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  1. East Thurrock to face 'Pool after demolishing Bath

    by , 29th October 2014 at 01:03 PM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    Such was the extent of East Thurrock United’s demolition of Bath City in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup last Saturday, the Somerset side found themselves apologising to their fans for the 7-1 thrashing.

    “This was the worst performance I can remember in all my time in football" was the response of Bath City director of football Adie Britton in the aftermath of the game.

    “I would like to apologise to the fans who travelled and we hope the players will as well," added Britton. "It was absolutely shocking but equally as hard to explain why it occurred.”

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    East Thurrock on the other hand, were ecstatic and have been rewarded with a long trip to the North ...

    Updated 29th October 2014 at 03:39 PM by Veritas

    Competitions , FA Cup
  2. Did Wigan’s season just start?

    by , 27th October 2014 at 12:07 PM (11v11 blog)
    Few people gave Wigan a cat in hell’s chance of coming away with three points from Championship leaders Derby whose unbeaten run had extended since August 19th when they lost away at Charlton Athletic.

    But closer observers of the game and particularly those of us who have followed Wigan with Uwe Rösler at the helm weren’t at all surprised. This is exactly what Wigan do – losing games you’d expect them to win and vice-versa. Wigan have long enjoyed a reputation for trying to play free-flowing football and hat hasn’t changed one iota since Rösler took over as manager last December.

    In last year’s Championship race, after a poor start, Wigan made relentless progress up the division under Rösler, eventually reaching the play-offs where only extra time at Loftus Road ...
  3. Ronaldo: The Brazilian One

    by , 22nd October 2014 at 01:21 PM (11v11 blog)
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    Few players in the world have had an impact on the football pitch quite like Ronaldo. He burst onto the scene in 1993 and for over 15 years frightened the life out of defenses across the globe, showing them a clean set of heals and his trademark R9 boots.

    Born in Rio in 1976, football was never going to be far from the striker’s mind, playing on the famous beaches that the likes of Zico, Romario, and Carlos Alberto Torres had graduated from years earlier. It wasn’t long before his potential was seen and his journey to the center of the footballing universe would began.

    He left Rio in 1993, joining Cruzeiro where he shot to fame aged just 17, scoring five in a game against Bahia. A surprise World Cup call-up followed, lifting ...
  4. An FA Cup perspective- East Thurrock United

    by , 22nd October 2014 at 09:23 AM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    East Thurrock United of the Ryman Premier Division is the club that we will be following into the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup this Saturday.
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    For those teams who are fortunate enough to emerge victorious at the weekend, there is the prospect of an attractive tie against a Football League club when the draw for the First Round is made at the National Football Centre at St. George’s Park on Monday 27 October.

    Neil Speight, the club secretary at East Thurrock United, has kindly given us an exclusive insight into his club’s FA Cup history and what the competition means to a club like his.

    “The biggest day in East Thurrock United's brief history - they were only formed in 1969 ...

    Updated 22nd October 2014 at 11:20 AM by 11v11

    FA Cup
  5. Champions League Group B: FC Basel or Liverpool to Qualify?

    by , 21st October 2014 at 11:47 AM (11v11 blog)
    by Steve, Reading

    It's blatantly obvious that Real Madrid are going to qualify from Group B. Two wins out of two, a 5-1 drubbing of FC Basel and a solid win against Ludo Razgrad mean that things are looking quite good at the moment for the world's greatest team. There seems to be large gap in quality between Madrid and the other three clubs in the Group and as such it's safe to say they are heading towards the top spot with ease.

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    With that in mind it leaves three teams searching for that second spot, and since Ludo Razgrad don't seem likely to shake things up in Group B the question is: Who will qualify, FC Basel or Liverpool?

    A lot of people would jump the gun and say Liverpool are going to get that ...

    Updated 21st October 2014 at 01:30 PM by Veritas

    Champions League , Liverpool , Clubs
  6. The Value for Money Premier League

    by , 20th October 2014 at 11:43 AM (11v11 blog)
    As we all know, the average price of the cheapest tickets across English football has risen at almost twice the rate of the cost of living since 2011. But which clubs offer the best value for money for fans?

    According to a recent BBC Survey the average price of the cheapest match-day ticket from the Premier League to League Two now stands at £21.49, up 4.4% since last year, over treble the 1.2% rate of inflation.

    However, this average disguises large differences between different clubs, large differences between different seats at the same club and also of “value for money” in terms of the entertainment on show.

    The new Value for Money League we will bring out on a seasonal basis uses two simple indicators to rank clubs by the value they offer fans. ...
  7. Soccer Aid - True Blood

    by , 17th October 2014 at 03:56 PM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    You may recall that in the middle of my serious, or at least semi- serious, football blogs I suddenly wrote one based around the television series Sex and the City.

    This was based on someone suggesting that I frequently used the expression - ‘it got me thinking’ – a saying that one of the characters in the show uses in nearly every episode apparently.

    On the back of that my irrepressible work colleague Nicola decided to set me a new challenge along similar lines.

    Surely there can’t be any connections between the television show ‘True Blood’ and football was the gauntlet she laid down, adding how about linking in Take That as well along the way.

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    Updated 17th October 2014 at 04:10 PM by Veritas

  8. We hand over our FA Cup baton to East Thurrock United

    by , 14th October 2014 at 08:32 PM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    We followed Tooting and Mitcham United into the FA Cup Third Qualifying round last Saturday but unfortunately they were beaten 2-1 away at East Thurrock United.

    So it’s now the Essex side that I turn my attentions to for the Fourth Round Qualifying round, due to be played on Saturday 25 October 2014 – the round before the non-league boys are joined by the clubs from the Football League.

    It’s already been a long haul for many of the teams as the competition, which began with an Extra Preliminary Round as far back as 16 August 2014, when 368 teams battled it out to progress to the qualifying rounds proper.

    The key dates coming up in the FA Cup are:
    First Round Proper Saturday 8 November ...

    Updated 15th October 2014 at 08:23 AM by Veritas

    FA Cup
  9. The Sack Race - Football managers are losing their jobs too easily

    by , 11th October 2014 at 12:18 PM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    One of my biggest gripes with football is the complete lack of patience, from owners, chairmen, chief executives and fans. I was driven to write this blog by the sacking of Russ Wilcox at Scunthorpe United last Wednesday.

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    Russ Wilcox in reflective mood
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    As it’s not always clear if a manager has been sacked, left by mutual consent or simply resigned I won’t, for legal reasons, make any assumptions about the bosses referred to below!

    I clearly remember the furore caused when Brian Clough spent just 44 days as manager at Leeds United back in 1974.

    Looking back now, it seems the great man was given a lifetime to sort things ...

    Updated 12th October 2014 at 11:00 AM by Veritas

    football league
  10. Tooting march on

    by , 9th October 2014 at 09:54 AM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    I have to admit that I feel a bit like Dr Who after my recent blogs. I’ve been somehow transported back to the 1970s and have become stranded there.

    We had Hereford United’s FA Cup slaying of the Newcastle giant from the 70s, Malcolm Macdonald’s sideburns and even mention of the 1970s comedy classic Citizen Smith.

    As I sit here in my flared jeans and garish purple lavender tank top with floral Motif, I’m ready for my next adventure and hopefully a return to the reality of 2014 and this seasons FA Cup competition.

    You may recall that my plan was to follow the winners of the tie between Tooting and Mitcham and Bishop's Stortford, into the next round of the FA Cup this Saturday.

    After a ...

    Updated 9th October 2014 at 08:45 PM by Veritas

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    FA Cup
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