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    Doncaster Rovers End of Season Review





    At the start of the season, expectations were quite high for the gaffer, Navin. The board expected the team to at least make the play-offs, following disappointment the previous year. And in a stunning and awesome performance, Doncaster Rovers finally gained promotion from a highly competitive Division 3 by clinching second place. The manager and players will feel however a little disappointment at not having won the coveted title despite being leaders for quite some time. Nonetheless considering the quality players and managers involved in this Division, second place has been welcomed by both the Board and the unwavering fans. The players and fans have voted for the best performers of this season and the results have been published.
    Defender of the Year
    John PANTSIL





    This choice was quite easy as the Ghanaian was a constant figure in the manager's match day squads. He has started 30 league games this season for Doncaster Rovers. Despite their defence being leaky all through out the campaign, Navin has come out and applauded John for his hard work on the pitch that has contributed to the team's promotion. Moreover, John PANTSIL has started 5 times for the Ghana National team in their World Cup qualifying matches. The manager has hinted that John PANTSIL will be and important component for Doncaster's maiden season in Division 2.
    Midfielder of the Year
    Ribeiro CLEITON XAVIER





    It had to be the Brazilian magician of the team. He is the creative spark of Doncaster Rovers, his rampaging runs across the midfield to get the ball up the field have immensely contributed to all the goals scored this past season. Ribeiro CLEITON XAVIER is considered by the manager as a certain first team member for the next season. Despite being injury prone he has managed to start 24 times and has contributed with 8 goals and 5 assists; moreover bagging MoTM 6 times. This has only been his second season with us, but the fans already adore him, and various chants can be heard at every match we play.
    Forward of the Season
    Mbaye LEYE





    This has to be undoubtedly Mbaye LEYE. He has been simply IMMENSE this season with some awesome performances and scintillating scoring record. The Senegalese has scored a massive 24 goals and contributed 15 assists this campaign: what more he has bagged 12 MoTM awards. He has been the key performer for Doncaster this season, and large credit for promotion goes to him. He has bagged top scorer for Division 3 and has furthermore, been the player who has scored most goals across the setup. And the cherry on the cake came when he was awarded The Overall Player of the year by the EC106 managers, where he has outclassed several other quality players and pipped them to the prize. This rightly highlights the season of Mbaye LEYE, which has been his best till now in a Doncaster shirt.
    Young player of the Year
    Aaron RAMSEY





    It has been awarded to our on-loan Welsh starlet. He has been omnipresent this season, amassing 26 league starts and contributing 4 goals and 6 assists. He was on loan from Preston North End, and Navin has tipped this boy for wonders in the next coming years. The gaffer has said that Aaron has a great potential and under the guidance of James Burrow, he is gonna set the world of football on fire. The kids at the academy have taken him to be their role model and quite rightly so the manager has said that Aaron is forever welcome here at Doncaster Rovers.

    In his end of season press conference, Navin has expressed his gratitude to Huddersfield Town's and Preston North End's gaffers for their helpful loans throughout this season. These have greatly helped our cause this campaign, with us being a relatively small club with limited funds at our disposal. In what has been a great overall season the manager has turned to give his special thanks to the fans who have supported us all year long and has asked them to come in increasing numbers for next season Doncaster are going to compete in Division 2. Concerning the transfers side, Navin has informed the fans that some important signings will be done, but he will privilege the team structure above all and that they should not expect any star signing next season. Lastly, Navin wishes the EC106 community a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2010.
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    Doncaster Rovers End of Season Review





    At the start of the season, expectations were quite high for the gaffer, Navin. The board expected the team to at least make the play-offs, following disappointment the previous year. And in a stunning and awesome performance, Doncaster Rovers finally gained promotion from a highly competitive Division 3 by clinching second place. The manager and players will feel however a little disappointment at not having won the coveted title despite being leaders for quite some time. Nonetheless considering the quality players and managers involved in this Division, second place has been welcomed by both the Board and the unwavering fans. The players and fans have voted for the best performers of this season and the results have been published.
    Defender of the Year
    John PANTSIL





    This choice was quite easy as the Ghanaian was a constant figure in the manager's match day squads. He has started 30 league games this season for Doncaster Rovers. Despite their defence being leaky all through out the campaign, Navin has come out and applauded John for his hard work on the pitch that has contributed to the team's promotion. Moreover, John PANTSIL has started 5 times for the Ghana National team in their World Cup qualifying matches. The manager has hinted that John PANTSIL will be and important component for Doncaster's maiden season in Division 2.
    Midfielder of the Year
    Ribeiro CLEITON XAVIER





    It had to be the Brazilian magician of the team. He is the creative spark of Doncaster Rovers, his rampaging runs across the midfield to get the ball up the field have immensely contributed to all the goals scored this past season. Ribeiro CLEITON XAVIER is considered by the manager as a certain first team member for the next season. Despite being injury prone he has managed to start 24 times and has contributed with 8 goals and 5 assists; moreover bagging MoTM 6 times. This has only been his second season with us, but the fans already adore him, and various chants can be heard at every match we play.
    Forward of the Season
    Mbaye LEYE





    This has to be undoubtedly Mbaye LEYE. He has been simply IMMENSE this season with some awesome performances and scintillating scoring record. The Senegalese has scored a massive 24 goals and contributed 15 assists this campaign: what more he has bagged 12 MoTM awards. He has been the key performer for Doncaster this season, and large credit for promotion goes to him. He has bagged top scorer for Division 3 and has furthermore, been the player who has scored most goals across the setup. And the cherry on the cake came when he was awarded The Overall Player of the year by the EC106 managers, where he has outclassed several other quality players and pipped them to the prize. This rightly highlights the season of Mbaye LEYE, which has been his best till now in a Doncaster shirt.
    Young player of the Year
    Aaron RAMSEY





    It has been awarded to our on-loan Welsh starlet. He has been omnipresent this season, amassing 26 league starts and contributing 4 goals and 6 assists. He was on loan from Preston North End, and Navin has tipped this boy for wonders in the next coming years. The gaffer has said that Aaron has a great potential and under the guidance of James Burrow, he is gonna set the world of football on fire. The kids at the academy have taken him to be their role model and quite rightly so the manager has said that Aaron is forever welcome here at Doncaster Rovers.

    In his end of season press conference, Navin has expressed his gratitude to Huddersfield Town's and Preston North End's gaffers for their helpful loans throughout this season. These have greatly helped our cause this campaign, with us being a relatively small club with limited funds at our disposal. In what has been a great overall season the manager has turned to give his special thanks to the fans who have supported us all year long and has asked them to come in increasing numbers for next season Doncaster are going to compete in Division 2. Concerning the transfers side, Navin has informed the fans that some important signings will be done, but he will privilege the team structure above all and that they should not expect any star signing next season. Lastly, Navin wishes the EC106 community a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2010.
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    Doncaster Rovers End of Season Review





    At the start of the season, expectations were quite high for the gaffer, Navin. The board expected the team to at least make the play-offs, following disappointment the previous year. And in a stunning and awesome performance, Doncaster Rovers finally gained promotion from a highly competitive Division 3 by clinching second place. The manager and players will feel however a little disappointment at not having won the coveted title despite being leaders for quite some time. Nonetheless considering the quality players and managers involved in this Division, second place has been welcomed by both the Board and the unwavering fans. The players and fans have voted for the best performers of this season and the results have been published.
    Defender of the Year
    John PANTSIL





    This choice was quite easy as the Ghanaian was a constant figure in the manager's match day squads. He has started 30 league games this season for Doncaster Rovers. Despite their defence being leaky all through out the campaign, Navin has come out and applauded John for his hard work on the pitch that has contributed to the team's promotion. Moreover, John PANTSIL has started 5 times for the Ghana National team in their World Cup qualifying matches. The manager has hinted that John PANTSIL will be and important component for Doncaster's maiden season in Division 2.
    Midfielder of the Year
    Ribeiro CLEITON XAVIER





    It had to be the Brazilian magician of the team. He is the creative spark of Doncaster Rovers, his rampaging runs across the midfield to get the ball up the field have immensely contributed to all the goals scored this past season. Ribeiro CLEITON XAVIER is considered by the manager as a certain first team member for the next season. Despite being injury prone he has managed to start 24 times and has contributed with 8 goals and 5 assists; moreover bagging MoTM 6 times. This has only been his second season with us, but the fans already adore him, and various chants can be heard at every match we play.
    Forward of the Season
    Mbaye LEYE





    This has to be undoubtedly Mbaye LEYE. He has been simply IMMENSE this season with some awesome performances and scintillating scoring record. The Senegalese has scored a massive 24 goals and contributed 15 assists this campaign: what more he has bagged 12 MoTM awards. He has been the key performer for Doncaster this season, and large credit for promotion goes to him. He has bagged top scorer for Division 3 and has furthermore, been the player who has scored most goals across the setup. And the cherry on the cake came when he was awarded The Overall Player of the year by the EC106 managers, where he has outclassed several other quality players and pipped them to the prize. This rightly highlights the season of Mbaye LEYE, which has been his best till now in a Doncaster shirt.
    Young player of the Year
    Aaron RAMSEY





    It has been awarded to our on-loan Welsh starlet. He has been omnipresent this season, amassing 26 league starts and contributing 4 goals and 6 assists. He was on loan from Preston North End, and Navin has tipped this boy for wonders in the next coming years. The gaffer has said that Aaron has a great potential and under the guidance of James Burrow, he is gonna set the world of football on fire. The kids at the academy have taken him to be their role model and quite rightly so the manager has said that Aaron is forever welcome here at Doncaster Rovers.

