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Gazlad as been busy in the search for new players after a disappointing last season, i took over with round about 8 games left and was shocked and disappointed in what i saw with the performance and approach to the game, i thrashed out my plans with the chairman and the board and there are 100% behind me.

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Raith Rovers Manager Critisized

The Rovers 4-1 loss to Albion Rovers showed which rovers were ready for the season. Manager Gavin Metz has received critisicm from everywhere as he starts off the season with a horrible loss. Not much can be said about the game except for that the score says it all. The Board has stated that if changes dont occur fast, there may be changes happening again, especially because the Manager has spent the entire budget on new players to help the team win games. All that the manager has said is that the tactics and starting lineup will be changed, and a win is scheduled...

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New season, new squad.. Grays started the new season with a fine wine against southport by beating them 4-2, in what was a tense affair started of brilliant as grays went ahead in the 3rd min when HOWARD scored from 10 yrds, Ashikodi leveled for southport with a toe poke, 18th min JUNG-WON SEO scored for grays after back pass fell short 34th min Ashikodi made it 2-2. Second half and grays made it 3-2 as HUGHES scored cleverly, as grays started to pile pressure on , they scored there 4th goal in the 87th min when WELDON beat the offside trap as the southport players stood round claiming offside the flag stayed down...

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Birks Started off there Campaign With A 3-3 Draw @ Home TO Sydney FC of Australia In Front of Just Over 14,000 Pasionate Supporters.

Back In The 2nd Tier, Promotion Is Viable.



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Turn: 1 - Sun 21 Oct 2007


Adelaide United 4 - 0 Cowdenbeath

United take top spot hoping to leap back upto D2, whilst Cowdenbeath sack Bryan after another poor showing.

Burton Albion 1 - 1 East Fife

A point shared and off and running for these sides at the Pirelli.

Dagenham and Redbridge 1 - 0 Forest Green Rovers

Dags get off to a flyer with single goal win over FGR who end the game with ten men.

Grays Athletic 4 - 2 Southport

Superb start for Grays seeing off Southport with two second half goals.

Perth Glory 0 - 2 Peterborough United

Boro get off to a winning start hoping to get back to D2 at the first time of asking.

Rushden and Diamonds 2 - 3 Arbroath

A new era at Arbroath begins with a win, could this be a different season for the wooden spooners.

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Turn: 1 - Sun 21 Oct 2007


Alloa Athletic 2 - 2 Northwich Victoria

Newly promoted Alloa come from behind twice to earn a point with unmanaged Northwich.

Birkirkara 3 - 3 Sydney FC

High scoring draw at Ta Qali as Birkirkara reestablish themselves in D2 gets these sides off the mark.

Central Coast Mariners 0 - 2 Sliema Wanderers

CCM surprised everyone by surviving last season, a bad start again this season may see another struggle.

Exeter City 0 - 2 Newcastle United Jets

Good start for the Jets as they look to get promoted back to D1. Exeter may face another long season.

Raith Rovers 1 - 4 Albion Rovers

Albion take top spot as they look to get promoted back to D1. Raiths new era starts miserably.

Stirling Albion 0 - 3 Stafford Rangers

Rangers ease past Albion for comfortable opening day victory.

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Turn: 1 - Sun 21 Oct 2007


Aldershot 2 - 2 Wrexham

Aldershot come from two down to salvage a point with Wrexham.

Crawley Town 1 - 0 Bristol Rovers

Town claim first spot after opening day win over Rovers scoring in the last ten minutes.

Gretna 2 - 2 Hibernians FC Paola

Another D1 draw sees both these sides off the mark and hoping for a good season.

Morecambe 0 - 0 Torquay United

Morecambe hit the big time having started in D3 and earn a draw with United on the opening day.

Queensland Roar 1 - 1 Notts County

Last seasons one and two share the points as both look to win the league this season.

Wellington Phoenix 1 - 0 Tamworth

Tamworth back in the top flight get off to a downer as Phoenix rise to pick up three points.

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Crawley Town 1-0 Bristol Rovers.

Practically a full house at Broadfield, witnessed Tony Baldo's first game in charge at Crawley Town end in a home win. Throughout the first half, Crawley were the better side but somehow went in at half time 0-0. Paul Thame's Bristol Rovers then created a few chances themselves in the second half, gaining more confidence in their attack. However, on the 81st minute Giampaolo Pazzini used blistering pace and strength to enter the box and fire home confidently. Final Score 1-0.


(Debutant/MOM - Pazzini)

"A 1-0 victory and we're top, shows how tight this league will be" - Assistant manager, Gianfranco Zola.

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Arbroath Record Histori Win

Watch out lads im goin for it

Arbroath Recorded historic win away to rushden and Diamonds.

