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Season 2006/07

This latest update sees the penultimate week's games for the month of October take place. We have enjoyed a decent season in the first couple of months. and despite not scoring many goals: we aren't conceding many on the flip side. In fact, there are a number of sides out there who are in the same proverbial boat as us when it comes to goals scored.

Can we continue to move in the right direction?

Team News - We were forced into a couple of changes for the trip to the Beer OK Stadium in Horwich. Ashley Lythe was suspended following his red card against Arsenal whilst Artur Correia was injured in midweek training. Replacing Lythe in the back three was David Copeman, who I also handed the captain's armband too, whilst Correia was replaced by Jacques Williams. We made a third and fourth change, and that saw Arnar Valdemarsson replace Geoff Pitcher whilst up front Dean Shiels came in for João Paiva. The Portuguese striker dropped to the bench with Mohamed El-Yamani making a return to the sixteen. Our side was this: Alejandro; McCartney, McGovern, Copeman ©; Duff, Valdemarsson, Williams, Victory; Moukoko; Shiels, Samba. Substitutes: João Paiva, Bourdon, Warnock, Gray, El-Yamani.

Bolton made a couple of changes from the side that were thumped 4-1 at the Stadium of Light. Gareth Ainsworth replaced Ryan Williams in the right wing back role whilst Grégory Dufer replaced Paolo Vernazza. Neither of the two replaced players were in the sixteen named by "Big" Sam Allardyce. The Trotters started the game in 9th position, just four points and two places behind us. Last season's corresponding game saw a brace from Michael Dunwell give us a 2-0 away win.

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We almost opened the scoring after six minutes when Jamie Victory's free kick was headed down by Mike Duff to Tonton Zola Moukoko but the new Swedish cap planted a diving header wide of the mark. Bolton's first chance came three minutes later, a volley from Danny Invincibile that required an excellent save from Alejandro. From the follow up corner taken by Williams, Sean Hessey saw his goalbound effort pushed aside by the Spanish custodian. Invincibile and Ian Stonebridge (twice) wasted good opportunities for Wanderers as they continued to rack up the chances. Henrik Pedersen was next to try but once more Alejandro stood tall, and moments after that Stonebridge volleyed against the bar. Jacques Williams almost opened his Darlington account a minute before half time but saw his low shot saved by Jääskeläinen before Invincibile was denied by Alejandro on the stroke of half time.

Half Time: Bolton Wanderers 0 Darlington 0

Alejandro thwarted Stonebridge at point blank range as Bolton looked to make a chance finally count. Yet as we entered the last 20 minutes, we snatched the lead against the run of play when Victory whipped in a free kick from distance for his first goal of the season. Five minutes later, we almost had a second Moukoko sent in a low shot that Jääskeläinen palmed away. Alejandro was back in the limelight in the closing stages, twice denying Pedersen in quick succession before being equal to an effort from substitute Dean Ashton as Bolton pushed for equaliser which thankfully for us: next came. A smash and grab win but a huge one all the same.

Substitutes Made By Us: El-Yamani for Shiels (69), João Paiva for Samba (69), Warnock for Williams (85)
Match Discipline: Yellow - Hessey, Smith, Pedersen (Bolton Wanderers)
Attendance: 26343
Man of the Match: Jamie Victory
Position After Game: 4th
Next Game: League Cup Third Round - West Ham United (H)

Elsewhere in the Premier League:

That result took us to fourth, and just a point behind second in a remarkable start to the season. Nobody seems able to stop the Manchester United juggernaut though as they made it ten from ten with a 3-0 home win over Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford. All three goals came in the first 40 minutes through Darren Fletcher, Nicky Butt and another from Ruud van Nistelrooy. Even a straight red for Wes Brown with 15 minutes left couldn't derail them. Chelsea moved second, but 11 points adrift, with a 2-0 success against visitors Liverpool: Magne Hoseth and Tore Andre Flo on target for the reigning title holders. They moved there because Arsenal crashed to a 3-0 loss in the North London derby at White Hart Lane. New Spanish signing Raúl Tamudo scored a hat-trick whilst the Gooners also lost "The Romford Pelé" to a straight red card given for an indiscretion off the ball with the afore mentioned Tamudo.