    In his end of season press conference, Navin has expressed his gratitude to Huddersfield Town's and Preston North End's gaffers for their helpful loans throughout this season. These have greatly helped our cause this campaign, with us being a relatively small club with limited funds at our disposal. In what has been a great overall season the manager has turned to give his special thanks to the fans who have supported us all year long and has asked them to come in increasing numbers for next season Doncaster are going to compete in Division 2. Concerning the transfers side, Navin has informed the fans that some important signings will be done, but he will privilege the team structure above all and that they should not expect any star signing next season. Lastly, Navin wishes the EC106 community a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2010.
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    The Posh Sign Off With A Win

    Chesterfield 1 - 2 Peterborough United
    It's now four wins in a row for Peterborough as they end the season in style, seeing off a Chesterfield side who themselves were in good form, winning three out of their last four. It would seem that all the signs are there for Peterborough to mount another promotion challenge next season, even on the automatic side and with new signings expected to come in along with the loan signing of Bertolo being made permanent, everything is positive.
    The start of the game was a let down compared to the hype surrounding two of the divisions in form team. No shots were registered in the first ten minutes, although Korkmaz and Bertolo looked lively for the away team as they looked to get crosses in. Just after the ten minute mark the first chance of the game presented itself to Peterborough, a low corner came in and after Bocaly had lost his marker a snapshot came in by him which resulted in a wonderful save from 'keeper Olejnik. Javi Martinez was then booked for violent conduct and Korkmaz went on a mazy run, sending his shot off target however. Posh keeper Penneteau was then called into action twice in two minutes as he first watched a Gebhart lob go over the bar and then claimed the ball in the area. Half way through the first half and Chesterfield sprung to life. First Gebhart found himself clear but could only hit the post and then from the resulting clearance Vainqueur picked up the ball and smashed a dipping shot against the bar. Matilla was then booked after a rash tackle and then, out of nothing, Peterborough took the lead. Perhaps against the run a play a corner came into the Chesterfield box and was then headed towards the goal, the keeper saved it but was only able to push it back into the melee of players. A scramble ensued and then Korkmaz was able to get a toe on the ball, poking it into the back of the net. Gebhart tried to get an immediate response for the home side but couldn't direct it on target. A harsh decision by the referee saw Korkmaz booked after a 50/50 challenge and that was the last bit of action in the first half, Peterborough comfortably seeing it through to the whistle.

    (Winger Umit Korkmaz in action)
    Half time score: Chesterfield 0 - 1 Peterborough United
    The second half started with the home side looking particularly nervous and the away happy with their lead and not willing to compromise themselves defensively. On one of their rare forays forward the won a corner, which Bertolo swung in, the ball was met perfectly by the head of Ivan Klasnic who headed it majestically into the back of the net, to double Peterboroughs lead. Gebhart tried his luck again with his chip and this time got closer, Kucher read the chip and got behind his keeper in order to clear odd the line. Basanta was offside for Chesterfield before the reflexes of Penneteau again saved Peterborough, saving a fearsome shot. The Frenchman was playing his third game for the away side and kept a clean sheet in the previous two, he wanted the third clean sheet and he was pulling out all the stops to make sure that happened.

    (Peterborough keeper Nicolas Penneteau clearing a corner.)
    Peterborough had the next chance, again from a set piece which Colchester looked vulnerable from, with Bertolo heading a free header wide. The Peterborough defence was staying strong and was a solid unit, as they have been for the past few games. They looked as though they head been playing together for the whole season, not merely three games. With ten minutes remaining a low cross was delivered into the box but the onrushing Bocaly was unable to control it. Chesterfield then made their way forward before forcing Penneteau into one of the saves of the season. From a full 30 yards the Chesterfield central midfielder unleashed a thunderbolt which the French keeper could only get his fingertips to. That, however, was enough as it was topped round the post and out for a corner. For the first time in 325 minutes, Peterborough's defence was then breached. It was not a mistake from the defence or indeed in any way Peterboroughs fault. A ball was clipped over the top and a clearly offside Gebhart got onto the end of it, he was a full ten yards offside however the officials missed it and the German went on to score. The Posh, to their credit, did not lose their heads and were able to put a solid bank of players in front of Chesterfield and deny them any opportunity to level before the end of the game which resulted in the final whistle blowing and a 7th position finish for Peterborough.
    Final score: Chesterfield 1 - 2 Peterborough United

    (The loyal Peterborough away support.)
    -----------------------Chesterfield------Peterborough
    Possession---------------50%--------------50%-----
    Total shots---------------7-----------------17------
    Shots on target-----------4-----------------10------
    Corners-------------------3-----------------7-------
    Yellow cards--------------2-----------------2--------
    Red cards-----------------0-----------------0-------
    Chesterfield starting 11: Olejnik; Hazell, Delgado, Alderweireld, Basanta; Adrian Martin, Matilla, Vainqueur, Tosic; Gebhart; Freis
    Peterborough United starting 11: Penneteau; Bocaly, Ishchenko, Kucher, Spycher; Drincic; Korkmaz, Javi Martinez; Barros Schelotto, Bertolo; Klasnic
    Man of the match: Ivan Klasnic; The Croatian scored his second goal in three games as well as being a constant and ever present danger to Chesterfield. He is workmanlike up front, constantly chasing down every ball and every lost cause and if he can carry on this form into next season, this being his second man of the match in three games, then he will without a doubt be a key player for Peterborough.

    (The striker pictured in the Croatia national kit)
    Key Events This Season
    Victory of the season: Peterborough United 7 - 0 Northampton Town; Peterborough came out of their losing streak with a bang, taking their frustration out on a full strength Northampton side. This was the day where everyting went right for the Posh with Juan Pablo Angel, Veli Kavlak and Umit Korkmaz all grabbing braces and then Barros Schelotto grabbing the other goal.

    Defeat of the season: Colchester United 7 - 1 Peterborough United; Following on from their drubbing of Northampton, Peterborough themselves suffered a crushing defeat. Peterborough were no where near 6 goals worse off, registering 17 shots on target whereas Colchester only registered 9. This showed the defensive frailties The Posh had, which would be solved later in the season.

    Overall game of the season: Peterborough United 1 - 0 Rotherham United; The scoreline is misleading in that this game could easily have been 6 - 6 overall, as both sides made for an entertaining spectacle. Javi Martinez got the only goal of the game as these two teams matched each other almost exactly in a pulsating end to end game. No fan will have come away from this game without wondering how they did not have a heart attack and indeed t will be hard for Peterborough to match the entertainment value of this game in the next season.

    Defender of the season: Pablo Quattrocchi; Although he is no longer at the club the veteran was solid throughout the season, using his invaluable experience to help the team mount a promotion challenge. He was solid and dependable and if he was 10 years younger there is no doubt he would be one of the best in England.

    Midfielder of the season: Nicolas Bertolo; The on loan Argentinian has been the centre of success for Peterborough this season. He played in all but one of the games and contributed 12 assists and 6 goals to the cause. He is expected to complete a permanent move over the transfer window and it is obvious why, he is the main link between defence and attack and there is no doubt at 23 he has a big future ahead of him.

    Forward of the season: Juan Pablo Angel; This is a no brainer. Like Quattrocchi he is no longer at the club but he is still the top scorer for The Posh last season. The front man scored 17 times in the league as well as another hat trick in the cup. Any chance given to him he would more than likely take and despite his age, he was always dangerous.

    Overall player of the season: Nicolas Bertolo; There is no doubt about the sheer quality of this player and the importance he has to the team. He is constantly dangerous and constantly looking for a way to get a goal for his team. The teams who come up against Peterborough will always look to mark him out the game to negate this danger, however being the player he is, this barely works.

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    Divison 3 It Is For Colchester United!






