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

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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 TheFA.com 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:

 

1

 

 

Arsenal

 

 

2

 

 

Aston Villa

 

 

3

 

 

Barnsley

 

 

4

 

 

Birmingham City

 

 

5

 

 

Blackburn Rovers

 

 

6

 

 

Blackpool

 

 

7

 

 

Bolton Wanderers

 

 

8

 

 

Brighton & Hove Albion

 

 

9

 

 

Bristol City

 

 

10

 

 

Burnley

 

 

11

 

 

Cardiff City

 

 

12

 

 

Charlton Athletic

 

 

13

 

 

Chelsea

 

 

14

 

 

Crystal Palace

 

 

15

 

 

Derby County

 

 

16

 

 

Everton

 

 

17

 

 

Fulham

 

 

18

 

 

Huddersfield Town

 

 

19

 

 

Hull City

 

 

20

 

 

Ipswich Town

 

 

21

 

 

Leeds United

 

 

22

 

 

Leicester City

 

 

23

 

 

Liverpool

 

 

24

 

 

Manchester City

 

 

25

 

 

Manchester United

 

 

26

 

 

Middlesbrough

 

 

27

 

 

Millwall

 

 

28

 

 

Newcastle United

 

 

29

 

 

Norwich City

 

 

30

 

 

Nottingham Forest

 

 

31

 

 

Peterborough United

 

 

32

 

 

Queens Park Rangers

 

 

33

 

 

Reading

 

 

34

 

 

Sheffield Wednesday

 

 

35

 

 

Southampton

 

 

36

 

 

Stoke City

 

 

37

 

 

Sunderland

 

 

38

 

 

Swansea City

 

 

39

 

 

Tottenham Hotspur

 

 

40

 

 

Watford

 

 

41

 

 

West Bromwich Albion

 

 

42

 

 

West Ham United

 

 

43

 

 

Wigan Athletic

 

 

44

 

 

Wolverhampton Wanderers

 

 

45

 

 

Preston North End or Gillingham

 

 

46

 

 

Bury or Southend United

 

 

47

 

 

Sheffield United or Port Vale

 

 

48

 

 

Carlisle United or AFC Bournemouth

 

 

49

 

 

Crewe Alexandra or Burton Albion

 

 

50

 

 

Bradford City or Brentford

 

 

51

 

 

Luton Town or Dorchester Town

 

 

52

 

 

Alfreton Town or Leyton Orient

 

 

53

 

 

Oldham Athletic or Doncaster Rovers

 

 

54

 

 

Tranmere Rovers or Chesterfield

 

 

55

 

 

Rotherham United or Notts County

 

 

56

 

 

Cheltenham Town or Hereford United

 

 

57

 

 

Barrow or Macclesfield Town

 

 

58

 

 

Accrington Stanley or Oxford United

 

 

59

 

 

Lincoln City or Mansfield Town

 

 

60

 

 

Harrogate Town or Hastings United

 

 

61

 

 

Coventry City v Morecambe

 

 

62

 

 

Milton Keynes Dons or AFC Wimbledon

 

 

63

 

 

Crawley Town or Chelmsford City

 

 

64

 

 

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


I’m F*********** Edgar Davids!

Edgar Davids upset Sky producers but delighted Twitter users with a slip of the tongue during Goals on Sunday.
‘I’m f****** Edgar Davids,’ declared Barnet’s Dutch midfielder and joint-manager while appearing as a guest on the Sky Sports 1 football highlights show.


Adam Chapman plays with burnt nipple

 

Oxford United Midfielder Chapman, 22, was forced to go to hospital on Friday night after pouring boiling milk over his chest.

But despite the unusual injury, Chapman managed to take his place in Saturday’s side as Oxford beat Wycombe 3-1 reports the BBC

“It’s ridiculous,” Wilder told BBC Radio Oxford. “It is a new one for me, hopefully he’ll

be OK in the future.”

 

“I got out of bed early on Saturday like a good professional, making sure we’re all alright for the game,” he said.

“I picked up a text on my phone that got sent last night (Friday) from Andy Lord, our physio.

