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Plymouth overcome odds

Yet again, Plymouth have overcome the odds and defeated the tough challengers, Norwich City managed by Louis Mattis. Peters' was grateful for his teams recent performance and believes he can break the Plymouth all-time record by getting 9th position with three remanining fixtures.

Here is what a Plymouth Argyle spokesman had to say after the match: " Peters' is delighted at the moment, he has inherited a great side in Division 1, but he has a strain, the club are in debt and is waiting for the season to end for the chairman to invest more money. Next season will be an all or nothing for Peters, he will bring in more players and wishes to bring in more debth in the squad and expects a good run in the cup&shield. Lastly, after having alot of speculation, many clubs are interested in German international, Kuranyi, is looking to stay at Plymouth and Peters will not let him leave after his good recent performances.

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LOCAL SOURCES: BIRMINGHAM CITY LODGE MOVE FOR BRAZILIAN FORWARD LUIS FABIANO

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A statement in some local sources this morning have been reporting strongly the fact that Midlands Premierleague side Birmingham City have made an offer to West Ham United for their Brazilian forward Luis Fabiano. It is thought the deal is a player exchange, but are not giving too much away about the approach.

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THE ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP ONE TRANSFER MILL!

OFFICIAL 7 / 09 / 2008 EDITION

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* - Birmingham City midfielder Cesc Fabregas said "I am not sure" as a responce to a summer move away from Saint Andrews - Birmingham. Birmingham are yet to respond to the matter.

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* - Arsenal defender Verdan Corluka is set to hand in a transfer request to his current club Arsenal in order to force a move to Southampton. Corluka's agent insists that Verdan "wants a new challenge" next season, and St Mary's might be the answer.

* - Cardiff City are reportedly preparing a big move to launch Sheffield United goalkeeper Timo Hilderbrad this pre-season. Timo would be a replacement to veteran Frank Rost (35).

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ALSO IN THE MILL'

- Boston United are planning on sealing the full services of Goalkeeper Andy Lonergan from Preston North End this summer.

- Millwall have officially given up hope on signing experienced Flippo Inzaghi from troubled Blackburn Rovers.

- Paolo Maldini 'wants' to quit Liverpool this summer. He insists he has never been settled at all'.

- Fabien Grosso of Bristol City is attracting interest from several Premierleague clubs so we understand. Middlesbrough, Bolton, Chelsea, Plymouth, and Newcastle have all been the main interest. However Bristol City boss Yap wei heng will sit down with the player on Tuesday to discuss his future.

OTHER GOSSIP

- 'Giraffe Zoo of Dubai' are a group from the West Indies and are reportedly planning to buy Fulham FC. The takeover could be worth 150M.

- To try and ease the pressure of the Premierleague relegation fight. Norwich manager Louis Mattis took his players to watch band U2 perform in a square near the Carrow Road ground.

- Manchester United midfielder Juninho says he will run around Manchester with boxers on his head if they don't win the title, insisting that they 'cant lose top spot' this season. Some bravery there.

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Bristol City Secures Promotion!

Division 3 leaders Bristol City have secured promotion to division 2 next season following their 4-2 win at Barnsley. Lucarelli (2), Micoud and Ricardo Oliveira got the goals for Yap's team.However, this victory came at a cost as Grosso and Guti became injured. Guti will miss the rest of the season. At the same time, Bristol are now within touching distance of the Division 3 title following nearest rival Chesterfield's draw at Shorpe, widening the gap to 5 pts.

With regards to top defender Fabio Grosso's future at Ashton Gate, Yap said "Yes its true that Grosso's been attracting interest, with Bolton showing the most interest, making 2 bids. However, ive yet to sit down and discuss this with him, as our priority now lies in the championship. All the other things can wait."

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City Are Up

With 3 games to go Manchester City have finally managed to win promotion after spending 4 season in league 4.

City have started building for life in league 3

Patrick Ochs comes back to EC1 after having a spell at Sheffield United earlier in he's career

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The signing that got the fans talking was of the Brazilian KAKA but it turn out not be Ricardo but Claudiano

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Bristol City Secures Promotion!