    The words ‘Hail Dragovic’ are going everywhere around Colchester. After an easy 4 – 1 win with Schmelzer, Manolev, Wallcott and Nimani scoring. The victory came over bottom of the league AFC Bournemouth the fans of Colchester were awaiting the scores to be released from other games over the speaker. Not only did they stay back to listen to the results but every players from Colchester team remained on the pitch. The games started a fair bit after the Colchester one but after about 5 minutes of waiting, the loud speaker shook the stadium and called out the name ‘Shorpe’. Every fan and player in the stadium were hoping that they could overcome Rotherham so at least they could get 3rd place. If Rotherham won there was no chance of getting 2nd. A small pause then he announced ‘Shorpe 2 – 1 Rotherham’. Cheers and shouts of joy went off everywhere as they were one step close to securing a spot in Divison 3. Everyone standing, nervous that Rochdale would win Rochdale were 3rd before this game and needed Rotherham to lose and them to win to get 2nd spot, so it was all in there hands. They were playing an in form Walsall who were a tough team to beat. A couple of minutes went passed and the speaker called out ‘Walsall’. All the Colchester fans had hands on their ears and legs shaking in nervousness. They knew that if Walsall got any result it would be good enough to get Colchester through. ‘Walsall 0’. The crowd got scared knowing that Rochdale only had to score one goal to win. A short pause and he continued… ‘Rochdale 0.’ The stadium shook. Every fan and player were jumping up and down in joy knowing that they would be in the mighty Divison 3 next season.



    Colchester fans celebrating after hearing the Rochdale result.



    After a shocking start at the beginning of the season Colchester appointed a very young and inexperienced manager in Dragovic. They weren’t expecting any miracles and Dragovic wasn’t either because of a lack of funds ‘'I am fairly happy with the teams form in the first two games, but i will be looking to make a few changes but having no money at all i will have to sell” (Page 526). This lead to him then selling all his old players such as Garcia, Corica... Dragovic then went on to buying many unknown young players which the fans weren’t to sure about but after this season im sure they are over the moon. Dragovic will be hoping to take them to the top of Division 3 and to find a spot in Divison 2.



    Dragovic sprinting to his players after hearing that they are getting promoted



    Dragovic was interviewed after the game and said ‘It is a feeling i cant explain. At the beginning of the season i wasn’t expecting anything like this. I was expecting a long journey in building a good team but a great team has formed within months. I don’t want to take any of the credit for this victory and our promotion, it is all the players. These players have come from all around the world and most don’t know even how to speak the English language. They have come with great respect and listen. This is the main reason they have got so much success. Not only has the success shown here but they have also shown in the leagues awards night. We managed a nominee in every category other than the goalkeeper. I believe that this is a major boost for players such as Schmelzer who was nominated in the defender of the season category, Pezzoni in the midfielder category and Nimani in both youth play and striker of the year. Unfortunately on one of them took a prize how which was Nimani being Youth Player of the season. I think he was unlucky to not get striker of the season, but Cacau bet him to it. These awards should bring these young players full of confidence and hopefully they can take this into next season. I always want to give a big thank you to Jon of Shorpe and Elliot of Rochdale. The two really helped me settle into this foreign country and got me going. Fortunately for Jon he had an easy journey through the season, but for Elliot i feel a bit bad for taking this second spot away from him. I wish him all the best and hopefully he can get that number 3 spot. I would like to thank every person involved with Colchester and hopefully we can accomplish the same amount of success next season. DIVISON 3, WATCH OUT BECAUSE THE MIGHT COLCHESTER ARE COMING!”




    Nimani, only one of many who Dragovic belives acheived much for than promotion to Division 3.



    Season Overview



    Here is the interview held by Setanta on Daniel Dragovic hours after there recent victory to get Colchester United into the thrid divison.



    Interviewer: When you were appointed manager of Colchester United what did you think?



    I knew straight away it was a difficult challenge due to the very small amount of cash they had which lead to me selling many of the bigger players and buying younger one. I never want to sell Garcia or Moore but they were one big money and we couldnt afford to pay them. Due to that i btought a lot of young kids in from all around the world. I knew it would be difficult for them to interact but i knew that if they knew how to play together with the ball, they didnt need to speak. I wasnt sure about what the fans would of thought about appointing a foreign manager but i think it has all turned out well and because of there support we are able to pay some of the funds of our players.



    Interviewer: Did you expect to get promoted when you took charge?



    No, not at all. I never thought we would click straight away, i thought it would take a couple of seasons for these young players to develop and mature but they have proved me wrong. This has all come through hard work at training and always being focused. I always knew that we would be a competitive team and maybe reach the play offs but to achieve second spot like we did is just an amazing achievement for not only me and my future but for the young kids who have earnt this throught the season and hopefully our supporters are proud of them.



    Interviewer: Talk us through the situation with Notts and why you decided to turn the offer down considering they are such a great side and they were at that point sitting first?



    It was a decision which i always knew i wasnt going to accept. I wasn’t going to quit a team which i had worked days and months on. It wouldn’t be fair to them either, i was like a father to them because one they didn’t know the language and two they were all not familiar to the atmosphere. I wasn’t going to leave them, and i knew that if i did take it for glory's sakes, i knew that i would regret it later on.



    Interview: Finally, due to the fact that you will be in Division 3 next year, does that mean you spend more money on higher rated players?



    No i don’t think i will be buying mature and experienced players. There may be one or two loan players who are higher rated and have been through it before but i would like to stick to my guns and the players i have been with all season. There is one or two players who i never wanted to sell, Orlando Sa being the main one. He was a great kid but we needed the money at that point. It is more player like him i want to bring to the club and i can tell all the supporters that there will be a new face tomorrow who will defiantly have a great impact on our team next season.



    Interviewer: Thank You for your time Dragovic congratulations and have a good Christmas.



    Transfer News



    Dragovic through out the season sold a lot and brought a lot of cheap and young in. Some of the big name players he sold due to a lack of funds were Halford, Iwelumo, Garcia, Muntwiler, Moore, Orlando Sa, Gislason, Covic, Hines, Maguire and Gurkin. All of Hines, Maguire, Muntwiller and Orlando Sa were bought by Dragovic and sold later on. The main players which Dragovic bought were Jourdren, Marqc, Schmelzer, Manolev, Rajkovic, Pliatsikas, Parejo, Gibson, Nimani, Sahar, Carroll, Sankhare, Bonucci and Fabricio. Dragovic has 5 main loan signings through out the season in Pezzoni, N'Koulou, Alderwield, Scotland and Wallcott. All thogether Daniel spent just over 61 million and sold just over 60 millions worth.



    Player Round Up



    Defender of the Season
    Stanislav Manolev






    The attacking right full back nearly player every game of the season and was and extremely good signing for Dragovic. He just scraped in the award before Schmelzer, the attacking left full back who was outstanding as well. Manolev was signed around 4 mllion in total and is now worth around 6.5 million. The defender has imporved a lot under Dragovic and will surley make a huge impact next season. This season he played 31 games with 6 goals and 4 assists.



    Midfielder of the Season
    Kevin Pezzoni






    The hard defensive midfielder was signed on loan from Huddersfield. He made 28 apperances and scored 8 goals from midfield including 6 assits. He was a great conclusion to Dragovic side. The manager really appreciated his efforts in training and on the pitch and has declared interest in him for next season as well.



    Striker of the Season
    Frederic Nimani






    The big French striker was what the media say, Dragovics best signing. He was bought for just under 5 million from Monaco and is now worth around 7. He made 30 apperances and scored a record 21 goals, and was only beaten by Cacau in the race for the golden boot. He also managed 15 assits. The striker was award youth player of the season in Division 4 and was also nominated for striker of the season but lost that to Cacau.

    Young Player of the Season
    Marcel Schmelzer



    The 21 year old German full back was outstanding this season. He scored 6 goals as a defender in 27 apperances. He also managed 7 assits. Marcel signed for 3.3 million and is now worth 4.5 million. Dragovic explained him as a versitile and hard working young man. Schmelzer said himself that he would love to stay under Dragovic for the rest of his carrer.