The Midlands derby saw Villa and Wolves shake hands on a 1-1 draw; Juan Pablo Angel giving Villa the lead but Wolves equalising via a penalty from Keith O'Halloran. Ipswich beat ten-man Sunderland 2-1 at Portman Road; Brazilian stopper Emerson Thome was red-carded for two yellows in the first quarter of an hour - the second which brought a penalty that David Dunn dispatched. Kevin Phillips levelled for the ten men a minute from half time but Town won it in the 64th minute with a goal from Rohan Ricketts who turned down the Black Cats in the summer to sign for his current employers in Suffolk.

Sunday saw Newcastle and Leeds drew 2-2 in a game that had a dramatic conclusion. Bruno Marioni gave the Magpies a 27th minute lead, only for Mark Viduka to level just before the hour. The unfortunate Dean Richards put through his own net four minutes before the end but Emile Heskey's first goal on his first Newcastle start deep in time added-on: saved a point for the home side. Francis Jeffers' 17th minute effort was enough for Everton to beat Southampton whilst Matthew Williams scored another early winner for Blackpool against Birmingham at Bloomfield Road but saw his day end in disgrace after 61 minutes when he was sent off for "a fine left hook" on Blues' Michael Johnson right in front of the referee. In the Monday night game Barnsley defeated Millwall 1-0 thanks to another Isaiah Rankin goal late on; Milwall saw Lucas Neill have a 17th minute penalty saved by Ivica Kralj and both Marc Bircham and Lee Hughes sent off for accumulating two yellow cards during the game.
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Season 2006/07

This update looks back on matchday five in the first group stage of this season's Champions League. Of the British clubs involved, only Leeds have secured their place in the second group stage which begins on 21 November.

Who will join them?

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Champions League Round-Up

In matchday five, it was back to Groups E-H having the Tuesday matchday and Groups A-D on the Wednesday matchday.

After losing their opening Champions League group game in Group E, Manchester United are through to the next stage with a game to spare. They faced PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford, knowing three points would put them over the finishing line. And they did it early doors when Paul Scholes drilled the ball past Ronald Waterreus from a Mikaël Silvestre' cross on three minutes. They're still three points behind group leaders Udinese, who won 3-1 on the road against FC Midtjylland, and the top two face off in Udine in a fortnight.

Celtic's destiny is really in their own hands in Group F after they defeated group leaders Real Betis Balompié 2-1 in Glasgow. Henrik Larsson gave the Bhoys as the game moved into first half injury time but Djibril Cissé equalised immediately from the restart. Fabio Liverani put Celtic back in front after 67 minutes and it proved to be the winner, with Betis also finishing with ten men after Mexican Jesús Arellano was dismissed for two yellows with 19 minutes to go. It will all go down to the final matchday with all four harbouring hopes of qualifying but at the moment Bets and Celtic are in the box seats.

Despite dominating in Norway, Leeds were held to a 0-0 draw by Molde in a Group G game that saw Ryan Giggs play left wing back. Barcelona are the first side to escape Group H after a 3-0 beating of pointless Club Brugge in Camp Nou, Patrick Kluivert bagging a brace. Meanwhile Paris-Saint Germain will be kicking themselves after letting a 2-0 lead slip against holders Lazio to draw 2-2. Ronaldinho had the Parisians dancing with delight with two strikes in the first 49 minutes but first Simone Inzaghi halved the deficit before Stefano Fiore scored an injury time equaliser. PSG now need to thump the Belgians in their final group game and hope Barcelona win in Rome to go through.

Onto Wednesday night now, and what happened on matchday five in Groups A-D.

Group A was already decided as both Real Madrid and Milan had qualified previous matchday. Both won 1-0 on matchday five with Real actually putting out a comparative reserve line up against Heerenveen at the Bernabeu. The two big guns play each other in the final matchday at the San Siro. Onto Group B then, and Arsenal avenged their loss at Ibrox with a 2-0 win in North London. Matt Lawrence and Guilherme scored and that result coupled with Leverkusen getting thumped 5-1 at FC København sees Steve-Gordon Eriksson's lads top with the Danes second (both on nine points) with Leverkusen on seven needing to defeat the Gooners to leapfrog both. Rangers are out of contention on four points.

