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New Power at Farnborough

wikiIf you make the trip to Farnborough FC in the Skrill South this season then you would have been forgiven if you had thought that Gary Linker, David Beckham and Roberto Carlos had come out of retirement and had signed up for the Cherrywood Road outfit.

However this is just the latest in a long line of PR stunts involving a non-league club, in all fairness tough the stunt did help The Boro survive by the skin of their teeth.

This time bookmaking giants Paddy Power had stumped up the money to cover the football clubs membership to the Conference football- however reports from the Non-league paper say that they missed the deadline to play.

But what do you think the Irish Bookmakers asked for in return? There logo on the front of the shirt? (Which they got) or a green away kit, which represents the company’s colours and the colours of the Irish team?
No they forced to change all the players to change their names to famous footballers either past or present.

So French defender Djibril Forana will be Chelsea captain and expert photo bomber John Terry, David Tarpey will now be known as Diego Maradona, the former Argentina captain made famous for ‘Hand of God’.

Even the manager has been forced to change his name. The Yellows gaffer is normally known as Spencer Trethewy has been forced to change his name to Special One returning to Chelsea in Jose Mourinho.

Personally for me speaking this a bit of a farce. How can the FA allow this to happen? Some of you may ask why there is nothing wrong. But for me I think they shouldn’t be allowed to as it is ripping up a club and players identity.
Yes they have saved a club from going out of business but do Paddy Power really need to make the players change their names by Deed Poll.

For me it is just another way of trying to create themselves more headlines and to get people talking- which of course they have done. But is it really all that necessary for Paddy Power to have all the headlines. Surely the real headlines should be Farnborough are saved. Not Paddy Power forces club to change player’s names as it saves Farnborough.

Maybe it is just me being this way but surely it is going to in the long run hurt Farnborough fc. What will happen to the players when they are sold on do they revert back to their birth names? Also any new players do will they be forced to change their name to a famous footballer?


An Ebbsfleet Look at the fixtures

Yesterday saw the announcement of the fixture list. We caught up with David Bryom, news shopper journalist and owner of the blog the Conf blog to discuss Ebbsfleet.

Recently relegated Ebbsfleet United will start their 2013/14 Conference South campaign at home to Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday 17th August.

The match will signal the start of a new era for The Fleet after an eventful off-season that saw them nearly go out of business before being rescued by KEH Sports, who immediately installed former-Charlton Athletic Chief Executive Peter Varney as Executive Vice Chairman.

Departed Fleet boss Liam Daish photo by Chris Turner

Departed Fleet boss Liam Daish
photo by Chris Turner

The change of ownership also ushered in a switch in the dugout, as the club’s longest-serving manager Liam Daish was replaced by former-Charlton defender Steve Brown, with ex-Addicks manager Steve Gritt as his assistant.

Brown attracted criticism from some in the league due to the fact he signed six players he used to coach at Dover Athletic, where he was previously Assistant Manager, and Brown and those players – including highly-rated midfielder Dean Rance and striker Ben May – will renew acquaintances with Dover in just their second game of the season as they head to The Crabble on Tuesday 20th August.
The Fleet and Dover will also play each other over the Christmas period, at Stonebridge Road on Saturday 28th December. This match is sandwiched in between a Boxing Day and New Years’ Day double-header against Bromley.

Ebbsfleet have retained four players from the last time they were in this division, in the forms of defenders Paul Lorraine and Joe Howe, midfielder Tom Phipp and star goalkeeper Preston Edwards. These four players will face thirteen teams that they also faced when the side won promotion back to the Conference Premier, meaning they will feel confident that their experiences will stand them in good stead to fight for promotion this season, especially when the squad has been bolstered by signings such as midfielder Stacy Long, who played for the club when they won the FA Trophy at Wembley in 2008.
The season ends with in April 2014, a month that will prove crucial to The Fleet, as they visit the likes of Staines Town and Sutton United, both of whom will be aiming to challenge for promotion this season.
As well as playing their first match at home, Brown’s men will also finish the season at Stonebridge Road, against Dorchester Town, when Fleet fans will be hoping they have plenty to cheer about.

The opening day to the Conference

League title.

The fixtures for the Conference are out and the key fixture on day one sees newcomers from the Conference North Chester vist Edger Davids Barnet at The Hive .

Chester was promoted to the Blue Square Premier last season after taking the Blue Square North by Storm. While Barnet led by Edger Davids were relegated out of the football league and making a return to the Football Conference.

Other opening day fixtures see a repeat of the final day fixture as Luton visit Southport, under the new manager of Alan Wright while Aldershot face a tough start away at Grimsby.

The full fixture list in the Conference reads opening day fixtures Barnet v Chester, Cambridge United v Halifax Town, Dartford v Alfreton, Forest Green Rovers v Hyde, Grimsby v Aldershot, Hereford v Braintree, Kidderminster Harriers v Gateshead, Macclesfield v Nuneaton, Salisbury v Tamworth, Southport v Luton, Woking v Lincoln City and Wrexham v Welling.

While in the Conference North the opening day fixtures which starts on the 17th August sees AFC Telford v Workington, Barrow v Brackley, Guiseley v Soilhull, Histon v Colwyn Bay, Leamington v Bradford PA, North Ferriby v Gloucester, Oxford v Harrogate, Stalybridge v Hednesford Town, Stockport County v Boston, Vauxhall v Gainsborough and Worcester City v Altrincham.

The Conference South open up as the following: Bishop Stortsfield v Bath, Concord Rangers v Basingstoke, Eastleigh v Sutton, Ebbsfleet v Havent and Waterlooville, Farnborough v Cheltenham, Gosport v Dover, Hayes and Yeading v Bromley, Staines v Dorchester, Tonbridge Angles v Boreham Wood, Weston Super Mere v Eastbourne and Whitehawk v Maidenhead.

For full list of fixtures please see the Conference website.