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    A resplendent Thorgan Hazard in Belgium's kit


    Full Name: Thorgan Hazard
    Date Of Birth: 29th March 1993 (18)
    Nationality: Belgian
    Club: RC Lens
    Position: Winger
    Squad Number: NA
    Honours: None, Belgian U17, U19 Caps
    SM Rating: Not On DB
    Predicted SM Rating: 75
    Potential SM Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ - 92+
    Potentially The New: Eden Hazard/Franck Ribery

    OK, so we have all heard of Eden Hazard, the super talented young Belgian who's taken the footballing world by storm, starred for Lille in his teens, been courted by Real Madrid, Arsenal, Inter Milan et al, has drawn comparisons to the legendary Zinedine Zidane and has broken into the Belgian National Team, all accomplished by the ripe old age of 18. Well the Hazard family have another absolute gem coming through (and incidentally; have yet another potential wonderkid in Ethan Hazard, still in Belgium) in second born son Thorgan, tipped by both Lens coach Jean-Guy Wallame and brother Eden to be even better than the emerging 18 year old. Thorgan comes from a family steeped in football heritage, aside from the obvious his mother was a referee and his father Thierry played briefly as a professional for AFC Tubize.
    Like Eden, Thorgan Hazard was scouted and snapped up by a French Ligue Un team, in this case it was for the eternal rivals of OSC Lille: Lens. At 14 he was turning out for Lens' U17s, and has since featured twice for the reserves; managing an assist into the bargain and is a solid starter for their U19s. Of course comparisons were drawn between the two brothers, and this wasn't to be unnoticed by Belgium Under 17s coach Bob Browaeys who has called up the tricky dual flanked winger on nine occasions, starting him six times and recieving four assists and one goal in return. Alongside Rits, Raman and Arslanagic, he is one of the youngsters tipped for the very top of the footballing spectrum by his international coach who had this to say (Translated using Babelfish, anything *starred* is my translation of anything that didn't translate):

    Belgian U17 Coach: Bob Browaeys
    Already his talents have been spotted by much bigger clubs, with Barcelona believed to be checking up on him regularly after youth coach Alejandro Garcia was spotted talking with club officials and Hazard after a training session in October.
    Despite attracting attention from European giants Hazard has his feet planted firmly on the ground, and has ambitions only to play for Lens (at the moment...!), who he is expected to turn out for after his seventeenth birthday in March; when he will be promoted to the senior squad alongside Geoffrey Komdogbia. Despite starting out as an attacking midfielder, Thorgan has found himself appearing as an out and out winger down both flanks; showing versatility and ambidextous ability which will eb perfectly suited to the French game, where he will have to compete with Boukari, Roudet and Doumeng for a starting berth.
    In summary, according to youth coaches, his brother and club officials this kid will be bigger than Eden Hazard, as per usual, I am forced to utter the cliche 'only time will tell', but if Eden's example is anything to go by, that time will be short and Thorgan will be jinking down the wings in the Felix Bollaert and being linked with Real Madrid!
    A massive talent, full to the brim with potential, Thorgan Hazard is one to keep an eye out for, Lens could have something special on their hands here.

    n_TFlYDNSGw


    Typical Youtube compilation of Thorgan - worth a look!


    UPDATE: Thorgan now has a Professional contract with Lens. Signed in the Summer of '10, it concludes in July 2013 and notched up his first ever 'real' appearance for Lens' first team in which he scored their only goal in a 1-1 draw in a friendly with Belgian side K.S.V. Roeselare. Technically if the French fourth division was on the database, Thorgan would already be on the SM database. Since the start of the 10/11 season, he's been a mainstay in the RC Lens Championnat de France team (the equivalent of our 'reserve teams', however the league itself is the equivalent of League 2). His impressive form lead to the full Lens team calling him up to the
    subs' bench for the home clash against Bordeaux in May, however despite winning 1-0, Hazard wasn't called upon; although 11/12 is finally set to be the season in which the youngster becomes a fully fledged member of RC Lens' first squad.After coming of age at 18, Thorgan was quickly thrust into the Belgian U18 side, although he only managed to play one game in which he scored one and assisted the other as the Belgians beat Ukraine's U18s 2-1. Given his impressive debut, Thorgan jumped up immediately to the U19 side and debuted against Belarus in February. He scored the only goal in a 1-0 win, a 25 yard half volley just after half time. In qualifying for the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championships he played every minute of Belgium's three matches in stage one qualification, assisting two out of the four goals in the matches - of which he scored one himself which turned out to be an 88th minute winner in their 3-2 win over Croatia past Chelsea's Matej Delac.

    Thorgan Hazard In action for Lens' Reserves


    So Belgium emerged unbeaten with Hazard Mk.2 as the star of the show, but they failed to replicate their form in the (ongoing, as it is) Euro U19 Championships in Romania. Belgium's initial match against Spain, red hot favourites for the Championships, was delayed due to bad weather, forcing the replay a day later. Belgium were trounced 4-1, but Thorgan notched up the assist for Belgium's sole goal. Two 1-1 draws against Serbia and Turkey later and Belgium are out of the U19s. Thorgan played every minute, and despite an assist failed to impress in his latter two appearances. Interestingly however, both Hazard and Brugge's Maxime Lestienne have been tipped to move up to for the Belgian U21s - so watch this space!

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    Millwall V Stoke City
    Preview

    The Blue corner of South London braces itself tonight, eagerly awaiting the visit from Millwalls promotion rivals Stoke City to the New Den. In what promises to be an enthralling encounter both teams have little option but to focus on the three points as the run in to the seasons conclusion beginnings in earnest. The Lions are rapidly being once more labelled as play-off Dark Horses, after a fine run of form the South Londoners have risen to third in the table over taking City and level on points with second placed London rivals Fulham. With the Cottagers facing an uncomfortable visit from Huddersfield, victory for the Wall could see them move into the automatic promotion spots and if Liverpool loose at basement boys Sheffield Wednesday, just one point off the top spot. With the crushing 4-2 home defeat to Charlton, Stoke dropped two places to 5th spot, as a season of promise teeters on the edge of disappointment. Respected manager Chris Haxo has seen his team act as pace setters so far this season enjoying a season long spot in either the automatic or play-off places. A dramatic reversal of fortunes has seen the Potters winless in 4 games now, dropping 10 points from a possible 12. A win tomorrow would see City right back in the thick of things, and with an easier run in then most in a prime spot to make a grab for the top two spots. In this seasons corresponding fixture the Potters came back to cancel out a Loic Remy opener with a match winning two goal blast from Belluschi and Hamdaoui.
    Lions boss Dave Izod makes one enforced change for the game with a return for Jan Simunek in place of Italian defender Dario ( the Roman ) Dainelli who is missing for up to 7 days with a fearsome head injury sustained in the midweek win at Watford. With the Lions expected to once more adopt the successful 5-3-2 set-up Izod finds himself with somewhat of an embarrassment of attacking riches. ED Grafitte is sure to return after being rested in the midweek game and it remains unclear whether Izod will prefer the physical presence of Boselli over the inform Loic Remy as the Brazilians partner up in crime. Stoke come to the game with no absences other than Newcastle Loanee Fernando Meira who is effectively out of the campaign with a broken collar bone. One Stoke player sure to get a good reception from the sporting Lions fans is Brede Hangeland, who makes his first appearance at the New Den since his transfer earlier this season. Speaking from the building site that was once his home, Lions boss Dave Izod was quick to pay tribute to his visiting rival
    I have never made a secret of my admiration for Chris or the way he goes about his business. Stoke have been excellent all season and present us with an enormous task. After achieving safety against Watford, victory tomorrow night is key to our ambitions for the rest of the campaign. In fairness it’s a game they perhaps need to win more than us so for 90minutes both myself and Chris will put our friendship aside and go for the result. Needless to say after the game we will enjoy a sarsaparilla or two and our usual bowl of jellied eels


    Haxo’s favourite Jellied eels with plenty of salt and pepper Yum!


    As the Season enters its final 10 games, elsewhere this weekend promises to be an action packed feast of EC106 entertaiment. Heres the South London Press's peek at some of the set-ups key games.

    Div1
    West Brownish Albion - Darlington


    At the top of the shop, league leaders West Bromwich Albion will look to cement their position at the head of the league in a nail biting encounter against 2cnd placed Darlington. Newly promoted Albion have taken the top tier by storm this season and go to the game on a fantastic unbeaten 12 game run which has seen them progress to the English cup final where they will face Coventry City. Key to the Baggies success has been the sparkling form of 16 goal front man Klass Jan Huntelaar as Colm Griffin’s team look to
    open up a 6 point lead at the top of division 1.
    Darlington remain one of 106 powerhouse’s, superbly managed by Michael Flounders MBE who after an amazing 9 seasons at the Darlington Arena has not only built one of the leagues most formidable squads, but whose ongoing generous loan policy has provided lower league clubs with a life line to quality players. Patchy mid season form has given way to a winning streak of 4 games, the last of which was the mid week 3-0 victory over Wigan. Both teams come to the games with notable absences, West Brom Totti remains out to the end of the season and Darlington are without the suspended duo of German Villa and Carlos Salcido whilst the superb Alexandre Pato is out of contention for up to 7 weeks with a broken hand.
    SLP Prediction
    West Brom 1 Darlington 2
    Div 2
    Charlton - Crystal Palace

