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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.


Former QPR and Team Bath legend Ivor Powell Dies at 96

Ivor Powell, who was the world’s oldest football coach during his time with Team Bath, has passed away at the age of 96. Powell was one of the finest players of his generation in a career that saw him play for Wales, Blackpool, Queen’s Park Rangers and Aston Villa, the latter paying a record £17,500 transfer for a half-back to secure his services.

Powell, who was capped eight time for his country, started his playing career at QPR in 1937 and also had spells with Aston Villa and Blackpool.

He took over as manager at Bath City in 1964 before becoming a coach at the University of Bath, where he worked for 37 years, until the age of 93.

Powell won a place in the Guinness Book of Records for his role as the world’s oldest working football coach in 2006.

He was made an MBE in the 2008 for services to sport.

A statement on the QPR website read: “The club would like to extend its deepest condolences to Ivor’s family and friends at this sad time. May he rest in peace.”

Born on 5 July 1916 in south Wales, he started his working life down the mines and was spotted by QPR playing for South Wales League side Bargoed aged 17.

At his playing peak in 1948, Powell set a record transfer fee for a half-back of £17,500 when he moved to Aston Villa.

He was a team-mate and close friend of Sir Stanley Matthews at Blackpool and was best man at his wedding.



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FA President The Duke of Cambridge To Open St.Georges Park

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will open St. George’s Park tomorrow. The Royal Party will visit the Burton upon Trent site and join specially invited guests to celebrate the opening of the new home for the 24 representative England teams.

The Royal Party will be accompanied by many special guests from the football and sporting world for the official opening of England’s new £100m training home.

The Party will be joined by both Roy Hodgson and Hope Powell with members of their respective squads. ” FA Chairman David Bernstein said: “The opening of St. George’s Park is truly a momentous occasion in the history of The FA. Next year we will celebrate The FA’s 150th anniversary, and this moment will be recorded as significant as any that has gone before us in the last 149 years”.

Facilities at St. Georges Park ;

They include:

  • Indoor 3G pitch – 120m x 80m building, accommodating a full-size 105m x 68m artificial football pitch equipped with a 200 person viewing gallery
  • Running track – located adjacent to the indoor 3G pitch, the 60m sprint track features a specialist power plate which can track the speed, gait and running characteristics of athletes
  • Multi sport indoor hall – 60m x 40m with sprung floor and capacity for Futsal, badminton and netball, plus football pitches for the partially-sighted
  • Sports Medicine Centre – St. George’s Park has its own world-class sports and exercise medicine, human performance and research centre called Perform, part of Spire Healthcare Sports Facilities St. George’s Park has world-class sports facilities which will facilitate sporting excellence
  • External pitches – 11 external pitches, five of which have floodlighting and undersoil heating. The pitches will accommodate full-size and seven-a-side elite football and coaching for all age groups
  • Goalkeeping areas – dedicated practice and training area for goalkeepers
  • Training hill – 30m outdoor training and fitness hill positioned at a 20 degree angle for fitness and conditioning
  • Sports Pavilions – four external pitch side pavilions are available for briefings, training analysis and debriefings. Some with changing and catering facilities.

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The Most Famous Football Club On The Brink

With 10 players and less than 400 fans Kettering town took the pitch on Saturday to complete their away fixture against Southern League Premier side Bashley. 

The 140 Year old club again failed to pay the players wages on Friday whilst manager Alan Doyle had to call on two goal keepers to make up the final eleven. Only for one of the keepers to decide against the trip to Bashley. Doyle only had 10 players and nothing on the bench when the players took to the field. The Poppies went on to be bashed 7-0 and may not survive Tuesdays fixture at Leamington.

According to one website the club now need a miracle to be saved ”  It is to be hoped that a miracle does turn up, but where this could conceivably come from is anybody’s guess. The Southern League itself now also has a stark decision to make. They might even reach the undesirable but entirely rational conclusion that there is no realistic chance of this club now completing this season, and that including them in the league is to the detriment of their competition as a while. Expulsion from the league will surely follow swiftly should they fail to fulfil a fixture, and the fact that the club was unable to field a full team for a league match today suggests that this apocalyptic scenario is now only a matter of time.

on this Saturday evening in October 2012 there is no positive prognosis for Kettering Town Football Club, no likelihood of salvation and only the stench of imminent death in the air. Those responsible for this state of affairs know who they are, as do we. They must never be allowed any involvement at any football club again. Kettering Town Football Club, after one hundred and forty years, must be allowed to die in order that it may be reborn and re imagined by people that care for its long-term future. This must never be allowed to happen to this club again. Such thoughts will probably be cold comfort to its grieving supporters this evening.

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Poppies (4-4-1): Walker; Muzvimbiri, Ifil, Bamber, Burns; Bonnett-Johnson, King, Farrell, Gele; Byerley.

Manager : Alan Doyle

Attendance 304

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