They defeated thier division 3 rivals by a narrow 3-2 win. Spence had lotsof new signings on show and they showed worthyof thier transfer fees as they all pulled together and took one for the team. as a result of this terrific display spence has handed the players the day of.

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Two on the Trot for Posh!

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Posh recorded their second straight win with this 3-2 victory over a determined Grays Athletic. Gerard Pique sent the home fans wild after hitting the back of the net from 30 yards, just after 7 minutes. Robert Acquafresca doubled the lead with his 3rd goal of the season, after scoring from a tight angle, the ball took a deflection, but he will claim it. 2-0 after 31 minutes, with Posh dominating the game looked all but over, but after Cudicini parried away a long range shot, Santos Weldon tapped it in to make the scores level just 5 minutes before half time.

Half-time saw no changes from either manager. And just after half time, American midfielder Michael Bradley grazed the bar with a free header. After 60 minutes, Jimmy Briand made way for 18-year-old Israeli forward Ben Sahar, who is a fan favorite at Posh. Sahar nearly made an instant impact, but he missed an open goal from the edge of the 6-yard box.

75 minutes in, and scorer of the opener Gerard Pique made way for Defendi Rodrigo. 79 minutes in, Posh put the game beyond doubt, with American midfielder Michael Bradley scoring only his second goal for Peterborough, with his long range effort taking a massive deflection, but a goal he will claim. Santos Weldon gave Posh another scare just before 5 minutes before full time, with his second of the game, and 3rd of the season.

Robert Acquafresca was named Man of the Match with a rating of 9, that's his first ever Man of the Match since joining Posh for £5.8m at the beginning of last season.


^^ Robert Acquafresca got his first ever Man of the Match for Posh.

Did you know...

Tonight, with their second win in a row, Posh have equaled their longest winning streak. The record before was 2 wins in a row, from the 18th March 2007, to the 22nd March 2007.

Also, £2.8m new man, 19-year old Michael Mancienne made his debut for Posh, with a 7 match rating.

This season...

We caught up with manager Juve_fan to see how he thought his team would do this season, here is what he told us:

"I expect us to win promotion, simple as that. It would be nice to actually win a cup game at the 4th time of asking, but that is not a priority. Next up we have unmanaged Cowdenbeath, who are joint bottom, and haven't scored a goal yet this season, but we will not underestimate them, they will come at us, and we will have to be prepared."

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The Raith Rovers receive their first taste of sucess this season as a 4-3 win goes thier way in an incredible match that lasted all the way into the dying minutes. After going down by 2 goals from McBride and Koller, Arjan De Zeeuw came up big with after an error allowed to him to slip through the defense. Several more chances camefor both sides ut ended with 2-1 at the half. The Rovers fell down by another goal once again to make it 3-1 after McBride got his second from a brilliant ball.

Then everything happened to go right for the Rovers as things started to click. Gomis came up big from 25 yards out to beat the keeper. Then to tie it up at three, De Zeeuw score again in the 71st minute. Just as the game was coming to an end at a tie, the MoM Savo Milosevic, the latest signing of the Rovers, scored to win the game late from a beautiful header.

Manager Gavin Metz stated that he is exstatic that the changes made worked out for the best. He knew this would be a tough match heading away from home, but the squad came together. Now that Milosevic has scored, he expects more from him in the coming matches, and the team plans to help him. Perhaps a successful season can occur, but we will not find out untill their next match!

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Notts County 0-1 Crawley Town.

Second game in charge for Tony, second win and they're placed second in the league. Left Winger, Antonio Fillipini got the games first and his 5th since joining last season with a well placed header on the 15th minute. Chances did continue with both clubs hitting the woodwork but with out any luck, Notts were unable to break the experienced back four of their visitors. MOM was awarded to Pazzini again.


34 year old, Antonio Filippini with the games only goal

Managers Comments -

"The games gone our way again but there are a few disappointing things we'll begin to work on. Notts do have bigger names at the club but our approach was spot on. We're not playing the football that every fan will want but if it gets us trophies, then I'm sure they won't complain. Wrexham are next, managed by the experienced Lee Byrne, we can't underestimate them. They're in a bad position but they'll want to get out of it as soon as possible, I'm expecting our big names to stay focused on our own position and win the game."

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Thame Speaks!!!

In a rare interview with the Bristol Rovers manager, who has returned after a brief retirement leaving assistant manager Paul Trollope in charge of the first team, Paul Thame has come into the limelight giving his insight on his hopes for season four.

"So, thanks for giving up some of your time, Paul, and let me first say, welcome back,"

Thank you

"First thing's first... why return now?"

