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Here are some of the images from last night:

 

Ban Noisy Fireworks

 

Blow Up Sheep - The Love Ewe - Inflatable Sheep - Gag Gift

 

BBC News - In pictures: Swansea City fans celebrate play-off win

 

 

Yes you guessed it Swansea got their first goal(s) and first point(s) on the board last night with a home win over Crystal Palace. Florentino passes to Stuani who opened the scoring. Gabi slots away a penalty to make it 2-0. A late chipped goal by Petagna wasn't enough to spoil the night as the Swansea fans celebrated throughout the night.

 

Bournemouth up next away!

 

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Middlesbrough are having a decent start with 10 points from 6 games leaving us in 8th.

Managed to keep an 83-84 rated side for all games whilst keeping everyone match fit, also averaging a 130k profit per game which leaves room for the next transfer window to p/e a few players so we are expecting a top 10 finish at the end of the season.

 

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Wolves in 4th with the rest of the table looking as you would expect with exception of Norwich in 21st with 4 points but now that it becomes just 2 games per week we can expect the higher rated sides to start to move up the table or pull away from the chasing pack.

Mario Balotelli of A.Villa has been the outstanding player so far, 5 games 4 goals 3 assists 3 MoM's and a av. rating of 8.4.

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Chester with 100% record lead the way, Torquay, Dagenham and Tranmere all unbeaten. Dover and Gateshead make up the top 6.

Fylde, Sutton, Maidenhead & Bromley are still waiting for their point.

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The new EC that filled up in record time, will it last?

How many managers will be in charge of the same club for every game of the season?

I'll go for 77.

Quit so far 11

Vacancies -     

DIVISION 1 -                                              ODDS

Bournemouth                           Ash L                              200/1

Arsenal                                      Super coach                  5/1

Brighton                                    Eric Rona                        100/1

Burnley                                      Nick Green                     100/1

Chelsea                                    Jay Jones                         3/1

Palace                                       James James                 40/1

Everton                                     Chris Enright                    16/1

Huddersfield                           Alberto Malesani             500/1

Leicester                                  Pip                                       9/1

Liverpool                                 Stephen Partington            7/4

Man City                                  Max Newland                      6/4

Man Utd                                   Pinkman                               5/1

Newcastle                               Red Bull                               100/1

Southampton                         Padraig Corocan                 150/1

Stoke                                       Samuel Matos                     1000/1

Swansea                                 Sirmarkhughes                   2,000/1

Spurs                                       Chris Hogg                            6/1

Watford                                    Daz Mac                              33/1

WBA                                         Gordon                                1,000/1

W Ham                                     Roy Keane                            40/1

