My Second Team: Sydney FC

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in My Second Team | 2 Comments
My Second Team: Sydney FC

Unless you have a lot of time on your hands or a lot of money, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll pick up a second team if you move away from your hometown. But despite moving to London, with a vibrant non-league scene, I somehow ended up falling in love with a side hundreds of thousands of miles from the UK that is almost the complete antithesis of my club, …

Eamonn Dolan, 1967-2016

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Eamonn Dolan, 1967-2016

When I first met then Exeter City manager Eamonn Dolan he stopped our interview midway through to give tactical advise to a youth team player. “I knew he was heading off and I wouldn’t get to see him until after his game at the weekend.”

When I spoke to him about seven years later to get a quick bit of background on a Reading player for an article I …

Football Cities: Exeter

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Football Cities | 4 Comments
Football Cities: Exeter

When football writers talk about provincial footballing sides and cities a few familiar names crop up, such as Nottingham and Derby. These definitely fall into the category of “not London” and smaller than the UK’s other major conurbations, but are still relatively large in size and success. When you start heading out to the geographical margins, however, life as a football club is a little less illustrious and more …

Hot Seat Narratives: Paul Tisdale and Exeter City: A Complicated Relationship

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Hot Seat Narratives | One Comment
Hot Seat Narratives: Paul Tisdale and Exeter City: A Complicated Relationship

In the summer of 2006, a group of Exeter City fans bumped into a well-known Football League manager and conversation turned towards the managerial vacancy at St James’ Park. The advice was unequivocal. “Get in Jimmy Quinn. He’ll get you promoted, no worries.”

It seemed like sound advice. Quinn had recently got Shrewsbury promoted from the Conference at the first time of asking and was available after leaving Gay …

Relegation From the Football League is Not the End of the World

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
Relegation From the Football League is Not the End of the World

This year’s League Two relegation battle is quite remarkable. Not just for the closeness of the fight, but for the teams involved. All bar one have recently spent time in the Conference and all bar one have gained promotion to the League since two-up two-down was introduced from non-league’s top tier. Does this mean the gap between the two divisions is decreasing? Or getting further apart?

Relegation battles in …

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