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This Is Why Stockport Are Getting Better!

Tonight saw the first win of the season for new league one out fits Stockport County as they took on ex EPL power house Aston Villa. A few seasons ago both sides was three leagues apart but you could not have told that too Stockport fans after there side won 2-0. The side was walked over but for two pens from bendtner too go in is all it took. Fans of the club have said the side have not been showing there power but tonight they have, yes they played with the out right look of a striking team but with this coach at the helm all you have too say is Villa who?

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MILLWALL 3 CRYSTAL PALACE 0

MILLWALL had an excellent attendance of 20,105 just below highest ever attendance

20,146 is the highest attendance in Millwall's history which was again against Crystal Palace.

Salihovic, Villagra and Van Nistelrooy are all on loan at Millwall and have all settled well. Due to the team playing well, Rosicky has yet to start a match.

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Thompson - Scoreline flattered us

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Thompson celebrates during his sides 5-0 win over Wycombe on Saturday

Tranmere Rovers picked up their first win of the new season on Saturday as they ran out 5-0 winners at home to a Wycombe side who must still be wondering just quiet how they managed to lose the game so heavily. The result lifts Rovers up to 8th position in the league with 4 points whilst Wycombe slip down the table to 16th following the shock scoreline.

Tranmere fans were desperate to see a much improved performance from their team following their loss on home soil last time out and inside half an hour Tranmere had delivered by going 4-0 up and ending the game as a contest.

The first goal of the game came after just 4 minutes through last season's top scorer Johan ELMANDER who's miss hit shot was fumbled by keeper Zieler and somehow managed to finds it way into the back of the net. 1-0. Wycombe were shell shocked and with 9 minutes played things got even worse when Tranmere made it 2-0 thanks to a poachers effort from Frenchman Arnold MVUEMBA. Despite the scoreline the visitors contniued to enjoy a decent amount of possession but poor finishing was their undoing and with 22 minutes gone Rovers took advantage by extending their lead further this time through Brazilian centre back Ânderson POLGA who finished cleverly after a neat passing move from the host 3-0.

Rovers supporters were delirious around the stadium and it didn't stop as just five minutes later it was 4-0 and this time Marc WILSON got in on the act in somewhat fortunate circumstances with Wycombe keeper Zieler once again producing a mistake fumbling a tame shot into the back of the net.

Wycombe continued to create chances but failed to capitalize unlike their host but the final goal of the game came in the second half bang on the hour mark through Moroccan international Adel TAARABT who produced a dazzling run to escape the Wycombe defence before lifting the ball over the hapless Zieler to make it 5-0.

Both teams carried on searching for more goals but non were forthcoming and the game ended 5-0 to the host despite Wycombe sharing the possession and creating plenty of chances. FULL TIME.

After the game a delighted Steve Thompson faced the press ....

"It's a fantastic way to register your first win of the season but i have to say the scoreline flattered us. This result shows that if you take your chances nothing else matters in football. Wycombe have come here and been more than a match for us but have still lost 5-0 it says a lot about how clinical we can be at the top of our game.

The dressing room is buzzing right now and i want to keep it that way. This result has given everyone a massive lift and it's now about building on this and achieving what we set out to do.

We haven't sustained any more injuries which is a relief our squad is on the small side as it is and keeping players fit is paramount to our success.

We now look ahead to our trip to Dagenham on Wednesday in what should be a really good game. Our two previous games have both been high scoring affairs which is good for the fans but i am hoping for less stress and a solid defensive display"

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DIVISION 4 REVIEW-MATCHDAY 3-PT 1

Southampton stay top after a 1-0 win at St Marys against Brentford.Camara got the winning goal for the Saints as they maintain their 100% record and move 2 points clear.Brentford drop to 13th after this result.

Burton are up to 2nd after a 2-1 win at home to basement club Bournemouth who have yet to get a point this season.Bournemouth took the lead on 13 minutes through Mariga and maintained the lead to half time.Henry equalised for the home side on 53 minutes and even then Bornemouth must have thought they were going to gain their first point, but those hopes were dashed when Beerens scored with 3 minutes to go to send the Brewers into the automatic promotion places.

Brighton are in 3rd place winning 3-1 at home to other promotion hopefuls Bristol Rovers who drop to 6th after this defeat.Jelen got the opening goal for the seagulls which was the only score of the first half.An own goal from Schmitz early in the second half gave Brighton a 2 goal cushion and on 62 minutes finished the game when they scored again.Rovers got one back through Tabanou but it was only a consolation as the home sides good early form continued.

Gillingham are 4th after recording a 3-2 home win against Dagenham who led the game twice.Kozak scored the opening goal for Dagenham but the Gills equalised just before half time with a goal from Sychev.Nervo put the away side in front again on 52 minutes but Seleznyov brought things level.Sychev scored his second and the winning goal for the kent side with 8 minutes to go.

Accrington had a great away win at Chesterfield by 4-1.The Spireites have been in good early form but drop to 5th after this surprise defeat.Upson put Accrington in front but the lead lasted only 4minutes as the home side stormed back and scored through Wendt.The game was level at the break but the second half turned into the Hoolahan show as he scored a late hat trick to send the Lancashire side home with 3 valuable points.

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DIVISION 4 REVIEW-MATCHDAY 3-PT2

Leyton Orient and Colchester played out a 3-3 draw this weekend.Suarez put Orient ahead in the opening minute to stun the visitors.Colchester got their composure back and after 20 minutes were level with a goal from Obertan and took the lead through Costa on 41 minutes to give them a 2-1 half time lead.Orient came out strongly and 2 goals from Kazim 61 and 75 minutes put the home side back in front.The lead lasted 3 minutes as Costa scored his second of the game to tie things up as both sides shared the spoils.

Tranmere got their season on track with a 5-0 win at home to Wycombe.Rovers were 4 goals ahead at the break with goals from Elmander,Mvuemba,Polga and Wilson.A fifth goal on 60minutes from Taarabt rubbed salt into the wounds of a shellshocked Wycombe side.

Another high scoring game at New Meadow saw Shrewsbury beat Rotherham 5-2.Shrewsbury were two goals to the good after only 4 minutes with goals from Gadzhiev and Meteos.Rotherham got themselves back in the game when Andre got his first goal on 9 minutes and then shocked the home fans as he grabbed his second to level the game.Mirallas put the home side back in front just before the half hour to send the Shrews in at half time leading 3-2.Second half goals from Mirallas and Moritz sealed the game and sent Rotherham fans home wondering what might have been

Southend beat Swindon 3-0.The home side led 1-0 at half time with Ruben scoring the goal.Gouffran added a second just after the break and Veron made it safe with a goal on 89 minutes.

Northampton played out a 0-0 draw with Shorpe.This was Shorpe's 2nd 0-0 draw of the season and with all Mr Latimer's talk of pure football i think some of the faithful may be getting slightly dismayed.

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Thompson wary of Daggers threat

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Jeronimo Cacau will be hoping to register his first goal of the season against Dagenham tomorrow

Tranmere Rovers make the long trip south to Victoria Park as they look to build on their weekend win with another three points against recently relegated Dagenham & Redbridge. Steve Thompson's men produced a stunning display at the weekend to beat Wycombe 5-0 and with the home side having lost their last two games Tranmere will be hoping to take advantage and register their first win on the road this season.

The win at the weekend owed much to the support play of striker Jeronimo Cacau who despite not scoring himself laid on three assist and with that claimed the man of the match award but with just three goals to his name since his switch to the Wirral last season the German will be desperate to find some scoring form and repay the faith that the manager has shown in him so far.