“Adam Chapman, like this good dad he is, was making his baby some milk and he managed to shake the bottle up and down, but he didn’t put the lid back on properly.

“He burnt his chest and had to go to hospital for a check up.

“He’s burnt all his nipple. It’s an unusual injury, but he’s managed to play the game. We talk about injuries and what I have to go through in this job.”


Air Ambulance Called to Charlton Training Ground

 

A VOLUNTEER at Charlton Athletic’s training ground had to be flown out by air ambulance after being run over by a tractor. Reports News Shopper

The Addicks staff member was left with “serious injuries” after reportedly starting up an old machine which had been left in gear and crushed him yesterday (October 29) morning.

A Charlton Athletic Football Club spokesman said: “Charlton have launched an investigation into an accident that left a member of staff at the club’s training ground with serious injuries on Monday morning.

“An air ambulance was called to transport the Addicks staff member to the Royal London Hospital following the incident at the club’s New Eltham headquarters.”


Capital One Cup Fixtures and Officials – Round 4

The appointments and fixtures for Round 4

Tuesday 30th October 2012
Leeds United v Southampton
CHRIS FOY
Harry Lennard and Michael McDonough
Fourth Official Darren Drysdale
Reading v Arsenal
KEVIN FRIEND
Stuart Burt and Charles Breakspear
Fourth Official Michael Oliver
Sunderland v Middlesbrough
PHIL DOWD
Andrew Garratt and Scott Ledger
Fourth Official Mark Halsey
Swindon Town v Aston Villa
STUART ATTWELL
Ian Cooper and Mark Russell
Fourth Official Mark Haywood
Wigan Athletic v Bradford City
ROGER EAST
Steven Copeland and Keith Lawson
Fourth Official Tony Bates
Wednesday 31st October 2012
Chelsea v Manchester United
LEE MASON
Jake Collin and John Brooks
Fourth Official Michael Dean
Liverpool v Swansea City (20:00)
LEE PROBERT
Ronald Ganfield and David Bryan
Fourth Official Graham Scott
Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur
JONATHAN MOSS
Mark Scholes and Peter Bankes
Fourth Official Keith Stroud

Sports Weekly Review Sunday October 14th [in pictures]

A week of Pressure,Controversy,Parting of ways,Victories and progress. Only in sport can you find such a diversity of mixed feelings in the space of seven days. The global world of sport never fails to deliver and come  Sunday afternoon we take time to reflect about the highs and low’s before contemplating what might have been.

People don’t play sports because its fun. Ask any athlete, most of them hate it, but they couldn’t imagine their life with out it. Its part of them, the love/hate relationship. It’s what they live for. Anon.

The week started with the controversial topic of diving, Suarez came under fire for his antics at stoke backed up by Gareth Bale’s incident at spurs.

Michael Owen came out and admitted “I have been guilty as well”.

    Diving was no longer a concern for Owen Coyle who said about hid departure ” The performances have been to a high standard, but we have to accept that we have not won as many games this season as we wanted to”.

Coyle who left Burnley to join Bolton was immediately linked with a return to the Clarets as the club announced Eddie Howe was to leave the club and return to the Cherries for personal reasons.

“I had to do it for my family. It’s been a difficult six months for me and I hope the Burnley fans understand,” Howe told BBC Radio Solent on Saturday.

The week was then to be dominated by the shock news by USADA who’s damming report shocked the world of sport and left some overwhelmed by such detailed evidence.

“The U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel Team doping conspiracy was professionally designed to groom and pressure athletes to use dangerous drugs, to evade detection”, the USADA said.

International week got off to a positive start with Royalty arriving at Burton to officially open St.Georges Park.

Also arriving was Ashley Cole who found himself having to apologise for his FA twitter rant and was later warned by the Duke ” If you continue to be naughty they’ll take your twitter account off you”

Frank Lampard finding it much easier with the girls.

The rest of the week was dominated with pressure as Craig Levein and Chris Coleman both needed a result at the millennium Stadium on Thursday Night. Final score Wales 2 Scotland 1. “It’s great that this is my first victory after I lost two friendlies and two qualifiers, and in the last one, took a hiding”. Coleman said.