Division 3 leaders Bristol City have secured promotion to division 2 next season following their 4-2 win at Barnsley. Lucarelli (2)' date=' Micoud and Ricardo Oliveira got the goals for Yap's team.However, this victory came at a cost as Grosso and Guti became injured. Guti will miss the rest of the season. At the same time, Bristol are now within touching distance of the Division 3 title following nearest rival Chesterfield's draw at Shorpe, widening the gap to 5 pts.

With regards to top defender Fabio Grosso's future at Ashton Gate, Yap said "Yes its true that Grosso's been attracting interest, with Bolton showing the most interest, making 2 bids. However, ive yet to sit down and discuss this with him, as our priority now lies in the championship. All the other things can wait."[/quote']

Chesterfield manager Stewart Lauder today offered his congratulations to Bristol City for their Promotion to Division 2, saying "It has been a real see-saw battle between Bristol City and ourselves for 1st place in Division 3 and they have shown good consistency over the last few weeks whereas we have shown signs of nervousness".

He added, "at this stage of the season we now know that due to our goal difference one victory from our last three games should be enough for Promotion, and while it would be fantastic to win the title, securing back-to-back Promotions remains our number one priority. I have faith that my boys have the bottle required to finish the job".

Unfortunately for Chesterfield, their best chance of 3 points doesn't come until their last match against 19th placed Rotherham, as they face tricky matches against 5th placed Bradford and 4th placed Burnley beforehand - both of who are desperate for points as they chase play-off spots.....

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Welcome all you soccer fans and managers in EC1 to Herby’s end of season round up of what has been yet another fascinating season in the original and first ever setup on SM.

With just 3 games left in the season we are well and truly in the final stages of what for some will be a last ditch effort at achieving promotion whilst others will be battling hard to avoid the drop and relegation to a lower division. Read on as Herby analyses and sums up the present situation in each division for you.

DIVISION 1 – THE TOP FLIGHT – THE BIG BOY’S CLUB – THE MASTERS

At the top it’s as tight as ever, but in recent weeks a few have stood up whilst other have fallen and in some cases even come crashing down to earth. Just last month we saw Adam’s Arsenal flying high on top of the table, whilst Shels took over at Man U and began the mammoth task of counting piles of cash and then having to contemplate ways of spending it in the transfer market, meanwhile young Teb proclaimed that he was on a run of good results and anything was possible but in the process obviously jinxing himself as he hasn’t won a single match since, and Newcastle has been thereabouts for much of the season and no doubt the manager is satisfied with his investments having gone on a spending spree in late July buying up the talents of players such as Rodrigo ALEX and Luis FIGO and now is now reapin the rewards. Raz’s Leicester and also Leeds have enjoyed a fruitful season but with the season ending next Saturday it looks to be a 3 horse race between Arsenal, Man Utd and Newcastle.

Strange to be this stage of the season and not mentioning Dave Leigh’s name in the mix. The Bolton guru has had a rollercoaster ride with his team this season, with mixed results in the League and Cup but success in the Shield final against Delf's Southampton outfit, adding to his collection of silverware and confirming that his big money signings of KLOSE and ARSHAVIN were worth the outlay and should see the club compete for honours again next season as this term the best he can hope for is a mid-table finish.

At the foot of the table it’s even closer than at the top. Unfortunately for Pete, his Boro team never really recovered from the poor start to the season and is already relegated to Div 2 but with the manager’s squad rebuilding program virtually complete now, the future looks bright and the financial difficulties that plagued the Riverside club earlier in the season are now a thing of the past. The BIG question remains, who will join Middlesbrough in the lower division come next season?