Tranmere are likely to name the same starting XI who faced Wycombe at the weekend meaning that Adel Taarabt will get the chance to once again impress on the wing after coming in for the injured Christian Fuchs.

Earlier today Rovers boss Steve Thompson discussed his sides chances ...

"It's going to be a tough fixture for us despite the way Dagenham have started the season. They certainly have the upper hand on us in previous meetings and the games have been high scoring affairs so it's all set up for a belting game of football.

We won't be underestimating Dagenham they won this league not so long ago and at home will really fancy this so we have to make sure we are right at the top of our game. We know we can beat anybody in this league but it's about every man doing their job and taking our chances when they come our way.

I don't envisage having to make any changes to the team everybody is fit bar Christian and it's about gaining momentum which can only happen with a settled side"

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Latouche on the Wolves game tommorow and transfer gossip

Latouche discusses the wolves game tommorow

Kylan is a wily tactian but he plays his rigid 4-5-1 and a late switch to 3-5-2. They have experience all through out the side and some jolts of youth. This is going to tough but if we can attack the CM area as ours is much better and block service to there dangerman Lisandro then Im confident we can gain a good win but this is not easy by any stretch of the means.

Latouche was very dismissive on transfer rumors

I have plenty of gossip ' date=' We have sacked our tea lady as she couldnt make a decent drink so we brought one from a russian club Zenit , We have sold our head groundsmen to rangers but since there broke I settled for a pack of jammie dodgers as I just couldnt stand his annoying scottish accent. As of player movement there is none [/quote']
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End of Season

Award Ceremony!

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And yes, just a mere 3 weeks or so late it is finally here, the season 4 awards ceremony report. As usual the ceremony itself was a glorious affair (I’m contractually obligated to say that in case we get overshadowed by EC5579’s spectacular end of season awards :rolleyes:) and all of the stars were out in force. Well, most of them. Sadly the 7046 community had to come to terms with the tragic last minute news that our Great Creator and failed Chelsea boss, Aaron theDuffman Duffy, would not be attending as he was,

...just to busy doing other things...

Infernito too “had his reasons” for not attending' date=' though it could not be confirmed though whether any of those reasons were due to him coping with being an even worse a failure at Colchester than he was with his series of failures at West Ham, most especially of course his spectacular fail in season 1 where he blew a shot a the title and 2 cups all when within touching distance of glory. Ipswich boss Legendary Manager was yet another non-attendee, having being contacted via PM multiple times, but alas there was no response. [/b']

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Smithers breaking the news back in season 1 that West Ham were beaten by Boro in

the English Cup semi following similar implosions in Division 1 and the SMFA Shield

Another no-show was Rotherham manager Machine who suffered the misfortune of getting a puncture on the way to the event. Without a spare he looked sunk but a succession of mangers, including Pitung Drughi, Predator, Elton, BenNewman & ReiceM96, generously stopped to offer him a loan of one of their spare wheels. Reports have it that Machine told them to stuff it and that he would rather walk, so he should be at the ceremony in about 10 years’ time, about the same time he might be getting close to making it out of division 4.

Also spotted along the same stretch of road with their thumbs out were club bosses Inferno, Lenny59, A2R, Paul Gibson, bigtunna, Mister Malcom, jharman and Niall Taylor, who were happy to take any spare wheels they could get their hands on. The lending frenzy was soured somewhat though by the controversial news that A2R apparently returned his borrowed spare punctured and without explanation within hours of getting it. Forest gaffer BiggaMemo had expected him to keep the broken wheel all season long (a season of course being defined as “until he needed to sell it”).

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Be careful not to get your any of your fingers caught in the tyre changer!

Others decided to take the opportunity for a little adventure on their way to the ceremony. Wannabie winners Dom, Dudeskin, Shack, Hog0101, MUTD and KangerooJack09 all took the time to engage in a bit of group bonding by flying to an African wildlife reserve ahead of the event. The plan was to try their luck at a bit of big game trophy hunting but the guide took one look at them and told them sorry, they just didn’t look the type. SOP tried to make amends by inviting them to come and see his past trophies, but no one was interested in seeing those rotten old stinking corpses.

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Disappointment for Dom (above) who’d

gone to some lengths to get kitted out

Elsewhere, an adventurous bunch was trying to make it to the bottom of the Marinus Trench ahead of movie director James Cameron. Those sinking to new depths at the end of season 4 included SOP, Sunderland gaffer David Jones, Dazinho, Kapitan Kloss, StephenMUFC, Mark Preston, Nikidinho, AngusPAOK, Steve025, Jon Ashby, Robert Jarni and Bristol Rovers boss Lucas Nascimento. Several failed attempts to see weird stuff at the ocean’s bottom included those by Sgt. Fury, jr231990 and Racky, whose subs just floated back to the top, apparently containing just too much hot air. On the way down managers were shocked to see Gurnak , Closey , Craig, wozlives, Daniel Hart, Shehan and Totti417 stuck in an underwater whirlpool, explaining why their teams have gone nowhere in the 4 7046 seasons so far.

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Kapitan Kloss helps wozlives back up

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Fury’s fail was particularly bad

Other adventurers included Jozua, Alurcard, DarloFC, GaryMack, Paul Dickov, Jordan Tze and Mr.Hammer who all pushed the boundaries of exploration further by getting together for a race to the moon. The competition was easily won by Jozua, who arrived there by the time others were only clearing Earth’s atmosphere. Trouble hit the bold voyager though and just when it looked like “the good ship Norwich” would return back down in flames Jozua was skillfully able to save himself by switching to a more stable vehicle at an opportune time. Unsurprisingly Mr.Hammer was disqualified for the illegal use of multiple reentry vehicles and Jordan Tze’s attempt to join the over the moon race had to be aborted when his flight was destroyed when hit by the Turkish rocket the Besiktas in the final of the SMFA Shield.

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Jozua, Alurcard & GaryMack

embark on their epic journey

On their way back down these intrepid explorers happened to meet ExiledScotintheUSA, pipgib, CCFC94, Gozzy, Mike H, said7Fabregas, avram grant, Daniel Dragovic, the Real Khai, Jack-THFC and Nathan Kirby who were returning to earth following their recent abduction by aliens, the only possible explanation for their disappearance this season, though it is suspected that at least half of these managers are really “one of them” anyway.

A handful of other managers took a break from their Eurovision Song Contest training to attend the ceremony. While QPR boss Scrooll will be representing Bulgaria and singing the McFadden and Whitehead tune “Ain’t no stoppin’ us now,” controversial Burton boss RBW-YAROSLAVKA will be heading back in time to take on the Duran Duran classic “Notorious” on behalf of Russia. Zakkoo, widely tipped to face the drop again this season, will be the face of Wales and will sing the Stereolab song “Ping Pong” (a top tune if there ever was one) on account of his recent relegation and promotion adventures.

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Perfect pop and well worth resurrecting for the uninitiated

Recent 7046 returnee and premature winner of the “Come back we miss you award” Rob Walshe will of course be representing Ireland and has chosen to sing that Irish classic, “Baby got back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot ‘cos, well, he’s back! (+ he likes big butts too…)

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Irish sensation Sir Rob Mix-a-lot Walshe

Lastly, drseanfitz, SM’s very own Englebert Humperdink, will be representing England and in honour of his West Ham team’s perpetual failure in division 2 he’ll be singing “Road to Nowhere” by the Talking Heads. Sean of course arrived at the ceremony in his usual style, this time turning heads when he drove up in a classic ’57 "Chavy".

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The Doc, he drove his Chavy to the lavy, but the lavy was dry

Other excitement surrounding the ceremony involved the ongoing manhunt by the FBI for escaped felon and notorious 7046 badboy sirmarkhughes. His last known whereabouts was reportedly the frozen tundra known as Canada, though speaking on condition of anonymity a Liverpool spokesman revealed that SMH was not on the run but was only there because he’d been told he was about to “spend some time in the cooler”. Over in the land of mullets police had warned Canadian-based managers Jooles and KylanN17 that the Liverpool boss was reportedly trying to steal their recently acquired silverware but officials believe that the ultimately the threat looks to be an empty one.

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SMH at Liverpool’s end of season fancy dress party

Lastly, Hugh Latimer, 7046’s ecclesiastical windbag, brought up the rear, as some clergy are known to do, arriving at the awards bizarrely on a reindeer driven sled accompanied by the remaining bosses Hazrboi, Saagar SG, Will, Wesley Snjieder, Crawski, Rick James and Johan Alberts. The sled, of course, is just the latest in the Shorpe pseudo-visionary’s attempts at increasingly less subtle subliminal advertising. For those who have missed it please take note: first he launches his tirade against the 3-5-2, embarking on an eminently unsuccessful season propelled by his use of the 4-3-1-2. Then he makes the public shift to the 4-2-3-1, again seemingly equally unsuccessfully. Why be so deliberately bad for so long? Well it should be clear to all now that by extrapolating his final switch will be to the 4-3-2-1, the formation known as “the Christmas tree,” an icon perfectly consistent with his saintly message from above. Be forewarned kids, he’s not as crappy a manager as he makes out, he’s only out to proselytise. You read it hear first.

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Grumpy old bugger St. Latty (left)

And so there we have it, the end to yet another fine season in this fine gameworld of ours (even if it is now halfway through the next season!). Loving the banter and activity on the threads, keep up the good work everyone, let’s keep this gameworld bouncing! All the best to you all for season 5…

Past award ceremony reports can be found here, though sadly

it seems that not all pictures used survived the test of time:

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

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Baros Makes His Impact Know!

With Ruud Van Nistelrooy lining up against the team who wanted too sign him only bad things could happen too Stockport or could thay. Stockport County with a brand new look too there team won 3-2 against Milwall and all thanks too new signing Milan baros who got the brace of the goals. The two sides had nothing in it but after this win Stockport are well on corce too making the play offs this season. Manager Mattuie Beckett who has now been in charge 45 games is now only 7 games of becoming the longest manager in the clubs history. Manager Beckett has said he will do all he can too make this team one of the best and has no dout that he can do well, but he has said it is not all easy here and he hopes for gold with this squad.

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The King of Cups

Season 4!

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The King of Cups competition here again, a 7046 competition within a competition.

For all new managers and those who have forgotten/have never given a toss here’s an explanation/reminder of how it works:

Basically, teams get points for how far they progress in each season's cups and then those points are added up across each season to give a total for each club so it’s just a guide as to how well your club has performed in the cups over the years. The clubs are then ranked according to their total number of points to give a measure of the historical success of each club across all English Cup and Shield games. There's 1 point for getting knocked out in the first round, 2 points for making it to the 2nd round, 3 for the 3rd round, 4 for the 4th round, 5 for reaching the quarter-finals, 6 for a semi-final spot, 7 if you're runner-up, and 8 for the winner. It’s that simple.

Remember:

- It is not on your managerial performance, but that of the clubs.

- It includes results from seasons 1 to 4 combined, not just last season.

- There are no Charity Shield results included so that all clubs can be compared equally.

- You get points for progressing even if you went through on penalties, it's according to what round you got to that gives you points, not if you won or not. You will also get more points for being drawn in the 2nd round and getting knocked out than a club who is knocked out in the first round, that's just the luck of the draw.

So, given all that here’s the final rankings from 1 to 80 according to their performances from season’s 1 to 4 in the 7046 English Cup and English Shield (the ‘S4 Total’ and then ‘S4 rank’ columns, far right is really what you are looking for amongst the deluge of information). Apologies in advance for those with failing eyesight!:

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And so the end result is a tie for first! After poor cup runs last season (they can be forgiven, after the league performance), last season’s winners Boro are now joined by Man City, who performed solidly, if not exceptionally, as joint winners of 7046’s season 4’s King of Cups! Following their season 4 Shield success Blackburn now move into third, just 1 point behind and then Arsenal, Man Utd and the MK Dons come in 4th and 5th a short way behind.

Blackburn are the highest performing division 2 cup team, followed by Coventry then Sunderland. In 13th spot Reading and Villa are the top division 3 teams, and the top ranking division 4 team is Bristol Rovers with a string of 4th round exits in 22nd spot followed by Rotherham (I believe) in 33rd. QPR have the honor of being the worst performing division 1 cup team way down in 69th spot, having just made the 3rd round one time, followed unsurprisingly by Fulham in 55th who have made it as far as the quarter finals once and third round once, along with Bristol City who’ve never broken the 3rd round.

Yeah, there’s a lot in here and it’s not for everyone for sure but given that SM have taken it upon themselves to deny access to past season’s schedules, limiting it to only 3 seasons the King of Cups at least provides a window into a club’s history that is otherwise lost forever. Why oh why can’t they identify the popular leagues, such as the forum-filled ones, and calibrate accordingly? How hard can it be to leave data for a few select set-ups? Anyway, I digress.

Looking further down, incredibly some 6 teams, Blackpool, Dagenham, Shresbury, Southampton, Wycombe and Brighton have never made it past the 2nd round of either cup (so a challenge for you there lads), and bottom of the pile Gillingham have exited in the first round on no less than 5 occasions. Some 20 teams have never made it past round 3, so again there’s an incentive for them to make this year a cup year!

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Yeah for Man City!

And of course, not forgetting…

The King of Cups!

**EUROPE**

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Same principle here, just involving a more 'select' group of clubs. 1 point is scored for participating in the group round, 2 points for making it to the first knock-out round, 3 points for a quarter-final spot, 4 points for a place in the semis, 5 points for being runner up, and 6 points for winning either the SMFA Cup or SMFA Shield. As a bonus, 1 point is given for losing in the Super Cup final, and 2 points are awarded for winning the super cup.

As of season 5 we now have 23 teams that have had the honour of trying their luck in Europe. After Sheff Utd’s league success last season, Norwich, QPR, and Huddersfield are the 3 division 1 teams who’ve not yet qualified for an SMFA place. Again, the rankings are added for all 4 seasons, totaled, and the teams ranked accordingly. Here’s how things looked at the end of season 3:

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And so, unsurprisingly, after phenomenal success in the SMFA Cup and Super Cups, Spurs have stolen the King of Cups (Europe) title for season 4 away from Chelsea, with losing finalists Man Utd, Everton and Sunderland some distance behind. For the rest there’s not a lot to write home about though in fairness Coventry have made a good stab at it in Europe, making it all the way to the SMFA Shield final at their first attempt (and getting stuffed there, 5-1), and Middlesbrough did make it all the way to the SMFA Shield semi in their first season, losing to rivals Sunderland. But well done to Spurs, they really have reigned supreme in Europe.

