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Posted by: themaclad - Yesterday, 16:53 - Forum: Torquay United - No Replies

Torquay United are to go into administration after owner Clarke Osborne said he can no longer fund the National League South club.

The Gulls, who are 11th in National League South, have been owned by Osborne since 2016 after he bought the club from a fan-led consortium.

In his time Torquay have twice been relegated to the sixth tier.

They missed out on promotion to League Two in 2021 after losing to Hartlepool United in the play-off final.

Osborne has also stood down as club chairman and the club is set to be deducted 10 points, dropping them from 11th to 18th in the National League South table, four points above relegation to the Southern League.

"It is with sincere regret that I advise that circumstances beyond my control during the last five weeks have brought me to the position that I an unable to continue financial support for the club and I have today filed on behalf of the directors an intention to appoint an administrator for the club and company," Osborne said in a statement on the club website.

Osborne had kept Torquay afloat - the last set of accounts show loans of almost £4.3m to the club.

It is expected that that figure is likely to be well past £5m with new accounts for the year to June 2023 due soon.

"The financing of football in this country is precarious and can only thrive in the lower divisions where there is either a close collaborative relationship with the local authority, it is a trophy asset or is backed by substantial local individuals and businesses," Osborne added.

"I believe that it needs a fundamental overhaul of its financing structure, rights distribution in the lower leagues and recognition that many clubs represent a fundamental part of the local community and its visitor attractions.

"Ambitious clubs should, in my opinion, be given special status in their push to bring in investment, develop facilities, bring spend and employment to the local economy."

Controversial owner
Clarke Osborne
Clarke Osborne rarely attended Torquay United matches
The decision leaves Torquay searching for a fourth owner in less than a decade.

The Gulls got to the League Two play-off final in 2011 under a consortium backed by the money of late lottery-winning supporter Paul Bristow, whose widow Thea eventually assumed full control.

She sold the club for £1 in May 2015 to a consortium of local business people, but they did not have the finances to sustain the club and it was sold in December 2016 to Osborne through his firm Gaming International, which set up Riviera Stadium Limited as its parent company.

But Osborne's tenure at Plainmoor has been controversial.

He outlined plans for a new stadium but they never got any further than meetings and artists' impressions.

Gaming International also owns Swindon's speedway team and his plans for a new stadium for the club have also never borne fruit, while he was also part of a group trying unsuccessfully to build a ground for Bristol Rovers when the club sold Eastville to the furniture firm Ikea.

"He's an absent owner, he doesn't come and watch matches," Torquay United Supporters Trust chairman Nick Brodrick told BBC Sport, ahead of a planned protest against Osborne's ownership scheduled for Saturday's home game with Aveley.

"We are very vigilant as the Trust. We have a strategy group that's been meeting regularly for the last two or three years and we have plans for any particular scenarios that might develop, like administration, liquidation, or whether it might even result in having to for a phoenix club.

"We have plans for all eventualities depending on what happens with Mr Osborne's decisions about the football club."

But, in his departing statement, Osborne was still adamant that a new stadium was key to the club's future.

"The prospect of creating a new stadium and commercial facility was the driver for the investment, the excitement to deliver something truly transformative for the club and Torbay," he said.

"I would reiterate what I have said many times, that Torquay United is blessed with fantastic, passionate support and I am sorry that we have not been able to reach our goal for the club and fans, despite significant effort and investment."

He added: "Now is the time for the club, supporters, Torbay community and the Local Authority to come together and continue on the path to the future.

"I will assist a change of ownership where and when invited. The detailed plans, proposals and related data for the proposed developments will be gifted to the club as will any time requested to assist in the future planning and development."

The club says all money that it earns from now on will be used solely to run the football club adding "legal and administration fees will not be paid from the operational cashflow".

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  Coventry City CBS Arena 23/2/2024
Posted by: themaclad - Yesterday, 16:41 - Forum: Preston North End - No Replies

Coventry City v Preston North End

CBS Arena 23/2/2024




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Best run of form for us since start of the season


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Coventry Castle (grid reference SP336788)[1] was a motte and bailey castle in the city of Coventry, England. It was demolished in the late 12th century and St Mary's Guildhall was built on part of the site.