Norwich, Leigh’s old club now managed by Louis Mattis, who achieved promotion against all odds last season to play Div 1 football this term has been hovering around the drop zone for most of the season, as have fellow new boys Sheffield Wednesday. Both teams currently occupy relegation spots 18 and 19 however with Blackburn just above them on the table and even Birmingham not out of the woods yet, the battle against relegation is now ON for young and old. Norwich might just have enough class to leap frog Soccerking's Blackburn and avoid dropping back down to Div 2 but only time will tell. :rolleyes:

HERBY’ S PREDICTIONS:

WINNER: Manchester United

RUNNER-UP: Arsenal

RELEGATED: Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn Rovers

BIG ACHIEVER AWARD: Fulham

DIVISION 2 – THE NEAR TOP FLIGHT – THE WANNABE BIG BOY’S CLUB – THE APPRENTICES

Two teams have set themselves apart from the rest atop the table in Div 2. Sheffield Utd and Tottenham Hotspurs have occupied spots 1 and 2 virtually since the opening day of the season and both clubs are already assured Div 1 football next season. All that remains is the honour of winning the title, bragging rights and adding a bit silverware to the trophy cabinet. At present, Herby’s Sheffield Utd holds a slender 3 point gap and superior GD over Tiger Baker’s Spurs however the teams are due to meet at Brammel Lane next Wednesday in what is shaping up to be the ‘decider’ for the Div 2 title.

The playoff spots from 3rd to 6th are also hotly contested and only Everton in 3rd looks certain to feature at this stage although there’s no doubting that George in planning to have his Ipswich Town amongst the challengers after match day 38. The managers of Sunderland and Hull City will hope for the same but will need to see off potential challenges from Millwall and Blackpool who are still in with a realistic chance of a top 6 finish and therefore promotion to Div 1 next season. Sunderland especially faces 3 difficult and tricky games in the run in and could well get overhauled by Millwall who have shown great form of late.

The bottom looks like this; Nottingham Forest is all but down with only a miracle saving them now from Div 3 football next season. Places 19 and 18 are currently occupied by Coventry City and Perry's old club, Southend United however both still stand the chance of avoiding the drop if they can manage at least 6 points from their last 3 games. A tall order but with Rushden & Diamonds very poor run of form in recent weeks, anything is possible. Chris Exley’s club has only managed 1 point from the last 6 outings and is now staring the very real possibility of Div 3 football in the face and even though there’s still a mathematical chance of Chrystal Palace going down, they seemingly have done enough to retain their status in Div 2, at least for this season.

HERBY’ S PREDICTIONS:

WINNER: Sheffield United

RUNNER-UP: Tottenham Hotspurs

PLAY OFF PLACES: Everton, Ipswich Town, Hull City and Millwall

PLAY OFF WINNER: Hull City

RELEGATED: Nottingham Forest, Coventry City and Rushden & Diamonds

BIG ACHIEVER AWARD: Charlton Athletic

DIVISION 3 – THE HALFWAY FLIGHT – THE WANNABE MEN’S CLUB – THE STUDENTS

Division 3 is another where with 3 rounds to go the automatic promotion spots have all but been decided, in fact the title even has gone to Yap’s Bristol City who have an unassailable lead over Chesterfield now and can bask in the glory of having secured their promotion to Div 2 in style by winning Div 3 this season.

Much like in Div 2, Bristol City and Chesterfield have dominated the competition and it would take a complete collapse for Stewart Lauder’s Chesterfield to stumble with the finish line in sight. He currently holds a 6 point lead over the chasing pack and this should be enough to claim 2nd spot come next Satuday when the season finally draws to a close. There is however still plenty of competition and interest in Div 3 for the playoff places with 6 teams in contention for the 4 spots available. Rochdale, currently 3rd have enjoyed a fine season and looks to be fairly safe but the managers of Burnley, Bradford City and Watford are all looking over their shoulders as Aston Villa and Wycombe Wanderers make a late bid for the playoffs. Jorge Lemnus who recently took over at Villa Park has a strong squad and is no doubt looking for maximum points from the last 3 fixtures in the hope of sneaking into the top 6. As is the Wycombe manager who’s team is currently ‘on form’ and could cause a huge surprise in the dying stages of season.

At the tail end of the table it looks like nothing will save Steve Bates’ Gillingham despite the new manager’s fine record of late, winning the last 3 on the trot, it would appear that his arrival and managerial expertise has come too late to avoid the dreaded drop. He’ll be joined in Div 4 next season by Rotherham United and Swindon Town, neither of whom look likely to overhaul fellow strugglers Grimsby Town, a team that looks a shadow of its former self compared to the days when Fraser McInnes was in charge.