DIVISION 2 -

A.Villa                  Rob Lewis                                      7/4

Barnsley              Chivas 1906                                 150/1

Birmingham        Chris Union                                   33/1

Bolton                  Hashir Shakeel                           500/1

Brentford             Jordan C                                        12/1

Bristol C              George                                            10/1

Burton                 Matty B                                          500/1

Cardiff                Alex Raul                                         20/1

Derby                  Martin Paul                                    14/1

Fulham               Radamel Falcao                            4/1

Hull                     Midfield Maestro                          50/1

Ipswich               Dan Wallace                                66/1

Leeds                  Garry Crawford                             8/1

Middlesbrough  Paul Smith                                     16/1

Millwall               II-Mulej Maghna                           33/1

Norwich              Raz                                                   5/1

Notts Forest      Nick Ford                                         18/1

PNE                     Ben Warrilow                                 12/1

QPR                     Goat                                                20/1

Reading              Thomas Cole                                 25/1

Sheff Utd            Cor                                                  6/4

Sheff Wed          Paul Thompson                             12/1

Sunderland        Jonathon Dixon                             25/1

Wolves                Nick Justice                                  6/4

DIVISION  3 -

AFC Wimbledon              James Bolton                    33/1

Blackburn                         Martin James                     9/4

Blackpool                         Steven Nightingale           12/1

Bradford                           Timesle                                40/1

Bristol R                            Henhis Khan                       25/1

Bury                                   Riece Monro                      100/1

Charlton                           Vincenzo  de Lini                  3/1

Doncaster                        Dan C                                   12/1

Fleetwood                       Sean Fitzpatrick                  16/1

Gillingham                       Fredi Bobic                         33/1

M K Dons                         Mark Bowman                    66/1

Northampton                  Rs Sidhu                             100/1

Oldham                            John Graham                      150/1

Oxford                              Akira Tozawa                      10/1

Peterborough                  Conner Kerr                           6/1

Plymouth                         Stewart Lauder                     50/1

Portsmouth                     Matt Turnbull                       8/1

Rochdale                         Azzy 112                              16/1

Rotherham                      Micky Doyle                          4/1

Scunhorpe                      Yamil Mc02                          200/1

Shrewsbury                    Lewis Tugby                         33/1

Southend                        Vincent van der Voort          50/1

Walsall                             Arthur Finch                          50/1

Wigan                              John Henry II                          2/1

DIVISION 4 -

Accrington Stanley          Fillipo Inzhagi       14/1

Barnet                               Steve Dazzler         100/1

Cambridge                       Milos Seonic           50/1

Carlisle                             Eric Cantona            25/1

Cheltenham                     Chris Senior             40/1

Chesterfield                     Toadfish Rebecchi     250/1

Colchester                       Tank Slater                  33/1

Coventry                          Rhys Evans                     3/1

Crawley                            Carles Puyol                50/1

Crewe                               Reza Maulana            20/1

Exeter                              To Madeira                  16/1

FGR                                 Kevin Stubbles             25/1

Grimsby                          Mikel Arteta                 40/1

Lincoln                            Ma Nischal                      5/1

Luton                              Nene Hilario                      Ev

Mansfield                      John Cena                     50/1

Morecambe                  Gyspy King                   66/1

Newport                        Reisa Musica18           40/1

Notts County                Darren Smith                   100/1

Port Vale                       John Loveridge            16/1

Stevenage                     Fredy Martinez             33/1

Swindon                        Piotr Ratajski                  8/1

Wycombe                      Kristian Iankov               12/1

Yeovil                            Gursimran Brar               150/1

DIVISION 5 -

AFC Fylde                     Vlad Draculea              18/1

Aldershot                     Daveon Brooks              12/1

Barrow AFC                 Jon Bailey                      16/1

Boreham Wood           Pete Birt                        25/1

Bromley                        Leon                              25/1

Chester                         White Star                    40/1

Dagenham                   Edson Arantes             20/1

Dover                           Peter Seaman               12/1

Eastleigh                     Gerald Houlier              25/1

Ebbsfleet                    Callum Bailey              80/1

Halifax Town             Neil Matterson           14/1

Gateshead                 Lee Reynolds               50/1

Guisley  AFC              Husnain Mahmood     100/1

Hartlepool                  Gareth Crisp                   10/1

Leyton Orient             Dolphin                           3/1

Macclesfield             Mr Oasis                         6/1

Maidenhead              Ance lloti                         33/1

Maidstone                 Thomas Chowski           250/1

Solihull Moors          Maduika Macanica         16/1

Sutton Utd                Perseus XXI                      18/1

Torquay                     Robert Kiely                       12/1

Tranmere Rovers     Paul Rimmer                        1/2

Woking                      HannahB                             33/1

Wrexham                  Rustin Cohle                          8/1

 

 

Roll of Shame -

Those that spent the money and left behind a club not worth taking.

Adam Gandy - took Ipswich, negotiated deals with managed clubs then quit for a bigger challenge. Took Orient, spent the money and quit on the day of the first game.

Daro - WBA- spent all the money on 2 average players and left the club on the day of the first game.

Bruce Wayne - Chesterfield , Got rid of the whole squad and brought in 22 teenagers, got beat 4-0 in the 1st game and quit, very heroic.

Diego Simeone - Southend, quit after 2nd game and 2nd defeat, leaves behind no money and a squad of only 22 players to cope with 3 games a week, only high rated players are very old.

Roland Koeman - Shrewsbury, Mainly old players bought and gone after 1 game.

Dino Baggio - Ipswich, money gone on mainly old players, 3 games and gone.

Billy Suter - Coventry, 3 defeats in a row coceding 10 in the process has led to yet another quitting leaving Coventry with unfit players and no money.

 

Winners-

CUP -

SHIELD -

DIVISIONS

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2

3

4

5

Charity Shield

 

Looks like it's still full. Being trying to get into it. I'll wait for someone impatient to leave!

