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Articles Archive for August 2009

16.50, Saturday August 29th 2009. Keith Stroud draws the curtain on one of the most memorable Dale games of the decade. Keith Hill’s men have finally ended the 16 year winless run against Bury at Spotland, and what a game it was. Whilst most hyped-up games fail to live up to expectation, this game had everything you expect from a lower league grudge match and the so called 9th biggest derby in the Football League (no, really!).
Or at least the 2nd half did. In truth, the 1st half was a …

1. Newcastle are unbeaten in the Championship so far this season, are you happy with the start the club has made?
I’m absolutely delighted. I don’t think anyone in their right mind would have had us getting three wins and a draw from the first four games when the fixtures came out, especially not with the player carnage we’ve suffered in July and August. The win v Huddersfield was also a plus but came at a massive cost with Shola and Jonas getting injured in the game.
2. Do you think all …

Played 4, Won 2, lost 2. Not the record of Champions, not the record of title contenders. The pre season hype is long gone now among the Anfield faithful, the doors of reality that have beckoned upon us; we lose anymore and this season could all be over. You can’t win the title this early on, but you can certainly lose it.
 
So where are things going wrong? Is this really the team that did the double over United and Chelsea last year?
 
The number one reason for the poor start was the …

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, Manchester United pair Ben Foster and Wes Brown, as well as Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon and Peter Crouch have been recalled to the England squad for the games during the September international break, of the Premier League season.

England have games against Slovenia and Croatia coming up at Wembley, the second of which is a FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group 6 game, where a win would see them seal qualification for next summer’s World Cup.
Goalkeeper Foster is back in the England squad in place of Portsmouth’s David James, …

The dreaded deadline day approaches again and for every Derby fan your mind remembers the sales of Huddlestone and Rasiak at 2 minutes to midnight over the past few years and I know that inside you’re praying that doesn’t happen again this year (I am too). The only real targets that could potentially leave are Hulse and Commons, but there is an air of confidence around Nigel Clough and Adam Pearson that says we don’t have to sell so unless someone is prepared to pay stupid money both will be …

It was something out of the movies, were we watching Scum? Football Factory? The Firm? Sadly not, this was real life and a shocking flashback to the dark hooligan days of the 70s. And what a horrible flashback it was to see hundreds of hooligans pretending to be West Ham fans invading the pitch in the Carling Cup match against Millwall this week. Although it’s a shock is it really a surprise?
 
The clashes outside the ground were just organised fights, it amazes me that the police knew nothing about the …

Stoke City are now one of the most ambitious teams in the English game; with money to spend, great chairman, great manager, great coaches it looks like Stoke City are slowly building a club that is on the up. Stoke are known by many as the biggest underachievers in English Football with great players such as Sir Stanley Matthews, Gordon Banks, Neil Franklin, Alan Hudson, Jimmy Greenhoff, Peter Shilton and Sir Geoff Hurst wearing the famous Red & White of Stoke they have always been in with a shout but …

A resurgent Bristol City side overcame their recent poor form to beat Gareth Southgate’s Middlesbrough at Ashton Gate today.
The 2-1 victory ends what was a difficult week for Gary Johnson and his team, after poor performances against Cardiff in the league and Carlisle in the Carling Cup.
Quietly, City fans may have been expecting another defeat, and Middlesbrough did threaten on a couple of occassions during the first half. Mark Yeates, signed under Bristol City’s noses during the Summer recess, broke through after half an hour, but his tame shot was …

Liverpool 4 Stoke 0
A thoroughly depressing evening for the potters as they tasted defeat for the first time of the season. Stoke offered little to no resistance to Liverpool, and although there is no shame in losing at Anfield, it’s perhaps more the manner of defeat that sticks in the throat. Torres, Johnson, Kuyt and N’Gog punishing City for the kind of lacklustre performance we are beginning to expect away from ST4.
In truth the match was not a world away from the same fixture last year, only this time the …

This Saturday sees Sunderland taking on Stoke at the Britannia Stadium. Both teams have wins under their belt as they head into the fourth match of their Barclays Premier League season. Sunderland sits in sixth postion after wins against Bolton and Blackburn. For the Potters they are in a decent ninth postion with one win coming against Burnley. Sunderland striker’s Kenwyne Jones and Darren Bent have been banging in the goals; however Stoke’s new signing Tuncay could well make his debut. This could be a good match and defiantly one …