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Welbeck to train with Black Stars

Preston North End striker Danny Welbeck is set to train with the Ghanaian national side, with a view to perhaps representing the Black Stars in the upcoming World Cup Qualifying campaign.

Welbeck, 20, has recently emerged into the first team after the sale of Nicklas Bendtner to Charlton, and has performed well without scoring. New England manager Stuart H has been keeping tabs on the Manchester-born forward, but Ghana boss James Burrow hopes to persuade his club player to join him at international level, due to both his parents being Ghanaian:

"I think Danny will benefit from some time away with the Ghana squad. His appearances so far in the Champions League have been encouraging, but to make the next step, he needs that bit more experience which cant really be offered at North End. As far as strikers go, Jov (Stevan Jovetic) has a fair few games under his belt, but is still young himself. Same applies to Lukaku and Crouch is a different type of player to Danny. Ideally, Id like Danny to mould himself on Asamoah Gyan, I think he is an ideal role-model, and someone who he can spend a lot of time with on international duty."

Welbeck will be unable to play for Ghana unless the English FA give him clearance to play, but one player looking forward to Welobeck's possible appearance in a Ghana shirt is former North Ender John Mensah:

"Danny would tear apart defences in reserve team games. In training, I would try and avoid having to man-mark him, as there's no chance of catching him once he sets off on a run. He's got more chance of getting into the Ghana squad thatn England, and I think it would be very unprofessional if England were to 'tie' him to them by capping him just the once."

Welbeck is named on the bench tonight, but isnt expected to play having faced Atletico Madrid earlier in the week.

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Slater keeps faith with Bryant

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Charlton Athletic looked dejected following their 2-0 defeat.

Charlton Athletic chairman Michael Slater insists he has faith in coach Dean Bryant despite Sunday night's stunning 2-0 home defeat by Division 3 side Brighton & Hove Albion which all but extinguished their hopes of progressing further than their back-to-back Round 2 knockout.

The match began with both failing to get the breakthrough in the first half. Charles N'Zogbia came close in the 35th minute when his chip almost cross the line but Teixeira Douglas made the crucial clearance. Ola Toivonen headed the opening goal for the visitors and substitute Franco Jara rounded up their sweetest victory in English Cup with his 10th goal for Brighton.

Slater believes fatigue was a major factor in Sunday's result but he has confidence in Bryant's ability and insists the club is unified.

"I can say that Bryant is an intelligent person who is doing a job that certainly isn't easy, and he makes some intelligent reasoning," Slater said. "Football can sometimes need luck and good timing in every position and passes to create more scoring opportunity. The squad is in low confidence now that both captain Samir Nasri and vice-captain Bruno Alves are sideline with injuries."

"What happened was something unexpected, a lesson. But in a word, the players are still who they are and so we're going to face this situation just the same. Quite often the things that seem impossible become easier, so we'll know how to do what is necessary to turn into something positive. It is not easy, but I believe that everything mainly came down to fatigue. And if that's the case then we have to get ourselves back on track, and with the players we have at our disposal."

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Bendtner couldn't believe the loss

Bryant conceded after the game that it had been a nightmare week.

"It's been a very difficult for us in the past few weeks, terrible. We lost two of our key players in Samir Nasri and Bruno Alves and they are the most influential players on and off the field. The team missed them badly and the result shows that. We were playing well in the first half but who could have imagine it would turn out like that? A crushing defeat to a lower divison side."

"Our players started to show tiredness after the break and lots of things went wrong. The defence looked sloppy at times and I believe we are lacking someone who is commanding at the back. Sagna sometimes defending, sometimes help in the attack, so he was not at the back defending when the opponent made a swift counter attack. It is something we need to address quickly."

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After going 3-0 down in the first half, Crewe rallied in the second half and nearly got a point from the game. Garay and Pazzini both scored their first goals of the season, but it wasn't enough to prevent Crewe fall to a second straight defeat.

Next up Southend in the youth cup.