Inspired by Norwegian summer signing Magne Hoseth, Chelsea qualified from Group C with a game to spare as they defeated Benfica 3-0 at the Bridge. Hoseth scored the second, from the penalty spot, to sandwich efforts from fellow Norwegian Tore Andre Flo and Ukrainian Sergei Rebrov. Benfica are second but can be caught by Schalke 04 but need to lose against dwellers Sparta Prague (one point from five games) and the Germans see off the PL Champions for that to happen. Atlético Madrid thumped Olympique Marseille 6-1 to take charge of Group D, and lead it on goal difference from Roma who won 2-0 at Olympiacos. Marseille need a thumping win of their own to make the second stage and overturn a bad goal difference as Atlético play Roma in the Stadio Olimpico on the final matchday.
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Season 2006/07

After summarising matchday number five in this season's Champions League in the last update, we move back to the bread and butter of our domestic campaign in this one.

We have a tricky home League Cup Third Round date with First Division West Ham United to deal with. It's possibly one of the most difficult ties we could have asked for when coming into the competition at this stage.


Ahead of the League Cup tie, we're hearing rave reviews about the Aberdeen striker we almost signed in the summer: only for us to be unable to agree personal terms with him then and we ended up signing Mohamed El-Yamani instead for less than half the price. The 24 year old currently has 11 goals in just 16 games for the Dandy Dons this season, and is on course for a breakout season in terms of goals as his best is 23 in 2003-04. We might be tempted to go back in for in the summer depending how things pan out.

Former Sheffield United midfielder Michael Brown, 29, joined Scottish First Division side Ayr United on Wednesday on a one month loan deal from Bradford City. The midfielder once scored on loan for home town club Hartlepool against Darlington towards the tail end of the 1996-97 season, a fact not lost on those in the Tin Shed end of Feethams. Looking for a new manager are Scunthorpe United, 16th in the Third Division, after they sacked former Nottingham Forest right-back Brian Laws after nine years in charge at Glanford Park. Ternana, surprisingly in second in Serie A, are looking for a new manager too after Andrea Agostinelli was poached by Fiorentina to succeed Marcello Lippi who was sacked on 14 October.

Whilst Arsenal and Chelsea were in Champions League action, it was time for League Cup Third Round football at Feethams.

Team News - We opted to make a few changes for the League Cup tie against the "Academy of Football" at Feethams, four in fact. In came Belgian international keeper Jonathan Bourdon, Stevie Warnock at right wingback, David Copeman in central defence and Julian Gray in central midfield to replace Alejandro, Mike Duff, Jon-Paul McGovern and Arnar Valdemarsson. Of the four changed players, only Duff wasn't involved at all. The sixteen on duty read as such: Bourdon; McCartney, Copeman, Lythe ©; Warnock, Gray, Williams, Victory; Moukoko; Shiels, Samba. Substitutes: João Paiva, Alejandro, McGovern, Valdemarsson, El-Yamani.

West Ham, flying high in the second tier and unbeaten in their first 11 league games, were forced into one change. Irish midfielder Davy Byrne was cup-tied after appearing for previous club Norwich City in Round One, and was replaced by Neil Clement. Other than that they fielded the same eleven that defeated Wycombe Wanderers 3-1 at Adams Park on Saturday. Last season's league game at Feethams saw the two sides play out a goalless draw. There had to be a winner tonight.

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After a cagey start, the game saw a goal halfway through the first half and it was a superb solo effort from former Richie Partridge who skipped away from three home defenders before angling a drive across Bourdon for his fifth of the season. It was the highlight of a very tepid first half that hardly enthralled a less than half full Feethams with defences in control.

Half Time: Darlington 0 West Ham United 1

We struggled in the second half too, and not even three substitutions could change the game our way. In fact, the Hammers went closer to adding a second rather than us score one. Clement headed a Frank Lampard cross straight at Bourdon whilst Spanish winger Victor curled an effort against the bar. Substitute Craig Bellamy headed over in time added-on from a Clement free kick as we exited the League Cup with a whimper rather than going down with a fight.

