I’M really pleased Nigel Clough’s got back into management so quickly with Sheffield United. He had a messy departure from Derby, and he would have been very bitter about his treatment. And I know from experience that if you aren’t careful, that bitterness can consume you. Now, he hasn’t got time to dwell on what […]
CHESTERFIELD 1996-97 FA CUP SEMI-FINALISTS IT was one of the most controversial moments in FA Cup history when Chesterfield were crucially denied a place in the final. They were leading Middlesbrough 2-1 thanks to goals from Andy Morris and Sean Dyche with 21 minutes to go when Jon Howard’s shot crashed down off the cross […]
TWO goals. That’s all it took to turn Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj from teenage prospect to future superstar.
THINGS are going well for Kyel Reid right now. On the pitch he’s in the form of his Bradford City career – his goal at Walsall last weekend is proof of that – and off it he couldn’t be busier. The former West Ham winger is no ordinary footballer. Instead of golf and playing on […]
SIENA is a beautiful town. Terracotta tiles, winding cobbled streets and a big church tower with spectacular views across the Tuscan countryside. It would, I imagine, be a lovely place to play football. At least, it would if they were paying you. Back in May, Siena were relegated after a decade in Serie A. That, […]
Where Are They Now? Oldham Athletic 1989-90 League Cup Finalists JOE ROYLE called it is his “pinch me season” when the Latics reached the semi-final of the FA Cup – taking Manchester United to a replay – and the League Cup Final. Royle plundered the reserve teams of bigger clubs to build a side that was […]
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 […]
I’VE managed in the Football League long enough to know that crazy results are the name of the game.