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Articles Archive for August 2010

Lancashire’s home grown “Indiana” Jones looks promising!!!
Blackburn Rovers have an England star in the making with young Phil Jones and Big Sam realises the importance of keeping hold of young talent, not only for the club also for the country.
Phil Jones was born in Preston, Lancashire on 21st February 1992 and has been with Rovers since 2002, when he joined at just aged 11.
Jones has emerged through the ranks at Eawood Park and after a first season with the academy was given the call from the reserves where he rapidly …

Rangers and Aberdeen have agreed a season-long loan swap which will see Lithuanian striker Andrius Velicka head north to join up with Mark McGhee’s squad and versatile defender Ricky Foster heading to Ibrox.

Foster is Rangers’ fourth signing after Beattie, Weiss and Jelavic arrived in August. The 25-year-old has spent over 7 years at Pittodrie making over 200 appearances for the Dons. Foster is capable of playing anywhere across the back four and on the left and right-side of midfield.
Andrius Velicka will head to Aberdeen after making just 8 appearances for …

Matt Mills was the hero for Reading as he scored the winner and blocked off the line to secure three points for Reading in a tight and exciting contest.
Leicester were certainly hoping that their 2-1 Carling cup victory over Leeds in the week would kick-start their season. Still aiming for their first league win and even first home goal of the season, Leicester faced a Reading side who were also looking to pick up their first three points.
Leicester had an opportunity within 2 minutes. Lloyd Dyer centered the ball for …

Nottingham Forest 1-1 Leeds United
Blackstock 9’                 Sam 36’
Attendance – 24, 986
Leeds United fought back impressively to share the spoils with Nottingham Forest in a feisty battle at the City Ground. Forest stormed out of the blocks, taking a deserved early lead through Dexter Blackstock, courtesy of a well placed header. Simon Grayson tinkered with his formation and Leeds responded well, Bradley Johnson’s perfect cross from the left was met by a late run from Lloyd Sam, whose glancing header was expertly directed into the bottom corner.
Despite the early Forest dominance, …

Taking control of the ball on the edge of the box, he lifts it over the onrushing defender onto his left side before unleashing a stunning volley into the top corner. The crowd goes wild as David Ginola writes himself into Geordie folklore with a blistering strike against Ferencvaros in the UEFA Cup that will forever be remembered by those who were there as well as the armchair spectators who watched in disbelief.
In was just one of a number of moments which ensured the winger left a permanent mark on …

Once again we need your comments to make this feature work. We received 8 comments last thread, which is a reasonable amount considering it was our first article of this type but hopefully this will receive more comments.
This Weeks Questions:

Destined for the top? Can Ryan Bennett or Joe Lewis make it in the Premier League following reported interest from top division sides?
On fire. Just how many goals will ‘the holy trinity’ score this season?
Fickle football. Will Southampton’s sacking of Alan Pardew hinder their chances of promotion this season?


FIVE victims of the Ibrox Disaster were remembered at the weekend as a restored memorial stone dedicated in their names was unveiled in their home town.

Peter Easton (13), Bryan Todd, Ronald Paton, Mason Philip (all 14) and Douglas Morrison (15) travelled as a group from Markinch in Fife to the Rangers v Celtic game on January 2, 1971.
They tragically never made it home as they were amongst the 66 who perished so needlessly when Stairway 13 collapsed in the closing minutes of the …

Roberto Mancini’s new-look Manchester City side announced themselves as title contenders on Monday night by demolishing a lacklustre Liverpool at the City of Manchester Stadium in front of Sheikh Mansour as he made his first appearance at Eastlands in the week that his investment into the club topped £1billion. The drama started before the match even kicked off as, wantaway Argentine, Javier Mascherano announced to Roy Hodgson that he didn’t want to play and was subsequently left out as interest from Inter Milan and Barcelona was stepped up.
City started the …

Kenny Miller’s late winner secured a third straight victory for the SPL Champions after a tight game at Ibrox against St Johnstone.

Miller’s goal eleven minutes from the end was the deciding goal and St Johnstone manager Derek McIness claimed Miller barged Alan Maybury as he roamed through on goal thanks to McCulloch’s inch-perfect pass. McIness said: “I thought Alan Maybury was barged to the ground. We just feel a real sense of injustice.”
Vladimir Weiss made his Ibrox debut after an impressive cameo appearance at Easter Road last week, but was …

Theo Walcott continued his fine run of form, scoring for Arsenal in their 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers.
Sam Allardyce and Arsene Wenger had fuelled the anticipation ahead of this match with their war of words in the media but both managers started with relatively similar 4-3-3 formations. The Blackburn manager started with on loan Mame Diouf, after his hat-trick in the League Cup during mid-week, the Manchester United player slotted in on the right hand prong on the three man Blackburn attack.

Sam Allardyce and Arsene Wenger both watch on from their …