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Check out this week’s best bets with Blue Square, the FSF’s official betting partner Blue Square:

Football remembers its Great War heroes

11th November is Remembrance Day and in honour of the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces, and civilians, in times of war we’ve reproduced the below article which is due to appear in Free Lions 111. Back in October the Football League unveiled a memorial in the French village of Longueval to the footballers who fought in the First World War and died on the killing fields of the Somme. Almost a century later a permanent memorial to the Footballers’ Battalions has been unveiled.

Never turn your back on the ball

And finally…has given keepers a bit of a kicking lately. Errors in Tunisia, Germany, Morocco and Morocco again all had us in stitches but we feel a bit guilty, keepers are an easy target after all. So we feel bad. Not bad enough to resist this corker though. Remember the sorry tale of FAR Rabat’s Khalid Askri? He ‘saved’ a pen, turned round to celebrate, and the ball spun over the line. This one’s even more unlikely – ball strikes bar, flies miles up in the air, keeper celebrates, ball returns to Earth’s orbit and spins into net.

“Drunk” stroke victim cleared of charges at Bristol Rovers

A Tranmere Rovers fan has been acquitted of being drunk at a game after police misread his stroke symptoms. Steve Renton was thrown out of Bristol Rovers’ Memorial Stadium back in March during his team’s goalless draw. He was charged by police and ordered to attend trial at Bristol Magistrates Court. During the two-day hearing Magistrates heard that Renton, of Birkenhead, had in fact been the victim of a stroke two years ago which left him with slurred speech and difficulty staying on his feet.

An insight into our Inbox

As an insight into the types of queries and complaints we receive we thought it’d be useful to share some of the contents of our Monday morning inbox – following a full weekend’s fixtures there’s always some interesting emails. Many of the issues are being investigated by the FSF as we speak, so it wouldn’t be right to name the clubs involved (yet), but we do hope it gives you a taste of the sort of things that we can help supporters with.

Blue Square’s best bets

Blue Square‘s Alan Alger gives his rundown of the weekend’s best bets in the FA Cup first round:

Forward roll

This week’s video is so odd it’s difficult to know what to say. Down in the depths of the Czech third division SK Líšeň take on Jihlava B. For some reason which is never quite clear SK Líšeň’s players all do a simultaneous synchronized forward roll. Do they hope to put the opposition off? Have they joined a bizarre Cristiano Ronaldo-worshipping cult where staying on your feet is frowned upon? Who knows but it’s pretty entertaining nonetheless.

Villa to “re-educate” stewards after pointless fan ejection

Aston Villa have promised to “re-educate” stewards after a teenage fan was needlessly ejected from last Sunday’s Birmingham derby. Kieran Comerford was thrown out for pitch encroachment after heading a wayward ball back on to the pitch.

FC United’s fan share scheme enters last month

FC United of Manchester’s unique Community Shares Scheme has entered its final month with the investment window closing on Tuesday 30th November. The club, founded in 2005 by disillusioned Manchester United fans, is giving supporters and the wider community the chance to invest in its future by buying shares to raise funds for a new £3.5m stadium. Supporters can invest a minimum of £200 and maximum of £20,000.

Less use than a chocolate fireguard?

We thought last week’s And Finally… had discovered the most absentminded keeper this side of the Scottish border but it turns out not. Over in Tunisia this goalie has taken lack of concentration to such new levels he doesn’t even feel the need to involve himself in the game any longer and wanders off the pitch to leave an open goal.

Blue Square’s best bets

Blue Square‘s Alan Alger gives his rundown of the weekend’s best bets:

Competition: Win £20 Blue Square bets

To launch our partnership with Blue Square we’re delighted to offer 5 x £20 free bets to some lucky FSF members. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is answer the following question: which former League Cup winners sit third in the BlueSq Premier table going into this weekend’s fixtures?

Spurs can’t do customer service for Toffee

Premier League football is an expensive business nowadays and after you’ve forked out £39.50 for a ticket at the very least you’d expect to be able to watch 90 minutes of football, wouldn’t you? Unfortunately this wasn’t the case for Everton fan Ian Buffey at Spurs last Saturday after he was refused entry to the stadium despite having what should have been a valid ticket.

Taming of the Shrews is a result for fans

The FA have sided with Southampton in a dispute over the ticket prices for their upcoming FA Cup first round tie with Shrewsbury next Saturday, after the League Two club had looked to cash in on their visit to St Mary’s.

FSF North West Division to meet Sunday 7th Nov

The next North Wales and North West Divisional meeting is to take place on Sunday 7th November (2pm kick off) at LMRCA Railway Club, 127 Navigation Road, Altrincham, WA14 1LJ. The venue is accessible for wheelchair users and non-members of the FSF are welcome to attend.

Football League honours war dead

The Football League has unveiled a memorial to the soldiers of the Footballers’ Battalions’ that fought in the First World War. Almost a century after their advance into ‘Devil’s Wood’ began, The Football League has erected a permanent memorial to the men of the 17th and 23rd Middlesex Regiments – the Footballers’ Battalions.

One Game One Community draws to close

Today marks the final day of Kick It Out’s the 2010 One Game One Community weeks of action. With more than 1,000 activities taking place over the past two weekends, the campaign is widely considered sport’s largest equality and community engagement initiative.

Walldorf’s lad a little green

Ask any pro and they’ll always tell you the same – football at the highest level is all about concentration. But playing in the fifth tier of German football with Astoria Walldorf isn’t the highest level and their keeper seems to have the attention span of a hyperactive kid with a bucket of blue Smarties.

Goal-line technology on the way in?

Football’s law maker the International Football Association Board (IFAB) has agreed to reconsider the introduction of goal-line technology. However, IFAB has stated that any decision on whether a ball has crossed the line must be able to be made within one second – a policy which rules out video replays.

Rooney could leave Man Utd this summer for free

Wayne Rooney could leave Old Trafford as early as summer 2011 should he choose to invoke the so-called “Webster ruling” – and Manchester United wouldn’t receive anywhere near his perceived market value.

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