Middlesbrough are trying to find an instant route back into the Premier League but, after a strong start, the wheels have come off their wagon a little of late. Their opposition this weekend, Reading, may be starting to offer cautionary tale on the dangers of not getting promoted straight back after relegation from the Premier League.
The passing of a match day helper at FC United of Manchester is a sad loss for her club, but it should also serve as a moment for the rest of us to pause for thought and thank everybody that gives up their own time to do unpaid work for them.
League One club Perfidious Albion haven’t had a very good start to the season, having lost each of their opening ten matches by three goals to nil. Their new manager is Terry Muggins, and these are the programme notes for his first match in charge of the club.
With Peter Storrie openly admitting that the money has run out, the players either getting paid late or not getting paid at all and Sulaiman Al Fahim now having apparently been admitted to hospital, the situation at Fratton Park seems to be unravelling with each passing day.
Port Vale manager Micky Adams put his entire first team squad on the transfer list after they lost at Notts County, which rather begs the questions of whether there is any evidence that such strong-arm managerial tactics work and, well, whether there even exists such as thing as literal “transfer list”.
Blue Square Premier club Chester City are having a testing week, having parted ways with their manager, a fight in the dressing room at half-time during their match on Tuesday night and now the production of a bizarre financial spreadsheet which raises more questions that it answers.
As the nights start to draw in, the floodlights will start to be switched on more frequently and, much as we love our three o’clock kick-offs, there is something about playing under the lights which heightens the senses. It wasn’t ever thus, though, and the most entrenched opposition to their use in England came from the Football Association.
Liverpool’s progress in the Champions League hit an unexpected stumbling block in Florence this evening, where Fiorentina carved them apart and walked away with a comfortable three points. Was this just a bad night at the office, or might they be saying hello to the Europa League later on this season?
Hyde United supporters will be outside the City of Manchester Stadium for tonight’s Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United, collecting to stave off the winding up order brought against them by HMRC.
When Petr Cech was sent off for Chelsea on Saturday, the London club suffered more for being reduced to ten men than they did for losing their goalkeeper. In the days before substitute goalkeepers, though, things were even more entertaining.
Swamped with competitors on all sides, Dagenham & Redbridge’s outstanding start to the new season seems to have gone unnoticed by everyone. This weekend, they were seeking to stay in touch at the top of League Two against Morecambe.
When Manchester City played Gillingham in the Division Two play-off final in 1999, it felt as if it was a do or die moment for the blue half of Manchester. They pulled through, and now they’re one of the richest clubs in the world.
John Barnes is having a disastrous time in charge at Tranmere Rovers and may be out of a job by this time next week. His time there, however, is a cautionary tale about the problems of appointing big name managers.