“I’m extremely proud to have this job and I’ll do the best I can”. Levein told reporters.

England’s 5-0 Victory over San Marino was over shadowed by the injury to Theo Walcott.

Giovanni Trapattoni faced calls for him to quit after an embarrassing 6-1 defeat to Germany. ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary,’ Trapattoni said. ‘Germany have gone, they will qualify as group winners, but we are in their fighting with Austria and Sweden for qualification.

It’ll be a Riot on the night was the story from Senegal he game was stopped after 70 minutes, with visitors the Ivory Coast winning 2-0 (and 6-2 on aggregate), following rioting among home fans sparked by a controversial penalty decision.

Boxing , the week was dominated by the return of Audley Harrison which only lasted  seconds on Saturday Night.

Audley: ‘Price will know he’s in a fight’ he said on Friday unfortunately Audley you didn’t get long enough ! as predicted by probably every boxing fan in the world.

The Korean grand Prix was dominated by Red Bull as Sebastian Vettel took victory as Button Crashed out on the first lap.

                 “Kobayashi, what an idiot”. Button said “I don’t know what Kobayashi was thinking.” Lets hope his eyes were on the Road!

Also crashing out ! Andy Murray losing to Novak Djokovic  in the Shanghai Masters final.

“I’ve lost tougher matches than that before and I’m sure I will recover,” he said. “But it was a top-quality match. Both of us played some unbelievable tennis at times”. said Murray.

 

And Just when you thought that was a great week Felix turns up and creates History !

 

 

Austrian Felix Baumgartner has broken the record for the highest ever skydive by jumping out of a balloon 128,000ft (24 miles, 39km) above New Mexico.

 

for more on Felix catch up with Red Bull Stratos. Link

 

 

Well the end of One week and the start of another.

 

Well Done #felix & #RedBull Stratos


Do Liverpool Need Gary Hooper [Striker]

It was always going to be the case that all Liverpool fans feared but its only taken less than two months for Brendan Rodgers to face the striker nightmare. Asking your players to Man Up! unfortunately will not apply in this case. 

Borini was hurt during training ahead of Italy Under-21s’ Euro 2013 play-off with Sweden on Friday, the Liverpool Echo reported on its website Thursday. The immediate response from the media was swift with many taking the opportunity to foot the blame at Rodgers door. In contrast to some opinion there is little evidence to support the view that it was Rodgers who failed to deliver on transfer deadline day.

Speaking back in August he said ”  the summer transfer dealings “didn’t quite go to plan” but insists he was right to trim a bloated and overpaid squad and that “going forward a great deal of learning has taken place.”

“Every manager always wants more players but the reality of where the club is at their needed to be a little bit of surgery done on the squad,” he said.

Liverpool Will have no doubt been planning to balance the books, further credence to that has come with the news that Damien Comolli has now reached a financial settlement after his departure in April. The wage bill is likely to receive further surgery with the news that Alexander Doni is set to leave the club. Cutting the wage bill is by far the quickest way to generate transfer funds for January transfer window and  Doni is unlikely to be the last player to go before January 31st.

Liverpool today have been strongly linked to Celtic Striker Gary Hooper who Joined the Hoops in July 2010 for £2.4m from Scunthorpe United. A potential £7m in January is thought to be in the offing after it was claimed that Hooper is upset that numerous promises have been broken by the club regarding the new contract.

Hooper has all the main attributes to play as a striker, he is strong and can hold up the ball well. He is also a good finisher, he has been described as being a ‘penalty box striker’. However, he can also pass the ball well and this allows midfielders to play off him. He has received praise since moving to Scotland.

Newspaper The Daily Record described him as being one of the most skilled attackers in the SPL. They also said that he had shown that he could deal with the physical nature of the Scottish game, due to his ability to ride a challenge well. He is able to play the game at a very high tempo and has a very good first touch.

Stats ;

Celtic 2010–11 26 20 5 0 4 1 1 1 36 22
2011–12 37 24 3 1 4 2 6 2 50 29
2012–13 7 2 0 0 1 4 6 3 14 9
Total 70 46 8 1 9 7 13 6 100 60
Career total   352 151

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