The Vanarama Column – Eastleigh Football ClubThe Vanarama Column – Eastleigh Football Club, by Glenn Moore
When Eastleigh owner-chairman Stewart Donald quit the club to take over Sunderland in the summer Spitfires supporters could have been forgiven for fearing the future. The insurance tycoon had bankrolled their push to make the Football League, transforming the Silverlake Stadium in the process. However, ownership rules meant he would have to wind up his investment in the Vanarama National League club and non-League history is full of meteors who crashed to earth after a benefactor departed.
Vikki Orvice RIP – by Steve HowardVikki Orvice, the FWA's vice-chair and a long-standing National Committee member, lost her long battle with cancer today at the age of 56. She was a much-loved colleague to many of us at the FWA and especially at The Sun, where she covered athletics and football.
Former SunSport chief sports writer and FWA member Steven Howard paid tribute to his colleague on the Sun's website, and we are honoured to reproduce it here:
Vanarama Column – Salford
Vanarama Column December 6th - Salford City, by Glenn Moore
Since automatic promotion was introduced 31 years ago no club has won back-to-back promotions into the Football League. Even meteors such as Fleetwood and AFC Wimbledon required a season acclimatising to the fifth tier before climbing out of non-League. This season Salford aim to break the mould.