HERBY’ S PREDICTIONS:

WINNER: Bristol City

RUNNER-UP: Chesterfield

PLAY OFF PLACES: Rochdale, Burnley, Bradford City and Wycombe Wanderers

PLAY OFF WINNER: Burnley

RELEGATED: Gillingham, Rotherham United and Swindon Town

BIG ACHIEVER AWARD: Chesterfield

DIVISION 4 – THE BUDGET FLIGHT – THE LITTLE BOY’S CLUB – THE PRE-SCHOOLERS

The Div 4 has been all but won by Colin’s Man City outfit, who are 8 points clear of second placed Bournemouth with just 3 games to go. Luton Town currently sit in 3rd spot and are trying desperately hard to knock the Rooster off his mighty perch, in an attempt to overtake Bournemouth and jump into an automatic promotion spot. With only a 3 point gap between the 2 clubs anything is possible especially with the Rooster having to visit Colin’s Man City on the final day of the season. Will Colin do his fellow former a favour is what many pundits are asking themselves? Either way, it should be a cracking finish to the Div 4 season! Apart from the above mentioned teams, Bristol Rovers and Brighton and Hove Albion should barring any major catastrophes feature in the playoffs along with one of either Crewe Alexandria, Peterborough United or Tranmere Rovers to complete the quartet of team in the playoffs.

Mister Malcom’s Peterborough Utd is considered by some to be the dark horse of Div 4, after his recent transfer activity and signings have caught the attention of some of the most respected managers in EC1. The man who calls the London Road Ground his home has assembled a squad now valued at over £240 million making it one of the ‘richest’ clubs on paper in the entire setup.

Cheltenham Town and Hartlepool United will fight it out for the wooden spoon this season. The Hartlepool manager has obviously taken the challenge seriously and dipped into the club’s coffers this week signing a number of “mature” players from the Austrian lower divisions, a ploy which he hopes will take the club to new heights next season.

HERBY’ S PREDICTIONS:

WINNER: Manchester City

RUNNER-UP: Bournemouth

PLAY OFF PLACES: Luton Town, Bristol Rovers, Brighton & Hove Albion and Peterborough United

PLAY OFF WINNER: Luton Town

WOODEN SPOON: Cheltenham Town

BIG ACHIEVER AWARD: Peterborough United

That's about it for post # 2658 B)

I hope you all enjoyed this report and wrap up of what was in Season 8 of EC1. I'll do a final version once the season is over and all promotions/relegations have been confirmed. That post will be followed by a Season 9 overview of the various Divisions and their teams and of course, Herby's predictions of how teams will fare. :eek::D

Cheers,

Herby

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BRISTOL CITY- DIVISION 3 WINNERS!

Yap's Bristol City are the new division 3 winners after their 5-0 win over bottom side Gillingham. RICARDO OLIVEIRA (23)(35)Cristiano LUCARELLI (32)Christian PANUCCI (44)Vasili BEREZUTSKY (57) were the scorers. This, coupled with Chesterfields's home draw with Bradford City, secures their 1st ever title. Meanwhile Chesterfield gained automatic promotion.

Yap wished Steward Lauder the best of luck in division 2, saying " Chesterfield has a very good and youthful squad. They should be able to do well in division 2. Who knows, they might be able to promote to the top division next season!"

Lap of honour at Glanford Park.

Yap sat down with 15 goal striker Ricardo Oliveira, discussing about his future. Ricardo Oliveira said " I'm happy at Ashton Gate, but then , I feel that i need a move to a bigger club. I want to play for Brazil!"

Yap hopes to make full use of the cash rewards to revamp his team. Defenders Worns and Castaneda are retiring, Acquafresca and Abbondanzieri are returning to Chelsea and Blackpool respectively. "That leaves me with 15 1st teamers only without a recognised goalkeeper!"

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Reading Transfer News

Barnetta joins the club

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Tranquillo Barnetta: Reading's latest signing

Swiss international Tranquillo Barnetta has today signed a 2 year contract with Reading. This is a very important step for Reading as it marks the firt time they sign a 90+ player under teje's management. The fee for which the young midfielder joined Reading was 14.5M which is a record for the club. The previous highest fee paid for a player was 11.3M which a previous manager paid for Harewood. Barnetta said he signed for Reading as he likes the manager's project and thinks the team will soon be ready to challenge for a place in Division 1. He is expected to make his debut in tomorrow's away game against Hull City.