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Japan Get A New Leading Lady

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Carrere and Fitzpatrick: "Better suited to the bedroom than the dressing room"

Hilton Fires Fitzpatrick Warning

Rochdale boss Elliot Hilton has been quiet as of late. His side have stormed Division 3 in the first six games of the new season, and sit 2nd in the table despite their first defeat of the year last night. However, he did speak out today on a number of issues, most interestingly of which were with Sir Sean Fitzpatrick. The long serving Crewe manager has gone down in history after winning the World Cup with England in his first year in charge, but despite another successful summer campaign (in which the unfavoured English got to another semi-final) he quit in protest having fallen out with the SMFA over transfers. Hilton was quick to praise Fitzpatrick's outstanding job, but questioned his decision to take over the Japanese national team. He even revealed that Fitzpatrick has courted EC106 WAG Tia Carrere to assist him in the job, after pictures were released of the pair on numerous dinner dates were printed in the tabloids this morning. Carrere and Hilton were sleeping together whilst the latter was still married to his wife Paris and away with England at the World Cup in China, though Elliot insists he and his wife were "broken up" when it happened. Carrere then returned in a legal battle involving SE8 Media, and Rosella Sensi who was representing Elliot Hilton at the time. Whilst Hilton did today express his liking of Carrere, he also warned Fitzpatrick that he is putting himself in a dangerous position...

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Carrere and Fitzpatrick have been papped together over the last week

Elliot Hilton Said:

I will first say what a shame it is for Sir Sean to leave the national job in such a manner. He deserved better but I also think he acted hastily. He is the finest manager this country has had since Sir Alf and he should have stayed longer or at least been given a proper farewell. He has worked wonders with that squad, and I was very surprised to see him take the Japan job. Obviously they are a massive nation on the up, but Sean is better than that he really is. What surprises me more is his decision to take Tia (Carrere) with him. Obviously me and Tia know each other quite well and she's a tremendous girl, but controversy seems to follow her, regardless of whether she wants it or not. I just get the feeling that Sean is asking for trouble by staying close to Tia. I don't know what her role is, but he'd be better off asking her to do a job in the bedroom rather than the dressing room.

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Following todays revelation from Elliot Hilton that Playboy model Tia Carrera is set to assist Sir Sean in the running of the Japanese national team, the press have continued to flock to Sean's palacial estate in an attempt to get a statement. But the Crewe boss has kept his silence, a silence that has been in place since Sundays fallout with the SMFA.

But despite the knights silence, it appears that friends of Honolulu born singer Tia have been a bit more loose tongued, telling the press that Sean and Tia have been spending a lot of time together, not just in recent weeks, but ever since Sean ran damage control on the story between Carrera and Hilton, with Carrera a daily visitor to Sean during his time in Belle Reeve Sanitarium.

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Crewe today accepted foreign bids for Argentinian winger Matias Defederico(£4.5mil Corinthians) and Federico Carraro(£353k Fiorentina), to add to the sales earlier this week of Fernandez Yago(£806k Malmo) & Steven Joseph-Monrose(£789k Lens).

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After 2 straight league defeats, Crewe boss Sean made some controversial changes, and they paid off.

Replacing the injured Simao with Jesus Datola, despite having the obvious option of calling in either ryad Boudebouz or Jefferson Montero. The Argentinian has failed to settle at severeal clubs since his appearance in a magazine for certain sorts of men, but appears to have found his place at Crewe, featuring as a substitute in the first 6 games prior to his first league start tonight.

Despite being without first choice left winger Simao, Sir Sean took the gamble of dropping first choice right winger Eljero Elia and replacing him with key striker Dirk Kuyt, dragged from the front line and forced wide right.

Starting with Spaniard Luis Garcia up front, a player bought to simply make up the numbers, who previously failed to make the grade at Derby & Notts County.

Dropping Lars Bender, despite the club only having won in the League this season when the German has started with his brother, and replacing him with Mattei Brighi, the Italian the clib have already agreed to sell to Shorpe United.

But tonight it all worked out for Crewe, as they finally beat Spurs after being repeatedly knocked out of cup competitions by the London side for several years.

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Crewe went 1-0 up when former Man City keeper Isaakson fumbled Dirk Kuyt's shot into the net after just 4 minutes. from there the game went backwards and forwards until Crewe capptain Nigel De Jong got red carded for a 22nd minute lunge at Ozil. Despite going a man down Crewe battled on, with Sven Bender taking over the captains arrmband and leading by example, with a 41st minute goal outting the ten men 2-0 up at halftime.

Crewe came out strong in the second half, with Garay and Kuyt bith coming close before Pazzini put the homeside 3-0 up on 61. But then disaster struck, a late tackle caught sven on his ankle, and he seemed to struggle to get fully into the game from there. A man down, and their inspiration carrying a knock, Crewe let Spurs back into the game, conceding 3 goals in 9 minutes from Ozil and Rosenberg(2). Fortunately for the home fans Crewe weren't ready to give up, and Luis Garcia secured all 3 points in the 84th minute.

