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Pub Team – not Stoke!

Shaw Lane Association gives the usual excitement, as a so called minnow enters the first round of the FA Cup proper. A former pub team, part financed by a local plumbing business, are currently third in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, and defeated Conference side Barrow in the last Round. The result, a home tie is granted, against Mansfield Town – a fixture relatively local that they will be delighted by.

Read more at: http://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/football/fa-cup-shaw-lane-to-learn-fa-cup-fate-along-with-rotherham-doncaster-and-chesterfield-1-8807474

Just caught my attention with the usual quip from our former striker, about Stoke City FC being likened to a pub team.

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Legends of the Game #1

Why not give an aspiring young person a chance?  I listened attentively as Zach recited story after story of players from bygone days and thought he deserved a platform to share just a few.  I hope that there are more Zach?

“By Zach Vaughan

As a teenage boy I eat, sleep, breathe and continually speak about Football. If I am not playing, I am on the Xbox, watching a game or researching statistics on-line.

In this introductory article, I want to discuss and highlight the ‘Forgotten Legends of the Game’- players whose careers are outstanding, but are no longer recognised as the exceptional players that they once were.

The first forgotten legend is a Brazilian goalkeeper by the name of Rogério Ceni. He may not be the most iconic Brazilian keeper, but he is one of the best to come from Brazil, for he had scored a whopping 131 goals from penalties and set pieces, the best record for a keeper in the world and having over 500 app for São Paulo. His international record is nowhere near his club record with only 16 app and one goal. Now let’s move onto his trophy cabinet. Ceni won major trophies including three Brazilian leagues and two Copa Libertadores as well as the 2002 World cup and 1997 Confederates cup.

The second forgotten legend is Clyde Best for he was one of the first black players in the English top flight. Best played for West Ham where he was a fans favourite scoring 47 goals in 186 appearances. Best was originally from Bermuda and then moved to the NASL (North American Soccer League) where he would play for Tampa Bay Rowdies and where he won the NASL title in a 2-0 win over Portland Timbers in the Soccer Bowl. Best scored 22 times for the Rowdies. Best also won the indoor title with the Rowdies as well as being named MVP of the tournament and top scorer of the short season with 11 goals and 6 assists. Best later played for Portland Timbers scoring 40 times, Toronto Blizzard scoring 5, Cleveland Force scoring 33, Los Angeles Lazers scoring 29 and very late in his career at Feyenoord scoring 3.

Both Rogério Ceni and Clyde Best deserve the title ‘Forgotten Legend’. Ceni is still the highest scoring goal keeper ever and Clyde Best broke down racial barriers in the English top flight and latter in his career made a positive input on NASL.”

Hagi’s Kids

ACROBAT | FCSM is delighted by yet another high profile appointment. This time no other than the Champions of the Romanian Liga 1, the top flight of football in the Country. Founded in 2009 by former Romanian international and Galatasaray Legend, Gheorghe Hagi, the Club is known for developing young players from its impressive Academy, hence the nickname “Hagi’s Kids”.

On 13 May 2017, Viitorul Constanța managed to win the Liga 1 after a 1–0 home victory over CFR Cluj – the first major trophy in its history which also ensured qualification for the UEFA Champions League. With the average age of the squad being 22.2 years, “Hagi’s Kids” were the season’s youngest league champions in Europe.

ACROBAT | FCSM will be leading partnership activities with its contacts in UK, Turkey and Romania. More information: viitorul@acrobatfcsm.com

Broken Countries: Stay or Go #Britain #Turkey

As I awake this Easter Holiday and reflect on Sky News and the day’s and previous day’s events, I am tempted to recite those famous lyrics of The Clash band ‘Should I stay or should I go now?’.  Not afraid of being controversial, I put forward a viewpoint that might suggest some undertones and causes of unacceptable behaviour by sporting fans, that may have roots in the turmoil in the indigenous countries.  On this occasion, I’m advocating a view  of ‘Broken Britain’ and ‘Broken Turkey’.

Well respected sports journalists this week recalled events in Spain surrounding Leicester City’s supporters invasion of Madrid in the Champions League.  David Conn reported: “Leicester fans in a square in Madrid chanting ‘You Spanish bastards. Gibraltar is ours”. Oliver Holt: “Last night – Dortmund fans sharing their homes with Monaco fans shouting ‘Gibraltar is ours’. Makes you despair”. The Gibraltar subject being one of a newsworthy matter of potential #Brexit conflict in negotiations now that article 50 has been evoked.

It’s not that freedom of speech should be curtailed vis-a-vis Turkey’s President Recep Tayip Erdogan. However, with the ‘Foxes” incident, I advocate this mirrors a growing trend among English fans to aggression, racism, hooliganism and isolation. Leicester merely mimics a Country-wide trend, witnessed personally by me following the English national Team.

I still recite the demographics and metrics of the stereotypical ‘Brexiteers’ as a contract to the ‘Remainers’.  Of course, one should be wary of tarring all with that same brush, but it has been exposed that poverty, disillusionment and ignorance were common traits of that, slightly more than half of the Country, that voted for us to leave Europe.  I feel the same disadvantaged populous are those that are found among these hooligans.  I also suggest that this is not just a few, but the way an increasing portion of the British population are moving. The future can only mean more turmoil if such idiotic beliefs and unacceptable behaviour are likely to grow.  It this a ‘time bomb’ waiting to explode?  Is this the Country that we want future generations to be brought up in?

Last night, the fans of Besiktas rioted in France. The current documentaries by Simon Reeve on Turkey offers an unbiased reporting of the characteristics and frailty in both economic, cultural and political terms.  Here there is a clear hypothesis that by the ruling party allowing more immigration and offering relatively small ‘handouts’ to the poorer segment of society then what is happening is tantamount to ‘buying votes’ to further the aims and securing the power of that same AK Parti. The referendum is upon us which could give the biggest boost to that political party and widen the gap between Islamists and the traditional supporters of modern Turkey for which Ataturk was catalyst.

Okay – maybe a tenuous link, but I would promote one theory that hooliganism in football with Turkish fan involvement, may also have roots in the unrest from their homeland (By the way, I have also seen French supporters that are not blameless and witnessing firsthand where such as socio-disadvantage, ethnicity and social-exclusion may have inflamed situations).

In a short blog post, one should be wary of generalisations. Yest, I feel there could be factors much wider than traditional football supporting motivations that are now driving behaviour.  Where, I live bus loads of Turks, many of which I know, have travelled to London for advance voting to try and prevent increased influence to Erdogan. In this same area, the majority voted Remain in the EU Referendum.  So whilst some comfort in being surrounded by like-minded people, I do worry about the future in both of these two great countries and for the first time actually contemplate ‘Go’ in search of the best future for my family.

Adrian Stores is CEO at ACROBAT | FCSM.  It concentrates on marketing, sponsorship and fundraising – mainly in UK and Turkey. More information: http://www.acrobatfcsm.com