Nottingham Forest may have swept aside Sam Allardyce’s beleaguered West Ham to claim a Premier League scalp in the third round but Preston of League One proved an altogether tougher nut to crack in last night’s FA Cup fourth-round tie her.
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Saturday 21 February 2009
Lothar Matthaus was in his majestic prime when he arrived at Villa Park with Internazionale of Milan for a UEFA Cup encounter in October 1990. But anyone hoping to witness the dynamic German midfielder, one of the most lauded and decorated footballers the game has ever known, at his devastating best, was in for a sorry letdown; and the man to blame was Paul Birch.
Sunday 18 January 2009
Delayed by seven days because of last week's heavy frost, new Derby County manager Nigel Clough at last saw his Rams side perform in the Championship and was not impressed as Wayne Routledge scored one and made the second for Mikele Leigertwood in Queens Park Rangers' 2-0 win at Pride Park. It is only Rangers' second away win.
Sunday 11 January 2009
Sunday 04 January 2009
Three decades on, in the midst of another mighty FA Cup run by Blyth Spartans, hosts to Sam Allardyce's Blackburn Rovers in the third round tomorrow night, spirits still flag at the thought of what might have been for the Northumberland club's giant-killing heroes of 1978. Five non-League sides have got to the fifth round since the First World War, but only one as far as a fifth-round replay. They were the Blyth boys of '78, who came within a thrice-taken corner kick of a quarter-final tie at home to Arsenal. Alan Shoulder still winces when he recalls what happened next after he and his Spartans team-mates took a 1-0 lead into the final minute of a fifth-round tie against Wrexham played on a bone-hard, icy Racecourse Ground pitch. "It was only when you saw the replays on 'Match of the Day' that you could tell it wasn't even a corner," the former striker says. "That was fair enough, but to take the corner three times was a bit much. "The first time he [Wrexham midfielder Les Cartwright] took it, the corner flag fell over, our keeper [Dave Clarke] caught it and the referee made him take it again. The lad tried to stick the flag back in, took the corner, it fell over again and our keeper caught it again. But at the third time of asking the flag stayed in and Dixie McNeil headed in at the back post. Virtually as soon as we kicked off, the referee blew for time. Alf Grey, his name was. You see a lot of bad refereeing decisions now, but that was hard to take." There was also a contentious penalty award against Blyth in the replay, which they lost 2-1 in front of a 42,000 crowd at St James' Park. Shoulder was a miner at Kelloe Colliery at the time. A year later he was signed by Newcastle and wore the black-and-white No 7 shirt before Kevin Keegan's arrival in 1982. Now 55, he runs an egg retail business near Bishop Auckland.
Saturday 03 January 2009
Saturday 27 December 2008
For years now the sin of sins in educational and management orthodoxy has been humiliation. Low self-esteem was seen as the root of all evil. Teachers, managers and others in positions of authority were instructed on no account to do anything that would make those who already felt bad about themselves feel worse. Enter Phil Brown, successful manager of Hull City, who played away yesterday at Manchester City.
Sunday 21 December 2008
Last season, Bristol City were the surprise package in the Championship play-off places; this campaign, Owen Coyle's Carling Cup semi-finalists Burnley are the team creating a stir and illustrated their durability when they conceded a penalty to the Robins early in the second half at Ashton Gate but recovered to win 2-1. In the 57th minute, five minutes after they had fallen behind, Clarets striker Martin Paterson equalised and 20 minutes later he crossed for Steve Thompson to score, setting up a fifth win in six games.
Friday 28 November 2008
The Stoke City striker Mamady Sidibe will be reunited with front-line partner Ricardo Fuller this weekend believing the Premier League elite desperately want to see the club relegated.
Sunday 09 November 2008
The importance of Michael Kightly to the promotion challenge of Wolverhampton Wanderers has been vividly illustrated in the past couple of weeks. His absence through injury had coincided with their dip in form but his return has seen them storm to the top of the Championship, and yesterday he scored both goals at Molineux in the 2-0 defeat of an obdurate Burnley that saw Mick McCarthy's side open up a six-point lead at the top.
Sunday 19 October 2008
Even the most well-planned of road trips can go awry as two of the Championship's top three, Birmingham City and Reading, discovered on their travels to the North-west.
Friday 03 October 2008
The Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Chris Iwelumo aims to become an established member of Scotland's old brigade after winning his first call-up at the age of 30. The former St Mirren forward was yesterday named in George Burley's pool for the World Cup qualifier against Norway on 11 October.
Monday 22 September 2008
The Midlands is on the move in the Championship, with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City occupying the two promotion places after a day of differing fortunes.
Sunday 21 September 2008
Chris Iwelumo collected three goals and a red card in an eventful encounter highlighting the promotion potential of a Wolverhampton team that finished with nine men and their manager, Mick McCarthy, banished to the stands as a punishment for applauding the referee.
Thursday 18 September 2008
Hull forward Craig Fagan may consider taking legal action against Newcastle's Danny Guthrie over the tackle that broke his leg.
Tuesday 16 September 2008
Hull have confirmed Danny Guthrie's tackle on Craig Fagan in Saturday's Premier League match resulted in a broken right leg for the striker. Guthrie's challenge in the final moments of the Tigers' 2-1 victory saw him issued with a straight red card and Fagan left the ground on crutches. The Tigers confirmed on their website that the damage was revealed by an X-ray yesterday morning. The 25-year-old former Derby striker suffered a fractured tibia and the injury is likely to keep him out of action for between six weeks and three months. Tigers manager Phil Brown was scathing about Guthrie's tackle. "It cannot be tolerated, it needs to be kicked out of the game," he said. "When you see that the end product is him putting a fellow pro in a cast, it's just not right. I don't care what is going on at Newcastle, you cannot tolerate this. If I go back to the incident, my players were killing time in the corner, something that every Premier League club does."
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