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Yorkshire makes its first ‘international’ appearance in world league of stateless peoples



Yorkshire has officially booked itself a place on the world stage.

You may have heard of YIFA before, but why?
YIFA are Yorkshire’s own international FA, who very recently played Ellan Vannin in a hard-fought 1-1 draw.
Many would have passed talks of the UK’s first stateless “international” football team by a group of Yorkshireman at a pub table as drunken drivel.
But just six months later and Yorkshire is now fully recognised by CONIFA, (Confederation of Independent Football Associations) as an ‘international’ football team associating outside FIFA.
Yorkshire now ranks alongside Tibet and Greenland on the world football stage, and completed  their first official game last week, earning a 1-1 draw against a highly-rated Isle of Man at a local ground in Pontefract.
Having attracted media interest from the BBC, The Guardian, and various other news networks, its easy to see how and why the people of Yorkshire are excited about their own national football team.
But, one question still lingers in the minds of English people. Why would a county in England, need to represent themselves internationally?
Speaking exclusively to The AwayDayBible, Matt Thomas of YIFA stated “Personally I have been a fairly vocal advocate for the devolution of powers to Yorkshire and had spoken to Phil about his vision of a Yorkshire team and fully bought into the idea of giving the people of Yorkshire a voice through football. By joining CONIFA we were able to reach out a world that has already embraced the Tour de Yorkshire, Yorkshire cricket and lots of worldwide Yorkshire brands without having to do so via London. I couldn’t be any more proud than to have been one of the brave few who met in Halifax to sign the YIFA constitution and kick off the project.”

Credit: Yorkshire International Football Association

“Yorkshire obviously has such a noticeable regional identity that we were able to go to CONIFA and put in a very good application to meet their criteria.” Furthermore, “much of the population of Yorkshire on the whole see themselves as Yorkshire, not English. And this is a huge population too, on a par with Scotland and bigger than a number of small nations in Europe.” Matt then went on to say “whether people even realise they are doing it every day a vast number of people in Yorkshire speak ‘Yorkshire dialects’ that include words with direct lineage from old Norse words. This is all evidence of our true heritage and what makes us feel different. The Ellan Vannin And Yorkshire examples show that whilst it isn’t easy to meet the CONIFA criteria the organisation is certainly one which allows regions, displaced people, small nations and so on to compete at a good level if they can meet the criteria.”
When asked what the main aims of YIFA were, and what are YIFA’s plans for the future, Matt said

“We are massively ambitious, after all who would have thought that in a short six months we would have pulled off what we have? And to earn a draw with the Ellan Vannin team too! Of course we have had an army of volunteers and the generosity of so many people to help us along the way. But this is just the start! Our coaching staff share our vision and we are aiming to not only reach the CONIFA tournaments but win them! What would be sweeter than bringing back a World Football Cup trophy back to Yorkshire, where the oldest football club in the world is? Off the pitch we also want to build, not only our hugely impressive fan base but also our partnerships with others. We all know Yorkshire folk have a reputation for being friendly and we hope to one day invite the world to Yorkshire to compete in a major CONIFA tournament here. In the meantime we have a number of friendly fixtures lined up, including hosting our own competition, the Jorvik Trophy.”

What a turnout! 627 people came to watch Yorkshire’s first game at the home of Hemsworth Miners’ Welfare FC!

Now it is not only the Yorkshire team, but people involved with YIFA reacting to all of this high profile media interest.
We’ve already seen the BBC and various English media outlets report on YIFA, but there have been international publications reporting on YIFA too. Is there pressure?
Matt replied with “we have lived and breathed YIFA for the last six months or so, it’s something I know all who are involved are passionate about. Obviously the media attention is daunting but is fully appreciated. So far on our journey I think most of the U.K. media has at some point been to visit us or has commented on our journey and that has given us all a real boost. The lads in the squad suddenly have the world’s cameras pointed on them and I’m sure you will agree they didn’t let the attention get to them yesterday.
How many other non-League players can honestly say they made the number one story in publications like Marca, where the Spanish giants of football for one day at least had to surrender top billing to our Yorkshire players! I can’t thank the media enough for the coverage they have given us, long may it continue.”
He ended with “There are far too many people to mention and I’ll probably forget many but I will be forever grateful to all connected to Hemsworth Miners Welfare Community Football Club for their support and generosity, to Godzown Sports for providing the now iconic Yorkshire kit, to
CONIFA for giving us the chance to represent ourselves on the world stage and of course to our new friends and rivals Ellan Vannin, but most of all I want to give huge thanks to all the hundreds of fans, many of who travelled huge distances to be there to cheer on the team, they made it all the more special.”
Good luck to Matt and the rest of YIFA. From being just an idea to representing a county on the world stage in well under a year is no mean feat. If you are interested in YIFA, and would like to learn more about them, there is a link to their website here.
If you would like to learn more about CONIFA, and the amazing work they do, you can visit them here.

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Allardyce, Pardew, Hodgson – Relegation Saviours or Bottom Feeders?



Sam Allardyce, Allan Pardew and Roy Hodgson have all been chosen by PL clubs over the course of this season and entrusted with keeping Everton, WBA and Crystal Palace respectively in the richest league in the world.
Why? Why? And Why?

