Soft Signals and Hard Lessons

The manager might change (or come back) but the refereeing remains constant. We had another bizarre performance from an official on Tuesday and the late equaliser we conceded came from a very poor decision. Managers often twist the truth post-match to suit their interpretation of events, but Dean Keates’ explanation of the throw-in decision is the only possible one which is supported by the facts. … Continue reading Soft Signals and Hard Lessons

Macclesfield Town 3 Wrexham 2

A failure to defend long straight balls over the top, a massively poor, decisively influential referee and a performance which was encouraging but unrewarded. Just another day at the office for Wrexham this season. It’s tricky to know how to feel about this match. Having seen a couple of Macclesfield’s recent games, I figured beforehand that this would be a terrific test, and having conceded … Continue reading Macclesfield Town 3 Wrexham 2

Leader Column: Conference Refs

Here’s my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c) I’m getting sick of the Conference. There are a lot of good clubs and an awful lot of nice people in the division. I’ve enjoyed some of … Continue reading Leader Column: Conference Refs

Video Killed the Altrincham Star

> I bemoaned last week that football can’t be a level playing field at all levels, but something I’ve heard about subsequently has made me think again. Altrincham player James Smith has been banned for three games by the F.A. for using his elbow on Mansfield’s Jake Speight in an off-the-ball incident. None of the officials saw the incident so how, I hear you ask, … Continue reading Video Killed the Altrincham Star