The win see's Crewe up to 8th, with a trip to Anfield next.

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Clifford:Misfiring Forwards are costing us points

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Brandao has cut a frustrated figure since his £5 Million move from Liverpool

After Notts County's frustrating 1-1 draw with Leicester,Notts County manager Andrew Clifford has decided that the forward partnership of Brandao and Alexis Sanchez need to raise there game if the club is to succeed this season,the duo were expected to form a deadly partnership this season,but instead they've played 10 games together and haven't got a single goal between them,despite Brandao creating an assist for winger Gonzalo Castro to score his first goal for the club he feels that both forwards need to raise there game in front of goal.

It's been an disappointing time for everyone at the club,we haven't got off to the start we've hoped too and the lack of goals is the root cause of that,I think tonight we were dominant and whilst Brandao and Sanchez were really good they both dissapointed me in front of goal which is where it really matters.

I think we have failed to capitalise on the control we've had in tonight's game against Leicester and also against Bristol Rovers when they went down to ten men early in the second half,if we took advantage of both situations we'd be in the playoff positions but instead after 7 games were languishing in midtable,our forwards need to start scoring soon or otherwise any hopes of getting into Division 2 are non existent.

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Season 13 Matchday Programme No. 5

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We welcome Doctor Sean’s Crewe Alexandra to Anfield today on the back of our finest performance of the season away to Everton on Saturday. I’m the first to admit I got the tactics wrong against West Ham, and we were lucky to escape with the draw. We’ll be hoping for a better performance today.

Guest of honour today is the legendary Big-Ron Old-School. Big Ron, inventor of the perma-tan, and Joint Winner of International Gold Wearer of the year (1984) with A-Team star Mr. T. Unfortunately, following a Gold Overdose in 1995, Big-Ron is now restricted to wearing a nice Ha’f Sov, and an 18 inch curb. Big-Ron fell from grace in an incident that was to see him voted ‘UK’s Stoopidest Man On Telly’ three years running, and has resulted in the world’s finest Wrap-Around disappearing from our TV screens.

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The Old School Wrap-Around - Magnificent

Old-School will be signing copies of his book ‘Marcel Desailly: His part in my Downfall!’ in the Razor Ruddock suite after the match.

Europe is becoming the tale of two Sammies. Big Sammy Eto’o bagged a pair (some say a brace) against Benfica last night ensuring qualification for the next stage of the SMFA Champions Cup. Little Sammy Lee and I are delighted with our European success.

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Until next time, let’s have a look at the old scoreboard....................

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Rochdale Regroup And Recruit

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Big Names Zidan And Tremoulinas Sign On

Having started the season so wonderfully, Elliot Hilton is now attempting to rebuild, with no win in their last 3 games. Since picking up manager of the month, Hilton and his side have only managed a draw and 2 defeat. Admittedly, a long injury layoff for Steven Pienaar hasn't helped Dale's situation, whilst Mia Hamm has had her treatment table overloaded with knocks and niggles that have prevented Hilton from fielding a full strength side since the opening day. However, things are certainly looking up with Trump and Sensi allowing Hilton to spend money to try and maintain Rochdale's league position, aswell as push on for promotion. That said, Hilton has not had a bundle of cash to spend, and has instead sacrificed 3 young talents in order to bring in 2 first team players. The departures of Nathan Delfouneso and Marc Muniesa have perhaps caused the biggest shock, as Hilton also added £2m to bring French International Benoit Tremoulinas to Spotland. The deal for Mohamed Zidan appears much more healthy on the balance sheet. A mere £250,000 alongside midfield anonymous James McArthur was all it took to convince the Egyptian superstar to join Rochdale. Hilton will be hoping that in giving away two of his finer young talents, he has achieved success short term, with the class and proven quality, of these two find professionals.