    After a tough series of games against promotion rivals, Charlton’s indifferent form of late has seen them slip out of the play-off spots and down to 10th place. Nevertheless such is the close nature of division 2 a win could propel them back into 6th spot. The Variants did their cause a world of good with a vital midweek win at Stoke, the only downside of which was the sending off of Samir Nasri, which robs manager Dean Bryant of the 22 year old for 3 of the seasons last 10 games. Highly rated Bryant goes to the game seeking revenge for the 2-0 defeat in the corresponding away fixture and the highly inflammatory remarks made by a gloating Paul Holt to the media after the match.
    Often over shadowed by the high profile stupidity of their controversial manager Paul Holt, 4th placed Palace have had an excellent campaign by any ones standards. Occupying the top six for most of the season , Palaces powerful squad have solved the consistency problems that dogged last seasons miserable campaign. The Free scoring Eagles are second only to Cardiff in the amount of goals scored, with lumbering centre forward Emile Heskey proving to be an absolute steal after returning 12 goals since joining the South London club from Preston Northend. Palace fans will be praying that the bear like ox that is Heskey can continue his rich vein of form after injuries to Cignac and Karadeniz sees the Eagles make the short flight across South London without two of their most impressive performers.
    SLP Prediction
    Charlton 2 Palace 2
    Aston Villa- Cardiff

    Financial giants and with a team full of highly talented players, relegated Villa looked all set to be one of the team to beat in division 2. And after starting the season with a fine run of results, the Villains soon climbed to the automatic promotion places. Sadly the honeymoon period only lasted until the mid season point when a awful drop in form has seen Villa falling quicker than the pound and languishing in 9th. The comprehensive mid week defeat at Boro leaves the midlanders in desperate need of a victory to kick start their attack on the summit of a division that manager Dan Woodgate once described as ‘easy and theirs for the taking’. With the largely disappointing Robin Van Perse out for the rest of the campaign with a torn hamstring, the Villa faithful will once more look to top scorer Antonio Di Natale to provide the goals for a much needed win.
    The smaller of the three relegated first division clubs, Cardiff nevertheless promised to be a daunting proposition for the division 2 managers. Rocked by the surprise departure of manager Chazza Bones, the bluebirds have successfully adapted to the hurly burly of 2cnd tier football. New Man in charge Rafel Benitez has over seen the transformation in Cardiff’s fortunes, occupying the top six for most of the season with a team noted for its attacking football and excellent goal scoring record. That said after a shock defeat at the hands of relegation haunted Carlisle the Welshman find themselves in somewhat of a lull in form, and out of the play-offs places in 7th spot.Benitez will wait for the results of late fitness tests on new signings Requelme and Asamoah before deciding to name his team from his otherwise fit squad.
    SLP Prediction
    Aston Villa 0 Cardiff 3
    Div 3
    Leicester city - Bradford city

    Eager to bounce back from last seasons humiliating relegation Leicester have come to fore of late enjoying a solid run of results, the latest of which a 5-3 victory over Nottingham Forest could be considered as their finest in manager Jake Malinders 24 game tenure at the Walkers stadium. Built on a bedrock of seasoned professionals and exciting younger players City are fast shaping up as dark foxes for promotion and a victory at the weekend could indeed see them as high as 4th place just out of reach of the automatic promotion places.
    Widely fancied in many South London betting shops as title favourites Bradford find themselves top of the pile after the crucial midweek victory of over promotion rivals Barnsley. Manager Ryan Monieth has proved himself a shrewd loan operator and the addition of Arsenals Carlos Vela, has seen a dramatic improvement of ammunition for successful front men Olivera and McDonald. Looking to increase their lead over Notts County to points rather than goals, Bradford make the journey to the midlands actively seeking to take advantage of a potential County slip up at QPR.
    SLP Prediction
    Leicester City 1 Bradford City 2

    Barnsley- Doncaster Rovers

    Despite a strong season, failures in the next two fixtures against first Rovers then Brighton and Hove Albion, may see the Yorkshire men in danger of dropping out of the top six. Johan Albert’s first class squad go to the game with a justified faith in their own abilities. Strongly packed with talent in all departments, Barnsley on their day are more than a match for any outside the top two divisions. The home faithful will once more look to goals from exciting South American trio Raffel, Gonzalez and Buonanotte to add to their seasons collective haul of 25 strikes.
    Like their Yorkshire hosts, Navin Legends well managed Doncaster Rovers are another team who have enjoyed a successful season thus far. Falling to third place the one time league leaders,have gained a reputation for high quality performances, but nevertheless find themselves in a steep nose dive after a poor run of 4 games has seen them drop 10 points. Rovers go to the game without Riberio Cleiton Xavier with horrifically gashed leg he sustained at Gillingham keeping the young Brazilian out for up to another 3 weeks.
    SLP Prediction
    Barnsley 2 Doncaster Rovers 0

    Division 4
    Brentford- Rochdale


    A resurgent Brentford look like a team in the ascendancy as they have risen from mid -table obscurity to just 2 points outside the prized play-off zone. With boss Darren Richardson determined to shake off the label of promotion choker, the Bees come to the game on a magnificent run of nine games without defeat and fresh from Thursdays morale boosting friendly 1-0 win over division two’s Cardiff City. Already unavailable for the Bees, hamstring victim Adrian Colunga has today been ruled out until the end of the season.
    Superbly managed by boy Genius and England manager Elliot Sutcliffe, the Dale have enjoyed a transformation this season, from a humble coronation street club to a beacon of young talent and astute managerial ability. More than out punching their weight spirited Rochdale have become one of the divisions most feared line-ups. After seemingly loosing the title battle to Shorpe, 2cnd placed Rochdale come to the game clinging to a slender one point advantage over a dangerous looking Colchester. The England boss cannot tolerate anything less than a win in the capital and makes the journey South with a full squad at his disposal.
    SLP Prediction
    Brentford 2 Rochdale 0
    I'll add the Millwall / Stoke preview to this a bit later ( i forgot )
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    Club Rankings

    Will re post an updated Rankings table after each Saturday game and each Cup/Shield semi final/final
    Have Edited the table to include English Shield and Cup matches