Substiutions Made By Us: McGovern for Williams (66), Valdemarsson for Gray (66), El-Yamani for Samba (88)
Match Discipline: Zero bookings to either side
Attendance: 6065
Man of the Match: Christian Dailly (West Ham United)
Next Game: Ipswich Town (H)

Thursday morning saw another email from Gary out watching possible targets in South America. Unfortunately, all four names are unlikely to get work permits according to our man in the know. But he will keep looking. That same afternoon, our second string were playing in Suffolk at the Ipswich training ground and crashed to a 3-1 loss with 17 year old Jim Taylor coming off the bench to score our consolation five minutes from time. We just didn't take our chances was the report to summarise the game. And to rub proverbial salt into the wound, David Poole pulled his groin in the build up to Taylor's goal and faces a three week spell on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have a new striker. They have splashed £7.5 million to bring in 28 year old Jason Roberts from West Bromwich Albion.
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Pool signings not looking good :(

2nd string didn't really stand up v Hammers. Was a tough tie though

Lovely win v Bolton

Interesting you keep a beady eye on those who may have shunned you before
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Redknapp69 wrote: Fri Jul 05, 2024 12:47 am 2nd string didn't really stand up v Hammers. Was a tough tie though

Interesting you keep a beady eye on those who may have shunned you before
Yeah it was a shame, the changed line up only mamaged a single shot in ninety minutes which frustrated me. Hopefully these early Cup exits won't derail what is a more than decent league campaign so far.

I do that don't I? And it's not let me down, after all Tonton shunned me initially before signing as did Cherno and Bourdon to name just three of them that did it. Sometimes a change of heart from the player helps...
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So that's two Cup exits this season, and that was just as disappointing as the one for the UEFA Cup earlier in the season. I really thought that the side I named for the League Cup game was a strong one and one that would have seen through. The fact they only managed just the single shot in ninety minutes was so frustrating.

Perhaps it's a sign that we are going to do rubbish in the Cups but more than make up for it in the Premier League? You know something, I would take that right now...

Ipswich at Feethams to close out October...

Team News - After the disappointing Cup defeat, it was time to restore the big guns for the 11th Premier League of the season. Back into the starting eleven came Alejandro, Jon-Paul McGovern and Mike Duff from the regular starters to fulfil their normal roles, Geoff Pitcher came in for Julian Gray whilst Arnar Valdemarsson replaced Dean Shiels. The Valdemarsson-Shiels switch saw me move Tonton Zola Moukoko into a striker's role with Arnar playing in the "hole" vacated by the new Swedish internationalist. The sixteen read as such: Alejandro; McCartney, McGovern, Lythe ©; Duff, Pitcher, Williams, Victory; Valdemarsson; Moukoko, Samba. Substitutes: João Paiva, Bourdon, Warnock, Copeman, El-Yamani.

Ipswich brought Frode Kippe, Kenny Miller, Anders Svensson, Thomas Roll Larsen and Eirik Bakke into their starting eleven from the side that defeated Sunderland in their last match. The quintet replaced Darren Kelly, Darren Bent, Brett Ormerod, Rohan Ricketts and David Dunn with Roll Larsen playing behind Miller in a 5-3-1-1 formation. Last season's corresponding game saw Tonton hand us a 64th minute lead, only for Miller to equalise four minutes later for a share of the spoils.

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The loss against the Hammers stung as the team went immediately on the offensive to maintain their very good start to the season. Pitcher played a through ball into the path of Moukoko who drove a shot on goal which forced a strong save from Jamie Langfield in the visiting goal. Jamie Victory had a well struck free kick blocked by the Town wall as we continue to push forward for an early opener. Little had been seen of the away side but Miller forced Alejandro into a save at the second attempt as the game headed towards half time. Six minutes before half time, we opened the scoring when Duff found Moukoko who evaded challenges from Bakke and Mauricio Taricco to blast an effort past Langfield. Four minutes later, we had a second when Valdemarsson found Duff who finished clinically. Miller drilled a shot wide on the stroke of half time but it had been a very good opening 45 for us.

Half Time: Darlington 2 Ipswich Town 0

Words must have been said in the away dressing room at half time as they came out with purpose. Alejandro made a double save just before the hour to deny an Anders Svensson free kick and then Miller. They went closer still, Mads Jorgensen clipping the bar from distance with the Spanish custodian rooted to the spot. We made a change on the hour, João Paiva replacing Pitcher and the Portuguese striker almost made it three when Valdemarsson played him in but the shot sailed over the bar. Miller headed well wide from a Svensson free kick as Town tried to breach our defences. They managed it with two minutes to go to ensure a nervy finish, Svensson scoring at the second attempt after Alejandro had initially saved. But we held on for the win.