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Delfouneso and Muniesa were highly rated by Hilton, who signed the pair for a combined fee of just £4m back in Season 10/11

Mohamed Zidan

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The Egyption "Zizou" has had a mixed time in EC106. After leaving Werder Bremen a hero in Season 8, he moved to West Ham on a free transfer. In Egypt and now Germany, Zidan was loved and even worshipped. At The Hammers, he never quite got going. In 2 seasons, he only managed 5 games, still scoring 3 goals. A straight swap with Yannick Djalo 2 seasons later saw Zidan given the opportunity of a new start at Notts County, but again, he failed to live up to his promise, managing just 1 goal in 10 games. However Zidan was still doing the business for his national side, and Northampton saw enough potential to convince them to pay £5.5m for his services in Season 11. A torrid first season was rid of the season later, and Zidan finally looked a shadow of his former self. This was only in glimpses though, and the hitman only repaid Town with 4 goals in 30 appearances. An £8.75 move to Borussia Dortmund meant the German club were paying big money to secure the services of a star who played his best football over there. Sure enough, Zidan came good and has since been banging in the goals and the performances to match his credentials. However, with Damien Le Tallec recentley starring since his promotion to the first team, Dortmund saw fit to allow Zidan what could be his last hurrah in English football, prefering to add James McArthur to their collection of Scottish players starring for them in the Bundesliga. Hilton will hope Zidan can really now carry his form back over to England, and put in classy performances like the kind that carved him into Egypt footballing history.

Benoit Tremoulinas

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Tremoulanis is perhaps an even bigger signing for Rochdale. It is certainly the most significant. Tremoulinas is a left back with great pedigree, and Hilton has already got one of those at his peril with flying full back Kieran Gibbs. Reports suggest that the club may now be willing to move on Gibbs in a bid for a striker to partner/replace Van Nistelrooy up front. Tremoulinas is certainly set to start tonight. The 25 year old Frenchman had dropped down in the pecking order at Sheffield United, with Marcelo moved back from left midfield to left back in a change midway through last season. Even so, since signing in Season 10, Tremoulinas made 46 appearances for The Blades, very much justifying the £15.15m fee they paid to sign him from Charlton, where he had given 5 years service without quite making the break through from bit part player to first team regular. Signed for a fee nearing £8m from Leyton Orient, Tremoulinas made a big impact on English football. The left back had only played 9 games for Orient before Dean Bryant made his move to sign him, giving The O's a £7m profit on the mere million pounds they spent to sign him. Unlike Zidan, Tremoulinas has clearly progressed as a player and is a trusted fullback with an excellent left foot. He will compliment Rafael immensely, and looks to have a bright future at Spotland. Kieran Gibbs on the other hand, well, his future doesn't look so bright...

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Helenius Arrives At Spotland

Elliot Hilton continued his spending spree with the signing of Denmark U21 star Nicklas Helenius. Rochdale appear to have beaten off competition from Stoke to secure long term target Helenius from under the nose of The Potters. The 19 year old has turned heads for his club Aalborg with strong performances and a number of important goals. Hilton was believed to be monitoring him closely before Stoke nipped in to try and bring the striker to The Brittania. However it appears Hilton's belief in the forward has convinced him to sign at Rochdale. Tom Parkes is believed to be makeweight in convincing the Danish club to let the young striker leave...

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Dean Bryant hints retirement plan

Charlton Athletic manager Dean Bryant has hinted that he could retire from football at the end of the season, explaining: "It is now time to pay attention to my future."

The Addicks head coach, who made his 237th game at Charlton, agreed to extend for three more seasons with the club in Season 11, but has now stated that he may soon leave his role sooner.

"I don't know if it's the right time to think about it but after the Youth Cup Final, I'm planning to retire from Charlton. It's got nothing to do with anyone's influence, SMFA or Charlton's form, but I think I want to make the decision after the Youth Cup Final."

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Dean Bryant hints retirement plan

Charlton Athletic manager Dean Bryant has hinted that he could retire from football at the end of the season' date=' explaining: "It is now time to pay attention to my future."

The Addicks head coach, who made his 237th game at Charlton, agreed to extend for three more seasons with the club in Season 11, but has now stated that he may soon leave his role sooner.

"I don't know if it's the right time to think about it but after the Youth Cup Final, I'm planning to retire from Charlton. It's got nothing to do with anyone's influence, SMFA or Charlton's form, but I think I want to make the decision after the Youth Cup Final."[/font']

Gentlemen, I think we've heard the word 'Quitter'! :eek::D

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Season 13 Matchday Programme No. 6

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Tottingham Hotspur are our visitors today, and I’m certain that former Red Michael Essien will get a tremendous reception upon his return. Also returning is J.T. who I’m sure will receive some Good-Natured banter from the Kopites.

