(Photo by Jon Buckle/The FA via Getty Images) by Matt Badcock JESS CLARKE is used to overcoming obstacles. After all, with her mum out working hard to keep her daughter’s football dreams alive, Clarke could only get to training on a 40-minute bus ride across Leeds. So intent on making her own way and not […]
by Chris Dunlavy Leeds, Reading, Southampton and Nottingham Forest – little Leo Sharp has got a range of kits to rival Sports Direct. And no wonder – the poor lad’s head must have been in a spin trying to follow dad Billy’s whistlestop tour of the Championship. Since winning promotion to the Premier League with Southampton […]
IN THE dark places below the Premier League where Sky Sports News fear to tread, deadline day is a grim old experience.
THERE’S a story knocking around on the internet about the day in 2011 when Nakhi Wells, aged 20, joined Carlisle United.
I HAD to laugh when I saw what happened in the Port Vale v Preston game. Mind you, I don’t imagine it was very funny for Micky Adams. After a bout of handbags between Joe Garner and Anthony Griffiths, the ref pulled out his red card – and sent off Preston’s Neil Kilkenny! He’d meant […]
PAUL Gallagher means no disrespect to Leicester City but it is impossible for the striker to hide his relief when he admits his Foxes career is finally at an end. The 29-year-old still has a year-and-a-half to run on his deal at the King Power Stadium but in reality his days under manager Nigel Pearson […]
The Sheffield Wednesday midfielder chooses his favourite XI, made up from players he has played with or against in his football career. GOALKEEPER Nigel Martyn – Retired It was a toss-up between him and David Marshall but Nigel was so steady – I can’t remember him making a mistake. I was only a lad at […]
DURING the summer, I asked Paul Fairclough, the former Barnet manager, to name the most difficult player he’d ever worked with. “Nicky Bailey,” he said. “He’s a fantastic player but back then he was an angry young man. He was full of anger, the kind of guy who would fight his own shadow.” These days, […]
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 […]
WELL, the sacking season is well and truly upon us now. After David Weir at Sheffield United, this week has seen my old assistant Kevin Blackwell sacked by Bury and Martin Allen lose his job at Gillingham. As a former manager of Bury, I have to say I haven’t got many happy memories of my […]