Substitutes Made By Us: João Paiva for Pitcher (61), Copeman for Williams (85)
Match Discipline: Yellow - McGovern, Pitcher
Attendance: 14891
Man of the Match: Mike Duff
Position After Game: 4th
Next Game: Blackpool (A)
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In this particular update, we summarise how the rest of the Premier League fixtures panned out, and show you the latest standings after 11 matchdays.

Will Manchester United still hold a 100 per cent record?

Premier League Round-Up:

Can anyone actually stop those Manchester Red Devils this season? Blackpool were the latest victims as United made played 11, won 11 with a 2-0 success at Old Trafford over the Premier League newcomers. Phil Neville gave them a 23rd minute lead, and Ruud van Nistelrooy's 10th of the season just after half time secured another three points. Arsenal remain second with a similar win in North London against Everton. Both goals came in the second half, Nolberto Solano just before the hour and Ian Gray's first ever Gooners goal a minute from the end. It took an injury time effort from substitute Pietro Parente to keep Chelsea third as they saw ten man Bolton 1-0 at the Beer OK Stadium; Wanderers had been reduced to a man less in the 67th minute when Gary Breen picked up a second yellow in the game to get an early bath.

Newcastle are just outside the top four with a 2-1 win at St Andrews. Tommy Smith put them into a 13th minute lead but Andy Johnson equalised four minutes later and an amazing eight minutes concluded when Bruno Marioni restored the Magpies lead in the 21st. Marioni wouldn't finish the game though as he limped off with a hamstring injury ten minutes into the second half. Former Middlesbrough midfielder Phil Stamp was sent off for two yellow cards inside the first half and his Millwall side paid the price as Wolves recorded at 2-1 win at Molineux, Markus Thulin's first goal for the Black Country side gave the lead on the stroke of half time, Steven Reid equalised for the ten men but Mark McCormick's penalty made it a home win. Ibrahima Bakayoko gave Southampton a second minute lead at Blackburn but goals from Matt Jansen and Marcus Bent gave Rovers the three points.

Both Sunday games ended in 5-2 home wins, Leeds over Yorkshire neighbours Barnsley and Liverpool over Tottenham. Leeds' win was underpinned by a Mark Viduka hat -trick with Jonathan Woodgate and Harry Kewell also on target; whilst Mateo Corbo and Burton O'Brien netted for the Tykes. At Anfield Jason Roberts scored twice on his Liverpool debut in a new look partnership with French youngster Florent Sinama-Pongolle who also netted. John Arne Riise and Martijn Reuser added the others with Luis Boa Morte and Raúl Tamudo scoring for Spurs. Monday night action came from the Stadium of Light and the Black Cats came out top 4-2 against visitors Aston Villa. Kevin Phillips scored twice with Shane Tolley and Kevin Nicholls also on target for the home side whilst José Antonio Guayre netted a brace for the Villa.

Standings are as follows:

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Nice win over the tractor boys

Whata defensive record!

As we've always said - some more goals would be nice but can't argue when 4th!
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In this update, we look at action both on home shores and in Europe.

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The update begins with a weird transfer happening in Belgium as defensive midfielder and Belgian internationalist Kenny Verhoeven swaps Racing Genk for divisional rival Mouscron. The weird part, Genk are fifth in the Belgian top division and his new club are 14th. Mouscron have paid £3.3 million for the 25 year old's services although there a minimum release clause there of £6 million.

In three outstanding League Cup fixtures, each of the home sides went through. Arsenal gave debuts to three academy products in their tie against Reading and three goals in ten minutes from Kennedy Bakircioglü, Robbie Keane and Nolberto Solano put them in control over the Biscuitmen with one of those debutants; Peter Taylor; capping his debut with the home side's fourth and final goal on the night just after the hour. Goals from transfer listed duo Leon Knight and Jody Morris made the difference for Chelsea as they defeated Ipswich 2-0 at Stamford Bridge whilst another debutant James Carter scored within three minutes of his introduction for Manchester United as they triumphed 3-0 at Old Trafford against Millwall with Bojan Djordjic and Kalam Mooniaruck also on target for the Red Devils.

