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…on why we must reform and possibly wave goodbye to the Conference National

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Scarborough were the first team automatically promoted but their "Theatre of Chips", McCain Stadium, was torn down in 2011 after the Seadogs went bust

It’s 25 years since Lincoln City became the first team automatically relegated from the Football League. Founder members of the Football League Second Division and ever the trend-setters, the Imps decided the best way to bounce straight back was to stay professional in a semi-professional league. Little did they know that a trend had started which would permanently change the Conference where today, 18 of its 24 clubs are fully professional. It’s time to face up to what the Conference has become and reform it, else it will become a burden. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Michael Farrow

April 17, 2012 at 7:31 am

…on West Ham’s rapidly disintegrating season

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Allardyce felt adopting a Henry the Eighth-esque pose would win the fans over. Unfortunately, it failed.

If it’s squeaky-bum time in the Championship, it would seem that West Ham have already followed through. Topping the table in February, a dry run of form has befallen West Ham at exactly the wrong time. An eleven-game unbeaten run would ordinarily be something to shout about but with seven draws, five of which on the bounce, West Ham are now four adrift of second-placed Reading, who ended said streak with a 4-2 win at the Boleyn Ground. Early in the season, manager Sam Allardyce was full of 10-game targets and gusto, now he’s fallen back on his favourite trick; turning on the fans. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm

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