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Expectation was high tonight as a record number of people flooded into Old Trafford hoping a game against old rivals Arsenal could kickstart a stuttering campaign. They wouldn’t leave disappointed!

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Gnabry became the first player to score past a strong United defence this season but it was a blot on an otherwise great night under the lights at The Theatre of Dream.

Within a minute of kick off, Rashford raced through and got the ball rolling and despite  Arsenals equaliser, we always felt confident of the win. Haaland giving us back our lead 6 minutes later showed just that. Captain Fernandes sealed the win in the second half, Martial assisted 2 of the 3 goals.

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We stay unbeaten and move into the top 6 in the protest, hopefully we can push on from tonight but we have a huge week ahead...

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Our squad will be tested by tricky league games against City and Spurs sandwiched between ties in the cup, shield and Europe! We’ll certainly be able to re-evaluate our season after the weeks up depending on the results. It’s gonna be an action packed 7 days no doubt!

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Coventry unveil Evans

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Coventry City have appointment the experienced Evans after a turmoil run under previous manager.

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Evans was in the stands for the home game against Notts County and he said after the match 'I'm excited at the opportunity to manage such a young team, so much prospect to work with'. After that Evans has led the team to two defeats and knows he's got it all to do.

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Four games results to post:

 

First up A painful 1-0 away loss to Bournemouth. Their keeper was the man of the match and but for Rafinha being sent off in the 16th minute I am sure we would have grabbed something there.

Next up was a home game in the league where Southampton were the visitors. A cracking game to watch with a 2-2 scoreline.

Forgot to change the cup team in so we went with a full side against Sheffield United and PUMPED them 5-0. 

And last but not least a 3-2 defeat to Leicester was heartbreaking it looked all square until man of the match Vardy put the game to bed and sent the Foxes fans into raptures.

As expected we are having to battle to stay just above the dropzone.

 

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Forest Green Rovers win their first game of the season 1-0 away to Luton.

After the match Kevin Stubbles quoted “we were dominated for the whole match it’s a game we shouldn’t of won but I’m delighted to have leaded the team to its first win”

FGR still have a lot of work to do but this could kick start their season with the new manager at the helm.

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The Dons lost 2-1 to table toppers Charlton in midweek, but in other news the club finished most of its transfer activity and announced a new 25-man squad for the campaign.

The pick of the new signings were Denmark U19 Frederik Winther, England U19 Jacob Ramsey, Switzerland U21 Dan Ndoye and France U19 Charles Abi. Despite missing the early transfer window, the Dons managed to find some starlets still available.

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Swansea earned themselves a point in a hard fought game with Newcastle United. Both teams managed ten shots but Swansea only had one on target and Newcastle had two. Reina was voted man of the match for Swansea so that probably tells you what kind of game it was. This result combined with others actually dropped Swansea into the relegation zone.

Four away games from the next five are what Swansea are facing.

FGR (SHIELD)

WATFORD 

BRIGHTON (H)

WOKING (CUP)

CHELSEA

 

Tough times in Wales as the frailties of the squad are beginning to show. Although in better news the clubs value has risen to £34.7 million (not including loans in).

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A team mostly made up of youngsters played Forest Green Rovers. 

Loan signing Kalulu got his marching orders in the 18th minute on his first start for Swansea yet they took the lead midway through the second half with a goal from Willem Guebbels. FGR battled back and equalized through youngster Joshua Zirkzee. The game went to penalties and Swansea emerged the victors in the penalty lotto setting up a second round tie against Fulham.

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The battle to avoid relegation continues against Brighton who are three points clear of us.

Swansea win a hard fought battle with Jefferson Farfan slotting home a second half winner in a game without much goalmouth action.

A very welcome three points that tighten things up above us but it is not enough to move us out of the dropzone. We sit in eighteenth place but only three points off Arsenal in eleventh.

Tough next five games against Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton, West Ham and Arsenal.

 

Jean-Clair Todibo - Wikipedia

On the signings front we bring in Jean-Clair Todibo for a club record £4 million.

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We are coming up to being 1/3rd of the way into the season and Div 1 is as you would expect, except for west ham at the top.

Burnley 6th and Watford 8th will be pleased with their start to the season whilst Everton won't like being just 13th.

Lewandowski is the star of the division with 13 goals, 6 assists and 8 Mom's from his 10 appearances.