Talking about the Red Devils, manager Glenn Hoddle bagged his third successive Manager of the Month award whilst Ruud van Nistelrooy took home the Premier League Player of the Month gong. Young Player of the Month was Blackburn Rovers defender Anthony Holland.

The middle of November brings more internationals but only friendlies. At Under 21 level, "George" Neves and Cristiano Ronaldo are picked by Portugal, Cherno Samba is selected by England and Marko Halonen gets a Finnish Under-21 call up. The senior internationals were picked by six separate nations: Tonton Zola Moukoko (Sweden), Jon-Paul McGovern (Scotland), Arnar Valdemarsson (Iceland), Jonathan Bourdon (Belgium), Andy Parry and David Copeman (Wales) ;and finally; Dean Shiels and George McCartney (Northern Ireland).

Unattached Colombian striker Hamilton Ricard has admitted he could be tempted by a move to Spain and John Toshack's Real Sociedad if reports from South America are said to be true. The former Middlesbrough man is also on the radar of former club 'Boro, Nottingham Forest, Recreativo de Huelva, Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday. Watch him head back to Teesside... Meanwhile Friday saw a reserve team game at our training complex and we were successful with a 2-1 win over the Seasiders second string; a Paul Bell own goal and Halonen provided our goals with James Webster scoring the sole visiting effort.

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Thursday would see the second round, second legs of this season's UEFA Cup: the same tournament that we exited so painfully on penalties in the first round. Everton hosted La Liga side Deportivo de la Coruña on Merseyside after a goalless first leg in Spain, and they moved into the Third Round stage thanks to a goal from former QPR and West Ham man Trevor Sinclair five minutes after half time. Newcastle, the other Premier League team in the Second Round, are also through by the same aggregate score after Mark Burchill's seventh minute goal was enough to see off AIK in Stockholm. However, their win was soured by the loss of Dane Jesper Gronjkær with a broken ankle that will see the former Ajax and Chelsea winger sidelined for six months.

After conceding four on home turf in the first leg, few would have thought Motherwell would go through against Tirol Innsbruck in Austria. But go through they did with a 4-1 away win inspired by goals from Christopher Wreh (2), Ray Fraser and James McFadden with Ishmael Addo scoring for the hosts. Hearts completed a 5-0 aggregate win over Slavia Prague with a 2-0 second leg on Gorgie thanks to efforts from Robert Tomaschek and Nick Barmby, and Aberdeen made it three SPL sides through with a 2-1 win at Norwegian side Odd Grenland (5-1 overall) with Paul Di Giacomo and Keigan Parker on target.

Both League of Ireland sides exited. Shamrock Rovers lost 3-0 on the night, and the same over two legs to Poles Orlen Plock whilst Longford Town conceded twice in the last 17 minutes to lose 4-1 on the night to a Venezia side containing former Milan apprentice Roberto De Zerbi, and 5-3 overall. Roque Santa Cruz scored all four for Bayern as the German giants won 4-3 at Croatians Varteks to win 5-4 over the two legs. Our conquerors Lokomotiv Moscow are out on away goals after drawing 2-2 on the night in the Russian capital with Borussia Dortmund for a 3-3 aggregate score.
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With the majority of the team fully refreshed, we seem to have a full strength side available to us as we head to the North West coastline and England's answer to La Tour de Eiffel: all 518 feet 9 inches with the west coast of Ireland visible on a clear and fine day.

Anyone fancy a ride on the beach donkeys? Anyone, anyone?

Saturday's Premier League Round-Up:

Since we were not playing until the Sunday, we arrived at the hotel just in time to watch the top two in action from the bar area. Could Manchester United make it a remarkable 12 wins from 12 or would hosts Chelsea spring yet another surprise on them? Well the game itself had very few chances to be expected, with United having the best of them. Those chances fell the lone striker himself, Ruud van Nistelrooy, but Dionisis Chiotis was up to the task and denied him. So a goalless draw it was, United's first points dropped this season. Would this cause an impending blip and allow everyone else to close in?