We welcome back today as Guest of Honour Spurs and Liverpool legend Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock. Neil can currently be found measuring your inside leg, ‘Prison Style’, at the Big Red Building on Golders Green Road. Have a banana and a no-obligation measurement after the game in the Tommy Lawrence bar (No Giros).

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Razor: Suited and Toted

It really has been a bizarre start to the season, and after 8 games we find ourselves ninth, five points behind league leaders Arsenal (no change there). With no teams unbeaten, it looks like this season is going to be a close one.

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Midfield Maestro Chaykovsky

Finally, we will be introducing our latest signing at half-time. He’s Ihor Chaykovsky, a Ukrainian Holding Midfielder signed from Shaktar. He captained the Ukraine U19 team at the UEFA championships last year. He’s a Libran (1st October 1991), right-footed, left-winged, favourite music is a good polka, favourite TV is The A Team, and he likes a Pilchard!

Until next time, it’s Showtime!!

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Goodbye To A God

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Time running out for Preston boss James Burrows...

Hilton: Burrow's Departure Will Open The Floodgates

Elliot Hilton today proclaimed that Burrow's departure will be the first of many, as one of the most experienced managers in EC106 history prepares to hang up his boots. The long serving Preston North End boss today announced plans to retire at the end of season, prompting endless emails and calls to radio phone-ins from fans (Preston and otherwise) begging him to reconsider. Burrow is quite simply a legend in English football, and Rochdale manager Elliot Hilton has predicted that his departure won't just signal the end of Burrow's career, but it will signal the end of EC106. The 18 year old gave a statement today before his side departed for Leicester after morning training...

Hilton Said:

I have always maintained that James Burrow's departure will be the end for EC106 as a community and a league. I have gotten close with James over the years I've been here, and I've never met a man held in such high esteem. He has an aura about him that just oozes respect and he gets that wherever he goes. No one has a bad word to say about him and he has single handedly built up the reputation of EC106 with his commitment to Preston North End. Let's not forget his ability as a manager. He has achieved wonderful, wonderful things and built up a side based on quality, professionalism, and sentiment. He's a fine gentleman. I once stated that the day James Burrow and Dave Izod leave this league, will be the day I too depart. This is not a statement of intent, but an acceptance of decline. This league is strong enough to survive without James Burrow, but it is not strong enough to live forever. Burrow is a backbone of the finest league SM has ever seen. Burrow deserves another job. Liverpool was always his dream. I still believe he needs a new challenge but perhaps he has it in his head that it's time to go. Watching him depart might be too hard. I will seriously be considering my own future after this season. I hope an appropriate tribute will be paid to a genius of a man.

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Hilton spoke to the press before jetting off to Leicester with his wife ahead of tomorrow's away game in Division 3...

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Preston secure three points with impressive display against Crewe

Preston North End recorded their first victory in four league and cup games with a 1-0 away victory over Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road.

The win comes just two days after long-serving manager James Burrowconfirmed he is set to retire from football management at the end of the season, after a career of 467 games at the helm of Preston.

Joey Barton scored his first of the season, what proved to be a decisive first half goal. However, the biggest positive Preston and their fans can take from this game is the overwhelming possession and defensive display the Lilywhites showed, with 'Alex' restricted to taking long range efforts, with keeper Marco Amelia untroubled in the Preston goal.

Preston move up to 11th place with that win, closing the gap to Crewe to just one point.

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Season 13 Matchday Programme No. 7

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Bristol Rovers are guests today in the second round of the Cup. The Cup gives us a great opportunity to blood some of the youth players alongside experienced veterans.

Guest of Honour today is Professional Diabetic Gary Mabbutt MBE. Gary, an inspiration to us all, started his professional career at Bristol Rovers before making over 600 appearances for Tottingham and representing England 16 times. Gary scored the winning goal in the 1987 Cup Final, and was inducted into the Coventry City Hall of Fame in 2001. Gary will be testing your Pee in the Michael Owen Medical Centre before the match.

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SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSMOKIN'!!!!

Until next time, Just Look at His Face!!

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The Nottingham Derby Preview

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The Derby fixture is set to be a sellout.

In one of the standout ties in the 2nd round of the cup draw as Notts County go to play Nottingham Forest at the City Ground tonight,it's a game Division 3 side Notts County are expected to win despite playing a reserve side in tonight's fixture,however Nottingham Forest are expected to create an electric atmosphere for tonight's game and with quality players such as Dejan Lovren,Pedro Leon and Ryan Shawcross all playing for Nottingham Forest it will definitely be a tough opponent for the reserve side of Notts County.