Lautaro Acosta unsettled

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Lautaro Acosta: Looking for a new challenge.

Lautaro Acosta has been a very important player for Reading since he joined the team. The 20 year old forward, who was part of the squads who won the U20 World Cup in Canada and the Olympic Games in Beijing, has not been too pleased with the recent signings of Luis Suárez and Patrick Helmes. Having been selected for the Olympic Games over the likes of Gonzalo Higuaín and Mauro Zárate he thought his place in the first team was secure. However the signing of these two players made him feel underrated by the manager and he decided to submit a transfer request. teje has accepted to let him go but has warned him he will only do so when he gets the right offer, which considering his talent should be pretty high.

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THE ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP ONE TRANSFER MILL!

OFFICIAL 12 / 09 / 2008 EDITION

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* - Theo Walcott of Bolton Wanderes has said he has 'admired' rumoured interest from lowely sided Boston United, and Rochdale. However he says he'd be 'suiciding his international future' if he evern went on loan there 'for the experience'. All three parties have been silent on this topic since it has been rumoured.

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* - Birmingham City midfield suprstar Cesc Fabregas has hit back at reports linking with a move away from Birmingham, insisting he's never imagined relegation this season. He says he 'is at the club he loves most'.

* - One person who does appear 'certain' to leave St Andrews is David Dunn. He has been known to be in a bust up with manager Tom Greenfield over his chances at Birmingham and could be listed as soon as Sunday.

* - Arsenal have named Fernando Torres, and Samir Nasri as their top summer targets. They could spend in the 50 ml's(millions).

* - Newcastle midfielder Andres Iniesta is being lined up as a big money move this summer. Bolton Wanderes, Birmingham City, Chelsea, and Manchester United have all been linked, Manchester United being the strongest of the lot.

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ALSO IN THE MILL'

- James Beattie is a summer transfer target for Division 3 club & champions Bristol City.

- Southampton have confirm that they no longer are chasing Carlington winger Andrew Surman.

- Gianluca Zuiverloon has confirmed that he 'wants' the move to Birmingham from Plymouth Argyle to go ahead, and no longer intends to play in a Plymouth shirt again.

- Halil Altintop, Mido, Hugo Almerida, David Wheater, Obafemi Martins, and Taye Taiwo have all either handed in a transfer request or asked to leave Middlesbrough following the club was confirmed relegated from the Premier League. It is understoof chairman Steve Gibson is refusing at least half of the named list a move away and wants serious talks with them individually.

- Paul Furlong, once of QPR has rejected claims he is set for a return to the setup. reports did claim he was set for a loan move to Gillingham.

OTHER GOSSIP

- Roy Keane was caught in a resturant talking to Blackburn representitives late Thursday night. It is rumoured he could be lined up for a managerial role alongside boss SoccerKing.

- Tottenham Hotspur are considering asking the FA if they can move to Wembly to play their matches in 4 seasons time.

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BOSTON UNITED UPDATE

After falling out of the play-off battle, Pilgrims manager has decided to give his squad a massive overhaul with 12 players joining and 11 leaving Lincolnshire.

The transfer records for the York Street club were broken for both buying and selling with Left Back's. Ryan Bertrand joined for 2.2 million and Ludovic Assemossa leaving for 3.9 million.

A full list of transfers are listed below.

The Following people have joined Boston United

Paul Bastock for £0k & Adrián Gabbarinni from St Albans City (Player/Coach)

Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik for £40k & Rory McArdle from Le Havre

John Brayford for £10k & Michael Carr from Burton Albion

José San Roman for £900k from River Plate

Liam Dickinson for £0k & Adam Le Fondre from Stockport County

Steve Davies for £400k as a Free Agent

David McGoldrick for £1.1M from Lille

Jonathan Brown for £10k from Free Agent

Liam Trotter for £300k for Laval

Ryan Bertrand for £2.2M from Atlético Madrid (Transfer record)

Michael Morrison for £30k & Keith Watson from Cambridge United

Barros Filipi Souza for £30k & Fraser Milligan from Santos

The Following people have left Boston United

Ivan Del Prato for £84k to 1. FC Kaiserslautern

Jared Hodgkiss for £1.4M to Shakhtyor Soligorsk

Nathan Doyle for £863k to Adelaide United

Lee Hughes for £686k to Bnei Sakhnin

Ludovic Assemoassa for £3.9M to Tokyo Verdy (Transfer record)

Steve McDonald would like to thank all of departing players the best of luck at their new clubs, but he feels the replacements will be able to do a better job.