Arsenal could do just that if they went to the Second City and came away with an away win. As it was, the Villians were the ones who prevailed thanks to two goals in nine minutes as half time approached. Juan Pablo Angel opened the scoring in the 34th minute and José Antonio Guayre bagged a second from the penalty spot two minutes before the interval. Despite the firepower of Guilherme and Thierry Henry to start with and Robbie Keane on the bench, it was a case no dice for Steve-Gordon Eriksson's Gooners. Two more goals from Raúl Tamudo, taking him to seven in just six games which added to efforts from Alex and Paul Ritchie helped Spurs thump Birmingham 4-1 at White Hart Lane. Matthew Etherington, a former Spurs player, scored for Blues who sunk to their eighth league loss of the season and remain bottom.

Scottish hotshot Mark McCormick scored the only goal of the game to give Wolves all three points at fellow promoted side Barnsley. Meanwhile, it was a share of the spoils at the New Den as Millwall and Southampton drew 2-2. Neil Harris scored twice for the Lions, his second in the 89th minute no less whilst James Beattie and Alexander Viveros scored for the Saints.

On Sunday it is....

Team News - Just the single change from the side that defeated Ipswich 2-1 in our last game. That came in central midfield as Jacques Williams picked up a hamstring strain in the closing stages of that last game, with David Copeman coming in as a like for like replacement. Tonton Zola Moukoko continued with being a false ten alongside Cherno Samba. The squad was as follows: Alejandro; McCartney, McGovern, Lythe ©; Duff, Pitcher, Copeman, Victory; Valdemarsson; Moukoko, Samba. Substitutes: João Paiva, Bourdon, Warnock, Gray, El-Yamani.

Blackpool's side saw John Hills, David Collins and Kenneth Milne come in for the David Wetherall, Darren Way and suspended Matthew Williams. The Seasiders knew that a win this afternoon would propel them out of the bottom three as we knew we could go second with an away win. The two sides last met in the Second Division in March 2003 when a first half blitz of three goals set us fair for a 3-1 away win with Michael Dunwell (2) and Julian Gray on target; Brett Ormerod (now of Ipswich) scored the home side's sole goal.

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Those hopes of making second place behind Manchester United took an early battering when we picked up a very early red card, four minutes in to be precise. The guilty part was Samba for a two footed reckless challenge on Seasiders defender Jon Olav Hjelde. Instead of bringing on someone immediately to support Moukoko, we kept the shape as it was with the newly capped Swedish internationalist as a false nine on his own with Arnar Valdemarsson supporting best he can from the "hole". Shortly after the dismissal, home midfielder Richard Graham drove wide from distance before Valdemarsson lashed one over in our first opportunity. The Icelandic internationalist would then create the game's opener as we took the lead in the quarter of an hour when his cross to the far post was headed in by Jamie Victory.

Graham went close again eight minutes before half time, latching on a Collins pass and surging into the box before dragging his shot wide of Alejandro's right hand post. Then as half time approached, Brendan Sweeney clipped a cross into the penalty area but Kenneth Milne's header sailed over the bar.

Half Time: Blackpool 0 Darlington 1

Despite having ten men, we were determined to take the game to Blackpool and almost made it 2-0 five minutes into the second half. Pitcher with a cross into the area that was met by a powerful header from Moukoko that ricocheted off the bar with former Liverpool goalkeeper Jorgen Nielsen stranded. Graham had a third chance of the game just before the hour when Collins again played him in, but once more the midfielder shot wide of goal when well placed. Julian Gray came on with 11 minutes to go as we looked to see the game out, and Moukoko almost added our second with a volley that went over six minutes from time. Then with Blackpool pushing for an equaliser, we added that second in time added-on when Victory's inswinging corner was headed in by Gray to seal the three points.

Substitutes Made By Us: Gray (79)
Match Discipline: Red - Samba
Attendance: 14553
Man of the Match: Arnar Valdemarsson
Position After Game: 2nd
Next Game: Chelsea (H)

Premier League Round-Up:

Whilst we won with ten men, Ipswich and Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw at Portman Road later that afternoon. Mads Jorgensen gave the Suffolk side a 20th minute lead but Steven Gerrard equalised for the Reds five minutes after half time. Monday night football came from the Beer OK Stadium and a Lancashire derby with Wanderers taking on Blackburn Rovers. And it was the home supporters that left delighted as a Simon Davies first half hat-trick gave them all three points. Davies, who is joining Liverpool in a £3.1 million transfer in mid-December, put Rovers to the sword with a brace in the first 11 minutes and completed his treble a minute before half time. Former Middlesbrough player Carlos Arturo Marinelli pulled one back five minutes from time but picked a straight red in time added-on for a two footed lunge on Dean Ashton.