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    Georgi PETKOV [87 rated, 33yo, GK] [Most likely to stay at current rating]
    If he was playing for a top European side, he could've easily went for a 90 rating. Beyond any doubt the most important and consistant performer for The Blues in the last few years.
    Bozhidar MITREV [76 rated, 22yo, GK] [increase by 2]
    Sadly plagued by injuries, but he still got some game time last season [when Dimitrov was out] and most notably - played in the 2:0 win over CSKA where he really, really impressed. Mitrev really is the type of keeper that can replace Petkov in the long-term, as long as he's fit.
    Tsvetan DIMITROV [76 rated, 22yo, GK] [Likely to stay]
    Hasn't had an awful lot of chances to prove himself, but in the few apps he made, he looked promising.
    Lucio WAGNER [86 rated, 33yo, LB/LM] [Decrease by 1]
    He's still a squad player, but nowdays Veselin Minev is much more preferred on the left back spot. Wagner's also lost his place in the national team.
    Veselin MINEV [83 rated, 28yo, LB/CB] [increase by 2]
    This guy is certainly at his peak. Very solid left back who has been also tested as a center back and central midfielder - doing a good job at both positions. However, he did fail miserably as a right back [CL qualifier against Debrecen].
    Zhivko MILANOV [86 rated, 25yo, RB] [Likely to stay]
    Sadly the lad has been injured in the last few weeks, but he's pretty much still a key figure in both Levski and the Bulgarian national team.
    Youssef RABEH [85 rated, 24yo, CB] [Likely to stay]
    Oh, this guy is such a pain in the ***. Drinking and driving, smashing a car [property of his football club], drinking and driving again...add to that his tendency to try and kill opposition players [
    ], he's now considered more of a "killer" type of player rather than the "ice in vains defender" he was when he first came to Levski. If I'm not mistake, there are still charges against him, so he might as well go to jail, even though he's still playing first team football with Levski. If there is a player on SM who can be labelled "Biggest Gamble", that has to be Rabeh.Elin TOPUZAKOV [84 rated, 32yo, CB/RB] [increase by 1]
    As he returned to his beloved Blues side he looks more solid and calm than ever. He still needs to gel with the Morrocan criminal, though [read above].
    Yordan MILIEV [82 rated, 22yo, CB] [Likely to stay]
    Squad player who gets to play from time to time. Still one for the future rather than anything else.
    Chakib BENZOUKANE [80 rated, 23yo, CB] [increase by 1]
    After coming back from injuries that kept him sidelined for 2 friggin years, he still looks like he knows his football. In the absence of Milanov, he has earned his spot in the right back position. He's only had a hatful of games since coming back, so he won't earn a big increase, but he will be getting bigger in the long term.
    Viktor GENEV [77 rated, 20yo, CB] [increase by 5]
    This guy is something special. Last season he got 14 apps and up until now he's already had 7. He looks solid and plays intelligently - last night he had to walk up on "El Madrigal" and face Nilmar, but he did ever so well and certainly cannot be blamed for Nilmar's winner. In the long term, he might be a 85+ player.
    Nikolay DIMITROV [85 rated, 21yo, LM/Wing] [Decrease by 1]
    By far not the player he once was and now he's only back up to Joaozinho and Ze Soares.
    Lachezar BALTANOV [80 rated, 21yo, RM/AM] [increase by 1]
    Has been very solid for the Bulgarian U21 team and even got two goals in the 3:0 win over Kazakhstan. Hasn't got to play much this season even though Gadzhev got a long-term injury. Should get a positional change to CM/RM.
    Rachid TIBERKANINE [80 rated, 24yo, RM/AM] [Likely to stay]
    Nothing more than a back up player.
    Georgi SARMOV [84 rated, 24yo, CM/LM] [increase by 1]
    Before I was getting mad at coaches playing Miroslav Ivanov and now I have to go through this...Sarmov's first touch of the ball is worse than a horse's, he oftenly tries long shots but all he ever did with them is murder a few innocent folks in the stands, add to that his poor intelligence on the pitch and you get a...player that's earned to pull on the Bulgarian national shirt! Yes, even though Sarmov is below average, somehow he managed an appearance in the qualifier against Italy. So the increase is purely stats based, if it was meant on football skills...I'd give him a generous 80.
    Miroslav IVANOV [83 rated, 27yo, CM/AM]
    On a season-long loan at newcomers to the "A" group Montana.
    Vladimir GADZHEV [82 rated, 22yo, CM/AM] [increase by 2]
    It just bleeds my heart out to see him sidelined until the winter break. He's the best thing that happened to Bulgarian football lately and he will be a star once he recovers. Mark my words.
    Darko TASEVSKI [85 rated, 25yo, AM/RM] [Likely to stay]
    What would we do without our Macedonian midfield magician? He's surely something special and his assists have proved crucial time and time again.
    Cedric BARDON [85 rated, 29yo, AM/Fwd] [Likely to stay]
    I noticed that SM have his date of birth messed up - he's born 1976, not 1979. When he returned to Levski there were these talks about how Bardon is not the 30yo that was at his peak a few years ago Personally, I was very reserved to see him again in a Blues shirt, but so far he's been fairly decent.
    Filho ZE SOARES [84 rated, 26yo, Wing/Fwd] [increase by 1]
    This guy is brilliant!
    Natailton JOAOZINHO [84 rated, 20yo, Wing] [increase by 1]
    Same as above
    Hristo YOVOV [83 rated, 31yo, Wing/Fwd] [increase by 1]
    One of the most loved and hated players at the same time. When you see the stats - he's our top goalscorer with 4 goals under his belt so far. But when you see his ability to miss the open goal from a meter away you get the idea why some fans do not want to see him in the starting line-up. Personally, I think Yovov may be average for large parts of the game, but if he gets his moment of brilliance - it will be a memorable goal, for sure.
    Georgi HRISTOV [84 rated, 24yo, Fwd] [Likely to stay, decrease by 1]
    Nicknamed Georgi "The Singer" Hristov by fans due to the fact that we have a famous pop artist in Bulgaria called Georgi Hristov. Last season he got a goal in the 2:0 victory against CSKA, but that still wasn't enough to impress anyone. You can see the video here [
    ] and I can tell you - all of his shots are so anemic and he was just lucky this one was in the corner rather than in the hands of the keeper [like in 99% of his other shots]. Someone give him a Nesquick...please!Enyo KRASTOVCHEV [82 rated, 25yo, Fwd] [Likely to stay]
    When even a striker who can't score is keeping you out of the side, that says enough about Enyo's qualities.
    Ortega DENIRAN [81 rated, 23yo, Fwd/Wing] [increase by 1]
    Sure, he got two easy goals against the amateurs Botev, but when the important moments in crucial games came, he was taking a ****...Will remain a back up player for the time being and I think it's likely that he goes back to Slavia once his loan deal ends.
    A report on CSKA [and notable players from other teams] to follow shortly.
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    Venue: Galpharm Stadium
    Stadium Capacity: 24,500
    Attendance: 15,890
    Referee: Csaba Sapi
    Huddlesfield Town 1-2 Charlton Athletic

    Marcos Senna 19 ---------------------- Sami Khedira 2
    Giuseppe Biava 18 --------------------- Radamel Falcao 48
    Dmytro Chygrynskyy 73 --------------------------------------- 36% - Possession - 64%
    16 - Total Shots - 22
    4 - Shots On Target - 8
    5 - Corners - 9
    2 - Yellow Cards - 0
    0 - Red Cards - 0
    Addicks ease to Huddlesfield win

    Khedira celebrates his early goal
    Early goal from Sami Khedira and second half goal from Radamel Falcao earned Charlton a comfortable 2-1 victory against newcomers Huddlesfield Town and moved them into the last spot of plays-off group. Marcos Senna scored the only goal for the host. The away side began well and Sami Khedira opened the scoring just two minutes into first half. Khedira was in yards od space before smashing home from 15 yards. Huddlesfield got the equaliser in the 19th minute through Marcos Senna's controversial goal. Senna was in the offside position but the linesman's flag stayed down. Senna raced through and took full advantage of the dubious decision with his first ever goal for Huddlesfield. Charlton were in total control after Senna's goal but could not find the net before the interval. Charlton continued to dominate the game with Eduardo managed to up the tempo of the game. The visitors eventually got the winning goal three minutes after the restart through Radamel Falcao. Falcao, who already scored three goals in the last three starts, easily bundled it into the back of the net after some Huddlesfield's defence failed to clear the ball.
    Huddlesfield Town, who is still looking for a win in the Division 2, are in deep trouble as they are still in the relegation zone with just one point in four games. Charlton, meanwhile, moved up to fifth in the table and are still unbeaten in the new campaign after picking eight points from the opening four games.

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    Doncaster draw as Navin is absent from the match
    Doncaster Rovers 2 -2 Hull City
    A.ALEXIS SANCHEZ 5
    M.LEYE 26, 66
    M.LULINHA 62
    Match stats
    65% Possession 35%
    17 Total Shots 11
    9 Shots On Target 6
    8 Corners 7
    1 Yellow Cards 0




    Last night saw the Tigers visited the Keepmoat Stadium in front of 11,699 fans. The match started well for the visitors when in the 5th minute Alejandro ALEXIS SANCHEZ profited from a lack of concentration in the defence to slot the ball past the keeper. However, minutes later Mbaye LEYE in turn made most of a defensive blunder to smack the leather into the net. From then on the match dropped in pace, and both teams made fade attempts on goals but they couldn't conclude anything at all.

    The second half started quite the same as the first one ended until Brazilian kid Marcelo LULINHA lashed a superb effort after a blistering run through the Rovers defence. The visitors' happiness was quite short lived as Doncaster's man of the moment Mbaye LEYE hit a scorcher from outside the penalty box which deflected off the post. This quite possibly be his goal of the season till now. Both teams changed to defensive tactics thereon, and the match dropped in intensity. The final score was 2-2.
    Mbaye LEYE bags a brace and collects a MoTM.




    For the past 2 days Navin was unable to carry out his role as manager due to some family issues which needed to be solved ASAP. He has now returned to his post this morning.
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    Doncaster draw as Navin is absent from the match
    Doncaster Rovers 2 -2 Hull City
    A.ALEXIS SANCHEZ 5
    M.LEYE 26, 66
    M.LULINHA 62
    Match stats
    65% Possession 35%
    17 Total Shots 11
    9 Shots On Target 6
    8 Corners 7
    1 Yellow Cards 0




    Last night saw the Tigers visited the Keepmoat Stadium in front of 11,699 fans. The match started well for the visitors when in the 5th minute Alejandro ALEXIS SANCHEZ profited from a lack of concentration in the defence to slot the ball past the keeper. However, minutes later Mbaye LEYE in turn made most of a defensive blunder to smack the leather into the net. From then on the match dropped in pace, and both teams made fade attempts on goals but they couldn't conclude anything at all.

    The second half started quite the same as the first one ended until Brazilian kid Marcelo LULINHA lashed a superb effort after a blistering run through the Rovers defence. The visitors' happiness was quite short lived as Doncaster's man of the moment Mbaye LEYE hit a scorcher from outside the penalty box which deflected off the post. This quite possibly be his goal of the season till now. Both teams changed to defensive tactics thereon, and the match dropped in intensity. The final score was 2-2.
    Mbaye LEYE bags a brace and collects a MoTM.




