McGoldrick in the Hole

Posted by on Jun 30, 2009 in Uncategorized | One Comment

“Following Southampton’s relegation, my agent told me that a few clubs were interested in me. Once I became aware of Forest’s interest, I told him to get me there and he’s managed to do that, which I’m very grateful for.” Perhaps, but I’m sure David McGoldrick’s agent wasn’t acting out of the goodness of his heart and to see a player so eagerly join the rivals of the club that

Fully DeMerited

Posted by on Jun 28, 2009 in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Rare does a publication as esteemed as the New York Times afford a profile to a player from our modest Coca Cola Championship, but today’s issue contains a smashing write up profiling Watford defender Jay DeMerit. There’s nothing to quibble with in a very well researched article including accounts of his time at Southall and Northwood and soundbites from the man himself, whose obvious friendly demeanour reflects his polished …

The Explorers

Posted by on Jun 28, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Championship fans will once again rival Odysseus, Captain Cook and Ranulph Fiennes next season as all those tales of miles clocked up following one’s team will be wheeled out again. Doubtless, arranging the fixture list is a knotty business, unlikely to please all comers, but the sheer stupidity of some of the scheduling, combined with a rail service celebrating twenty odd years or so of ugly privatization will once …

The Times They Are a-Changin’

Posted by on Jun 26, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I consider myself to be a reasonably informed fan, but the ongoing takeover of my club has left me stumped. The change in ownership has been ‘just days away’ for a few months and there’s been an air of inevitability about it since Japanese businessman Yasuaki Kagami purchased a stake and became a director in mid-season.

Details about Kagami’s past are frustratingly vague and information regarding his background and his …

A New Derby Wing Man

Posted by on Jun 25, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Lee Croft first came to significant national attention following a scything tackle on Nicky Hunt in a BBC televised cup tie between Bolton and Oldham in 2005: a combine harvester of a lunge that seemed a personal tribute to Andoni Goikoetxea, the legendary “Beast of Bilbao”. The youngster was on loan to the Latics at the time from Manchester City, but this unhappy incident could not have been more misleading. …

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