English duo set to arrive at Meadow Lane

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The First player who is set to join Notts County is winger Matt Jarvis,Jarvis who has already played at Notts County before and is set for a second stint at the club,Jarvis is joining from Cardiff City for a fee of £3 Million pounds and French winger Jonathan Biabiany is heading the other direction, and Jarvis who has made his England debut since leaving the club is expected to be a bit part player this season but will get more first team opportunities from next season onwards.

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The other English player joining the club is the forward Gary Hooper,Hooper will now be joining his fourth club in 106 after previous spells at Q.P.R,Manchester United and current club Cardiff City,despite not getting many first team opportunities at previous clubs,Notts County manager Andrew Clifford believes that Hooper is a natural goalscorer and another player who can make a long term impact at the club,Hooper is also set to sign from Cardiff City who will pay £6 Million pound plus Hooper for Nigerian defender Onyekachi Apam.

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Tranmere Rovers vs Cardiff City - Preview

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Tonight see's one of the newest managers face off against one of the most experienced managers as Tranmere and Cardiff meet in the 1st round of the Carling Cup tonight. Both side's come into the match after a recent pick up of form with both club's hoping to find themselves in the draw for round 3, if Cardiff manage to pull off a win it wouldn't be the first against a premiership side this season after a shock 3-2 away victory over Everton in the last round, a win Newman say's should be taken into consideration coming into tonight's tie.

Ben Newman:

The victory over Everton was nice to have under are belt and hopefully we can shock the critics with a win over Tranmere tonight. We can't be too confident though as are plan may back fire but I definately think a win would boost are confidence and hopefully would see are form turn around. I wish Callum the best of luck and if we do lose then there are no hard feelings, Tranmere are a very strong side and it has shown in previous seasons in there lead up to glory in the promise land.

Tranmere come into the game on the back of a 3-1 win over world class side Southampton who can field players such as Lionel Messi, Pedro and Cavanni so confidence should be high when facing Division 3 opposition. It isn't just Southampton who can field a world class side though with great youth talents Walcott, Neymar and Wilshere leading the line for the team in white.

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Tonight will also see Matt Jarvis play his last game for Cardiff after a deal was agreed with Notts County which will see him join the club with Jonathan Biabiany coming the other way. Jarvis has played for County before and hope's the move back will see him help lift his new club into the championship. The England international will lead the team out for the game tonight, a little gift Newman has given him to say thankyou for his participation in the club and for holding his head up high in these troubled times.

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Jarvis will captain the blue bird's tonight against Tranmere

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Biabiany will join up with his new team mates before Wednesday's game

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Season 13 Matchday Programme No. 8

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Manchester United visit Anfield today in one of the fiercest rivalries in the world. Adding to the spice is the monster player exchange that took place in the off-season that will see Stevie Gee, Xavi, Ibh, and David Silva returning to the ground.

Following our recent good run we sit third in the table; With United fifth, this game should see some fireworks.

Our Guests of Honour today are former Anfield Ace Robbie Fowler, and the Channel Islands’ number one hunk and second greatest footballer Graeme Le Saux.

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Robbie-Lad and Graeme 'In Training'

The boys will be raising money for the YMCA before and after the match. Please join them in the Keggie Keegle Lounge for a Charity Leap-Frogging Spectacular.

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Robbie-Lad Assuming the Position

Earlier in the week, Li’l Sammy’s men lost an ill-tempered match in the San Siro 3 – 1 to Milan. Both teams have qualified for the knockout phase, and we hope we will get the chance to open up a can of ‘Whoopass’ on them later in the competition.

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Whoopass - Chuck Norris© Style

Until next time, There’s No Need To Feel Down!!

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Dean Bryant: 250th game will be my last

Charlton Athletic manager Dean Bryant has confirmed his retirement plan today after the Under-23 Youth Cup Final victory which saw the Addicks won 7-3 on aggregate. The former Carlisle United manager has hinted about his retirement last month but has now confirmed that he will leave his post after their clash with Sheffield United on 25th May 2011.

Dean Bryant joined Charlton Athletic back in Season 7 after only been with Carlisle United for 10 games and has since steered the South London based club back to the top flight in his fourth season with them. Charlton Athletic are currently in 14th in Division 1 and have now won the Under-23 Youth Cup Season 12/13.