It was built in the early 12th century by Ranulf de Gernon, 4th Earl of Chester.[2] Its first known use was during The Anarchy when Robert Marmion, a supporter of King Stephen, expelled the monks from the adjacent priory of Saint Mary and converted it into a fortress from which he waged a battle against the Earl. Marmion perished in the battle.

In 1147, those loyal to the king retreated to its defences during a siege by Ranulf de Gernon, 4th Earl of Chester whilst he tried to recapture the castle after he had handed the castle over to King Stephen. This was because whilst he was captured by the King in 1146 he was forced to give his castles over, although he only yielded a number of which Coventry was one.[3] After the siege was lifted, King Stephen destroyed the castle, however it was probably later repaired as it was described as a viable fortification in 1182.[1]

Tudor period
In November 1569, Mary, Queen of Scots was detained in Caesar's Tower, by which time St. Mary's Guildhall had been built onto it.[4] The room in which she was detained is disputed. A room in Caesar's Tower nicknamed the "Mary Queen of Scots" was originally thought to be the location due to its cell-like appearance however it is likely she was held in the " Old Mayoress's Parlour".[4]

Present day
Today, Caesar's Tower – which is thought to be all that remains of the castle – still exists as part of St Mary's Guildhall. It was rebuilt after bombing during the Second World War.[5] On the bottom floor of the tower is "the Treasury", and above it is what is known (though, it is thought to be incorrectly) as the "Mary Queen of Scots room".

The Cathedral Lanes Shopping Centre was constructed over part of the castle.[6]

Who’s Available?

Duane Holmes and Kian Best are back in training, and one of them will travel with North End for this fixture, while the other will stay behind to continue in their recovery.

Ched Evans has had a clear out of his knee and is expected to be back fit following the March international break.

Meanwhile, Brad Potts also remains out as he continues to nurse a hamstring injury.

Opposition Focus

After a stuttering start to the season, Coventry City have really kicked into gear since the end of November, having lost just twice in their previous 21 outings.

That remarkable run of form has seen them surge up the table to just outside the Play-Off spots, and Mark Robins will be hoping his side can stay there and go one better than last season, when they were beaten in a Wembley final against Luton Town.

Despite losing arguably their two top performers from last term – Viktor Gyokeres and Gustavo Hamer – the Sky Blues have strengthened accordingly, adding their current two top scorers, Haji Wright and Tashuhiro Sakamoto, among others.

Match Officials

Referee: Andy Davies
Assistant Referees: Greg Read and James Wilson
Fourth Official: Dean Whitestone

Andy Davies will take charge of a North End fixture for the first time since January 2022 on Friday night.

PNE have won just once in the 12 matches which Davies has taken charge of, with that victory being a 2-1 win over Derby County in the Carabao Cup in 2020.

So far this season, Davies has refereed 18 matches, showing 72 yellow cards and one red.


M6 on a Friday night my favourite, past the pink church, St Philips at Hassall Green and the horse home at Groundslow Farm, the Bescot home of Warsaw FC.
The sky blue arena 900 of us, 2.30 start with that starting time you almost hope for delays after all there is plenty of things to do on the outskirts of Coventry on a Friday night.
Two fairly well in form sides should be a decent game

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  Hull vs WBA - Match Thread
Posted by: Ska'dForLife-WBA - Yesterday, 15:23 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (1)

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After our most resounding away win since the demolition of Preston back in September, Albion bid farewell to February in Saturday's early kick-off against Hull; just one point and place beneath us in the table courtesy of three 2-1 victories on the trot, the last of which did what we were unable to in putting Southampton to the sword.

Having beaten Albion in the corresponding fixture last season, Liam Rosenior's men could make it two in a row against the Baggies at home for the first time since 1987 this weekend. Though their form at the KC/KCOM/MKM Stadium (delete as applicable) is as changeable as the ground's name - they've alternated perfectly between wins and defeats there every week since November - they were beaten by Swansea last time out, and have never lost back-to-back on home turf under Rosenior, so the pattern suggests they're due to turn in a performance. Jaden Philogene is liable to be a threat from out wide, as is Abdülkadir Ömür üp frönt.

With John Swift a doubt, the cards will more than likely be shuffled, and the opportunity's there for Mikey Johnston to make the starting line-up for the first time on the road after his superb showing off the bench on Tuesday. A win's not out of the question, but it's another tough encounter where a draw would probably do us.

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  Terriers at the Vicarage
Posted by: Lord Snooty - Yesterday, 00:35 - Forum: Huddersfield Town - Replies (4)

Watford v Huddersfield Town
The Sky Bet Championship
Saturday February 24th - 15:00 ko
at Vicarage Road

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Huddersfield Town travel to Watford to the Reginald Dwight Arena on Saturday afternoon and once more we get to utter the phrase.........

We are on the brink of a new era, if only.......

André Breiternreiter becomes the Town's third German Head Coach after David Wagner (technically an American but let's not let that get in the way) and Jan Siewert (technically a children's hospice manager from Wakefield). And of course Mark Fotheringham honed his craft in Germany. Blush

So who is this Brighton Writer chap then? Well he's 50 years old, played his entire career in Germany in the top two divisions. He was an attacker who earned the unfortunate nickname of "the lightning bomber" (don't mention the war) and played at youth levels for his country, but never made it to a full international. He played in the Bundesliga for the likes of Hannover, Hamburg and Wolfsburg and played until he was 37.

On retirement he got his first managing job when he went to TSV Havelse, in the equivalent league to our League Two. But he soon started making headlines when his side beat top tier team FC Nürnberg.

He was recruited by 2nd division SC Paderborn 07 and got them promoted to the top league in Germany, the Bundesliga. His masterstroke then was to sign a young lad called Elias Kachunga, who scored for Paderborn on his Bundesliga debut against Mainz. They were top of the league after Elias scored again in a 3-0 win away at Hamburg, but by the end of the season, they'd run out of steam and got relegated again.

Despite this, Herr Breitenreiter kept his own place in the Bundesliga when FC Schalke 04 recruited him to take their job. He got them to a fifth place finish, which meant qualification for the Europa League. But he never took the team there, replaced at the end of the season when the club got a new Sporting Director.

His next move was to Hannover, getting another promotion to the Bundesliga before taking time out to look after his father (or farter as any schoolboy who took German will tell you Big Grin ).

He got back into the game in 2021 when he got his first role outside of his native land, in the Swiss League with FC Zurich. He did alright there, winning the league title, their first title since 2009.

He was then persuaded to return to Germany and the Bundesliga, for an unsuccessful time at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, where he was sacked before the end of the season. That was in Febraury last year and now twelve months later, he has landed in this part of West Yorkshire.

Here's hoping this is more of a Zurich than a Hoffenheim.

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He takes over a Huddersfield Town team in 20th position in the Championship, having risen one place since Jon Worthington took over as caretaker following the much too late dismissal of Darren Moore. Worthy's boys were deperately unlucky to come away with nil points on Saturday against Hull and it will be a good test of André as to how he can raise the spirits of the lads, who like most of us, would've been absolutely gutted when that late equaliser from Jack Rudoni all came to nothing a minute later.

Watford won away at Rotherham on Saturday, it was a 1-0 victory which brought an end to their run of three consecutive league defeats and four in all competitions when you put their FA Cup defeat at Southampton in there. Before that, their last Championship win was on January the 14th away at QPR. So they definitely are not in good form and are definitely there for the taking, on a ground where we have recent success.

Come on Town.

Adults - £25
65s and over - £15
19-21-year-olds - £15
18s and under - £5

Head to Head

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Town lead the head to head with 16 wins to Watford's 13, with 6 draws.

Not a right lot of games here, but there have been some memorable ones. Obviously not the most recent game, played earlier this season, which was the first 0-0 draw between the two clubs. It was only notable for the fact that our team was so decimated by injuries that Kyle Hudlin was handed his first Championship start, whereas Watford could afford the comfort of having ace striker Rhys Healey as an unused substitute. A dull game it was, summing up the Town manager Darren Moore and his footballing philosophy. His post match comment; "It was important for us to continue filling those gaps and nullifying the space that they wanted to work in," just about summed up our attacking intent. Or lack of it.

The first season we were in the same division was 1969/70, the season that we won the Division Two championship title. The final game of the season was Watford's first trip up to Leeds Road and it was the night that we were presented with the trophy. A glorious night in my third season watching the Terriers, which hasn't really been bettered since. And I include Play Off victories in that. You can't beat winning a Divisional champions trophy. Anyway, we won 3-1 on the night with Dick Krzywicki (back row, 3rd from right) scoring twice and Jimmy Lawson (front row 2nd from left) once.

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Watford are one of the clubs that we have played in all four divisions. The next meeting came in Division Three in 1973/74, but by 1975/76 we were both in Division 4 after us finishing 24th and them 23rd in the season before. These were desperately dark days down Leeds Road and the third season into Division Four life was the one that Watford left us, winning the title under the management of Graham Taylor. Their visit up north in March was the highlight of our season, as a second highest attendance of the season, a massive 6,603 turned up to see us beat the league leaders 1-0 with a goal from Terry Gray.

Tom Johnston was Town manager then. We had a surge in form under his successor, Mick Buxton, but not as much as Watford did under Taylor. By the time we met in 1983/84 in the League Cup, they had just finished the previous season as Football League runners up. We were back up in the 2nd Division, but very much the underdog in this two legged tie. Back then, all teams took this competition seriously and played a fully first choice XI. Watford did and came up to us for the first leg, which we won 2-1 with David Cowling scoring one and an own goal from Ian Bolton, before future England and Liverpool star John Barnes scored a worldie at the Cowshed End. A slightly better crowd of 10,631 came out on an October evening to see this.

Both of our centre backs, David Sutton and Paul Jones scored in the 2nd leg 2-2 draw, which saw us win on aggregate. That set us up for a dreary defeat against Stoke in the next round. Rolleyes

We had three seasons of no particular note together at the turn of the century, but met again in the Championship in 2012/13 after we won promotion from League One. It was in September 2012 when we first came across old Cheaty McCheatface himself, Fernando Forestieri. He and another one who would become a thorn in our side, Troy Deeney beat us that day with their antics. We were one up at half time through Ollie Norwood, but Fernando equalised soon into the second half. One size Fitz Hall gave them the lead in the 83rd minute, but Alan Lee put us level just a minute later. The game was heading for a draw, but then we got our first glimpse of the outrageous cheating that that man Forestieri would become infamous for. It wasn't even the slightest bit convincing a dive as we waited for the ref to pull out his yellow card. But unbelievably, he actually pointed to the spot. The crowd went wild. Most of the 14,564 present that day knew it was a dive, but up stepped Deeney and slotted the ball home and we had lost 3-2.

Danny Ward scored a hat trick at Vicarage Road in the next season, a meaningless end of season game. They went up the season after and we went up a couple of years later and so completed the set of playing each other in all four divisions when we met at the Vicarage in December 2017 in the Premier League. A most memorable game indeed. If you don't recall the way Collin Quaner took the Hornets to pieces, have a watch of this.....

Tom Ince scored a famous goal later that season at the JSS. The next game of note came last season with Neil Warnock back in charge. It was a 3-2 win down there with goals coming from Jack Rudoni, Matty Pearson and yond pillock Kian Harratt. Dozy goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann got sent off right at the end for two late yellow cards, although I think the second yellow could've been a red for a kung fu kick on Pearson.

So what's going on down the Yellow Brick Road? Managed nowadays by Valérien Ismaël, who managed Barnsley and the Baggies before.

He was born in Strasbourg, France but having played for his home town club, he moved to Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga. As far as I can see, our André had dropped to the Bundesliga 2 by the time Ismaël arrived in Germany, so I don't think they played against each other. And looking at both of their managerial records, I think their managing in the Bundesliga just avoided each other. So this game, although they've played and managed in the same league, I think this will be the first time the two of them have come up against each other. But of course, I could be wrong with that.

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Saturdays line up at Rotherham:

26 Hamer
24 Dele-Bashiru
15 Pollock
4 Hoedt
6 Lewis
3 Sierralta
18 Asprilla
39 Kayembe
11 Koné
12 Sema
9 Rajovic

1 Bachmann
7 Ince
8 Livermore
16 Chakvetadze
25 Dennis
37 Martins
42 Morris
45 Andrews
59 Grieves

Club connections:

A couple of connections in that line up from our Prima Donna League days. Tom Ince, who scored an iconic goal for us at the JSS against the Hornets, now sits on their bench. And our bit part goalkeeper, Ben Hamer, appears to be the number one choice now.

They don't have Joseph Hungbo though. The brilliant young winger who we had on loan last season, was released by the Hornets and ended up in Germany playing alongside Town legend Christopher Schindler at FC Nürnberg. Just who? I say WHO have Watford got that's better than this lad? Tom Ince? Blush Sick Doh Confused Huh

Watford in popular culture: No members of The Who play for Watford theo, so here's their Elton singing a Who song from the rock opera, Tommy.

Recent form - last 6 matches:

Town 1-2 Hull
Town 1-0 Sunderland
Southampton 5-3 Town
Town 4-0 Sheff Wed
QPR 1-1 Town
Blackburn 1-1 Town

Rotherham 0-1 Watford
Norwich 4-2 Watford
Watford 1-2 Leicester
Southampton 3-0 Watford (FA Cup)
Watford 0-1 Cardiff
Sheff Wed 0-0 Watford

Town are 20th in the Championship table with 34 points. Watford are 11th with 44.

Leading scorers:


Michal Helik (8)
Delano Burgzorg (6)
Jack Rudoni (5)


Mileta Rajovic (10)
Yáser Asprilla (6)
Vakoun Bayo (6)
Matheus Martins (6)

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  Prediction League Week 26 Results
Posted by: St Charles Owl - 21-02-2024, 22:12 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (2)

Premier League

Minizin 29
Derby 25
Blue B 23
Zinman 22
Stairs 17
Lady J 17
B.B.B. 5
Dingle 0

One of the best scoring week in the PL this season and were it not for Dingle being MIA it might have been a season's best!! Minizin did post a season's best score with a superb 29 points!! He scored on 9 games with 3 CSs, including one on the Gamball and a CR on the Bonus. Derby matched his best score of the season with 25 points, he too got 3 CSs but went one better than Minizin by getting the Gamball and Bonus spot on!! In 3rd place is Blue Baggie with a fine 23 points. Like the other two he got 3 CSs including on the Gamball but his failure to pick up any points on 4 games held his score back. Zinman rounds out the top 4 with 22 points, a score that would give you first place most weeks!! He only managed 2 CSs and only got a CR on the Gamball.

Stairs and Lady Jane were joint 5th with a very respectable 17 points each. Both missed on the Gamball and only got 1 CS each but they both managed to score on 8 games in total so it just shows the fine margins between a good score and an excellent one!!

Way adrift this week, and completely out of step with everyone else is BBB who managed just 5 points in a week where everyone else scored brilliantly!! He failed to score positive points on 7 games, thankfully one of the scoring games was the Gamball but he missed the Bonus. After a few decent weeks this one week may really hurt his season!!

Dingle was missing for the 4th week in a row. No idea what is going on here as he has been on the site during that time but has not been posting at all, his last post was 27/1. If anyone knows him in real life could you give him a nudge?

334 Zinman
333 Blue Baggie
293 Derby
291 Minizin
267 BBB
260 Stairs
211 Lady Jane
204 Dingle

Zinman and Blue stay neck and neck at the top of the table but are still a very healthy 40 points ahead of Derby in 3rd spot!! Minizin's excellent week now has him right back on the heel's of Derby and this week has seen them leave BBB behind in their dust, he is now 24 points adrift of them!! Stairs is now in striking distance of him and a chance to move out of the relegation PO spot. Lady Jane is finally off the bottom due to Dingle's absence but still 49 points off getting out of the relegation spots!!



SCO 20pts
Snooty 19
Themaclad 18
Sanjay 17
AAA 14
BaggieOne 11
Twerton 11

This week's matches were clearly too predictable as the Championship secured it's highest points total of the season. Everybody made it into double figures, a season's first, and everyone scored on the bonus ball leading to the highest week's score from that ball. To complete the list of season's bests, we also saw the highest number of correct scores.

SCO is the week's leader, scoring on 7 games with 3 correct scores to lead the table with 20 points. Snooty takes 2nd place one point back, scoring on 7 games but only securing 1 correct score, with Themaclad a point further back, matching SCO's 3 correct results including one of three bonus maxima. Another point back is Sanjay who is enjoying quite a resurgence. He has scored more than half his season's points in the last 8 weeks - and that includes a no-show and one negative score!

AAA scored 14 points with 6 from his bonus. He actually played the gamball after avoiding it for a couple of weeks and, you've guessed it, got it wrong, but he sits 3 points ahead of both BaggieOne and Twerton who scored on just 4 games, the lowest total this week.

278 SCO
263 Twerton
257 AAA
253 Snooty
237 Themaclad
222 BaggieOne
195 Sanjay

No positional changes this week though SCO has extended his lead to a healthy 15 points. The chase for the 2nd automatic spot is hotting up with both AAA and Snooty closing in on Twerton. For once Themaclad and Baggieone did not swop positions.


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  Chesterfield Prediction League 2023/24 Matchday 40
Posted by: spireitematt - 21-02-2024, 19:30 - Forum: Chesterfield - Replies (1)

Eastleigh 1-2 Bromley
Altrincham 3-2 Maidenhead United
Barnet 2-1 York City
Boreham Wood 1-0 AFC Fylde
Chesterfield 3-1 Rochdale
Dagenham & Redbridge 2-0 FC Halifax Town
Dorking Wanderers 1-2 Ebbsfleet United
Gateshead 4-1 Oxford City
Oldham Athletic 3-0 Kidderminster Harriers
Solihull Moors 1-1 Hartlepool United
Southend United 1-2 Aldershot Town
Woking 0-2 Wealdstone

League Table After Matchday 39

Spireitematt - 706
SaltergateBorn - 705
Amelia - 605
St Charles - 579
Dancing - 576
Lord Snoots - 575
Devon - 497

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  The Owls v Bristol City SBC Match Thread
Posted by: Owlkev71 - 21-02-2024, 14:54 - Forum: Sheffield Wednesday - Replies (8)



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We picked up a much needed win as we beat relegation rivals Millwall at the Den. It was a scrappy affair in the first half, for the first half hour at least, then we took the lead, Musaba got down the left and crossed for the on rushing Ugbo to finish from close range. We then made it 0-2 just before halftime, Bann sliding a lovely ball through to Musaba who finished with a angled shot past the keeper. Onto the 2nd half and Millwall upped there game a bit and had a couple of chances but couldn't find a way past Beadle and we saw out the rest of the game.

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Next up and Bristol make the journey north. City are sat in the middle of the table and seem to be the inconsistent sort, beating Southampton one game then losing to QPR the next. They are 7 points from the playoffs and if they stay inconsistent I doubt they will make the playoffs. They are managed by Liam Manning who left his role with Oxford Utd to take over at Bristol on the 7th November 2023. There leading scorer is Tommy Conway with 8 goals so far this season, they also have Nakhi Wells on there books who has 4 goals this season.

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Matthew Jones and Robert Hyde
Fourth Official: James Linington


Palmer Ihiekwe Bernard Johnson
Musaba M Diaby Vaulks Bannan Gassama


2-1 Musaba






Imre 22
Washington 17
Maddix 13
Owlkev 12


Wereham 7
Stateside 6
Pei -2
Southey -15


Crystal Palace v Burnley
Cardiff v Stoke
Barnsley v Derby Co
Notts Co v Crewe
Altrincham v Maidenhead



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Posted by: Devongone - 21-02-2024, 13:32 - Forum: Rochdale - Replies (1)

Rochdale need new investment by the end of March otherwise the National League club could face the prospect of liquidation, chairman Simon Gauge has warned.

Dale were relegated from the EFL last season after 102 years but have faced major financial problems.

Gauge has put in £566,000 in the past few months to keep Dale going, but has reached his credit limit.

They now need an investor to put in £2m to gain 90% of the club.

Rochdale are 12th in the National League and 10 points off the play-off places after four successive defeats.

Dale became a fan-owned club in August 2022, but have had to undertake serious cost-cutting measures this season after dropping out of the EFL.

An Extraordinary General Meeting has now been called for Thursday, 7 March to try to agree to proposals, including the creation of nine million new shares, which would change the conditions for investment in the club.

'Rochdale's existence at stake'
In a statement, Gauge, who has been involved with Rochdale since June 2021, described the club as "asset-rich and cash-poor" and that he and his family can put no further money into the club to keep it going.

He said that he had been trying to secure extra investment over the past 14 months but without success.

However, the chairman has made it clear that the 117-year history of the club is at stake in the coming weeks.

"This resolution needs to be passed at the EGM for us to have any chance of securing the required investment that will ensure the long-term future of our club," he said.

"If it isn't passed, the threat of liquidation at the end of March is very real. The passing of this resolution does not guarantee saving the club, but it will certainly give it a fighting chance.

"To be clear, the existence of Rochdale AFC is at stake. The opportunity to give a long-term future is now in the shareholders' hands."

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  HTAFC Prediction League 2024 Matchday 8
Posted by: Lord Snooty - 19-02-2024, 15:58 - Forum: Huddersfield Town - Replies (7)

2 points for correct result
4 points for correct score
2 points for each correct scorer
Correct joker doubles your score   Laugh (correct score on a joker would give you 8 points)
Wrong joker result gives you minus 2
Correct Random Badger gives you 2 points Badger

The random badger Badger is used for any random prediction used once in each matchday sequence. For instance, a scorer at a particular match, the number of red cards in the matches or yellow cards or own goals or owt you want really within reason, I do need to be able to check whether it's correct or not. Please don't put stuff like....."Commentator says...."  Rolleyes
The joker  Laugh is played for one match in each sequence and if correct you get double points. So if you've predicted 1-0 and it finishes 2-0, you get 4 pts, but if you've predicted 2-0, that's 8 pts. But if you get it wrong, it's minus 2.
Jokers and badgers are optional. You don't have to play one if you don't want.

The prize for winning the league is one rep point.

Cup games: In the event of a draw, it's half the points if you've predicted a draw when it gets to 90 mins and the full points if it's still a draw after extra time. Half the points will be awarded for correctly predicting the winner of the match if it goes to penalties. Similarly with the badger, if your random prediction is affected by this, it'll be half the points.

Random score generator: I will be using the random score generator again for those who miss predicting, so we shouldn't get some people too far behind that after missing a couple of weeks they lose all interest, because I know it's not easy getting on here every week.
To be fair to everybody, this is going to be like, say if three people in one week miss their predictions, the first one in the table will be given all 0-0, the second one down the line will get 1-0 and the third will get 0-1 and so on, like if there's four missing the 4th will get 1-1, then 5th 2-1, 6th 1-2. and if there are so many missing, might as well pack in. Wink
And if you miss two weeks on the trot, I'll stop until you come back on again. Not doing it for half a season like I did t'other year.  Rolleyes

End of season Play Offs: The one who finishes top of the league will still be champion, but after the season finishes there will be Play Offs between the top 4, with 1st v 4th and 2nd v 3rd. This will take in stuff like the EFL Play Offs, FA Cup Final, final day of Prima Donna League, European Finals etc. It will be one matchday for the semis and one for the Final. It will be the individual scores for each matchday against the allotted opponent, with some kind of tie breaker for a drawn match.

The prize for winning will be enormous. Another rep point. Whistle

So we have a new format for this season, which I put forward as an idea at the end of last season. Nobody offered any objections so here it is explained......

Firstly, I thought it was getting a bit boring towards the end with the league format as it was with the champion being so far ahead and everybody else not much to play for apart from the push for a play off spot, which was a bit of an anticlimax anyway. The most exciting bit was the tussle for 8th, 9th and 10th positions with Shep, Ritchie and Amelia.  Whistle

So I'm splitting the group up into two groups with the top six from last season in the top group and the bottom six in group 2. At the end of the season, the winner of group 2 and the bottom of group 1 will swap places in what is commonly known as "promotion" and "relegation". It's something that most football fans will be familiar with, unless you're a fan of Liverpool or Arsenal or one of those other fashionable clubs.

The second placed player in group 2 will then have a play off with the player who finishes second from the bottom in group 1 to decide whether they will be going up, down or staying where they are.

We're going to have two seasons in one though, just to try and make it a bit more interesting and not so long drawn out. The first season will end on the Boxing Day fixtures, with the play offs being on the dates of the Twixtmas fixtures and the NYD fixtures.

The second season will start the following week, finishing on the last game of the Championship season. Then another period of relegation/promotion play off games, taking in such fixtures as the EFL play offs, FA Cup Final, UEFA finals and such like.

Each group will have it's own set of fixtures. Both groups will have the Town games, with scorers to predict as before. Then it will be a split of Championship fixtures and bonus matches. And not as many fixtures to go at. Hopefully around ten, eleven or twelve games per Matchday.

