Inside Lines: Ivor's Bath pull the plug after failing to get a Square deal

The future of trailblazers Team Bath, the first university side to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup for 122 years, is uncertain following their decision to resign from the Blue Square Conference at the end of the season.

According to team manager Ged Roddy, the shock move has been forced on them by the Conference, who ruled that under their present structure they could not win promotion to the Blue Square Premier Division, or ultimately to the Football League, as "not having their own ground does not comply with League regulations".

However, Team Bath, who share a ground with Bath City, dispute any such regulation exists and point out there are several examples of League clubs who have shared grounds. The team, who can boast football's oldest coach, the 92-year-old former Welsh international Ivor Powell MBE include both students and players who have not made the grade with League clubs. Roddy says Team Bath, with five promotions in nine seasons, and currently 10th in the Blue Square South, had no option but to quit after being told they would not be allowed to compete in the play-offs if they reached them. He said: "It seems grossly unfair that we've been denied the opportunity to progress further. Our long-term goal has always been the Football League."

Can he win it? Yes he Khan

Amir Khan (pictured) is spearheading Network Rail's campaign to keep kids off railway lines – he says as a youngster he had several friends who risked getting killed when playing "chicken". Khan's boxing career is back on course after his pulsating defeat of Marco Antonio Barrera and he is now moving up to light-welter for a WBA title challenge against the Ukrainian Andreas Kotelnik in London on 27 June. Another smart move by promoter Frank Warren, as it sees Khan avoiding power-hitting lightweight champs such as Edwin Valero, who has 25 straight KOs, and gives him a winnable fight against a genuine world title holder who is a good technical boxer but not a noted puncher. Khan and Kotelnik have something in common: both are Olympic silver medallists beaten by the Cuban Mario Kindelan in their respective finals.

New ball game for Clegg?

Simon Clegg officially severed his 20-year tenure with the British Olympic Association last week – he has been on the payroll since announcing his resignation as chief executive in December after differences with chairman Lord Moynihan. Clegg, 49, says he has received several approaches but is keeping his options open. One could be a similar role with Ipswich Town, whose own chief executive, Derek Bowden, is leaving at the end of the season. Clegg and Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans are pals but he says suggestions he will take over are "speculation".

Sir Rodney's no plonker

Snooker's Twenty20-style "Super6", to be launched at next weekend's world champ-ionships, sounds like yet another wheeze dreamed up by Barry Hearn. In fact the man behind it is the equally ubiquitous Sir Rodney Walker, the ex-shot put champ who chaired UK Sport and Wembley and now runs World Snooker. Watch for more innovations, including a revamped rankings system. "The sport has to look at reinventing itself to attract a younger audience," he says.


Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Business Development Executive / Digital Marketing Executive

£26000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A luxury beauty house with a nu...

Recruitment Genius: Housekeepers - Immediate Start

£8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This company are currently recruiting new exp...

Recruitment Genius: Head Concierge

£25000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This award winning Property Man...

Recruitment Genius: Content, SEO and PPC Executive

£20000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has ari...

Day In a Page

On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

Dame Colette Bowe - interview
When do the creative juices dry up?

When do the creative juices dry up?

David Lodge thinks he knows
The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

Fashion's Cher moment

Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

Health fears over school cancer jab

Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

Weather warning

Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

High hopes for LSD

Meet the volunteer users helping to see if it cures depression and addiction
German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral