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Football Firsts: Former Rotherham United defender Ian Sharps

First match? I remember going to Tranmere Rovers versus Halifax when I was a kid. My family were big Tranmere fans and I used to go to watch them every week. I remember everyone saying that Frank Worthington was really good when he was playing and that was one of my earliest memories. So, that […]

Where Are They Now? Gillingham’s Division Two play-off winners 1999-00

By Neil Fissler GILLINGHAM could have been forgiven for dreading a return trip to Wembley’s Twin Towers so soon after the most heartbreaking defeat in their history. May 30, 1999 had been a Sunday they would never forget as Carl Asaba and Robert Taylor struck twice in the last ten minutes to put them 2-0 […]

Profile: Wigan Athletic interim manager Graham Barrow

By Chris Dunlavy COLD, confused, shocked by their team-mates’ consumption of alcohol and incapable of finding a shop open beyond 6pm. When the ‘Three Amigos’ descended on Wigan in 1995, Roberto Martinez, Jesus Seba and Isidro Diaz were about as comfortable in Lancashire as a Yorkshire rose. Thank goodness, then, for Latics boss Graham Barrow. […]

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Virgo column: Wood’s a beast now thanks to Beattie’s input

(Photo: Action Images) By Adam Virgo BEFORE this season, watching Chris Wood always reminded me of playing alongside Dele Adebola at Coventry. Dele was the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. But sometimes you just wanted to shove a rocket up his backside and say ‘Come on, look at the size of you’. He was about […]

Where Are They Now? Sheffield Wednesday’s Division Two 1983-84 runners-up

By Neil Fissler IMRE Varadi believes Sheffield Wednesday cost themselves the Second Division title by winning promotion too early. Howard Wilkinson’s side clinched a return to the First Division six games before the end of the season after leading the title race for most of the season. But they flagged in the finishing straight, losing […]

After raising £420,000 last time, Jeff Stelling is back ready to march for Prostate Cancer UK

By Soccer Saturday presenter and Prostate Cancer UK ambassador Jeff Stelling AGONY is a familiar feeling to every football fan – and I’m going to experience it all over again. Last year, along with my good friend Russ Green, we walked ten marathons in ten days. Starting out at Hartlepool United, we walked all the […]

Where Are They Now? Walsall’s Division Four runners-up 1979-80

By Neil Fissler DON PENN believes Walsall shot themselves in the foot when they bounced straight back to the Third Division a season after being relegated. The Saddlers had slipped out of the division after 16 seasons and looked set to romp away with the Fourth Division title after going top at the end of […]

Title winner Wilkinson roots for Monk to deliver for Leeds

(Photo: Action Images) By Adam Clarke HOWARD WILKINSON this year celebrates the 25th anniversary of Leeds winning the old First Division title. Now, he hopes current Elland Road boss Garry Monk can make the milestone extra special by guiding the club to promotion to the Premier League in May. Wilkinson stunned football when his Leeds […]

History of changes in the EFL

English Football League was formed in 1888 and consisted of 1 division, in which 12 teams played. In the first season (1888/89), the Preston North End team became the champion. In the second season (1889/90), it was decided to give teams 2 points when winning, 1 point with a draw, and not give points for […]