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The Week That Was

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

As ever we’ll open The Week That Was by promising not to mention all that boring transfer gossip and news before swiftly breaking our own rule. Hey, we never claimed to be perfect. Manchester City seem intent on signing every striker in the world and the Daily Mash, an entirely serious online newspaper, revealed that Arsenal fans were holding a candlelight vigil praying that City’s bid for the Togo star was successful.

While Carlos Tevez’s move to their nearest rivals rocked Manchester United’s world, it could have been an awful lot worse as news emerged today that the club had called off their trip to Jakarta, Indonesia after bomb blasts hit the hotel they were due to stay in. The attacks, blamed on suicide bombers, have killed at least nine people and injured more than 50, tragically.

On to lighter news and most teen football management ambitions begin and end with computer games. However, brothers Tom and Josh Mitchell, aged 18 and 21, have just taken ownership of Dorchester Town after working in the club’s car park as stewards. Although it does help if your dad was the previous owner. We’re sure we’ll be hearing more on that too.

As the FSF has long campaigned for safe standing to be introduced at England and Wales’ top grounds – email the FSF’s Colin Hendrie if you want to get involved – we were interested to see that Ryanair are now pushing for standing to be introduced on commercial flights. If it’s good enough for airlines, it’s good enough for football grounds, surely!

Speaking of flights now it’s close season most are flying off for sea, sand and sangria but the FSF is on call 24/7 to deal with any media queries. So who did CNN come to when they needed an expert in the field of club governance and ownership? The FSF and our very own deputy chair Jon Keen of course.

Lastly, we’d just like to wish all the best to former Wales international John Hartson in his battle against cancer. The big striker’s always been a popular figure among fans, even when he was battering your own team’s centre-back into submission.

For our money he’s just the type of player you’d like to be if you had the talent and sheer bravery. We’re not the only ones wishing John well either as cycling legend Lance Armstrong, who won a similar battle in the mid-90s, has taken time out from the Tour de France to Twitter about him too.

Get well soon John.

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