    For the past 2 days Navin was unable to carry out his role as manager due to some family issues which needed to be solved ASAP. He has now returned to his post this morning.
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    Leye bags hat-trick but Doncaster still manage only a draw
    Leyton Orient 4 - 4 Doncaster Rovers
    B.HENRIQUE 2
    M.LEYE 14, 47, 59
    M.MARCELO MORENO 18
    M.BILIC 64
    F.CAMPBELL 76, 80




    For the second consecutive fixture Doncaster Rovers travelled away from home to face Leyton Orient. 8,324 gathered for what would be a more than entertaining night for the football lovers, quite unfortunately for both sides' goalkeepers. Leyton Orient quickly took the lead with Buss HENRIQUE scoring in the 2nd minute, which sent the home fans crazy. However, Mbaye LEYE volleyed in the ball to equalise in the 14th minute. The match was rapidly increasing its pace and following domination from Leyton Orient, Martins MARCELO MORENO burst into the box and lashed in a shot which left the keeper with no chance at all. From then on, both teams tried to create chances but to no avail, and the score at half-time was 2-1 to Leyton Orient.
    The second half started very well for Doncaster, and specially for one man Mbaye LEYE. 2 minutes into the second half, the latter dribbled through the opposing defence and shot through the nets to level the game. And in the 59th minute, Mbaye LEYE once again slotted the ball home to complete the his hat-trick. Five minutes later the travelling fans were shouting in ecstasy as Mate BILIC headed in for his first goal of the season. Everyone at that moment were thinking that the match was all but over, nevertheless Fraizer CAMPBELL had other plans. The England U-21 international scored two goals in the space of 4 minutes to earn Leyton Orient a point from the game.

    Mbaye LEYE bags a hat-trick and the MoTM




    At his post-match conference Navin had this to say:
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    EAGLES SEASON REVIEW

    Crystal Palace's season started off with an away draw to a fellow relegated side Preston North End. And it wasn't till the 5th game of the season for Palace to record their 1st win of the season at home against Derby County. The game finished 2-0 and Palace afterwards went on a 15 game unbeaten run in all competitions. This came to a complete halt when the Brummies came to town and destroyed Palace 4-0 at Selhurst Park. It was this defeat which condemned Palace into being rather inconsistant for the rest of the season. Palace also went on a 6 game run of defeats from the 17th June till the 4th of July, it was only a draw against fellow relegation haunted Cheltenham Town which stopped the rot, and Palace went on another run of 7 games without defeat. With nothing to play for, and with only 3 games left, a mid table finish was guarenteed and Holt decided to terminate his loan signings to save money and was eventually defeated in the last 3 games against Boro, Bradford and Reading. After relegation from Div 1 last season, the fans of Palace were expecting atleast a playoff finish, but Holts side could only finish a lowly 15th position, 11 points from the play off places.

    Rivals
    Its a known fact that Mr Holt doesn't make many friends, and in Millwalls Dave Izod, Holt has a rival who is both cunning and intelligent. All season Long, the manager of Palace's local rivals Millwall has taken every opportunity to have a dig at Holt, to his transfer policies to his apparent lack of tactical know-how. Izod has seemed to have won the war of words and mind games off the pitch, with Holt blaming his run of 6 losses on Izods mocking of Holts defensive policy. But on the pitch, Holt has cleary won against his rivals with 4 points from Izods Millwall, 4 points off Bryants Charlton and 4 points off Haxo's Stoke. Chris Haxo, the manager of Stoke, is an unusual rival for Holt. Stoke's local rivals are Port Vale, but with no rivals in Div 2, Haxo decided to try and get one over on Holt instead, but failed with no wins against Palace in 2 attempts.

    Goals
    This is Palace's downfall. Palace struggled to score goals all season, scoring only 44 goals in the league . Their top scorer with 9 goals was winger Simon Vukcevic. But on the defensive front, Crystal Palace were one of the best in all 4 divisions, conceding only 48 goals, coming second to Man City.
    Player of the season

    Gregory Coupet
    Gregory was signed from Darlington at the beginning of the season, after coming highly rated by his good friend Michael Flounders. His performances in goal were outstanding all season, and was a major factor as to why Palace had such a good defensive record.
    Young player of the season

    Simon Vukcevic
    Simon had a great season, scoring 9 goals with another 5 assists. The 23 year old was also out injured for 7 games. Simon is highly rated at Palace, and well liked by Holt.


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    Doncaster Rovers End of Season Review
    Doncaster fail to win play-off
    B.GOMIS 46
    A.CASSANO 63




    Tonight Doncaster played their last match for this current season, which ended in a semi-final play-off defeat to Tranmere Rovers 2-0. In front of a crowd of 13,898 gathered at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster lacked the final touch to convert occasions into goals as they saw 12 shots on target, the same as their opponents, not even finding the back of the net.
    Goals from Bafetimbi Gomis in the 36th and Antonnio Cassano in the 63rd helped Tranmere, who were more realists in front of goal than their hosts tonight. Also, Etienne had received a red card early in the 2nd minute as made a late horror tackle. From that moment on, it had become extremely difficult for Doncaster to move forward. Victory sees Tranmere move into the play-off final, and the manager wishes them good luck for their promotion bid. Season Review



    At the end of their first season under Navin, Doncaster Rovers have finished 4th in the Division 3 and have narrowly missed promotion as they lost a play-off semi-final. Despite that the manager feels that being 4th in this league is already a more than satisfying achievement, considering the thin squad at his disposal.
    Moreover, in spite not too much effort has been concentrated on the cup and shield fixtures this season, Doncaster have done fairly well in these two competitions. As such, the team went up to English Shield Round 4 where they lost to Division 1 champions Blackburn Rovers. Also, Doncaster reached the English Cup Round 3, where a heavy loss to Stoke City awaited them. Nonetheless, the board have been delighted with the performance of the players and staff for these cup and shield runs.
    Players' Player of the Season
    Fernando RUBINHO





    The goalkeeper who joined for about £7.4M this season, has received the Doncaster Player's Player of the season award. This decision seems somewhat a logical choice seeing as Fernando was among the rare players to have started all 38 league matches this season, while collecting 11 Man of the Match awards and 7 clean sheets. The manager says that Fernando has been crucial to Doncaster's 4th place this season and it was no surprise as to why he was given the captain's armband.
    Fans' Player of the Season
    Ribeiro CLEITON XAVIER





    The Brazilian playmaker arrived during the season but was an instant hit with the fans, mainly due to his amazing skills with the ball. Moreover, this season in 26 starts he has racked up 9 goals, 9 assists and 3 MoM, which have been pivotal to Doncaster. He is currently injured and has missed the last 2 matches, but this does seem to have changed the love that the fans have got for him.
    Top Goalscorer
    Mbaye LEYE





    With 14 goals this season, Mbaye LEYE tops the goalscorers charts at Doncaster this season. He just pips Mate Billic to this award who comes 2nd with 12 goals. Mbaye LEYE also tops the club's assists charts with 11 assists and has 3 MoM.The Senegalese joined the club only last season and is expected to be still here come next season.
    Special Thanks:




    The manager would also like to seize this opportunity to specially thank Dermot O'Brien, Huddersfield Town, and James Burrow, PNE, for the loans they have provided to Doncaster, which have been crucial to us throughout the season.
    Plans for the coming season will be revealed at a later date, the manager has announced. As for now, players and staff will be going on a very short holiday at an unnamed location.
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    Doncaster Rovers End of Season Review
    Doncaster fail to win play-off
    B.GOMIS 46
    A.CASSANO 63




    Tonight Doncaster played their last match for this current season, which ended in a semi-final play-off defeat to Tranmere Rovers 2-0. In front of a crowd of 13,898 gathered at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster lacked the final touch to convert occasions into goals as they saw 12 shots on target, the same as their opponents, not even finding the back of the net.
    Goals from Bafetimbi Gomis in the 36th and Antonnio Cassano in the 63rd helped Tranmere, who were more realists in front of goal than their hosts tonight. Also, Etienne had received a red card early in the 2nd minute as made a late horror tackle. From that moment on, it had become extremely difficult for Doncaster to move forward. Victory sees Tranmere move into the play-off final, and the manager wishes them good luck for their promotion bid. Season Review



    At the end of their first season under Navin, Doncaster Rovers have finished 4th in the Division 3 and have narrowly missed promotion as they lost a play-off semi-final. Despite that the manager feels that being 4th in this league is already a more than satisfying achievement, considering the thin squad at his disposal.
    Moreover, in spite not too much effort has been concentrated on the cup and shield fixtures this season, Doncaster have done fairly well in these two competitions. As such, the team went up to English Shield Round 4 where they lost to Division 1 champions Blackburn Rovers. Also, Doncaster reached the English Cup Round 3, where a heavy loss to Stoke City awaited them. Nonetheless, the board have been delighted with the performance of the players and staff for these cup and shield runs.
    Players' Player of the Season
    Fernando RUBINHO