Well, returning now seems to me, the best time to come back. Some say I was wrong to leave the team halfway through last season, many say that's the reason for the 9th place finish last season. But I say sod them! I'm back and better than ever, and to all teams in D1, WATCH OUT!!!

"Season four's not long started. We expected you to go on a spending blitz like the past three seasons. Any new signings?"

Well, a combination of the chairman being a stingy bugger and an already decent squad, I decided to bolster the defence a little. I decided to raid one of my favourite clubs, Manchester United for a nice little transfer to replace Karel Rada in central defence. He is Mikael Silvestre, and he looks forward, after three seasons, to finally have a chance in the Leamington Invitational.

"Last question. Where do you see the team at the end of the season?"

The team's desperate for silver this season. Nothing can satisfy the club's desire for a trophy this season. We'd like to re-win the cup again, but looking through some of the bigger clubs in the leagues, I'd say we'd have a tough job, but we'll take each game as it comes, and hope to win as many as we can.

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Turn 2 (Thu 25th Oct)


Arbroath 0 - 3 Adelaide United

United finish with nine men but still have enough to gain three points on there charge back to D2.

Cowdenbeath 0 - 1 Perth Glory

Glory get first win of the season whilst Cowdenbeath await there first points and goal.

East Fife 4 - 1 Rushden and Diamonds

Fife embaress Diamonds to stay unbeaten and leave Diamonds pointless after two games.

Forest Green Rovers 1 - 0 Burton Albion

FGR off and running thanks to second half strike by Petrovski, Albion yet to win this season.

Peterborough United 3 - 2 Grays Athletic

Athletic put up good fight but Boro have enough to maintain there unbeaten start.

Southport 0 - 4 Dagenham and Redbridge

Ten man Southport not strong enough to keep out Dagenham, 'Port' remain pointless whilst 'Dags' have maximum.

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Turn 2 (Thu 25th Oct)


Albion Rovers 1 - 0 Alloa Athletic

Rovers head the table in there bid to return to D1 whilst Athletic still look for there first win.

Newcastle United Jets 1 - 0 Birkirkara

Worlds apart last season D1's relegated side just shade it against D3's promotion side to remain unbeaten.

Northwich Victoria 3 - 1 Central Coast Mariners

CCM resume there position on the bottom of D2 despite leading at the break. The win for the Vics see them remain unbeaten.

Sliema Wanderers 0 - 2 Exeter City

Soma and Arenas on the scoresheet for Exeters first points of the season. Wanderers record first defeat.

Stafford Rangers 3 - 4 Raith Rovers

Storming game at Marston Road sees Rovers come from behind to grab the points and sees both sides on three points.

Sydney FC 2 - 4 Stirling Albion

Super game at the SFS sees Albion get there first points of the season and plunges Sydney into the bottom two.

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Turn 2 (Thu 25th Oct)


Bristol Rovers 3 - 2 Aldershot

High scoring game at the Memorial goes Rovers way with two second half goals.

Hibernains FC Paola 0 - 1 Morecambe

When Hibs won the first division title in season one, Morecambe were winning D3, a great victory for the newly promoted side.

Notts County 0 - 1 Crawley Town

County struggle to get going, meanwhile Town have a great start notching up maximum points.

Tamworth 0 - 1 Gretna

Dean Windass strikes to give Gretna all three points and leaves Tamworth with a horrible de-ja-vu feeling.

Torquay United 1 - 2 Queensland Roar

Champs get first win of the season seeing of a United side who are yet to find there first three points.

Wrexham 0 - 3 Wellington Phoenix

Phoenix go top and plunge Wrexham into the bottom two as they remain unbeaten.

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After a long match full of events the Raith Rovers end with a draw to Northwich Victoria. Laslandes scored two on the Rovers to keep the score level as Da Rocha and De Zeeuw scored to do the same. The Rovers advanced to 7th in the tables after securing a point from their match. Unfortunately, Prosperi is out due to a red card, and Muaro Gomes recieved a fractured foot, putting two starters on the bench in the future. A new line-up will be trying for three points in their next matchup against Alloa Athletic on Nov. 1st, after a bye in the Leamington Invitational Cup Round 1.

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Match Day 1

Stirling Albion 0 Stafford Rangers 3

Our season gets off to the worst possible start losing 3 -0 at home

Colin had this to say

Out played we did not turn up

Match Day 2

Sydney FC 2 Stirling Albion 4

What a result 2 goals from Paul Dickov and 1 each from Ricardo Sa Pinto and Christos Moustogisnnis made the flight back to scotland a happy one:D

Colin had this to say

Sydney whos ground holds over 40.000 and ours only over 3.000 but our little club can still out play them results like this are what made me sign a new 3 year contract

Match Day 3

Albion Rovers 3 Stirling Albion 0

After our great win over in Australia it was back to earth with a bump losing 3-0

Colin had this to say

After beating 1 of the big team we go and lose to 1 of the smaller ones but hats off to Grant whos built a great team but with a ground smaller then ours there must be strugging with there wage bill

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Well, The Raith Rovers gained three more points with their win taking them to 4th in the tables. Da Rocha ha a hat trick! Amazingly enough, Milosavic was the MoM, helping to lead the team to victory. No cards were given out, and no injuries occered. It was a good night for the rovers...