In his press conference after the Youth Cup Final, Dean Bryant said, "Firstly, I'm delighted we have won a silverware. We know that our young squad has the quality to do well in every single competition and they have shown the consistency in the past few seasons. Unfortunately, I am unable to continue to bring the club forward as I do have other commitments back in my native country. I have set on my retirement date and I believe it is the right time for me to leave.

"It's been pleassure to be part of Charlton Athletic Football Club and I am grateful to the chairman, board, fans and playing staffs. They have been very supportive during our good and bad days. At the same time, I have known some of the greatest managers of all time in this setup and it's been a pleassure to know them. To my good mates in all across the Divisions, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you.

Last but not least, I hope that my retirement will not set to more resignation and hope this legendary setup will continue to prosper in the coming years."

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Preston North End v Tottenham Hotspur

Match Preview

Preston North End welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Deepdale this Easter Saturday hoping to stop the run of poor form which has seen them fall within two points of the bottom three. The Lilywhites were expected to be title contenders this season, but a brilliant start against Man City has been overshadowed by defeats to Liverpool, Everton and West Ham have seen North End plummet down the table, with the defeat at Upton Park seemingly bringing to an end manager James Burrow's illustrious career, after 11 seasons in charge of Preston.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's game, Burrow avoided questions on his impending departure, choosing to focus on Saturday's crucial match, which will be Spurs manager Gary Townsend's first game in charge since his switch from Rotherham. Here's what he had to say:

"Teams under new management always go through a period of renaissance, remember Millwall last season. Rock bottom throughout the season, yet a change of manager saw them beat eventual champions Arsenal. We will have to be on our best form to beat Spurs tommorrow. Wednesdya's display at Anfield was an embarrassment. I have emotional connections with Liverpool and to see my team play to that level on that occasion made me want the world to open up and swallow me whole. Luckily, the team went some way to redeeming themselves in Thursday's friendly against the Reds, and it's always nice to receive encouragement from the opposition manager (Steve McLurgh).

As far as team news goes, Sergio Canales wont be playing due to his injury, and Antoine Griezmann will also miss out. We'll also be without Guti and Owen, as I feel that they arent in the right frame of mind to play. We should have Joey Barton and Luka Modric fit to start, although the last game was very tough on the legs."

After some persuasion, Burrow finally gave his reasons for announcing his retirement:

"Football management was becoming boring, I saw it as a 9-to-5 job 7 days a week, whereas before it was a privilege to step out on the Preston dugout every week. The club has been rather quiet on the transfer front recently (through no fault of our own) so the only thing you can judge a week on is results. And when you lose by 3 goals when they only had 3 shots on goal, that takes a lot to stomach, sometimes too much. Managing Preston for 11 seasons has been a great experience, but I think it's time that I sit on the other side of the ad-boards, and let someone else have a go."

Burrow also praised Charlton manager Dean Bryant, after the similarly experienced manager decided to call it quits after 250 games in charge of the Addicks:

"Dean is a great man manager! He can get the best out of any player, and has had the privilege to work with some of the best players in the world. In the world of football management there are many different models of manager. There's those who are good with their money, which is what I would call myself, there's those who know their tactics inside out, like Andy Howat and Elliot Hilton, and then theres managers like Dean, who dont like to chop and change players, and can build a team from other team's leftovers and still compete for silverware. The footballing world will miss Deano, and whoever succeeds him at the Addicks will have massive shoes to fill!"

Preston look likely to add to their playing staff in the next few days, with Stephen Pienaar close to securing a return to Deepdale. The South African spent two seasons in the North West, making twenty apps for the club. His arrival could see the loss of veteran midfielder Guti, with the deal currently being held up over compensation for Pienaar's injury. Other names linked with Preston include Reading's Aritz Aduriz, Chelsea's Christian Maggio and Carlisle's Seb Larsson.

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Season 13 Matchday Programme No. 9

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Tranmere Rovers return to Anfield tonight for the second round of the English Shield. We played out a hard-fought 2-2 draw in the league last month. This game should be no different; however, the Shield gives us a great chance to blood some of the youth players alongside experienced veterans.

Unfortunately Neil and Christine are unable to host the monthly Bukkake, so we welcome Guests of Honour: The Krankies to Anfield. Ian and Janette promise a Fan-Dabi-Dozi time in the Dicks Suite after the match (strictly over 18s only, No concessions, Wee Jimmy available for a moderate extra fee).

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Hank Panky with The Krankies

A fine performance agin a depleted Manchester United side sees us sitting second in Division 1, but already 5 points adrift of runaway leaders Arsenal.

