Dons place faith in the odd couple

Posted by on Jul 15, 2010 in Milton Keynes, The Seventy Two | 7 Comments

Milton Keynes Dons enter their third year in League One off the back of a play-off finish two years ago under Roberto Di Matteo and then disappointingly missing out last season when expectations were high under the returning Paul Ince. Ince left amidst talk of disputes over playing budget cuts and a slump in form, particularly away from home.

The club appointed 29-year-old Karl Robinson, Ince’s former assistant, to the …

Gradi still keen to see youth make the grade

Cheshire could be termed the forgotten county in football terms. Both of its League clubs, Crewe Alexandra and Macclesfield Town, lie in the unattractive reaches of League Two, keen to avoid a replication of the struggles suffered by their stricken neighbour Chester City. Draped in footballing glory? Not quite.

But there has always been something quite admirable about one of these clubs. Or someone to be more precise.

Mention Crewe …

Falmer in sight as Seagulls take flight

Posted by on Jul 13, 2010 in Brighton, The Seventy Two | No Comments

Life has been tough for Brighton & Hove Albion over the past fifteen years.

Their presence in the Football League under the stewardship of Gus Poyet may be stable today, but the club have endured a difficult recent period both on and off the pitch.

It started horrifically. Relegated from the old second division in the 1995/96 season, Brighton racked up consecutive 23rd place finishes in the fourth tier to …

The three best Championship signings so far this summer

To date, it has been a relatively quiet summer in terms of Championship transfer news. Perhaps managers are too busy watching the World Cup to care about such insignificant matters at the moment and the chequebooks will come out next week. In the majority of cases, the more obvious explanation would be that the chairman has conveniently mislaid all means of payment in these troubling economic times.

We have watched …

Swindon look to bounce back from forward exit

Posted by on Jul 6, 2010 in Swindon Town, The Seventy Two | One Comment

For most clubs, losing a top goalscorer usually spells out a following season of frustration in front of goal, finding that the man sent in to replace the golden boy is not up to scratch. Especially when said player had scored almost half the team’s tally that season. Well, not Swindon Town.

Simon Cox leaving for West Bromwich Albion last summer long appeared inevitable, but the resulting void was significant …