Over 80 years of managerial experience and no major trophies on any of these CV’s.
18 stints at PL clubs between them and yet here we still are looking at them scrapping with the rest for survival. We’ll try not to point out that a lot of these clubs now find themselves in financial troubles… Make of that what you wish.
Sure there has been the odd good run which has seen Pardew make a couple of FA cup finals, Roy steered Fulham to the UEFA Europa League Final and Allardyce turned Bolton into a top flight side.

Since being unveiled to the press their combined 2017/18 records make for poor reading:-
Played – 60
Won – 16
Drawn – 18
Lost – 26
Win % – 26.6%

2 ex England managers and a former candidate for the top role. Would Koeman, De Boer or Pulis have done any worse? Surely not.

Fingers are often pointed by various pundits when foreign appointments are made, claiming that this is what is hampering “young British Managers” – total nonsense. It is the continuous appointment of these journeymen stopping the likes of Derek McInnes, Gareth Ainsworth and Paul Hurst gaining opportunities for jobs well done in difficult circumstances with budgets similar to the size of a Palace reserve player’s yearly wage.

The only argument that anyone could throw into the mix here would be that Everton are currently occupying a top 10 position. To put that into context, Burnley were 6th 11 league games ago, they haven’t won a single game in those 11 and are currently 7th. Take away the top 6 and the league is nothing other than competitively poor.

West Brom appear doomed and it may make sense for Pardew to ask Barry & co where they left that taxi because he’ll be needing it shortly.

Palace’s good run has ended and Everton’s initial resurgence has stalled.
Stoke were ignored by all except Paul Lambert, does this truly indicate how much of poison chalice a PL managers job is? Or are the relevant boards not football savvy enough to know to pluck a good manager from relative obscurity?
Playing it safe could be about to backfire!

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Sunderland and Hull – The Double Droppers?



Sunderland & Hull

Both of these clubs currently find themselves lingering towards the bottom of The Championship having recently felt the pain of PL relegation back in May 17.

Friday night’s first half horror show saw Hull dumped from the FA Cup and even tho Sunderland a slight improvement  with this weekends draw against Middlesbrough, more games pass these two by as they stare back-to-back relegations in the face.

Not all is doom and gloom though! Despite last seasons’ poor performance bank balances will still be given a shot in the arm…

Over the next three years, Sunderland will receive 55% of the near £100m they made from TV revenue, 45% the following year and 20% in the third. However, Hull will only be entitled to the first two payments. Because they suffered relegation after only one season, thus voiding them of the final £20m payment.With the business end of the season fast approaching it is difficult to make a case for either of the sides escaping given how the first 30+ games have gone.

Chris Coleman and Nigel Adkins are now the men with the world on their shoulders, having inherited inferior players from Simon Grayson and Leonid Slutsky respectively. Each dugout has been occupied on a number of occasions in recent seasons, this has not helped either cause.

Adkins was looking for a way back into the game so was always going to accept the offer from the Tigers but Chris Coleman must spend his evenings wondering what ever made him say yes to one of the most undesirable jobs in the country. You have to question yourselves when you can’t tempt a manager from outside the Old Firm north of the border to leave his club for yours at this level. Derek McInnes looks to have made a shrewd decision to stay put.

The transfer dealings over both windows would indicate nothing other than sheer panic. I mean Ashley Fletcher, Lee Camp, Ovie Ejaria and Marc Wilson have come through the doors at the Stadium Of Light while slightly further south at the KCOM the incomings such as Seb Larsson, Michael Hector and Fraizer Campbell aren’t the players required at this particular stage of the clubs history.

They both need proven footballers and perhaps a couple of “statement signings” in order to get the fans back in the stands. Both of their last home league games have seen a total attendance of 45k watch on, not even enough to fill The Mackems 49k capacity once over!

Speaking of home games the SAFC fans have had to endure more pain than most, they recently went a year without gaining a needed 3 points to their total.We all know that there are no easy games in the Championship and that will be the case in the coming weeks as most sides will have something to play for.

Finding themselves in League One next season and lining up against the likes of Walsall and Gillingham will be a glaring reality check of their poor performances both on and off the pitch.
Both clubs, like most, carry debts with them year on year and realistically you have to wonder that if they both succumb to relegation this year will we ever see these clubs climb back up the leagues?

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Video | Shocking Scenes as Eight Sent off in Mass Brazilian Brawl



A Bahia state championship match was abandoned yesterday as ten players, including substitutes, were sent off for Vitória and Bahia.

 The aftermath of a penalty just after the half-time break ignited a match which had already shown signs of boiling over. Bahia’s Vinicius converted the spot kick before celebrating in front of the home fans with pelvic thrusts Shaggy would have been proud of.

This was much to the annoyance of the home fans and players. What had initially been a typical scuffle erupted when Vitória’s Kanu threw a one-two combo that would have been at home in Saturday’s Super Middle-Weight title fight.

The subsequent brawl was eventually broken up fifteen minutes later with the referee sending off eight players (three Vitória , five Bahia). With ten minutes left, however, a further two  players received their marching orders and the match was abandoned.

To put the amount of red cards into context:

There were two more sendings off in that initial brawl than £35 million striker Andy Carroll managed league goals (6) during his time at Liverpool.

It is also same number of red cards as Patrick Viera, Richard Dunne and Duncan Ferguson, the most sent off players in Premier League history, saw in their entire top-flight careers.

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