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Wrexham Programme Review 2015/16

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Programme from Wrexham v Welling 22nd August 2015

Another good effort from Wrexham, with fewer adverts than most and a quality appearance, you don’t begrudge paying the £3 cover price for this one.

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Notts County Programme Review 2015/16

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Programme from Notts County v Mansfield 14-8-15

A very slick looking programme in A5, handy for coat pocket size for this season, an improvement on the square effort of the last couple of seasons. The overall feel of quality gives it an edge despite some fairly standard content.
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(5-9-15) Macclesfield 2-1Woking (Vanarama National League)

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Game 13 of the season

An excellent victory for the Silkmen over high flying Woking in a highly entertaining game, followed by a drab game on TV in San Marino.

It was clear from the off that this would be a decent game, between two sides that wanted to try and play football. However, for all the nice football, the opening goal had a bit of the Sunday league about it, as Cole spilled the ball under pressure from Paul Lewis, and Kristian Dennis was in the right place once again to tap home a poachers goal after 14 minutes.

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2-9-15 Kidsgrove 5-6 AET Westfields (FA Cup Preliminary Round Replay)

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Game 12 of the season

Another very late decision to go this, my first FA Cup game of the season, usually this is the sort of game that ends up being a 0-0, so an 11 goal thriller was a nice surprise! I don’t want to type up a full match report even though this was one of the best games I have seen in a long time, because it would need about 2,000 words, so here is a summary.

1-0 (6 mins) / 2-0 (10 mins) / 3-0 (16 mins) The home side race into a three goal lead after just 16 minutes, and missed a couple of opportunities as well. It looks like the long journey for Westfields has taken a toll, along with the shorter warm up. We were already making agreements on which score we could go home at, I had gone for 6-0.

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Witton Albion programme review 2015/16

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Programme from Witton v Northwich 31-8-15

The first in a new series of articles where I will review programmes from all levels of football from the 2015/16 season. Please also take a look at my match report from this game here.

A good, professional looking programme from Witton for your money this season, with a decent amount of articles written by fans and with comprehensive coverage about the away side

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31-8-15 Witton 1 – 2 Northwich (Evo-Stik Division 1 South)

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Game number 11 of the season

A late decision to go and get some bank holiday football in, mood boosted by an excellent 2-0 for the Silkmen away at Grimsby earlier in the day. This was the first salt town derby in a competitive game for 21 years and an enticing fixture between long-term rivals, and from this season, ground sharers. It certainly caught the imagination, with a healthy crowd of 710.

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(18-8-15) Lincoln 5-3 Macclesfield (Vanarama National League)

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Game number 9 of the season

The 4th game of the season for the Silkmen, after taking 4 points from their last 2 home games. A visit to Lincoln never really fills the average Macc fan with much hope however, with just 2 victories in the last 20 visits to Sincil bank, only one of which I have been lucky enough to see.

This was another game for me watching from the press box, and it certainly kept us all busy on social media and the radio, with 8 goals and chances galore throughout the whole 90 minutes. The game opened in typically cagey fashion with neither team taking much of a chance in possession. However it soon burst to life as the away team scored 2 excellent headers from pinpoint Paul Turnbull set pieces, to find themselves with a 2 goal cushion after just 6 minutes; Dennis and Lewis the scorers. Read the rest of this entry »

Soccernomics by Kuper & Szymanski

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This is the sort of book that the traditional English manager would gladly use as a doorstop at the training ground, such are the challenges that it makes to the status quo. This is an analytical book which takes an economists perspective on various football topics.

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(1-8-15) Macclesfield 7 – 1 Congleton (Friendly)

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Game 5 of the season

The final pre-season fixture before the big kick off at Torquay on August 8th. After Stoke U21 pulled out at pretty short notice, Congleton stepped in to ensure that we were able to complete our preparations in a semi-competitive environment. The Silkmen put out a strong line-up, with Sampson, Pilkington and Turnbull out with injury.

One entertaining feature of pre-season games at this level is trying to work out who the trialists are. Shawan Jalal was pretty well known, but our number 14 for the day was merely known as Mr Holmes, very formal if not slightly mysterious. What was not quite so entertaining was the injury to Curtis Haynes-Brown early in the first half, with an innocuous looking challenge seeing the left back stretchered from the field and taken to hospital. Initial reports seem to suggest a ruptured achillies, which would rule him out for the majority of the season.

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Bamboo Goalposts by Rowan Simons

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I read this one a couples of years ago, and although it is a pretty lengthy read at 400 pages, it was well worth the effort. The book is written by Rowan Simons, who has lived in China for over 20 years, and has indulged his passion for football, from setting up lunch-time 5 a side games with work colleagues through to setting up his own football club.

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