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Can Neil Woods steer Grimsby to League Two survival?

Ever since Russell Slade’s Grimsby Town side lost 1-0 to Cheltenham Town in the 2006 League Two Play Off final, the North East Lincolnshire side has been on a downward spiral that may well see them playing in the Blue Square Premier in 2010.
Following Graham Rodger and Alan Buckley’s failures to prevent the club from slipping towards the relegation zone, former Luton manager Mike Newell was appointed. Newell successfully led the Mariners away from relegation during the 2008/09 campaign. However, a poor start during the current season has seen Newell meet …

Premiership Player Profile – Clint Dempsey

Its back to the Premiership player profiles, as I and fellow blogger 5stars will bring you a profile every Monday and Wednesday until we run out of ideas. Today’s player is Fulham’s American star Clint Dempsey…
The Premier League isn’t even halfway through yet, and already Clint Dempsey is on course for his most successful season in the Premier League. Dempsey has cemented a place as a fans favourite at Craven Cottage, as many youngsters have been seen with his name on the back of there shirts this season. The winger/striker is having …

The Fa Cup draw has been made, it’s the round where minnows dream of reality as they hope for a Premiership tie at home or away. The stand out ties will be highlighted in bold.
Tottenham v Peterborough United
Brentford v Doncaster Rovers
Middlesbrough v Manchester City
Stoke City v York City
Notts County v Forest Green Rovers
Huddersfield Town v West Bromwich Albion
Sheffield United v QPR
MK Dons v Burnley
Chelsea v Watford
Nottingham Forest v Birmingham City
Preston North End v Colchester United
West Ham United v Arsenal
Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers
Portsmouth v Coventry City
Sunderland v Oxford United or Barrow
Wigan …

“HE’S an amazing finisher. Wayne Rooney’s fantastic – a complete all-round player – but as a finisher, Defoe is the best out there.” – Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp on Jermain Defoe (22.11.09)
After his five goal haul against Wigan, Jermain Defoe is being touted as England’s most lethal finisher ahead of the World Cup. Harry Redknapp described him as the “best finisher” in the English game, however, can he be considered best finisher in the world? In short, the answer is a resounding no.
The benchmark to measure a finisher is simple, …

Derby County 2-1 Reading
Derby’s topsy-turvy season continues as they claimed there 6th home win of the campaign with a good victory against Reading.
The visitors came into the game with a good record at Pride Park but much has changed since their last visit to the East Midlands. Reading have suffered a dramatic change in fortunes and now find themselves on the edge of the relegation zone; thankfully for Derby this victory lifts them back into mid-table however they will not push on from here without improvements away from home. With …

A single goal mid-way through the first-half from Lee Miller was enough for Aberdeen to hold on to beat Rangers 1-0 at Pittodrie this afternoon. Aberdeen seemed to start the brightest and their youngsters Michael Paton and Peter Pawlett impressed with their neat touches and passing. The goal came on 17 minutes and haulted Rangers’ 25 match unbeaten domestic run, when Michael Paton shifted the ball to his right-foot on the left-wing, which caught Steven Whittaker off balance, Paton’s cross was diverted into the net by Lee Miller as he …

United returned to winning ways tonight with a five goal thriller against bottom of the table Portsmouth. Although without Ferguson on the touchline, the reds shown he wasn’t needed with a hat trick from Wayne Rooney and a one hundredth premier league goal for Ryan Giggs.
Having taken the lead through Rooney’s early penalty, the Reds had to overcome the concession of a baffling spot-kick for the home side, which Kevin-Prince Boateng converted. Rooney struck twice after the break, once in open play, one from the spot again, however, before Giggs …

This is a topic which is quickly dismissed by fans of both Dundee and Dundee United, as you would expect, their rivalry is one of the most fierce in Scottish Football. Dundee are based on Dens Road, hence the name, Dens Park, with a capacity of 11,200. Their rivals, United, play at Tannadice Stadium which, ironically enough, is located on Tannadice Street with a capacity of 14,209. However, on Sandeman Street, the two clubs are just a few hundred yards away from each other on the same road, making them …

Aberdeen v Rangers is one of the most anticipated matches of the SPL season and is probably just as fiesty as the Old Firm derby. The two sides have been huge rivals for years, since Aberdeen were the main threats to the Old Firm in the eighties and the horror tackle from Neil Simpson which seriously injured Iain Durrant of Rangers. The Aberdeen supporters sing songs about the Ibrox Disaster in 1972 which shows how intense this match really is.

The SPL Champions haven’t won in the Granite City since 2006 …

Manchester United look to return to winning ways tomorrow when they travel to down south to play bottom of the table Portsmouth. United, who will be without Ferguson on the touch line, unbelievably lost to the Turkish side Besiktas on Wednesday.
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The off-the-field problems at Portsmouth have certainly filtered down on to the Fratton Park pitch during the last six months with Pompey only managing two wins out of a possible thirteen. Two take overs happened in a matter of weeks as well as the sale of players Jermain Defoe, Peter …