10 May ~ In the first in a series of articles considering how England's geography affects its football clubs, the Two Unfortunates blog has analysed why there are no Football League clubs in Cornwall. The county has produced players such as Nigel Martyn and Matthew Etherington, who have both represented England at various ages, but it does not seem to have the population density required for a professional club. Although over 500,000 people live in the county, Cornwall is a remote, sprawling and relatively poor region that relies on tourism and agriculture. At present neither Falmouth nor county capital Truro are capable of facilitating professional football but will Cornwall ever have a club in the Football League?

Comments (2)
Comment by Big Boobs and FIRE! 2012-05-10 21:52:44

Throughout my childhood I was always in awe of the Southern League shield, published in such honourable tomes such as Team Talk and the Non-League paper. To me, this always seemed the trophy of trophies, a huge woodern shield with layer upon layer of silver crests depicting each seasons winners.

Earlier this season, I travelled down to Truro with my dad to watch his quasi-supported team Basingstoke play there. At half time we made our way to the club house where we were pleasently suprised to find they had Tribute on tap. However, this was nothing compared to the suprise that was had, on venturing further into the clubhouse, to find the Southern League shield sitting unloved on a pool table.

Truro were the current holders and had chosen, rather than I would expect to have it on a lecturn protected by lasers, to instead have it plonked to the side, seemingly unnoticed by all. On further inspection, such nototieties as Spurs and Millwall were shown as past winners, and maybe not such famous names as Alvechurch.

However, for a few minutes, thanks to Truro FC, I was able to meet a childhood hero, and I am glad to say that this one didn't swear or letch at my girlfriend (yes, that is you I'm talking about Kerry Dixon).

Comment by Max Payne 2012-05-14 07:34:04

"Will Cornwall ever have a Football League club?"

Of course. They're called Plymouth Argyle and thanks to luck on their part and the pub teams that separated them from the conference, Cornwall continues to have a Football League Club. For next season at least.

Rather have Truro though. Classier.

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