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If you think you spot Linekar you must be mistaken

Nothing to be taken seriously here, just a little ‘extra’ that you can take or leave. Constructive feedback as always though is welcome :)

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DIVISION 4 REVIEW-MATCHDAY 4-PT1

Southampton stay top with maximum points after a 4-2 win away at Colchester.Abdellaoue put the saints in front on 19 minutes and 4 minutes later Gaitan put them 2-0 ahead.Costa pulled one back for Colchester on 31 minutes to give the home fans a glimmer of hope that they could get something from the game.Abdellaoue had different ideas and on 36 minutes restored Southampton's 2 goal advantage to give them a 3-1 half time lead.Didot scored again for Colchester on 61 minutes to bring the score to 3-2 and set up an exciting finish but on 75 minutes moretti made the game safe for the saints as he scored the 4th and decisive goal.

Burton stay 2nd and still unbeaten this season winning 1-0 at Brentford.The game was goalless at half time but on 59 minutes Stindl scored the winner for the Brewers to maintain that auto promotion place.

Tranmere move up to 3rd after a slow start to the season.They were away at Dagenham and showed their true potential with a 6-3 win.Games always seem to be high scoring between these 2 sides and this didn't dissapoint as Rovers took the lead on 4 minutes from eventual hat trick hero Elmander.Ukra equalised for the Daggers on 17 minutes but Elmander got his 2nd on 21 minutes to make it 2-1.Two goals in a minute from Cacau(35) and Davis (36) made it 4-1 at half time for Tranmere and killed the result really.Diabate made it 4-2 but Taarabt scored again for Tranmere to make it 5-2.Another goal from Bienvenu made it 5-3 but Elmander's hat trick goal put the icing on the cake for the travelling fans.

Southend are 4th after a 2-0 away win at Bournemouth who are rooted at the bottom with 0 points.Goals from Veron (5) and Ruben (33) gave Southend a 2 goal half time lead and these proved to be the only goals of the match.

Wycombe lost 2-1 at home to Northampton who climb to 5th after this win.Oscar gave the Cobblers the lead in the 10th minute but Wycombe levelled the scores through Krcic just before the half hour to leave it 1-1 at the break.Junuzovic scored the winner on 67 minutes for Northampton to leave them in a healthy position.

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DIVISION 4 REVIEW-MATCHDAY 4-PT2

Accrington move up to 6th with a 2-1 home win versus Gillingham.Inzaghi put the lancashire side a goal to the good on 31 minutes and 8 minutes later Stanley made it 2-0 with a Canteros goal to complete the scoring in the first half.Clement pulled one back for Gillingham on 81 minutes but it was too little to late for them.

Bristol Rovers dropped out of the play off positions after a 0-0 draw at home to Orient.Despite both sides efforts none of the sides could find the net.

Rotherham recorded a 1-0 home win against Brighton.The game was 0-0 at half time but a 73rd minute goal from Maicon wrapped up the points for the home side.

Swindon Town won 3-1 at home to Chesterfield despite going a goal down to a 22nd minute goal from Sigurdsson.Ahmedou levelled the game in the 39th minute and further goals in the second half from Cigarin (47) and Pogrebnyak (61) sealed the game for the wiltshire team.

Shorpe drew 2-2 at home to Shrewsbury after they looked to be heading for their first win of the season.Shorpe led 2-0 at half time with goals from Boselli and Sosa.Shrewsbury showed their mettle though as two late goals from Moritz (86) and Ramirez (88) got them an unlikely point.

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Club Legends - DIV1

A Legend From Every DIV1 Team

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Arsenal- Carlos Puyol

The Arsenal defender has been a solid presence ever since the second season and is now approaching 100 appearances for the gunners. With an average performance of 7.55 and never getting sent off Puyol has led by example.

Bolton - Darren Bent

Not the most clinical with only 38 goals in 117 games but he is also a team player with 25 assists and he came as a steal costing just 12m

Bristol City - None!

With the current record cap hold Helton only on 23 appearances it is fair to say Bristol City have no legends!

Chelsea - Petr Cech

Chelsea GK Petr Cech has played 156 consecutive games for Chelsea, not missing a single game, his consistency has made him a fans favorite

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Cech, hasn't missed a game

Everton- Kevin Gameiro

34 goals in 84 games has made Gameiro Evertons hottest property although the striker has shown loyalty to Everton. His eagerness to fight for the team has seen him get send off 3 times

Fulham - Rodriguez Pedro

A constant top performer, Pedro has often lit up an otherwise docile Craven Cottage. In the wonder season of season 2 he scored 17 goals and provided 14 assists

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Huddesfield Town are an ever changing club and their fans have become disappointed with the ever changing side will manager Ahmed Rivai ever let a player settle?

Liverpool - Ferreira Pepe

Pepe has headed many crosses away from the pop end attacking and defending it seems with his shiny bald head as with only 3 goals he is not exactly prolific but he has been a solid performer for the reds with over 100 appearances.

Manchester City - Lionel Messi

With no loyalty at all at City Messi strolled into the club and after 4 average performances is already being worshipped. Apparently he is earning $1,000,000 a day to play for the failed club which has Guita as there no.1 keeper.

Manchester United - Nemanja Vidic + Gerard Pique

How could i separate these two, both have played an incredible 146 games for United and have been the base of the team since the very first season leading the team to 8 trophies.

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Vidic and Pique, solid partnership

Middlesbrough - Iker Casillas

Casillas edges out Xavi to be named Middlesbrough's legend as he is part of a unique group of players not to miss a single game. His average performance of 7.56 in season 1 led Middlesbrough to Div 1 He has even scored a few goals taking penalty duties!

M.K. Dons - Papiss Cisse

High flying M.K.Dons only have one player remaining for their div 3 years and he is still doing the business now at the top level. He 14 goals in season 2 brought the dons to the perm and despite the arrivals of De Natale and Nilmar he has stayed put and fought for his place.

Newcastle United - Guiseppe Rossi

Rossi has been banging in the goals for Newcastle at the top level ever since season 1. Averaging a goal ever second game, always fighting for the team he has been sent off 4 times.

Norwich - Ruben Perez

Not many people have remained at Norwich throughout there hectic campaign in 7046 but Perez has been there though the relegation in season 1 to the glory days of season 5. A reliable player he has almost 100 caps and averages over 7 with his performances.

Nottingham Forrest - Andreas Iniesta

Iniesta signed for a team that promised glory but soon found himself in the depth of DIV 2. Despite interest from DIV1 seeds he stayed loyal to Forrest and during an amazing season brought Forrest almost single handedly back to DIV1 with 20 goals and 16 assists in one season

Queens Park Rangers - Barreto Ibson

Ibson has never been a star player at QPR and his work often goes unnoticed but he has always played well when called apon (averaging 7.18) and his 8 goals in season 4 helped QPR gain promotion.

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Ibson, unsung hero

Sheffield United - Marco Borriello

Boriello has been in great form for the blades scoring 28 goals in 65 in DIV 2 and many doubted he could do it in DIV 1 but 11 goals in 26 games last season silenced the critics.

Tottenham Hotspur - Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Why Man.C let Zlatan leave Manchester after just 14 games (where he scored 8 goals) is a mystery. And incredible 42 goals in 74 games will have spurs fans remembering that ponytail for a long time.

Wolves - Antonio Cassano + Lopez Lisandro

Another inseparable partnership, both players have played over 100 games for Wolves and are nearing a combines 100 goals and there now slowing down, already they have scored a combined 6 goals this season.

