Small Club of the Week – December Review

It’s been a while since we just reviewed the clubs that end up in this series. Since there hasn’t been much non-league action – at least featuring the clubs that tend to end up in this series – we figured it was as good a time as any to look back at the past couple months of clubs in this series.

Paris F.C.

Our most recent Small Club of the Week, Paris F.C. currently plays in Ligue 2 in France. After a few decades of struggles, the club has looked strong the past two seasons, and look to be on the cusp of returning to Ligue 1 for the first time in forty years.

Currently, the club is in eighth place with 28 points (7-7-3 record). They are two points behind Lorient for fifth place and a spot in the promotion play-off quarterfinals, and six points behind Brest for second place and automatic promotion to Ligue 1. They are in the midst of a three-match unbeaten streak (2-1-0) and their next match will be against Grenoble, a club above them in the table.


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Small Club of the Week – Paris F.C.

Note: This weekly series will look for teams outside of the top flights of European football to find true underdog stories of clubs well below the radar. Clubs will be featured based on performance in the various tournaments that happen concurrently with the league seasons, or even strong runs in some of the leagues that dot the European football landscape. Chances are, these clubs will be years away from finding a home at the top flights of football – if they are ever able to get there – but it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve attention from time to time. If you happen upon a team that you think might qualify, feel free to drop me a line on Twitter @GuruEbby or @SportMuseNet!

Paris F.C.

Full Name: Paris Football Club
Founded: 1969
Location: Paris, France
Team Colors: Royal Blue
Ground: Stade Charléty
Capacity: 20,000
Current League: Ligue 2 (Tier 2 in France)
Website: www.parisfootballclub.com
Twitter: @ParisFC

Reason For Notice

With minimal non-league action happening across England this week, I decided to find a club that had an interesting story, preferably one that was outside of England.

Paris FC caught my attention because of the circumstances surrounding their founding, as well as their inability to compete in Ligue 1 for nearly 40 years. Paris Saint-Germain gets a lot of notice as the football club in Paris, while Paris FC has struggled since inception to compete against that club for supremacy in the French capital.

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Small Club of the Week – Slough Town F.C.

Note: This weekly series will look for teams outside of the top flights of European football to find true underdog stories of clubs well below the radar. Clubs will be featured based on performance in the various tournaments that happen concurrently with the league seasons, or even strong runs in some of the leagues that dot the European football landscape. Chances are, these clubs will be years away from finding a home at the top flights of football – if they are ever able to get there – but it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve attention from time to time. If you happen upon a team that you think might qualify, feel free to drop me a line on Twitter @GuruEbby or @SportMuseNet!

Slough Town F.C.

Nickname: The Rebels
Founded: 1893 (as Slough)
Location: Slough, Berkshire, England
Team Colors: Blue & Yellow
Ground: Arbor Park
Capacity: 2,000
Current League: National League South (Tier 6)
Website: www.sloughtownfc.net/
Twitter: @sloughtownfc

Reason For Notice

Slough Town was one of at least two clubs to upset a club from a higher tier in the replay of its FA Cup match this week, with a thrilling victory on penalty kicks over National League side Sutton United. The victory in front of the faithful fans at Arbor Park advances the club through to the second round of the FA Cup, where they will face off against the winner of Gillingham and Hartlepool United, who play their own replay match later today.

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Small Club of the Week – Stockport County F.C.

Note: This weekly series will look for teams outside of the top flights of European football to find true underdog stories of clubs well below the radar. Clubs will be featured based on performance in the various tournaments that happen concurrently with the league seasons, or even strong runs in some of the leagues that dot the European football landscape. Chances are, these clubs will be years away from finding a home at the top flights of football – if they are ever able to get there – but it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve attention from time to time. If you happen upon a team that you think might qualify, feel free to drop me a line on Twitter @GuruEbby or @SportMuseNet!

Stockport County F.C.

Nickname: The Hatters
Founded: 1883 (as Heaton Norris Rovers)
Location: Stockport, Greater Manchester, England
Team Colors: Blue & White
Ground: Edgeley Park
Capacity: 10,841
Current League: National League North (Tier 6)
Website: www.stockportcounty.com
Twitter: @StockportCounty

Reason For Notice

Stockport County is one of at least four clubs from the National League (Tier 6) to win during the first round proper of the FA Cup this past weekend. The Hatters defeated League Two club Yeovil Town 3-1 on the road in Yeovil. Yeovil Town scored first, in the eighth minute, setting a tone that seemed to indicate they would win the match without issue. But Stockport didn’t give up and scored three consecutive goals, becoming the team to advance to the second round of the tournament.

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Small Club of the Week – Red Star Belgrade (2nd Award)

Note: This weekly series will look for teams outside of the top flights of European football to find true underdog stories of clubs well below the radar. Clubs will be featured based on performance in the various tournaments that happen concurrently with the league seasons, or even strong runs in some of the leagues that dot the European football landscape. Chances are, these clubs will be years away from finding a home at the top flights of football – if they are ever able to get there – but it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve attention from time to time. If you happen upon a team that you think might qualify, feel free to drop me a line on Twitter @GuruEbby or @SportMuseNet!

Additionally, since there hasn’t been any matches played in the other tournaments I usually pull from for this series – though the FA Cup will play its first round this weekend – I’ve decided to revisit one of our previously featured teams in the series this week, due to their unexpected win in Champions League yesterday.

Red Star Belgrade (FK Crvena zvezda)

Nickname: The Red-Whites
Founded: 4 March 1945
Location: Belgrade, Serbia
Team Colors: Red & White
Ground: Rajko Mitić Stadium
Capacity: 55,538
Current League: Serbian SuperLiga (Tier 1 of Serbian Association)
Website: http://www.crvenazvezdafk.com/
Twitter: @crvenazvezda_en

Reason For Notice

Red Star started with a draw in the Champions League group stage, a result I covered in the recap of Matchday 1 in the tournament. That scoreless draw was followed up with two (expected) losses to Paris Saint-Germain (6-1) and Liverpool (4-0) that left them in last place in Group C after three matches. Nevertheless, they managed to overcome that same Liverpool team on Matchday 4, winning 2-0 at home behind two first half goals from Milan Pavkov. They are still in fourth place in the group, but their path to perhaps finishing third and moving on to Europa League has increased, with FiveThirtyEight giving them a 14% chance of finishing third in the group. They have to win at least one of two matches that remain, especially because they have a goal differential of -7, so they would most likely lose a tiebreaker should they end up tied with another club.

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Small Club of the Week – Burton Albion

Note: This weekly series will look for teams outside of the top flights of European football to find true underdog stories of clubs well below the radar. Clubs will be featured based on performance in the various tournaments that happen concurrently with the league seasons, or even strong runs in some of the leagues that dot the European football landscape. Chances are, these clubs will be years away from finding a home at the top flights of football – if they are ever able to get there – but it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve attention from time to time. If you happen upon a team that you think might qualify, feel free to drop me a line on Twitter @GuruEbby or @SportMuseNet!

Burton Albion F.C.

Nickname: Brewers
Founded: 1950
Location: Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
Team Colors: Yellow & Black
Ground: Pirelli Stadium
Capacity: 6,912 (2,034 seated)
Current League: League One (Tier 3)
Website: www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk
Twitter: @burtonalbionfc

Reason For Notice

Burton Albion was not a club I ever expected to profile in this space, as they are currently playing in League One (Tier 3) after being relegated from the Championship last season. But with little else happening in the realm of non-league competitions this week, I’ve decided to discuss Burton Albion after their upset win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup yesterday.

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