Ground grading

This article was originally written in March 2017 for the excellent North Ferriby Utd fanzine ‘View from the Allotment End’. Once again we get to this time of year when ground grading becomes a hot topic across non-league football. This year, it could impact promotion hopes as well as increase relegation fears, throwing playoffs into […]

Can a non-league club lose its soul?

Hampton’s time in the playoffs came to an end this weekend at Ebbsfleet Utd. Given as how the club was given its place in the playoffs by the ground standards of others, I guess that’s no real surprise. However, the reaction of some of the Ebbsfleet supporters on social media after the match set my […]

Doomed to failure? – Non league clubs and big financial backers

If you’re a regular listener to the podcast I take part in, then no doubt you’ll have heard me, time and again bemoan the governance of football clubs. Every season, we hear or read of clubs going out of business, some because they can’t go on, and some for want of proper management.  A lot […]

Poor old Mike Phelan

Yesterday’s announcement of the departure of Mike Phelan from Hull City throws into sharp relief the issues at the club. The issues are not on field ones, although the Tigers are bottom of the Premier League. No, it’s right at the very top of the club, those who are supposed to be running the club. […]

England C; what news? Stuff you, signed, the FA.

One of the things to properly pee me off was the lack of any recognition that England C were playing in Estonia this week. One article of the FA website dated October 20th and that was it. Nothing until after the match, when a report appeared, see below. Once again, the PTB fawn over the […]

Reason I love my job…

Being a club press officer can be a lot of hard work, a lot of which is never seen and appreciated. Indeed, most of the time, you only get noticed if you miss something or make a complete screw-up, and I’m no stranger to that! However, this last month has been different. As well as […]

Well Sam, you blew it!

The news has only just begun to sink in.  The England coach Sam Allardyce has been removed from his post because he was stupid enough to use his position to feather his nest and also over very indiscreet remarks over previous managers and also about the figurehead president of the FA, William, the Duke of […]

Who’d be a manager, eh?

Come on, let’s face it, we’ve all thought we could do better than our local team’s manager. Especially when times are tough for them. All the best managers are in the stands, if you listen to the comments. When things are going well though, then its different. The manager is a genius! Best man for […]

Well, ain’t that something?

My views on the Premier League are rather well known (see previous blogpost). Most seasons, it’s there in the background to my real love, non league football and Hampton & Richmond Borough. Something there to pass the time, something of not much relevance to me. This only changes when Hull City make an appearance in […]