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Tranmere stun daggers in goal fest

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Johan Elmander bagged himself a hatrick in Tranmere's win over Dagenham

Tranmere Rovers produced a stunning performance on Wednesday night as they registered their first ever win over Dagenham with the game ending 6-3 at Victoria Park. The in lifts Steve Thompson's men to 3rd in the division and it means that Tranmere have now scored a staggering 11 goals in their last two league games after beating Wycombe 5-0 last weekend.

Recently relegated Dagenham are finding life tough back in the basement division following their exploits in division three last season and this latest result will pile the pressure on manager Warren Livesey as his side now sit 16th in the table this after being tipped for a play off place by the bookmakers.

Tranmere handed a surprised debut to Italian defender Paolo Cannavaro who only signed on the dotted line hours earlier from division one side Huddersfield Town in a deal that saw Austrian defender Christian Fuchs head to the Galpharm Stadium. Joining Cannavaro in the deal was highly rated Swedish forward Agon Mehmeti the 22 year old is being tipped to have a brigh future in the game but was only considered worthy of a place on the bench having not played any football this season.

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New signings Paolo Cannavaro and Agon Mehmeti both made the 18 man squad

Tranmere started the match at a blistering pace and took the lead inside 5 minutes when Swedish striker Johan ELMANDER nodded home from close range 0-1. Daggers fans were stunned by the early goal but with 17 minutes on the clock their team equalized thanks to a deflected shot from striker Monteiro UKRA 1-1. Victoria Park was in full voice but the Stadium was stunned back into silence on 21 minutes when Johan ELMANDER sprung the offside trap to make it 1-2. Tranmere continued to ask a lot of questions and with 35 minutes gone they extended the lead further thanks to a first goal of the season from German striker Jeronimo CACAU 1-3 then a minute later it was 1-4 courtesy of a fine solo effort from Irish midfielder Steven DAVIS.

The visiting supporters were finding it hard to believe what they were seeing but with 10 minutes gone of the second half Dagenham gave their supporters some hope when Cheick DIABATE poked home from close range to make the scoreline 2-4 but just after the hour mark Tranmere restored their three goal advantage through Moroccan play-maker Adel TAARABT who seized on a poor piece of defensive play to finish with ease 2-5. The scoreboard was struggling to keep up and it's job was made harder just 4 minutes later when the Daggers got back in the game again this time through Cameroon striker Henri BIENVENU 3-5. The final goal of the game came on 77 minutes from Tranmere striker Johan ELMANDER who fired a wonderful right footed effort past Daggers keeper Gonen to complete his hatrick and make the final score 3-6 to the visitors. FULL TIME.

Following the full time whistle Tranmere boss Steve Thompson spoke to the press ....

"It was a fantastic performance coupled with a fantastic result and i couldn't be happier with it. Dagenham have been something of a bogey side for us but we put the shoe on the other foot and showed why we are being touted as promotion contenders.

It was nice to have a new signing with Paolo starting the game it was a shame to lose Christian as part of the deal but we can move forward we have also inherited Agon Mehmeti as part of the deal and it looks like he will have a bright future with us.

We do have bad news to report with Johan Elmander pulling up at the end the prognosis is still a little hazy at the moment but it looms like a couple of weeks out which is a shame considering the start he has made again for us.

We now look ahead to another away trip to Northampton. They are level on points with us so it's a chance to put a bit of a gap between us. They are a decent side and will fancy their chances on their own patch so we know how hard it's going to be but we are confident and scoring goals and we should fear nobody"

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Yep, that’s right, it just keeps on coming! A spin off from the King of Cups this one, a further 3 additional competitions within the regular competition! And again, there is absolutely nothing for you to do but sit back and see how well/badly your team has been doing!

There are 3 variations here, the King of Leagues, the King of Leagues ” balanced”, and the King of League – points.

First up, the King of Leagues, where the league position of each team, from 1 (top of division 1) to 80 (bottom of division 4) is calculated for each season, added up for seasons 1 to 4, and then the totals ranked to provide the final positions and determine the King of Leagues. So for example, Bury finished 2nd in division 4 in season 1, 1st in division 3 in season 2, 10th in division 2 in season 3, and 8th in division 2 which translates into 62 points, 41 points, 30 points, and 28 points for a total of 161. Any questions? Take them to VM. Here’s how the teams line up at the end of season 4:

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And once again, even after a pretty abysmal season 4 (by their high standards), last season’s King of Leagues champion Man Utd are once again top the pile by a comfortable margin. Trailing behind them, despite their lack of actual league success (with the exception of Spurs) come Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, Newcastle, Fulham, and (surprisingly?) Liverpool, showing that these teams have actually been pretty solid year after year. You’ll find your team in there somewhere, with Burton who have never finished higher than 14th in division 4 being the bottom of the pack.

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United celebrate their dominance over the seasons…

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Of course such a ranking system favours the clubs that began higher up, as seen by the dominance of the original division 1 boys. To account for this the second competition, the King of Leagues “balanced”, awards points to each club according to the position they finished in their respective leagues, rather than in the set-up as a whole, 1 point for first, 2 points for second, etc., all the way down the lowest score of 20 for finishing bottom. The points are added up again, sorted lowest to highest and ranked accordingly. Here’s how that competition turns out:

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Once again Man Utd are top of the pile and are crowned season 4’s King of Cups “balanced” champions, but (pleasingly) Boro come in second and Carlisle register in a strong third position. Other notable mentions for consistently strong performing teams include Bury in 5th, Charlton up in 7th, Bristol City in 8th, and Burnley in joint 13th. Pound for pound Swindon have historically been the worst performing team, closely followed by Stoke, though in fairness to Stoke they’ve had some tougher competition up in the top flight.

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Why can you never find bigger pictures when you want them?!

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Lastly, there’s the King of Leagues – points, just a brute measure of the league points totals that each team has collected over the 4 seasons, all added together and then teams ranked from the most number of points collected to the least:

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Once again Man Utd’s phenomenal success in the early seasons sees them top out though after a great season last season Carlisle have snatched 2nd spot from Boro with 275 points, just 9 points behind leaders United on 284. Plucky Bury bring up 4th spot.

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Frustration boils over with the fans, there’s only so much you can take after all!

So there you have it, perhaps not to everyone’s tastes but a great little snapshot of how teams have faired over the years in relation to one-another. Send all mistakes you spot to the usual address…

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Matchday Report

Division 1

Performance of the Week

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Wolves 4 - 0 Fulham

Wolves were on sizzling form in midweek, thumping a strong Fulham side 4-0. Goals from Cassano, Lopez, and Denisov sent the home side in at half time 3 goals to the good and the noise around the Molineux only grew when Gonzalez got the fourth in the second half to round off a terrific performance.

Player of the Week

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Daniele De Rossi

The Liverpool skipper was in tremendous form on Wednesday evening, guiding his side to a 3-2 victory over Bolton Wanderers. After bossing the midfield for the opening 12 minutes, De Rossi got his team underway, neatly converting a through ball past Bolton number 1 Victor Valdes. After another 48 minutes of exciting football, the game was locked at 2-2 until captain marvel De Rossi fired home a wonder strike to win the game for his side.

Division 2

Performance of the Week

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Sunderland 2 - 3 Blackpool

2 goals from both sides made for a thrilling first half at the Stadium of Light. Alou Diarra put the visitors ahead within 19 minutes of play, however Sunderland turned the game on its head and were 2-1 up with 38 minutes, goals from Sanchez and Higuain. Alou Diarra was on the score sheet again for the tangerines just before half time to make it a very interesting second half. The game failed to disappoint with plenty more chances, and it was on 67 minutes that Alou Diarra bagged another goal to secure his hat-rick and all 3 points for Blackpool.

