It’s the derby of North Africa and the stakes couldn’t be higher – a play-off match in Sudan for a place in the World Cup finals in South Africa next year. Will the apolcayptic predictions of some in the press come to pass, or will we merely see which of these relative under-achievers will get through?
The issue of Bradford City leaving Valley Parade for rugby league club Bradford Bulls’ Odsal Stadium, which the council would like to redevelop as a “sports village”. What, though, is the major benefit for Bradford City when they have a perfectly good – if expensive – facility on a long term lease?
Swindon Town are reported to have been with a demand for bankruptcy by one of their creditors, but their robust response to it has been to dispute that they even owe this money. So, did the company that lent it to them make a mistake, or are the club’s new owners barking up the wrong tree?
England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup is plenty capable of derailing itself, but vice-president Jack Warner has unsurprisingly now been getting involved. Should the FA be being lectured on morals by him, though? Mark Murphy thinks that they probably shouldn’t be.
When Blue Square Premier club Histon spoke to an investor about putting some more money into the club, he agreed, but with a rather peculiar clause which the club decided not to take him up on. Will clubs like Histon cut their cloth accordingly, or is this just the start of a new trend?
New Zealand have qualified for the 2010 World Cup finals by beating Bahrain in Wellington this morning, and this result may have stirred a few memories amongst men of a certain age that will remember their only other successful qualification attempt, from 1982.
The Premier League has decided that it doesn’t want The Old Firm and the baggage that they carry with them. It may take a change of attitude towards their neighbours for Celtic and Rangers to turn their own fortunes around, though – are they capable of such a transformation?
After last week’s swine flu debacle, Heart of Clackmanannshire Football Club find themselves in court in this week’s Shit Shot Mungo, accused of deliberately and maliciously spreading the virus through playing an infected team in a recent match. Can Mungo save the day? Probably not.
Darren Ferguson has left Peterborough United “by mutual consent”. This particular phrase is usually code for “we’ve sacked him but he has agreed to keep quiet in return for some money”, but in this case it may be more literal than is usual since the severance may suit all parties equally.
It’s certainly too soon to comment upon the circumstances surrounding the sad death of the Hannover 96 goalkeeper Robert Enke, but it isn’t too soon to take a moment to mourn the passing of an excellent goalkeeper and that rarest of things – a footballer with a conscience.
There’s an “R” in the month, so the name of Chester City must be being dragged through the mud. The Insolvency Service seem to have finally caught up with Stephen Vaughan, and he will be banned from acting as a company director from the end of this month. Will this change anything at Chester, though?
Charlton were in the Premier League not so long ago, but their decline has been into sharp focus by a trip to Northwich Victoria in the FA Cup this afternoon. Northwich, meanwhile, have endured a hideous twelve months and their continuing existence is little short of a miracle.
Southend United are the latest club to be in trouble with the taxman, and they have a date in court on Monday with a bill of over £600,000 to pay. Mark Murphy takes at look at the recent goings-on at Roots Hall – goings-on which are starting to become wearyingly commonplace this season.