match comes from 1954, and sees Bolton travel to the Manor Ground to play Headington United, who
were of course to later become Oxford United, on a snow covered pitch in the FA Cup.
We continue our series of archive videos of the clubs of the Football League Championship this
morning with Blackpool. Amongst the giants of the immediate post-war era, Blackpool entered a
steady decline in the 1970s before recovering their composure and eventually finding their way back
into the Premier League, and last season they were only narrowly beaten in the play-off final for a
place back in the top division by West Ham United.
And so we reach the end of the current run of Match Of The Past, our summer series covering some
of the great matches in the history of the clubs that will be making up the coming seasons Premier
League. Our last club and these haven't been done in any particular order, in case you were
wondering is one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888, Aston Villa, and we have
six matches from the years between 1972 and 1994.
We are nearly at the end of our summer long series of videos featuring matches involving the
clubs of this seasons Premier League, and the latest in this series features the club that
scrambled into the Premier League via last seasons play-offs, West Ham United. West Ham have a long
history of bouncing between the top two divisions the club has never played below the top two
divisions of English football since joining the Football League in 1919 and our six matches for you
come from the period between 1971 and 1986.
At their picturesque home on the banks of the River Thames Fulham have long been a favourite of
the television broadcasters, and today we have six matches from their archive, from the 1960s, the
1970s and the 1980s. The sixties began with the club having just been promoted to the First
Division for only the second time in its history, and our first match is home match against
Nottingham Forest from November 1967.
Having been elected into the Football League in 1978 and spending the next quarter of a century
in the bottom two divisions, finding inclusions for Wigan Athletics turn on our Match Of The Past
series hasn't necessarily been easy. However, we have managed to find six matches from the years
between 1982 and 1997 for you this evening, starting off with their last home match from the
1981/82 promotion season, when the cameras of Granada Television (and a young Martin Tyler) were
persuaded to Springfield Park for a match against Mansfield Town, and next up is a trip to Wembley
from 1985, as Wigan take on Brentford in front of a crowd of almost 40,000 people in the final of
the Football League Trophy.
The next in our series of Match Of The Past which will have covered all twenty Premier League
clubs soon and will be moving onto the Football League thereafter focusses on Stoke City, and six
matches covering the years between 1970 and 1996. The 1970s were a happy decade for the club. In
1972 they won their first major trophy, and there was a hint of what was to come year before, when
they reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup before losing to Arsenal.
What most people don't understand is that home field advantage isn't always about where you
play. Just as often, it's about what you're playing for. And no matter where the games are played,
US Open Cup matches are home matches for the Seattle Sounders, because this is their Cup. It's our
Cup. Sounders players have been stomped, cut, mocked, and bruised for it.
In a scenario that played out exactly how MLS would've scripted it, beloved Seattle Sounders
winger Steve Zakuani made his return to the pitch 15 months after an awful challenge from
Colorado's Brian Mullan fractured of his tibia and fibula. And he just so happened to make his
triumphant return in a home match against Mullan and Colorado.
Tomorrow's match between the Sounders and Colorado Rapids is ripe with the kind of drama that
catches national attention and it's no surprise that NBC dispatched Arlo White and crew to
broadcast this one.
Sigi has been coy about the availability of Steve Zakuani, who had a tantalizing appearance on
the bench versus Sporting Kansas City but has not appeared on a gameday roster since.
The sun should be shining, and the crowd should be a sellout for the Seattle Sounders Women on
this Friday evening. This will be the final home match of the 2012 season. Game time is 7:00pm at
the Starfire complex. The FO says there should be an Olympian or two available for autographs, but
they will not suit up for the game.
Hot Cast In Old Town #10: Orange You Glad We Beat Houston?
In this edition of the Hot Cast, the gang talk about the Fire's 3-1 win over the Houston Dynamo,
review the MLS Team of the Week, take a look at the playoff picture in the East, and pack in three
previews for the friendly against Santos Laguna, the trip to Toronto, the home match against
Montreal, and do a quick rundown of the CONCACAF Champions League.
On this edition of Monday Morning Centre Back, we take a look at the looming reality that is the
coming MLS Playoffs.
That's right people. Playoffs!
The Dynamo have eight regular season matches left on their 2012 schedule. It seems like only
yesterday it was March and the season was kicking off, now we're sitting here roughly five months
later staring at the butt end of the season and wondering where the time went.
Having won a hard fought match on Sunday against FC Dallas and with another big match against
the Vancouver Whitecaps looming on Saturday, Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena sent out the
reserves for Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League matchup against the Puerto Rico Islanders.
The move paid off, as goals from four different players enabled the Galaxy to collect three
points in its final home match of the competition and thus sit in first place in the group courtesy
of a 4-0 win over the Islanders at the Home Depot Center.