A List of The Boston United squad can be seen here.http://www.soccermanager.com/profile.php?action=clubdetails&cid=389919&clubid=3531095&sid=1

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English Championship Edition Number 2

Saturdays Gossip Column

Transfer Rumours at the Bridge

  • Chelsea Midfielder Viera has been told he can leave the club for a cash fee, as they are reportdely looking to raise the funds to sign Kaka
  • Trezaguet is also reportedly on his way out of Stamford bridge with Herby reportedly showing an interest. Trezaguet has claimed he owuls love to work with herby
  • Jewiss has also reportedly shown an interest in signing Toulalan for a fee of £26 million pounds, Teb and Fulham are reportedly stubbling over the deal
  • After a conversation with another manager in the setup Jewiss has been advised to look at a major signing in the form of Torres and Villa
  • Fabregas would also welcome a move to stamford bridge if the right offer came in Jewiss is sure it will get accepted

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Theo Walcott

Despite several clubs making enquries about England hat-trick hero

Theo Walcott...

Bolton have confirmed that he will not be going anywhere sometime

soon.

He was almost sold to Cardiff City earlier in the season, which would

have been a mistake on Dave Leigh's part.

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Bradford City have confirmed a place in the Div 3 Play-Offs, with a resounding 5-0 win over a very attacking Yeovil Town (who set out in a 3-3-4 formation). Moreno and Fayzulin got brace's and Breno added one too :) , however Dica got himself sent off, so will miss the next 3 games, so would be unavailable in the two play-off games if I were to go that far :( .

If anyone has any 90+ loans for the Play-Offs they would be much appreciated :D , on the look-out for a DM, and an AM and W or two Ws/RM/LMs.

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Manchester United

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Sheffield Wednesday

Cesar JULIO BAPTISTA (11)

Thierry HENRY (15)

Thierry HENRY (17)

Javier SAVIOLA (5)

Gonzalo PINEDA (61)

Aparecido da GILBERTO SILVA (78)

Javier SAVIOLA (80)

I was looking through the results and I have to say what comeback against the all but winners of the 1st Division. It's given Sheffield Wednesday a chance of survival on the last day (and pull off a great escape).

16 Birmingham City 37 13 4 20 47 57 -10 43

17 Blackburn Rovers 37 11 10 16 67 81 -14 43

18 Sheffield Wednesday 37 12 5 20 70 89 -19 41

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HERE WE ARE AGAIN!

Dave Leigh's report on the final day of Season 8 of EC1!

Firstly I will start with my own side Bolton Wanderers.

It has been a season of change at The Reebok, with two

of our long-time superstars Hernan Crespo ,Juan Pablo Sorin

and Ze Roberto (now at Sheffield United) leaving the club.

I have no doubt that we will see them back in EC1 when their

transfer bans are up!

New stars John Carew, Miroslav Klose and Andrei Arshavin amongst

others were brought in to replace them.

The icing of the cake was a 1-0 victory over Southampton in the EC1

sheild, manager Ryan Delf has ben very quiet since!

Herby Mohr is definately promoted to the top tier this term with Sheffield

United, but Spurs are in poll-position to finish as Division 2 Champions.

Spurs face rock-bottom Nottingham Forest at White Heart Lane and I

really cannot see the east-midlanders causing an upset.

Going Down will be Forest, R & Diamonds and Southend I suspect!

Back in Division 1 Manchester United arealready crowned champions even

if they loose tonight and Newcastle win, because of their superb goal

difference.

Norwich City and Middlesborough are already relegated and will be joined by

either Sheffield Wednesday, Blackburn or Birmingham City.