The rest of the rules will be the same as before apart from the Badger which will still be in use, but I'm going to get arsey about it. Sometimes in the past, I've been able to just award two points immediately because it was such a nailed on thing to happen. Not accusing anyone of cheating. Far from it. I didn't put any boundaries on it, so anything was alright. So now I'm restricting it to three goal scorers in any of the games in your group. Sorry to all our more adventurous badgerers.

Here's how that will appear at the end of the fixture list. All you have to do is fill in the blanks.......

Badger *** scores for ***
Badger *** scores for ***
Badger *** scores for ***

Any of those will score two points if correct. No minus points for getting it wrong.

The joker  Laugh will still be the same as before, ie doubling your points for a correct prediction or minus 2 for getting it wrong.

Postponed matches will only count if the match is re-played before the next Matchday is under way. Abandoned matches will be awarded half the points for the score at the time of abandonment, so 1 point if you have the correct result, 2 points if you have the correct score.

Substitute Badger :- These will be only be allowed if you change them before the match involved has kicked off.

Division One table after Matchday 7:
  1. ritchiebaby = 174 pts
  2. St Charles Owl = 164 pts
  3. Lord Snooty = 162 pts
  4. jjamez = 160 pts
  5. Baggiebob(BBB) = 154 pts
  6. themaclad = 134 pts

Friday February 23rd:
Coventry City v Preston North End
Leeds United v Leicester City

Saturday February 24th:
Watford v Town
Town scorers:
Watford scorers:

Hull City v West Bromwich Albion (12:30)
Blackburn Rovers v Norwich City
Cardiff City v Stoke City
Sheffield Wednesday v Bristol City

Bonus matches:
Premier League:

Arsenal v Newcastle United (20:00)

West Ham United v Brentford

EFL Cup Final:

Chelsea v Liverpool (15:00)

FA Cup 5th rd:

AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City

Liverpool v Southampton
Nottingham Forest v Manchester United
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Brighton & Hove Albion

Scottish Premiership:

Heart of Midlothian v Hibernian

Badger *** scores for ***
Badger *** scores for ***
Badger *** scores for ***

Division Two table after Matchday 7:
  1. theo_luddite = 154 pts
  2. Devongone = 153 pts
  3. neonfoxinthebox = 146 pts
  4. SHEP_HTAFC = 140 pts
  5. Amelia Chaffinch = 106 pts
  6. WakeyTerrier = 93 pts

Friday February 23rd:
Leeds United v Leicester City

Saturday February 24th:
Watford v Town
Town scorers:
Watford scorers:

Ipswich Town v Birmingham City
Middlesbrough v Plymouth Argyle
Queens Park Rangers v Rotherham United
Southampton v Millwall
Sunderland v Swansea City

Bonus matches:
Premier League:

Crystal Palace v Burnley

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Sheffield United (13:30)

EFL Cup Final:

Chelsea v Liverpool (15:00)

FA Cup 5th rd:

Coventry City v Maidstone United

Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle United
Luton Town v Manchester City

Chelsea v Leeds United

National League:

Barnet v Chesterfield

Badger *** scores for ***
Badger *** scores for ***
Badger *** scores for ***

The FA Cup games have to be finished on the night, so if you're predicting a draw you could gain an extra point for stating an eventual winner.

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  Kelvin Davis
Posted by: themaclad - 19-02-2024, 13:56 - Forum: Eastleigh - No Replies

Former Southampton goalkeeper Kelvin Davis has been named National League club Eastleigh's new manager.

Richard Hill left the club by "mutual consent" on Saturday after a 3-0 defeat against Ebbsfleet left the south coast outfit without a win in nine matches.

Davis, 47, made 687 appearances in a career that spanned 22 years, including 301 games for Saints.

He began his career at Luton, where he played more than 100 matches, before moving to Wimbledon in 1999.

After 147 games for the Dons, Davis had spells at Ipswich Town and Sunderland before spending a decade at Southampton.

Davis has previously coached at Southampton and Lincoln City.

Danny Butterfield, who was most recently assistant head coach at Lincoln, has been named as Davis' assistant manager.

Eastleigh are 15th in the league and face bottom side Oxford City on Tuesday.

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