 

Div 2-

Bristol C and Hull have a healthy lead over everyone else but Wolves are chasing them.

Norwich 17th and Fulham 19th should be doing better and Leeds 12th will be once they get a decent manager.

Barnsley's run of 10 defeats is not what they were hoping for after taking all of their 5 points in the first 4 games.

Enzo Perez and Victor Osimhen are the divisions top players.

 

Div 3- 

Gillingham are romping away with an unbeaten record giving them a 6 point lead over Blackburn, also unbeaten.

Bury and Rotherham are close on their heels.

No surprises elsewhere and Scunhorpe are showing Barnsley how it is done with 12 defeats in a row, they share the relegation spots with Northampton and Bradford who both took 12 games to record a victory.

Carlos Tevez is setting the division alight, 17 goals, 2 assists and 8 Mom's from his dozen appearances.

 

Div 4 - 

Accrington, Exeter and Crawley have pulled away from the others at the top, one defeat each in 14 games.

10 wins in a row put Accrington on top.

Cheltenham's change of manager and subsequent influx of oldies has meant they have risen quickly with a run of 6 wins out of 6.

Notts co are perhaps the surprise package in 5th but Coventry 13th, Luton 15th and Wycombe 17th need to improve soon.

Cambridge seem to have taken the decision not to accumulate any points and Grimsby and FGR are also adrift in the relegation places.

No standout player at the moment but Jorge Molina is topscorer with 10, good decision to delay his pension and play for another season.

Div 5- 

Dagenham with 13 victories in 14 matches are top with Dover just a point behind, Chester and Tranmere trying to catch them.

Maidenhead have just a single point with Sutton, who are also lacking in every department have a single victory to their name, 13 defeats for both clubs means Conference South football is looming.

Ebbsfleet and Boreham Wood are in the top half, a good effort at this stage but Wrexham, Hartlepool and Orient will not be happy at being outside the top 10.

Stephanne Sessegnon is the top player of the division, in his 11 games he has scored 8 , has 9 assists and 5 Mom's.

CUP-

Conference side Leyton Orient made it into the 3rd round with a 1-0 at charlton, their reward is a tie at Watford

SHIELD-

Carlisle beating Sheff Wed 1-0 was the shock result of the round, a home tie next against Swansea will help the bank balance.

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MIDDLESBROUGH season is ticking along nicely, 1/3rd of the season gone and we have 22 points from 15 games and are in 8th place.

4 points off of the play offs which will be too much of an ask for us but a top 10 finish will do us fine in the 1st season.

Out of both cups is not good enough though and with soccerwiki's very slow progress in getting ratings reviewed, there won't be much to talk about this season.

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FOOTBALL FOCUS for June

( the month, not Garry’s Grandma)

Leeds United-

This was to be the season the club finally get back to the top division, hopes were high amongst all the fans until they appointed Gary Crawford as manager, director of football and bar manager.

In came Rui Patricio gk 91, 16m from Wolves

Jozo Simunovic dc 85  2.6m

Odsonne Edouard cf  7m ,both from Celtic.

Rest of the squad were deemed good enough for promotion by the new manager.

Not only did they win all pre season games, they won at Ipswich on the opening day then a 2-0 defeat at Sunderland spoilt it all..

Just 1 win in the next 5 games left the fanbase wondering whether it was a good idea of Garry to let his 10 year old nephew leave the Crawford household after a change in the lockdown rules, it seems no one was left to alter the tactics that were needed to get them back into a challenging position.

 

2 wins in mid May against local rivals Sheffield Utd and Barnsley gave the manager more time to put a promotion run together but after a hiding at Anfield and a boring 0-0 at home to Exeter in the cups, time could be running out for Mr Crawford, especially after last night’s dreary draw at lowly QPR leaves them in the bottom half 6 points off the play offs.

Delving into the transfer market might be needed very soon if this big club are to move up the table, presuming the manager is still there after Monday night's cup game against Bury pensioners.

4/10.

 

             

 

 
             

 

 
                 
                 

 

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Daniel James has joined Manchester City from Dortmund for a fee of £10.4m but what will he bring to Etihad and will he go straight into Ben Warrilow's plans for the rest of the season?

Could James already compete with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane for the wide attacking roles at City? Is he ready for the leap up?

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