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Southend, Stevenage and Oxford player Mitchell Cole has died, aged 27


Former Southend, Stevenage and Oxford player Mitchell Cole has died, aged 27, the Football League has confirmed.

The former West Ham trainee retired as a professional player in February on medical advice after being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition which causes an irregular thickness of the heart in certain areas.

He gave an interview to The Sun at the time in which he said: “A few players around the world die of this every year. The specialists told me that every day I have a one percent chance of dropping dead and sport quadruples that risk.

“When the doctor gave me the numbers and showed me images of my heart, it hit me hard.”

Cole did return to football to make a handful of non-league appearances, some of which came for Arlesey Town.

However, according to their director of football, Gary King, watching Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffer a cardiac arrest in an FA Cup tie with Tottenham in March convinced Cole to give up the game for good.


Are these the Two best players in the Championship | Head to Head

Bragging rights are on the line at Selhurst Park this weekend as npower Championship rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion go head-to-head.

With both sides eyeing promotion to the Premier League this term, the match promises to be a real cracker. Here, we preview the encounter with the help of a fan from each club.

Take a look at these rising stars and decide who you think is the best  npower Championship player.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)


Will Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion)

THIRD ROUND DRAW NUMBERS | FA Cup | Chelsea Draw Lucky 13

Premier League and Championship teams enter the hat on Sunday afternoon

The FA Cup with Budweiser

Third Round Proper draw
2.40pm, Sunday 2 December 2012
Wembley Stadium
Live on and ITV1
Ties to be played over the weekend of 5 & 6 January 2013
Winning clubs will receive £67,500 from The FA prize fund

The draw for the Third Round of The FA Cup remains a special event in the football calendar.

Lower league and non-League teams dream of being paired with a Premier League giant, while the bigger clubs will all be looking to avoid a potential Cup upset.

The most notable Third Round tie from last season was the Manchester derby, which United won 3-2 at the home of their local rivals, while Swindon Town, then of League Two, came from behind to knock out Premier League Wigan.

The draw will be conducted by former Tottenham captain Ledley King and former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba and the draw numbers are listed below:











Aston Villa












Birmingham City






Blackburn Rovers












Bolton Wanderers






Brighton & Hove Albion






Bristol City












Cardiff City






Charlton Athletic












Crystal Palace






Derby County


















Huddersfield Town






Hull City






Ipswich Town






Leeds United






Leicester City












Manchester City






Manchester United


















Newcastle United






Norwich City






Nottingham Forest






Peterborough United






Queens Park Rangers












Sheffield Wednesday












Stoke City












Swansea City






Tottenham Hotspur












West Bromwich Albion






West Ham United






Wigan Athletic






Wolverhampton Wanderers






Preston North End or Gillingham






Bury or Southend United






Sheffield United or Port Vale






Carlisle United or AFC Bournemouth






Crewe Alexandra or Burton Albion






Bradford City or Brentford






Luton Town or Dorchester Town






Alfreton Town or Leyton Orient






Oldham Athletic or Doncaster Rovers






Tranmere Rovers or Chesterfield






Rotherham United or Notts County






Cheltenham Town or Hereford United






Barrow or Macclesfield Town






Accrington Stanley or Oxford United






Lincoln City or Mansfield Town






Harrogate Town or Hastings United






Coventry City v Morecambe






Milton Keynes Dons or AFC Wimbledon






Crawley Town or Chelmsford City






Fleetwood Town or Aldershot Town

Zlatan Ibrahimovic The Best Goal Ever Are you Shaw?

Everybody’s favourite dreadlocked centre-back scoring against Gillingham in 2004. Contributed towards the 5-2 away drubbing of Gillingham which in turn resulted in the crazy dismissal of Eric Black.


You Decide

Sweden vs England 4-2 Ibrahimovic AMAZING BICYCLE GOAL!!! 14-11-2012

Capital One Cup -Round 5 draw details

The draw for Round 5 of the Capital One Cup will be made live on Sky Sports on Wednesday 31st October 2012.

It will follow the live Fourth Round fixture at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Manchester United, which kicks off at 7.45pm.
The line-up for the draw is as follows:
1. Arsenal
2. Aston Villa
3. Bradford City
4. Leeds United
5. Middlesbrough
6. Chelsea/Manchester United
7. Swansea City
8. Norwich City
Ties to be played week commencing 10th December 2012*.
*Note – Should Chelsea progress to Round 5, their tie will be played on Wednesday 19th December 2012.

Mick to Grab The Tractor Boys Job

MICK McCarthy will become the next manager of Ipswich Town tomorrow.

Blues chief executive Simon Clegg earlier confirmed ; 

“We’ve interviewed a number of candidates and the process is ongoing. I have always said that the key is getting the right man, in an ideal world they’d be in before the weekend (before Saturday’s match at Birmingham) but if it takes longer then so be it.

“This is not a short-term fix, it’s a critically important appointment and there’s little point in rushing it just for the sake of having someone in post. That said, good progress is being made and I’m hopeful that we will be in a position to make an announcement over the coming days.”