Player of the Week

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Alou Diarra

This award couldn’t go to anybody else this week after a superb display by the French midfielder. The 30 year old continued to make driving runs through the midfield and caused the Black cats problems all night long was rewarded with all 3 goals for Blackpool. Diarra’s name would have been sung all the way back to the seaside, after earning his team a valuable 3 points.

Division 3

Performance of the Week

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Ipswich Town 4 – 1 Oldham Athletic

Ipswich Town produced a fantastic display at Portman Road to grab all 3 points and put on a great show for the home crowd. After going behind in the opening minutes to a well worked Alfaro goal, the tractor boys bounced back and goals from Lucas and Erding ensured the side went in at half time with the lead. Ipswich continued to press in the second half and were rewarded with another goal from Neymar before the game was eventually put to bed by Coentrao who added a 4th in the dying minutes.

Player of the Week

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Milan Baros

The Czech Republic international provided the inspiration for his side in what proved to be a very good win for Stockport County. On 31 minutes, Baros got his first goal in a Hatters shirt after confidently rounding the keeper to slip it into an empty net. The 30 year old continued to impress and grabbed himself another goal shortly after half time, when be beat 2 players before neatly converting past the Millwall stopper.

Division 4

Performance of the Week

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Dagenham & Redbridge 3 - 6 Tranmere Rovers

Tranmere Rovers came out on top after a stunning night of football at Victoria Road. Tranmere went in at half time leading the game 4-1, Elmander and Cacau providing the goals for Rovers while Ukra managed one for Dagenham. The second half proved to be just as exciting with Diabate pulling a goal back for the Daggers before Adel Taarabt netted for Rovers 5th goal. The Daggers refused to be beaten though and a goal from Bienvenu continued to keep the home crowd interested, however any hope of an extraordinary comeback were put to bed when Elmander bagged his Hat-rick late on to send Tranmere home with all 3 points.

Player of the Week

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Johan Elmander

Johan Elmander grabbed all the headlines in what a fascinating game at Victoria Road. The Swedish international got his season tally underway with a powerful header in the opening 4 minutes. After being alert to a through ball, Elmander seemed to beat the offside trap and convert calmly past the scrambling keeper. With the game coming to a close, the 30 year old rounded off a great night for his side with his 3rd goal smacking one in off the woodwork.

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Thompson talks cobblers

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Steve Thompson says Northampton will be play off contenders

Tranmere Rovers are back on the road tomorrow when they travel eastwards looking to take all three points from Northampton Town and cement their place in the current top six. Steve Thompson's men look to be gaining in confidence with 11 goals scored in the last two games and should they prevail victorious at the Sixfields there is every chance that the merseysider's could be sitting in the automatic promotion places.

Rovers were dealt a huge blow in the aftermath of Wednesday 6-3 win with the news that hat-rick hero Johan Elmander was set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up a foot injury. The Swedish international has 4 goals to his name this season and leads the clubs scoring charts but Elmander's absence paves the way for fellow striker Jeronimo Cacau to step into the limelight. The 30 year old German has found goals hard to come by since his move to the Wirral last season netting just 4 times in 22 appearances and Tranmere supporters are hoping that the German can carry the burden of expectation and find the net on a more regular basis.

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Johan Elmander will miss the trip to Northampton

Elmander's absence means that there will be one enforced change to the Tranmere starting line up and that could mean a debut for new signing Agon Mehmeti who signed for Rovers in midweek from division 1 side Huddersfield. Other names in the frame are Scottish striker Jamie Mackie whilst German youngster Marco Stiepermann will be hoping he may be given a rare chance to shine having been restricted to cup and shield appearances since his move from Dortmund.

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Agon Mehmeti, Jamie Mackie and Marco Stiepermann will all be hoping to replace the injured Elmander

Ahead of the game the media were given a chance to listen to Rovers boss Steve Thompson and gather his thoughts on the upcoming game ...

" It's sure to be a fantastic game of football tomorrow a match i am really looking forward to. Northampton picked up 3 points in midweek as we did so both teams will be looking to build on that run. Northampton finished in the play off's last season before losing out and they look to be using that disappointment in the right way. They have a huge squad of players for a team in this division so i guess it is important for them from a financial point of view to get promoted sooner rather than later to safeguard their future. No club in this division can sustain such numbers without losing a substantial amount of money week up on week but we will be doing our best tomorrow to enjoy they stay behind us.

The lads are looking in good shape i am hoping they have learnt from last season where gaining any sort of momentum results wise was difficult. In order to be successful we need to be able to string a winning run together and IF we can keep relatively injury and suspension free then i see no reason as to why we can't go on a run and give ourselves a chance.

Losing Johan (Elmander) is a blow any team in this division would miss a striker with a record as good as his but i am hoping the players given a chance take it and make it difficult for me to change things around again.

I know tomorrow will be tough but if we can get something positive it will signal our intent and show the division we mean business"

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Manager Reported Too Be Ready For Brake!

We are just four games in too the new season and yet again young English manager Mattuie Beckett is hitting the back pages of the news pappers. The young Stockport County coach who has been in charge of the League One out fits for 45 games has been reported too have already handed in his resignation come next season. The young coach has not had anything too say too press on the up coming news but it is reported that he has had a hard time coming back in too the team and that he is caped off his job with the squad. The coach who has won 15 cups in his time as a manager is expected too take a long term brake away from football for at least a season but this now leaves the fans asking who will become the next manager of Stockport County.

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Beckham Top Of Fans Manager List!

With what seams Beckett's last season in charge of Stockport County coming too a end at the end of this season the fans have been asking who will be manager. On a pole today on Stockport's fans website it has been leeked that David Beckham is the hot fave too become the new coach. The 36 year old has played 36 times for the League One side and was the player of the season last year for the club but after signing a fresh five year deal it is reported that was all a con and the five year deal was for him too become one of the first player coaches in the football league. Beckham has said this too press:

I am standing by what ever Mattuie Beckett dose with this club, yes he is our manager know but there has been nothing said about me becoming coach and I have had nothing said about him leaving. Were has this come from I realy do not know, many are saying he could be one of the best managers down here in the lower leagues why would he want too leave that repatation behind. I am in no rush too hang my boots any time soon, I still have a dream of becoming a England player again and as for me becoming the player coach it will never happen.

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Back Room Staff Also On The Hit List!

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LIVERPOOL v BOLTON MATCH REPORT

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Liverpool lined up against Bolton in a 4-3-1-2:

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2 G VAN DER WIEL

3 V MARCELO

4 T SILVA

5 F PEPE

6 F RIBERY

7 W ROONEY

8 D DE ROSSI ©

9 M GOMEZ

10 D DROGBA

11 E HAZARD

Playing against that boring old 3-5-2 of Bolton's:

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J MIRANDA 5

G BARRY 6

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M KLOSE 10

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With a crowd of just over 44 thousand,they got to witness a thrilling encounter.

Captain for the day De Rossi put Liverpool 1-0 up in the 12th minute but Bolton hit back with Barry &

Dzagoev scoring in 20th,33rd minute to put Bolton ahead at the break.

After some harsh talking and a change of tactic at half time to play through the middle, Wonderboy Hazard

equalized in the 55th minute then De Rossi made it 3-2 just 5 minutes later.

