Outside the Box: It's not MyFootballClub any more as support ebbs away
The news that MyFootballClub have decided to give up their shareholding in Ebbsfleet United brings to an end a brave, if flawed, experiment in supporter participation. Readers may remember MyFC was launched online in 2007 with the aim of buying an English club. Some 27,000 paying members from 70 countries eventually acquired 75 per cent of Ebbsfleet, and were given a voice in all matters affecting the Conference club. Originally promised a say in team selection, they later voted to leave that to the manager, but did vote at one point on whether to accept an offer of £150,000 for the star player (who was duly sold to Bristol City). Numbers eventually dwindled to around 1,000, as did attendances, and Ebbsfleet have just been relegated from the Blue Square Bet Premier. MyFC's shares have now been offered to the club's supporters' trust, but £100,000 is needed in the next couple of weeks to avoid administration.
Dailly regime pays off
He may have missed his target time of three hours in the London Marathon by six minutes, but the former Scotland captain Christian Dailly believes the performance and his preparations back up his long-held belief that football should concentrate far more on individual training. Dailly, who was running his first marathon at the age of 39 – after 22 years and seven knee operations as a footballer – said: "I've not had a single niggle since I've been marathon training. That's because I don't do the same as everybody else any more. I do exactly what my body requires."
He retired last summer to take a sports science degree.
Best on show at museum
It will be 50 years in September since George Best made his Manchester United debut, aged 17, and to coincide with the Football League's 125th anniversary which falls in the same month, the National Football Museum in Manchester is putting on a special exhibition in his honour. Among the items, many of them loaned by Best's sister Barbara McNarry, will be the United shirt he wore when he scored six goals at Northampton in a 1970 FA Cup tie and his European Player of the Year trophy. The museum is housed only 500 yards from the site of the old Royal Hotel, where the League's founder members met to agree a name for their new competition. Fans are being asked to lend items of relevant memorabilia for the main exhibition, which will run (like the inaugural League season) from September until April: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crewe are so solid
Crewe Alexandra's reputation for developing young players is well earned and was reflected in the decision to field an entire team of academy products for yesterday's final match of the season against Walsall. Manager, Steve Davis, had wanted to do so for some time, but he waited until the Alex were sure of their League One status and were meeting opposition who were not involved in any promotion or relegation issues.
No cruising for Guernsey
Possibly the most congested end to a season in senior football history continues this weekend as Guernsey slowly work off a backload of Combined Counties League fixtures caused by bad weather and their own success in cup competitions. Today's match at home to Sandhurst Town will be the third in successive days; next weekend it is four home games in four days, finally winding up the campaign. The best guess at present is that the Channel Islanders will finish as runners-up, having at one stage had eight games in hand on the leaders Egham Town but been 20 points behind. In Wednesday's 4-2 defeat at Colliers Wood, they even turned to their 44-year-old club president Matt le Tissier as a substitute for the last 10 minutes in his first game for 11 years.
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