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…on the London Broncos’ dire need for their own stadium

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Twickenham Stoop

Twickenham Stoop - Current home of the London Broncos, which some feel is slowly killing the club.

In June 1980, over forty years since anybody even tried, Fulham FC set out to bring the 13-man code of rugby league football back to London. Fulham RLFC, playing at Craven Cottage, launched the following autumn. With the football club’s backing, the club yo-yoed between the First and Second Division until relegation from the First Division in 1984 saw Fulham bring their experiment to an end and withdraw their funding. Since then, the club have essentially been homeless. 28 years is a long time to be on the streets, especially in London. Read the rest of this entry »


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March 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

…on John Bostock and the flawed cult of the loan spell

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John Bostock and Harry Redknapp

John Bostock can't catch a break. Every loan spell is treated as some great disaster and proof of a supposed attitude problem.

It’s the final transfer deadline of the season. The Football League’s crafty emergency loan loophole will be closed in a year or two but until then you have to treasure the last bit of transfer action. The last throw of the dice, the last opportunity to dump some wages, the last chance to bring in that one player that could get you those extra points to avoid relegation or sneak into the playoffs. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm

…on Widnes’ great comeback and the future of Super League

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Steve O'Connor, Widnes owner

Widnes chairman Steve O'Connor has put time, money and effort enhancing what Widnes already have. Unfortunately, they're the exception not the rule.

It’s old news, I guess. Widnes Vikings have been confirmed as Super League’s newest team, with the RFL living up to the promise that one Championship side would be guaranteed a licence for the 2012-2014 period. The Vikings have turned things around considerably in the three years since they were turned down in the last round of applications. Had the club been in its current state then, they would not have been shut out. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm

…on Capello picking Davies

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Kevin Cyril Davies - Looks more shocked than anything


England’s last Euro 2012 qualifier of 2010 is upon us, with opinions hardening against Fabio Capello’s reign as England manager.  The press reaction to Capello seems to be mirroring the tenure of Graham Taylor, with this summer’s World Cup being the most disappointing performance from an England team at a major championships since Euro ’92, where nineteen Englishmen and Tony Dorigo went out with a whimper rather than a bang.  Fortunately for Fabio, his face is yet to be placed upon a root vegetable. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm

…on Cage Warriors 38

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Matt Veach

Matt Veach showed the sort of dominant wrestling for which his camp, the H.I.T. Squad, is known

Former UFC fighter and Ultimate Fighter veteran Matt Veach moved a little closer to his goal of returning to the big stage taking the Cage Warriors lightweight title with a five-round shutout decision victory over reigning champion, Danish kickboxer Kenneth Rosfort-Nees at Cage Warriors 38 in London’s HMV Forum. Rosfort let victory slip away, leaving himself a sitting target for Veach’s repeated takedowns in the main event of Cage Warriors’ first card since their takeover by the MMA Clinic. He showed a decent defensive guard but his tendency to hang in the pocket after striking and overcommitting with his strikes, saw him slammed throughout the fight. In the second round, Veach came closest to victory, passing Rosfort’s guard and attempting a kimura, though Rosfort escaped before Veach had it really synched. However, Rosfort may have effected a different outcome if he had been more attacking from his back. A more active guard could have changed the fight considerably and swung the judges in his favour.

Read the rest of this review at ukmmanews.com.

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October 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm

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…on leghumping

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Nik Lentz - Should have been looking at a draw at UFC 118, not a decision win.

Sometimes, wrestlers feel like the scourge of mixed martial arts. The guys who worked out ground-and-pound and headbutted you until you bled. The guys who worked out how to pin you against the cage. The guys who took you down and laid on you to grind out a decision. It seems like every cheap way of winning was invented or innovated by wrestlers. Eventually, headbutts were banned, inactive fighters were stood up and stalemates in the clinch were broken up. However, there’s now a far more insidious problem that is increasing in MMA; leghumping. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm

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…with a long list of lower division franchises

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The Sacramento Geckos played one season in the A-League in 1999 and are best remembered for their dreadful shirt

On and off, for what seems like ages, I’ve been working on a project to map the existence and progress of every team in lower division outdoor soccer since the formation of SISL’s outdoor league in 1989.  Since the USL/TOA blowup, many people have pointed out the turnover rate in division 2.  To be honest, it is not as scary as the turnover rate in Division 3, which has seen 106 franchises over 15 years and have just 6 this year. Not a success story by any means.

Anyway, after a lot of fiddling around, I have managed to put something together and have put it up on Google Docs.  It can be viewed here.

The D-2 leagues – the APSL, the USISL Select League, the A-League, USL-1 and the USSF D2 League – are all signified as D-2.  USL’s D-3 league, in its various guises, is signified as D-3.  The USL’s amateur outdoor league, going back to 1989, is signified as PDL.  The NPSL, the PDL’s rival amateur league, set up by disgruntled USL teams, is signified seperately.

I can’t guarantee it is 100% right and it probably has some glaring errors but it is, at the very least, a very good starting point to mapping the movement of franchises between divisions and when teams departed.

If there are any corrections/glaring omissions, leave me a comment and I shall give it a tweak.

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August 21, 2010 at 12:13 am

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