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Jun 20, 2012, 6:03 PM
Post #6 of 10
Ye gods! I laughed 'til I cried.
Re: [Valley Blue] Inquiry in to Welsh Premier league
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This chap's also obviously unaware that "THE Football League" is NOT "THE English Football League" for a reason. That reason is that it was set up as an adjunct to "THE Football Association", an organisation for which ANY team in the U.K. could technically apply to join, and have done in the past - with both Irish and Scots teams having regularly competed in the F.A. Cup in the 19th. Century.
Because traveling to/from matches had already been deemed too difficult for those further-flung teams by the time the FL was founded in 1888, even just a few times per season for Cup matches, they remained playing in their own localities, setting up their own FA's and eventually their own leagues.
I believe that to this day there's nothing in the F.A.'s articles that actually forbids Scottish/Irish teams from joining, although, as we know, there are 'gentlemen's agreements' behind the scenes preventing it from happening.
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Still the original Paddy MacNab.