Day: December 9, 2010

FA Cup Match Of The Midweek 2: Luton Town 1-3 Charlton Athletic

Luton Town, it’s probably fair to say, go into this evening’s FA Cup Second Round match against Charlton Athletic with a point to prove. It’s not so long ago that the likes of Charlton were the meat and bread of Luton, but the last couple of years have been harsh on the club, a points deduction that was in itself enough to secure relegation into non-league football for the first time since 1920. Their first season in the Blue Square Premier ended in a play-off defeat at the hands of York City amid ugly scenes at Kenilworth Road last season and this season sees them in third place in the table, two points from the leaders, Wimbledon, but with no guarantees of a return to the Football League at the end of this season. If this evening’s match proves anything, it proves that the blurring of the lines between the lower reaches of the Football League and the top of the Blue Square Premier is real, rather than imagined. Charlton Athletic have also suffered a fall from grace of sorts, from the Premier League to League One, but they are also in the midst of a promotion battle to start something approaching a return to happier days. They, however, may look upon this match with a degree of trepidation. They lost at Northwich Victoria in the First Round last...

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Alan Luvs Mike: Which Way Now For Newcastle United?

Five and a half years. Has any manager been given a contract that long before? No-one springs immediately to mind. Over the last couple of days, Newcastle United supporters have been consoling themselves over the departure of Chris Hughton that it might not be Alan Pardew that succeeds him. The rumours of him being a friend of Derek Llambias from before Llambias even became involved in the running of Newcastle United sounded like an internet conspiracy, a story with just the right combination of probability and credibility to hoodwink the gullible for a couple of days or so. Some people actually make up this sort of thing for fun, you know. But no. If the hopes of Newcastle’s supporters rose with the news that Martin Jol had been relieved of his position at Ajax, they didn’t so much sink as plummet this morning with the confirmation that Pardew hasn’t just been appointed, but appointed on a contract that will keep him at St James Park until the summer of 2016. What had been considered a practical joke by some Newcastle supporters had become a reality. The betting priceĀ for Newcastle to get relegated from the Premier League this season has, since this morning. fallen from 6/1 to 7/2, and it would be unsurprising to see it fall further. This in itself doesn’t mean anything material in terms of what may...

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Mungo S03E19

With chairman Sir Roddy Bulbs confined in what may be sensitively termed the nuthouse, a new man is temporarily at the helm of the good ship Heart of Clachmaninshire. And he’s not in the mood to take penalty decisions for an answer. Dotmund remains Britain’s biggest idiot. Click for...

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