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  1. Ebenezer Cobb Morley – one Hull of a story.

    by , 3rd November 2014 at 10:49 AM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    I have always thought of Hull as the centre of the football universe and now it turns out that this assumption was correct all along. Hull can rightly claim to be the birthplace of the modern game.

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    This is all thanks to one man, Ebenezer Cobb Morley, who has never had his achievements properly recognised, given that he made a vital contribution to establishing the game of association football.

    Morley was born, bred and educated in Hull and, although he left the city at the age 22, it was his Yorkshire roots that shaped him into the great pioneer he became.

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    Ebenezer initially moved down to Barnes to work as a solicitor. ...

    Updated 4th November 2014 at 09:43 AM by Veritas

    Categories
    football history , Teams
  2. No end in sight in the manager’s sack race

    by , 31st October 2014 at 04:04 PM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    Since Russ Wilcox's dismissal at Scunthorpe United on 8th October, somebody has cranked up the speed of the managerial merry-go-round and it’s gone into overdrive.

    It’s less than twenty days since I wrote about the impatience that is rife within football resulting in the premature sacking of managers. It was written on the back of the axing of Wilcox, only months after he had set a world record for the longest unbeaten run at the beginning of a managerial reign.

    The Iron went 24 matches without defeat to best a longstanding record set by William Sudell at Preston North End way back as 1888-89.

    Next, Nigel Worthington parted company with York City, leaving a vacancy that Russ Wilcox quickly filled when ...

    Updated 31st October 2014 at 08:25 PM by Veritas

    Categories
    Football statistics , Betting
  3. Tight Hart Lane - Pochettino blaming confined spaces for Spurs failings

    by , 31st October 2014 at 02:41 PM (11v11 blog)
    Tottenham Hotspur’s pitch is the third smallest among this season’s 20 Premier League clubs and Mauricio Pochettino believes that stat does not help his players or their style of play.

    "Our style means that we need a bigger space to play, because we play a positional game," Pochettino said."It is true that White Hart Lane is a little bit tight, no? It is better for the opponent to play deep."

    White Hart Lane boasts the joint-shortest pitch in the Premier League at 100 metres, while its 67-metre width puts it ahead only of QPR and Stoke.

    It all adds up to 6,700 square metres of playing surface compared with ten sides that currently play on pitches coming in at 7,140 square metres – leaving a difference of 440 square metres.

    Spurs have ...

    Updated 1st November 2014 at 11:08 AM by Veritas

    Categories
    premier league , Tottenham Hotspur , Clubs
  4. 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

    Categories
    Competitions , FA Cup
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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

    Categories
    FA Cup
  8. 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

    Categories
    Champions League , Liverpool , Clubs
  9. 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. ...
  10. 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

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