I think Birmingham will beat Norwich so they are safe and I think Wednesday

and Blackburn will both loose and on that call I think Sheffield Wednesday

will go down on goal difference.

There are rumours that the Blackburn manager has attempted to bribe

opposition managers in recent fixtures and there was a rumour that Blackburn

contacted Bolton to ask them to field a weakened team!

In Division 3: Bristol City and Chesterfield are up, but dark horses Bradford City

are my tip to win the play-offs despite Burnley having the stongest side in the 4 play off places.

Gillingham and Swindon (The Robins have been in freefall since Herby Mohr's

mysterious departure a few seasons ago with Jose Luis Calderon the only

player left from the Mohr era) - both are down and my

tip is that Grimsby will be joining them!

In Division 4: fallen giants Manchester City finish as champions with Bournemouth joining them.

I am going to push the boat out and say Bristol Rovers to win the play-offs!

:rolleyes:

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There are rumours that the Blackburn manager has attempted to bribe

opposition managers in recent fixtures and there was a rumour that Blackburn

contacted Bolton to ask them to field a weakened team!

Well if this is true then something should happen to him. Match fixing is very serious. If he did ask to field a weakened team then he tried to cheat and the only think that prevented him was another manager's spirit of fair play. If it's true then I hope he leaves the setup as it would mean he obviously isn't doing it any good.

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Nice write up mate. :)

Good to see you jinxing Spurs again Dave, just like you did last season. ;)

I hope Tiger Baker doesn't start making a Dave Leigh Voodoo doll like Delfy has!! :D lol

Should be a great end to the season, good luck to all the manager's in the playoffs may the best manager win. :eek::rolleyes::P

Herby

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Well if this is true then something should happen to him. Match fixing is very serious. If he did ask to field a weakened team then he tried to cheat and the only think that prevented him was another manager's spirit of fair play. If it's true then I hope he leaves the setup as it would mean he obviously isn't doing it any good.

I agree with Diego. Soccerking should be ashamed of himself!!! For a Snr manager who's been in the setup since the start it's more than unsportsmanlike to call in favours, it's plain sad.

Last season Teb was close to going down but instead of relying on cheating or match fixing tactics, our lovable little mod pulled his royal digit out of his *** and went about revamping his gigantic squad and this season has taken Div1 by storm.

I wish this sort of behaviour was punished more often by SM as I think it's the lowest form of cheating there is. Sending another manager a PM asking him to field his reserves. HAVE SOME RESPECT YOU GUTLESS *****!

With love (and a handful of angry pills)

Herbythelovebug :D

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I agree with Diego. Soccerking should be ashamed of himself!!! For a Snr manager who's been in the setup since the start it's more than unsportsmanlike to call in favours' date=' it's plain sad.

Last season Teb was close to going down but instead of relying on cheating or match fixing tactics, our lovable little mod pulled his royal digit out of his *** and went about revamping his gigantic squad and this season has taken Div1 by storm.

I wish this sort of behaviour was punished more often by SM as I think it's the lowest form of cheating there is. Sending another manager a PM asking him to field his reserves. HAVE SOME RESPECT YOU GUTLESS *****!

With love (and a handful of angry pills)

Herbythelovebug :D[/quote']

Yea im with Herby and teje on this one as well, Its kinda sad actually

and him Being a manager of 162 rep should know better (if all this is true)

By the way Herb, Pass me some of those pills

My blackpool just missed out on Play-offs

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Yea im with Herby and teje on this one as well' date=' Its kinda sad actually

and him Being a manager of 162 rep should know better (if all this is true)

By the way Herb, Pass me some of those pills

My blackpool just missed out on Play-offs[/quote']

Bad luck mate and sorry to hear that!!! says Herby as he slips Todoroski a few of his famous happy pills lol :D

There's always next season, took me 3 goes at getting promoted! :o

I think we should name and shame him! I certainly have no intentions of doing any business with him in EC1. I will vote with my lack of funds!!! :eek::P

Seriously though, EC1 is one of if not THE best setup on SM as far as I'm concerned and until this instance occurred, I would've said one of the cleanest and most honest as well so hence why I'm sad and disappointed.

Just goes to show that managerial rep means sweet FA. :mad:

Herby

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