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Boy Wonder grows up

JAMES Vaughan could have been a sprinter. As a 13-year-old, he clocked 11.5 seconds for the 100 metres, the third fastest time for his age in Britain. Or he could have been a rugby player, like his dad Dorrington. “James was a very talented player,” said Richard Halsall, chairman of Preston Grasshoppers, where Vaughan played […]

Hearn keeps nerve and Orient prosper

DOWN at Leyton Orient, Russell Slade is going through the kind of period every manager dreams of – a genuine once in a lifetime purple patch. Win, after win, after win – you start to feel invincible. You can’t see how anyone can possibly beat you. It is an amazing time in your life, off […]

Give Rhodes more help and watch him fire

BLACKBURN boss Gary Bowyer took a thinly-veiled swipe at Scotland manager Gordon Strachan after Jordan Rhodes’ late leveller salvaged a point at Burnley last weekend. “The game’s about opinions,” said Bowyer. “And our opinion of Jordan Rhodes is that he is a fantastic striker.” Strachan, of course, is less convinced. After Rhodes’ fruitless 20-minute run […]

Room 101: Ashley Barnes (Brighton & Hove Albion)

THE Brighton striker  takes us through his pet hates that he wants thrown into the infamous Room 101. FIFA FURY Kaz (LuaLua) can be annoying when he beats me at Fifa. He isn’t very good, but when he beats me he thinks he’s number one! He is actually very good to be fair, but I’ve […]

Graham Westley: Going back to Preston was no big deal

As a manager, returning to a former club is a strange experience. In the last 12 months I have returned to Stevenage as Preston manager and yesterday I returned to Preston as Stevenage manager. Something of an unusual situation! The pre-match talk is all about your return rather than the job your team have to […]

Jacob Butterfield: All I care about is playing

CHRISTMAS 2011. Jacob Butterfield is the talk of the Championship. Captain of Barnsley in his first full season, a call-up to the England U21s, a place in the GB Olympic squad. Sat in the hole behind Ricardo Vaz Te, the midfielder’s perceptive passing and a slew of spectacular goals from range have got the scouts […]

Wells talent running deep

BRADFORD boss Phil Parkinson has praised star striker Nahki Wells for resisting the temptation to quit during the transfer window. Wells, 23, plundered 26 goals in League Two last season and has begun the current campaign in blistering form, striking six times to bag the League One player of the month award for August. Naturally, […]

Greg will be relieved at getting the sack

IT didn’t surprise me to see Greg Abbott sacked by Carlisle. And I’m sure it didn’t surprise him either.  When you get battered four in your first three games, you’d have to be stupid not to see it coming. By the end, you’re almost relieved when the sack comes. You feel like you can get […]

Alex proof that Dyke is right

SWINDON have a cracking player in winger Alex Pritchard. Against MK Dons last weekend, he made a wily old pro in Dean Lewington look like a park player after a night on the lash. That’s no slight on Lewington, although I’m sure even he must suspect the sponsors spent too much time enjoying the hospitality […]

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