Today's match against the San Jose Earthquakes was always going to be an unwelcome fixture. The
third match in seven days (and fourth in ten) it tags along like an annoying little brother. The
priority was, of course, the US Open Cup Final on Wednesday. And between the regular season matches
that book-ended the final, you'd prioritize the home match against the LA Galaxy over the away
match to San Jose, and so it looks like we did.
The Olympics got started over the weekend and the NBC networks have certainly used the
opportunity to promote both Major League Soccer and the NBC Sports Network.Â Commercials for both
have dotted the Olympic landscape during the ongoing coverage.Â On Sunday , the NBC Sports Network
televised the Union/Revolution in prime time opposite the primary Olympic coverage on the main
The Los Angeles Galaxy travel to Portland, Columbus hosts Kansas City, and much more in MLS this
weekend. There are seven matches on Saturday including top Western Conference sides San Jose and
Real Salt Lake meeting.
Below are Major League Soccer Weekend Match Previews for July 7, 2012.
Fans in the United States will no longer have to worry about U.S. men's national team World Cup
qualifiers being shown on pay-per-view.
New sports network beIN Sport announced in a press release Wednesday that it has acquired
exclusive rights to televise the national team's road qualifiers for the remainder of the 2014
World Cup cycle, starting with the final two matches of this round, Sept.
It has been far too long since we have looked at the Critical Mention website for references to
MLS.Â Over the last year or so, we have discussed MLS' efforts to measure the value of its
television exposure through various local and national broadcasts.Â Through the website
criticalmention.com, MLS tries to alert mediaÂ to the "value" of its presence on various
Another full slate of MLS action with some club friendlies sprinkled in as part of the annual
"Summer of Soccer" events.Â Before we get to the weekend attendance, here is a link to an
interview with Commissioner Garber and the accompanying story from the Sporting News.Â The
All-Star Game is always a time filled with league navel gazing and this interview is a prime
Those waiting for the AVB era to begin at Tottenham will have to delay their excitement just a
little longer as our game against Newcastle is now the late kick off on the opening Saturday.
ESPN will be screening this one live and therefore the kick off time has been put back to
Under the opening TV schedules, Sky aren't quite so thrilled about the new regime and anyone not
travelling to a game will have to wait until Sunday the 16th of September to watch our away trip to
Win two tickets to England v Ukraine at Wembley in September - originally posted on
With Euro 2012 all done and dusted and the new 2012-13 season underway, England's players will
be starting to look towards the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Three Lions start their World Cup
qualifying campaign in September against Moldova, with the side's first home match against Ukraine
at Wembley on September 11th.
Geoff Cameron's Premier League debut will have to wait a week.
According to Stoke City's official website, Cameron won't be able to return to England until
early next week while finalizing his visa, and he is unavailable for the club's opener against
Reading on Sautrday.
The New York Red Bulls should have entered Sunday night's home match against Portland Timbers full
of confidence. After a disastrous, listless showing two weeks ago in Houston, they had bounced back
with a 2-0 home victory sealed by a late Jan Gunnar Solli goal. Despite intense competition at the
top of MLS' Eastern Conference, there's no team in the East (perhaps none in the league) that can
match RBNY's roster, on paper at least.
It's time for the Timbers organization to move on and get rid of Gavin Wilkinson. Â The club is
in last place and Gavin continues to tarnish our reputation. Â The media won't hold the front
office accountable, so it is up to the Timbers Army and Timbers fans.
Uruguay had a horrible Olympic tournament, where they had expected much more. And also, in the
South American world cup qualifiers they have looked shaky in their last games. Colombia on the
other hand, have been full of expectations with Pekerman, and although winning, the magic formula
have eluded them.
The Missouri State Bear's have a double-header on tap Friday night.
The Lady Bears will lead off at 6:00 pm when they host Nebrask-Omaha. The Maverick's made the
move from D2 and the MIAA two years ago and is in the final year of their transition to D1 and the
Summit League. Coached by CBC grad Don Klosterman, a win Friday night would be his, and the
program's, 200th overall to go with one national title (2005 D2).
Their brave new world wasn't meant to turn out like this. When Kettering Town moved out of their
Rockingham Road ground to the then recently vacated Nene Park, the former home of near rivals
Rushden & Diamonds, the aim was surely for a place in the Football League. Last night, however, the
club played its first home match of the season in the Premier Division of the Southern League in
front of a little under 600 supporters and was beaten by two goals to one by Hemel Hempstead
The GPS Portland Phoenix have already clinched one of the USL PDL Northeast Division's two
playoff spots, but their hopes of reclaiming first took a blow on Thursday night with a scoreless
draw against the Seacoast United Phantoms at in front of a reported 100 fans at Portsmouth High
School in New Hampshire on Thursday night.
The 2012 North American Soccer League season is reaching its halfway point.Â So far, the league
has seen strong play from NASL newcomer the San Antonio Scorpions.Â The Puerto Rico Islanders
picked up where they left off last year and have enjoyed success despite not playing a home match
at Juan RamÃ³n Loubriel.