Various reports are suggesting Mick McCarthy will be unveiled as Ipswich Towns new boss in the morning.


Henning Berg – Managerial Stats


22 April 2005, Berg was appointed manager of Lyn, at the age of 35. Berg signed a four-year contract with the Oslo side. Berg made his debut for Lyn against Start two days later, getting a 1-1 draw, followed up by winning 6-1 against Molde the next week. Lyn finished 3rd that season.


On 19 August 2008, Lyn announced that Berg had accepted an offer from Lillestrøm, where he had last played in 1992. Henning Berg signed a five-year contract and took over as head coach on 21 October 2008. On 27 October 2011, after gaining only a single point in 8 matches, Berg was sacked from Lillestrøm.


On 31st October 2012, Blackburn Rovers announced that Berg had accepted an offer for a three year contract to manage Blackburn rovers.

Managerial stats


Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Lyn Norway 22 April 2005 9 September 2008 120 55 23 42 45.83
Lillestrøm Norway 21 October 2008 27 October 2011 89 28 33 28 31.46
Blackburn Rovers England 31 October 2012 0 0 0 0 {{}}


Forest’s Billy Sharp – Hot Dog Celebration #nffc

After Nottingham Forest striker Billy Sharp put in the first goal of the match, he ran towards one of the sidelines to celebrate with the home crowd.

As fans came down to the boards where Sharp was celebrating, a fan holding a hot dog came near Sharp and offered it to him for scoring. Billy accepted the fan’s gesture and took a nice big bite out of it:


So Who Is Charlie Austin ? [scout-report]

Despite the loss of their manager Eddie Howe last week 23 year old former bricklayer Charlie Austin is the name on everyone’s lips. Plucked from non-league football only three years ago his first team goal tally already stands at 18 goals in 14 games & has equalled Ray Pointer’s record of scoring in eight successive matches, set in 1958-59.

Born in Hungerford, Austin trained with Reading’s youth system as a youngster but was released for being too small. He subsequently played for local teams AFC Newbury,Thatcham Town, Kintbury Rangers and his hometown side of Hungerford Town. Moving with his family to Bournemouth, he then switched to nearby semi-professional Wessex League Premier Division team Poole Town while also working as a bricklayer.

Austin was offered a trial at Swindon Town in September 2009 after their chairman Andrew Fitton, who had been Hungerford Town’s chairman while Austin was a player at the club, recommended him to Swindon manager Danny Wilson. Austin impressed and on 2 October he was signed for an undisclosed fee and given a contract until the end of the season.

Despite suffering a dislocated shoulder in September, Austin scored another 17 goals in 27 games at the start of the 2010–11 season. His form prompted several Championship clubs to make offers for him during the January transfer window – all of which were rejected by Swindon.

On 28 January 2011, Austin signed for Burnley on a three-and-a-half-year contract. He made his Burnley debut on 1 February in a 1–0 loss away to Doncaster Rovers. In his first full season with Burnley, Austin scored 16 goals in the Championship and finished the campaign as the club’s top goalscorer in the league.

Burnley’s goalscoring record is 29 league goals in a season, set by Willie Irvine in 1965-66.

Former Northern Ireland international Irvine has no doubts that Austin will be a record-breaker, saying:

“Charlie gets into so many scoring positions centre-backs can’t work out how to stop him. The goals will keep coming and I will be first to congratulate him when he breaks my record.

“He’s a big, confident lad. A nightmare for defenders.”

Former Clarets Manager Eddie Howe said;

“Charlie is lethal,”

“I remember picking up the local paper in Bournemouth and he seemed to be scoring four and five every week for Poole Town.

“My thought at the time was ‘You’ve got to go and watch this kid.’

Ipswich Town FC – We Already Have Our Candidates


Paul Jewell left Portman Road today after a poor start to the season and leaving the club bottom of the Championship and Ipswich chief executive Simon Clegg has revealed he and owner Marcus Evans began the process of identifying possible successors to outgoing manager Paul Jewell “a number of weeks” ago.

“We’re very clear in terms of the type of individual we want,” Clegg told Ipswich Player on the club’s official website, “Already Marcus and I have been brainstorming for a number of weeks what would happen if we got to this scenario.”

“That process, in some respects, has started by the identification of the various candidates and now those discussions will be ramped up going forward.”

“I don’t want to give too much away at this moment in time but we do realise that the next appointment is a very important one for us,” he said.

“We need to get it right and we need to de-risk that process by ensuring that whoever we bring on board we are absolutely confident that they have the skills, the experience, the ability, the drive and the motivation to take us to where we want to go to.”

Current odds for next Tractor Boys Boss.

Alan Curbishley 2/1
Mick McCarthy 4/1
Tony Mowbray 9/1
Harry Redknapp 10/1
Owen Coyle 10/1
Billy Davies 12/1
Keith Hill 14/1
Terry Butcher 16/1
Paul Ince 20/1
Chris Hutchings 20/1



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