    The goalkeeper who joined for about £7.4M this season, has received the Doncaster Player's Player of the season award. This decision seems somewhat a logical choice seeing as Fernando was among the rare players to have started all 38 league matches this season, while collecting 11 Man of the Match awards and 7 clean sheets. The manager says that Fernando has been crucial to Doncaster's 4th place this season and it was no surprise as to why he was given the captain's armband.
    Fans' Player of the Season
    Ribeiro CLEITON XAVIER





    The Brazilian playmaker arrived during the season but was an instant hit with the fans, mainly due to his amazing skills with the ball. Moreover, this season in 26 starts he has racked up 9 goals, 9 assists and 3 MoM, which have been pivotal to Doncaster. He is currently injured and has missed the last 2 matches, but this does seem to have changed the love that the fans have got for him.
    Top Goalscorer
    Mbaye LEYE





    With 14 goals this season, Mbaye LEYE tops the goalscorers charts at Doncaster this season. He just pips Mate Billic to this award who comes 2nd with 12 goals. Mbaye LEYE also tops the club's assists charts with 11 assists and has 3 MoM.The Senegalese joined the club only last season and is expected to be still here come next season.
    Special Thanks:




    The manager would also like to seize this opportunity to specially thank Dermot O'Brien, Huddersfield Town, and James Burrow, PNE, for the loans they have provided to Doncaster, which have been crucial to us throughout the season.
    Plans for the coming season will be revealed at a later date, the manager has announced. As for now, players and staff will be going on a very short holiday at an unnamed location.
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    Doncaster Rovers End of Season Review
    Doncaster fail to win play-off
    B.GOMIS 46
    A.CASSANO 63




    Tonight Doncaster played their last match for this current season, which ended in a semi-final play-off defeat to Tranmere Rovers 2-0. In front of a crowd of 13,898 gathered at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster lacked the final touch to convert occasions into goals as they saw 12 shots on target, the same as their opponents, not even finding the back of the net.
    Goals from Bafetimbi Gomis in the 36th and Antonnio Cassano in the 63rd helped Tranmere, who were more realists in front of goal than their hosts tonight. Also, Etienne had received a red card early in the 2nd minute as made a late horror tackle. From that moment on, it had become extremely difficult for Doncaster to move forward. Victory sees Tranmere move into the play-off final, and the manager wishes them good luck for their promotion bid. Season Review



    At the end of their first season under Navin, Doncaster Rovers have finished 4th in the Division 3 and have narrowly missed promotion as they lost a play-off semi-final. Despite that the manager feels that being 4th in this league is already a more than satisfying achievement, considering the thin squad at his disposal.
    Moreover, in spite not too much effort has been concentrated on the cup and shield fixtures this season, Doncaster have done fairly well in these two competitions. As such, the team went up to English Shield Round 4 where they lost to Division 1 champions Blackburn Rovers. Also, Doncaster reached the English Cup Round 3, where a heavy loss to Stoke City awaited them. Nonetheless, the board have been delighted with the performance of the players and staff for these cup and shield runs.
    Players' Player of the Season
    Fernando RUBINHO





    The goalkeeper who joined for about £7.4M this season, has received the Doncaster Player's Player of the season award. This decision seems somewhat a logical choice seeing as Fernando was among the rare players to have started all 38 league matches this season, while collecting 11 Man of the Match awards and 7 clean sheets. The manager says that Fernando has been crucial to Doncaster's 4th place this season and it was no surprise as to why he was given the captain's armband.
    Fans' Player of the Season
    Ribeiro CLEITON XAVIER





    The Brazilian playmaker arrived during the season but was an instant hit with the fans, mainly due to his amazing skills with the ball. Moreover, this season in 26 starts he has racked up 9 goals, 9 assists and 3 MoM, which have been pivotal to Doncaster. He is currently injured and has missed the last 2 matches, but this does seem to have changed the love that the fans have got for him.
    Top Goalscorer
    Mbaye LEYE





    With 14 goals this season, Mbaye LEYE tops the goalscorers charts at Doncaster this season. He just pips Mate Billic to this award who comes 2nd with 12 goals. Mbaye LEYE also tops the club's assists charts with 11 assists and has 3 MoM.The Senegalese joined the club only last season and is expected to be still here come next season.
    Special Thanks:




    The manager would also like to seize this opportunity to specially thank Dermot O'Brien, Huddersfield Town, and James Burrow, PNE, for the loans they have provided to Doncaster, which have been crucial to us throughout the season.
    Plans for the coming season will be revealed at a later date, the manager has announced. As for now, players and staff will be going on a very short holiday at an unnamed location.
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    Doncaster Rovers End of Season Review
    Doncaster fail to win play-off
    B.GOMIS 46
    A.CASSANO 63




    Tonight Doncaster played their last match for this current season, which ended in a semi-final play-off defeat to Tranmere Rovers 2-0. In front of a crowd of 13,898 gathered at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster lacked the final touch to convert occasions into goals as they saw 12 shots on target, the same as their opponents, not even finding the back of the net.
    Goals from Bafetimbi Gomis in the 36th and Antonnio Cassano in the 63rd helped Tranmere, who were more realists in front of goal than their hosts tonight. Also, Etienne had received a red card early in the 2nd minute as made a late horror tackle. From that moment on, it had become extremely difficult for Doncaster to move forward. Victory sees Tranmere move into the play-off final, and the manager wishes them good luck for their promotion bid. Season Review



    At the end of their first season under Navin, Doncaster Rovers have finished 4th in the Division 3 and have narrowly missed promotion as they lost a play-off semi-final. Despite that the manager feels that being 4th in this league is already a more than satisfying achievement, considering the thin squad at his disposal.
    Moreover, in spite not too much effort has been concentrated on the cup and shield fixtures this season, Doncaster have done fairly well in these two competitions. As such, the team went up to English Shield Round 4 where they lost to Division 1 champions Blackburn Rovers. Also, Doncaster reached the English Cup Round 3, where a heavy loss to Stoke City awaited them. Nonetheless, the board have been delighted with the performance of the players and staff for these cup and shield runs.
    Players' Player of the Season
    Fernando RUBINHO





    The goalkeeper who joined for about £7.4M this season, has received the Doncaster Player's Player of the season award. This decision seems somewhat a logical choice seeing as Fernando was among the rare players to have started all 38 league matches this season, while collecting 11 Man of the Match awards and 7 clean sheets. The manager says that Fernando has been crucial to Doncaster's 4th place this season and it was no surprise as to why he was given the captain's armband.
    Fans' Player of the Season
    Ribeiro CLEITON XAVIER





    The Brazilian playmaker arrived during the season but was an instant hit with the fans, mainly due to his amazing skills with the ball. Moreover, this season in 26 starts he has racked up 9 goals, 9 assists and 3 MoM, which have been pivotal to Doncaster. He is currently injured and has missed the last 2 matches, but this does seem to have changed the love that the fans have got for him.
    Top Goalscorer
    Mbaye LEYE





    With 14 goals this season, Mbaye LEYE tops the goalscorers charts at Doncaster this season. He just pips Mate Billic to this award who comes 2nd with 12 goals. Mbaye LEYE also tops the club's assists charts with 11 assists and has 3 MoM.The Senegalese joined the club only last season and is expected to be still here come next season.
    Special Thanks:




    The manager would also like to seize this opportunity to specially thank Dermot O'Brien, Huddersfield Town, and James Burrow, PNE, for the loans they have provided to Doncaster, which have been crucial to us throughout the season.
    Plans for the coming season will be revealed at a later date, the manager has announced. As for now, players and staff will be going on a very short holiday at an unnamed location.
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    Huddersfield Town 1 - 1 Doncaster Rovers
    Last night Doncaster travelled away for their clash against Huddersfield Town, and with the current squad at his disposal the manager was relatively satisfied with the draw point gained. As such, it was a closely fought match with a lot of actions coming from both sides. Georginio WIJNALDUM, the 18 year old Dutch sensation, opened the scoring in the 26th minute for Doncaster with a shot from an acute angle which deflected off a defender before going in the nets. However, in the 54th minute Tobias WEIS equalised for Huddersfield Town to earn them the draw.
    Doncaster Rovers now sit 8th in the league and next is at home against Luton Town.
    New Transfer:
    Victor SIMOES DE OLIVEIRA

    SIMOES joined Doncaster Rovers for 2.2 million and will mainly be used as a back up striker for now. He will however appear for the Cup and Shield games throughout the season.
    Ribeiro CLEITON XAVIER

    CLEITON XAVIER joined from Figueirense, with ABARDONADO going the other way along some cash. He will be the vice captain of the squad and is directly thrown into the starting XI. Huge things are expected from him, both goals and assists.


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