Rooney,Hazard & Marcelo bagged an assist each.

Liverpool put that blip of the defeat against Norwich firmly behind them with this result which sees them share top spot.

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Man of the Match and 2 goal hero De Rossi

I AM GLAD TO GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS AND WITH MAN UNITED & FULHAM SLIPPING UP AND BORO DWINDLING DOWN NEAR THE BOTTOM THINGS ARE LOOKING ROSY.

I DON'T LIKE PLAYING AGAINST THAT 3-5-2 SO GLAD WE GOT A RESULT AGAINSTBOLTON.

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Tottenham's Top 5 Transfer Targets

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5. Iker Muniain - Fulham

19 year old Iker Muniain comes in at 5th in the countdown of Spurs' most wanted. The Spaniard only moved to Fulham towards the end of 2011, but it is believed that recent performances have caught they eye of Ben Newman, whom has in the past sent a scout to watch the former Preston North End youngster. Will The Cottagers gaffer be willing to let his young star go though? Will friendship be put before business matters? Although no formal approach has been made yet by Tottenham, it can't be much longer before something has to give.

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4. Marek Hamsik - Sunderland

Slovakian international Marik Hamsik is next up on the list, after reports linking him to a move to White Hart Lane were given a new spark last month when a bid was made for the 24 year old. Nothing came of that approach though, but we can't put this one to bed just yet. Spurs' boss Ben Newman is believed to have taken a shining to Scandanavian born players in the past few months, with him describing them as 'unique and full of technique'. Will compliments like these be enough to convince Hamsik to move to Tottenham though?

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3. Cristian Tello - Watford

That's right, you guessed it, another Spaniard! I guess Newman is also going to tell us that Spanish players are 'unique and full of technique' too, huh. Well no, actually. Coming out of the third person perspective for a minute, Tello is a youngster I find to be fantastic in real life, as many others do. The fact that a player so young can push for a starting place in a team as mighty as Barcelona is phenomenal. Anyway, back onto 'not being me'. So, with a bid being made earlier this week, it looks as if a deal to bring the 20 year old to London may be on the cards.

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2. Vincent Kompany - Arsenal

Kompany is a player that Ben Newman has been after for a long time. In fact, he was one of the few players that the Spurs boss enquired about when he took over in July last year. However, since the appointment of Josh Horne at Arsenal earlier this month, it has become clear that Kompany is going nowhere, anytime soon. In fact, another Arsenal player in Edinson Cavani is highly rated by Newman too, but he didn't quite make the top 5. Another factor to add is rivalry. Tottenham and Arsenal absolutely hate each other. Could Kompany really cope with the guilt of knowing he had betrayed a team that has done so much for him? We'll have to wait and see.

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1. Adil Rami - Sunderland

Tottenham's defense is made up of strong players, so why would they want to add another solid defender to the team? Well, if a deal for Rami was to be agreed, it is more than likely that Benedikt Howedes, or even Lucio for that matter, would be heading the other way, with Howedes being the favourite to leave WHL. Sunderland are well known for having some of the best young talents around, so Lucio would most likely not fit into the structure of the team. It is, however, always good to have a bit of experience in the squad. A few bids have been made back and forth, here and there, over the past two months, but Sunderland and Tottenham have not come to an agreement just yet, and with the Londoners having tough competition for the Frenchman's signature, they really need to get something done quick!

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Winners

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Losers

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There’s been a lot of new blood coming into EC7046 over the last season or so, a number of which have expressed how they wish they could have been in 7046 from the beginning. It got me thinking how it was be nice to do a little review of the history of the set-up, of some of its highs and lows. When you look at the incredible season Norwich had last season, or how close the division 4 title race was you could be forgiven for thinking that they were some of the best ever in 7046. Is that really the case?

As a spin off of the recent King of Leagues thing I did it was just a short step to pull up the best performances of teams ever in 7046. How do they rank and who were the true greats? Here’s the best of the best, the top 20 seasons ever according to points gained, along with the managers who achieved such highs:

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Yep, while Norwich may have seemed to been a class above (or was it that there really was just no competition?), comparatively speaking they only weigh in as the 8th best performance ever. That accolade goes to Predator and his free-scoring Plymouth side back in season 1 with a balmy 89 points and a record-breaking 121 goals! After that season you’d expect him to go onto success after success, right?! His sparring partner was Dan Griffin at Coventry who went head to head with him for most of the season, ranking 7th on our top performance table with a respectable 81 points (enough to win division 3 in any other season but the one he came 2nd!).

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Predator back in season 1, before his failure at City

2nd placed Ashh at Brighton and 3rd placed wozlives stormed to success in division 4 in seasons 2 & 3 without great competition, but again, neither were able to replicate such success when further up the leagues (both clubs have in fact since been relegated). Next up comes Middlesbrough and then Bristol City, in 4th and 5th respectively with the best ever division 2 performances. Very little other than goal difference separates the two but while Shack (like Norwich) had very little competition, who (if you were around) could forget the breathtaking race between Boro and Forest (ranked 11th) back in season 1? It had everything, with Boro raising the bar by bringing in Casillas and Xavi, Forest responding with Samuel Eto’o and Balotelli, and then of course there was the problem with the Vulcans… (+ see here)

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Balotelli………………………………………………………………………..…………………Spock

Despite all of his strutting and crowing, way down in 6th comes SOP and Man Utd, the best ever division 1 finish with 81 points, beating his season 1 total of 78 points (13th spot), the 78 and 75 points amassed by Spurs & Chelsea in their season 3 race (15th & 19th), and Boro’s season 4 title win with 73 points (way down off the table in 27th spot). Still, division 1 is undoubtedly the toughest league there is and United’s triumphs must be put into that context. Perhaps their best achievement is to be the only division 1 team to have cracked the 100 goal barrier. Indeed only 4 other teams have: Plymouth (121), Dagenham (112), Bristol City (106) and Huddersfield (103).

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You’ve gotta have goals…

So there you have it, a brief review of some of the strongest seasons ever. And to bring everything together, here’s a quick look at the other end of the table, the worst of the worst!

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As you may expect it is quite the managerial merry-go-round down there. Still, there’s some notable forumers involved in these shameful seasons! In fairness to the likes of jr231990 at Stoke (301st), MUTD at Shorpe (315th), and Gurnak (and Hammer :rolleyes:) at Blackpool (317th, and on 21 points the worst division 1 finish ever), they admirably took over sinking ships. Others, such as Gozzy at Leicester (302nd), Mo at Forest (306th, along with jr1990 the only manager to feature in the top & bottom 20), and Jenks1 at Shrewsbury (314th) have no such excuse really.

While the lowest ever GD of -77 was recorded by Blackpool, the bottom of the bell curve goes to Tom_MFC at Swindon, ranking not only bottom with a truly dismal 18 points and just 2 wins in season 2, but also a second time in 309th spot, the twelfth worst ever performance too. Such shameful apathy occurred at a time when Tom poured his soul into EC5579 (admittedly without much tangible in-game success!), making it all the worse really, and it could well remain the most terrible ever season of all time in EC7046.

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Swindon boss Tom_MFC

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Crisis Deepens

at Woeful Boro!

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Sara Cabonero reports

Things go from bad to worse at crisis-plagued Middlesbrough as the defending champions only manage a desperately disappointing draw away at relegation contenders Chelsea. Despite bossing the game with some 62% of possession no breakthrough was forthcoming and not for the first time this season the team left the field to chorus of boos from the away fans. The official word coming out of the club is that they were overjoyed to hold onto the hard to retain 15th spot, but with the likes of Forest, Newcastle and Everton above them such mediocrity really will not be good enough for the fans who have come to expect guaranteed success season after season.