On another note, the Manager is hoping that they can continue their wining form thourhgout the season. He also stated that he is looking to sell players to cut the noose on the bank account. If any other managers need players, then the Raith Rovers may be the place to go to.

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After a shaky start to the season, Southport have finally managed to find form with a 1-0 win over Peterbrough United.

Southport had the worst possible start with 3 losses on the trot, but with a change of formation, they finally managed their second win of the season.

The win puts Souhtport up to 8th place, just 7 pts away from the top

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League Results » Turn 5 (Sun 4th Nov)


Arbroath 0 - 2 Grays Athletic

Athletic climb to fifth with there second win of the season leaving Arbroath in familiar territory at the bottom.

Burton Albion 0 - 4 Adelaide United

United go on rampage in the second half and go second whilst struggling Burton drop to 10th.

East Fife 1 - 0 Perth Glory

Kevin Schindlers second half strike the difference between these two and keeps Fife on top.

Forest Green Rovers 0 - 2 Cowdenbeath

Cowdenbeath get there first win of the campaign and get off the bottom of the table.

Rushden and Diamonds 4 - 1 Dagenham and Redbridge

Andre Keric banged in a 18minute hattrick to see Rushden pick up all three points.

Southport 1 - 0 Peterborough United

With ten men Southport clinched there second win of the season whilst making Boro suffer there first.

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League Results » Turn 5 (Sun 4th Nov)


Albion Rovers 1 - 4 Exeter City

Great win for City puts them into the promotion places and drops Rovers out of them.

Alloa Athletic 1 - 1 Stirling Albion

Goals in the first half for both sides stopped either side from taking all the points. Both sides still hover above the drop zone.

Northwich Victoria 1 - 3 Birkirkara

Birkirkara ease past the ten men of Northwich for there second victory of the season and go 5th.

Raith Rovers 3 - 3 Central Coast Mariners

Entertaining game for the neutral as the goals rained in but CCM still look for there first win of the season.

Stafford Rangers 1 - 0 Sliema Wanderers

Jan Koller scored the winner on 54 to put Rangers 4th whilst Wanderers slip to 7th.

Sydney FC 1 - 2 Newcastle United Jets

A game of two halves with the home side getting off to a good start untill the Jets took charge to stay top of the table.

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League Results » Turn 5 (Sun 4th Nov)


Bristol Rovers 1 - 1 Notts County

Points shared and County oddly remain bottom without a win, Rovers looking good up in third.

Gretna 2 - 4 Aldershot

Stefano Okaka Chuka scores a hattrick to go top of the goalscoring leaderboard and give Shots there first win of the season, Gretna suffer there first loss.

Hibernians FC Paola 0 - 3 Crawley Town

Town keep marching on and remain unbeaten keeping top spot. Paola slip to 9th and look over there shoulder at the drop zone.

Tamworth 2 - 2 Queensland Roar

Good point for Tamworth as champs Roar continue to struggle this season. A last minute goal saves a point for the champs.

Wellington Phoenix 2 - 2 Morecambe

Both sides led and were unable to hold onto there advantage and both sides are non movers in 4th and 5th places.

Wrexham 3 - 3 Torquay United

Game of two halves with Wrexham three up at the break, United storm back to salvage a draw.

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Gazlads grays booked themselves into the 3rd round after a brilliant 2-1 win against baseballs perth glory. What a result for us, we are a different team from last season as we could not win or score if we was the only team on the pitch, this season i have bought fresh faces in and we are playing some nice football out there..

Grays was up for this game and it showed as weldon chipped the keeper but there was a defender on the line (1st min), on the counter break a fumble by poom gifted KUTSENKO who put perth 1-0 up (7th min) that made grays more determend and went on the attack with howard leading the attack and got his goal as the ball came crashing back of the crossbar HOWARD was there to tap it home (19th min), after both sides went on the search for the break through it was grays that found it as HOWARD scored his and grays second after his shot went in off the post (64th min)..

2-1 to grays against perth glory is an excellent result baseball is a top manager and has got a very good side and to come and beat them on there own turf just shows that how good we are, not getting carried away tho as you know about cup matches anything can happen, but at the end of the day we are through..

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