There has been a lot of media speculation about my intended transfer targets, unfortunately David Weir failed his medical and will not be joining us.

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David Weir arrives for his medical in the Easter sunshine

Until next time, may the force be with you....

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Thompson returns after layoff

Grimsby Town have received a major boost ahead of their English Shield encounter with Leeds United with the news that manager Steve Thompson will return to the dugout after a taking time out from the club due to personal reasons.

The Lancashire boss had been missing from the dugout for the past 3 weeks but he now looks set to return and lead his side in their tough looking fixture at Elland Road against division 2 side Leeds.

Grimsby released an official statement this morning it said.

" The club is delighted to announce the return of manager Steve Thompson to the dugout. Steve has spent the past 3 weeks away from the club due to personal reasons but he know feels he is ready to return and he will take charge of first team affairs in our fixture against Leeds tomorrow."

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Gibbs Bids Farewell

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Emanuelson And Baxter Book Dale Medicals...

After five fantastic years in a Rochdale shirt, Kieran Gibbs is finally ready to say goodbye today after agreeing a switch to Portsmouth FC. The 21 year old England International is part of a £5m deal that will see Urby Emanuelson swap places and make a home at Spotland. Gibbs, who signed for Rochdale for £5.75m in Season 9 has endured a wonderful spell at the club which promised and delivered first team football. Having grown up at Preston (Gibbs previously spent 5 years at PNE having been picked up as a youngster by James Burrow) Elliot Hilton gave the young fullback his chance to shine in EC106, putting enormous faith in the youngster after what was a big money move at the time. Despite having only 6 appearances under his belt, Gibbs arrived full of confidence, and helped Rochdale to their first promotion in 38 years. During his time at Dale, Gibbs played mostly at left back, but also spending the majority of Season 11 further up the field, where he bagged an impressive 7 goals and 6 assists in his best season at the club.

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In his time at the club, Gibbs totalled up 122 league appearances, whilst also winning Fans Player Of The Season (Season 11) and Young Player Of The Season (Season 10) He will go down as a true legend at Rochdale, with his reputation enhanced and his potential still remarkable. Rochdale bid Kieran, a sad farewell.

New Recruits

Urby Emanuelson

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Urby Emanuelson is a player Elliot Hilton has chased down for sometime, and he must be good, if he's willing to part with Kieran Gibbs to get him. The 24 year old wideman arrived in EC106 from Ajax is Season 4, after Liverpool agreed to pay £13.5m for his services. In his 6 seasons at the club, Emanuelson was used as a bit-part player, and only managed 35 games at Anfield, before Michael Flounders brought him to Darlington in Season 9. Jesus Navas moved the other way with £28m + Emanuelson capping off one of the most expensive EC106 transfers of all time. Surprisingly, Emanuelson didn't last long at Darlington, unlike most players who link up with Flounders in the North East. Having been successfully loaned out twice to Notts County and Wycombe where he endured successful spells, Emanuelson looked to further his career by moving to Bolton Wanderers for a large fee of £17.5m. The Dutchman has fetched high prices wherever he has moved, and this was no different, after 2 years and just 18 league appearances at The Reebok, he was on the move again, this time trying his luck down south for the first time, in an £15.5m move to Portsmouth. Emanuelson has finally been showing the kind of form to match the high deals he has cost his clubs, and repaid Portsmouth with 8 assists in 37 league games for Pompey. He will hope that a move to Spotland will finally break his Northern duck, and bring him success. Under Elliot Hilton, it's extremely likely.

Jose Baxter

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Jose Baxter is the second part of the Kieran Gibbs/Urby Emanuelson deal. The former England Schoolboys International will follow Emanuelson to Spotland for a cut fee of £500,000, linking up with old friend Elliot Hilton. Baxter has shown extreme promise from a young age, and his EC106 career got off to an incredible start. After Watford agreed a £100,000 tribunal fee to capture the youngster before he turned professional, Baxter repaid the faith with 2 goals on his debut in EC106. It would eventually be his first and last game for Watford, as Portsmouth paid £500,000 in Season 6 to bring him to Fratton Park. Impressively, Baxter has consistently managed starts for Portsmouth over his 8 year tenure, bagging 4 goals in 11 appearances. His move to Rochdale will see him link up with former England strike partner Connor Wickham, who has progressed nicely under Hilton since his £750,000 move in Season 9.

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