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Boro fans try to show their game where the goal is but to no avail

More worryingly for the troubled club are reports that all is not well behind the scenes, with players beginning to openly question the tactical judgment of the once widely celebrated Teesside manager. Boro boss Jooles, who has delivered just 1 win so far this season, refused to comment on the seeming internal discord but a club spokesman, speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that there are pro and anti-Jooles factions forming within the club and things are “looking ugly.”

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Things are looking ugly at Boro, something that Chelsea

star Carlos Tevez here can certainly testify to!

If reports are to be believed divisions are centered between Boro’s current and future stars, including Casillas, Xavi, and a couple of others versus the “ aging droppers group” who form by far the greater majority at the club. The ringleaders of the has-beens and no-hopers appear to be troublemaker Walter Samuel and his sidekick dropper Gennaro Gattuso. Samuel, who has been vocal about the poor managerial acumen of Middlesbrough’s most successful (and only) ever boss in the past was seen storming away from Stamford Bridge alone after the game, refusing to take part in the Jooles-led post-game yoga session that has become such a team tradition, controversially implemented in season 2 in place of Samuel’s favoured post-match pissup.

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Gattuso tries in vein to show he’s a riser, not a dropper

The wildcard really is want-away star Sergio Aguero, who has yet to commit to either side, or even his future to the club. Experts are undecided whether Middlesbrough would be sunk if Aguero – Boro’s only real asset – were to leave, but a club spokesman angrily rejected the possibility that Aguero could go on to play for one of the many bigger clubs, stating that the subject itself was “off limits.” Still, with no win in 4 league games, no trophies yet this season, and over half the team set to drop in ratings in the coming weeks times are looking hard for the North East’s top club.

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Aguero seen here collecting bids from other teams after the game

In others news doctors are pleased to confirm that Fulham’s Pedro’s gender-reassignment therapy appears to have been an unmitigated success and the former Barca star should be back in full training early next week.

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Pedro, all smiles after the successful op

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Re: English Championship 7046 Match Report/Tranfer Gossip Thread

MATCH REPORT

DIVISION 1

Performance of the Week

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Manchester United 2-3 Bristol City

Bristol City produced a great performance take to all 3 points after coming from behind to beat Manchester United 3-2. Clint Dempsey got the league leaders off to a flying start after a spillage by United keeper Julio Cesar allowed the American to poke home. However the Red Devils soon got into their stride and with 2 goals in 6 minutes from Muller and Robinho, the game dramitically turned in their favour. After half time, The Robins started the fight back and on the 68th minute Simon Rolfes leaped above his marker to glance a header inside the far post. 2 Minutes later, Bristol City were awarded a penalty which Stefan Kiessling converted to send his side on the road with all 3 points in the bag.

Player of the Week

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Vagner Love

The brazilian was in fine form saturday evening, scoring 2 goals and earning his side a valuable point. With Leeds United 3-1 down, in stepped the 27 year old who after switching on to a short corner, managed to curl it around the Blades stopper. Love wasnt finished their though and soon found himself in plenty of space and took full advantage with a thunder bolt into the back of the net, to send the Leeds fans wild.

DIVISION 2

Performance of the Week

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Rochdale 4-0 Watford

Gary Mack's side were in sizzling form in front of the home crowd to destroy Watford 4-0 to grab all 3 points. 26 Minutes in and Rochdale got their first after Ryad Boudebouz dummied the keeper to tap into an empty net. Ivan Perisic grabbed another just before half time with a thunderous shot smacking in off the crossbar. Rochdale did not allow for any complacency in the second half and were rewarded when Osvaldo beat the offise trap to finish neatly past the Hornets number 1. Gary Mack was delighted when his side finally killed the game off as Giovanni Moreno scored to make it 4-0 to the home side.

Player of the Week

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Seydou Doumbia

Doumbia produced a wonderful display bagging 3 goals for Burnley for what proved to be a facinating contest. After being 2-0 down inside 15 minutes, Doumbia grabbed a lifeline for his side just before half time when he finished off a great passing move from his side to score his first of the game. Doumbia was alert again on 56 minutes when he was alive to a scramble in the boxtopoke home for his second. The Ivory Coast international finally got his hat-rick in the dying minutes when he darted past 2 defenders to fire past the Charlton keeper.

DIVISION 3

Performance of the Week

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Leicester City 0-3 Walsall

Tony Harman will be delighted to see his side bring all 3 points back from The Walkers Stadium in what proved to be a comfortable win for the Saddlers. Walsall attacked from the first whistle and broke the deadlock on the 20 minute mark when Dembele produced a wonder strike to give his side the lead. 10 minutes later, Bobby Zomora was alert to score his third of the season after firing in a rebound to give Walsall breathing space. The game was evantually put to bed half way through the second half when Dennis Aogo was put through on a one on one which he confidently converted to send Walsall back home with 3 vital points.

Player of the Week

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Marcus Berg

The Swedish international had a great night at the New Den to grab his side the 3 points. Berg opened his acount on the 14 minute mark, when he showed fantastic ability to fire home an amazing over head kick to give Millwall the lead. After a goal from Lucas Neill put the home side in pole position for all 3 points, the 25 year old put the win behond doubt when he broke through the Aston Villa defense to fire home his second of the night.

DIVISION 4

Performance of the Week

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Southampton 3-0 Bristol Rovers

Rick James saw his side cruise to a 3-0 victory that kept his side at the top of the table. The Saints made a great start and soon took the lead when Moretti made the most of a goal mouth scramble to poke it into the net from 6 yards. 10 minutes later and Southampton doubled their lead with a goal from Abdellaoue after the norwegian broke through the defense to fire home. Abdellaoue then made sure all 3 points were coming his sides way with his sides second of the game to give Southampton a 3-0 win.

Player of the Week

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Siem De Jong

De Jong was in tremendous form to earn his side all 3 points at the Pirelli Stadium. The 23 year old opened his acount on the 35th minute when he rose highest to head home an in swinging corner. The Dutch international kept going in the second half and soon found himself unmarked in the opposition penalty area, to poke home from 6 yards out. De Jong then completed his hat-rick after finishing a wonderful pull back by his teammate.

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Manager Living On Borroued Time Full Storry!

When Mattuie Beckett took over Stockport County he was one of two new additions too the club, as they also brought in a new chairman. The side went under change and came out on top with promotion too League One football with a few hick ups along the way. The new so called power house again lost last night witch has left the fans asking has Beckett done all he can for the team and should he move on. Bets have been put on and he is now 3-1 fav too get the chop first this season. The young manager who has links too Norwich FC would not have too look far for a job but he has said he is doing all he can too stick with this squad, he wants too stay but it is only a matter of time before the chairman stops backing him. It has already been reported that he has been tabed up by a few teams but here is what he has said on the matter.

It is a sad time for me right now, I have made Stockport my home and my life. I don't think I could take over another club and would have too call time on managing all together if I was too get chopped. I have been in talks with our chairman and he has said right now he is happy but he wants promotion and I feel I can not live up too that.

Mattuie Beckett has brought in sutch names as David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Milan Baros, Nicklas Bendtner and many more could be called one of the best managers in the world but yet again the question who will take over has been asked and will thay be able too live up too when Beckett has done since his take over back in October 2011.

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