Sunday also saw Newcastle and Leeds play their delayed League Cup Third Round tie at St James Park. Mark Burchill scored his second in successive games to send the Geordies through where they will travel to our conquerors West Ham United.
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Some balls on the guys to see througha win after going down to 10 so early in the game. Maybe you would expect to beat Blackpool but no mean feat away from home and the guys legging it more to cover Cherno - does he have a 3 game ban? Appeal?

IOf you did get through in cup then Newcastle doesn't seem like it would have been an easy game anyway!
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Redknapp69 wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 1:20 pm Some balls on the guys to see througha win after going down to 10 so early in the game. Maybe you would expect to beat Blackpool but no mean feat away from home and the guys legging it more to cover Cherno - does he have a 3 game ban? Appeal?

IOf you did get through in cup then Newcastle doesn't seem like it would have been an easy game anyway!
Yeah it was no mean feat to get the win with ten men regardless of whoever the opponent is, especially when you're reduced so early on as we were against the Seasiders. Three game ban for Cherno incoming, not bothering with an appeal as they seldom work out anyway. Got enough cover for the ban I feel so we should be okay.

Yeah getting Newcastle would have been tough, likewise Dortmund in the UEFA Cup if we hadn't lost that one. Although a deep Cup run would be nice, a loss isn't too bad as it enables the squad to be fresher ideally when it comes to the business end of the season when some teams are playing three times a week. That's how I see it so far...

Thanks for your comments as always Redders...
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It is indeed a pity that your team was thrown out of both the UEFA Cup and the League Cup so prematurely. Anyway, you can ride the wave and put almost all your energies into the league where I see a top 4 finish possible and thus a chance to even play in the Champions League next season.

Scoring loads of goals continues to be a problem and the arrival of someone able to create chances in quantity for his teammates remains the number one priority. I hope Matsui can be the answer. How many appearances has he made for the Japanese national team?

Thankfully, the mighty Alejandro continues to make amends for his teammates by confirming himself as your best value-for-money signing every day.
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Season 2006/07

This update looks back on the sixth and final matchday of the Champions League First Group stage. Most of the groups are already decided but there's still a fair bit to deal with.

We also have the draws for the Second Group Stage and the Third Round of the UEFA Cup.

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For the final matchday we had Groups A-D playing Tuesday, and Groups E-H playing on Wednesday.

Tuesday:

With them already qualified, Milan and Real Madrid played each other on the final matchday to see who would finish top of Group A. Surprisingly, Real opted to field a side packed with fringe players whilst Milan took it serious and played their big guns. Therefore it came as no surprise to see Milan come out on top. Goals from Mark van Bommel and Rui Costa in the first 12 minutes had them in control and "Pippo" Inzaghi added a third in the 57th to ensure the Italians finished top. Real's misery was compounded with Christian Vieri being carried off early in pain holding his calf. The other game, meaningless that it was, saw Heerenveen and Sturm Graz shake hands on a 1-1 draw.

Group B, featuring Arsenal and Rangers. Arsenal were in Germany to take on Leverkusen who themselves had a chance of making the next stage. Brazilian Ricardinho scored the only goal to settle the game and secure his side's progress; but would it be sufficient to see Arsenal progress? Well, the answer was to be yes because Rangers won 2-0 at Ibrox against FC København. Robert Earnshaw, who hasn't held a regular spot in Glasgow, scored both to ensure the home side would finish on a high and the Danes slip out of the top two.

Group C, and Chelsea had already qualified but who would join them in the last 16? Well in Gelsenkirchen, Schalke 04 did themselves a major favour by defeating the Blues 3-0 thanks to goals from Stefan Selakovic, David Aganzo and Niels Oude Kamphuis. But would it be enough? Alas not as Benfica thumped Sparta Prague 5-1 in Lisbon with our very own Artur Correia's international team-mates Mendonça and Mantorras sharing three of the goals between them. Frédson and Roman Vasilyuk bagged the others with Radim Holub scoring for Sparta who finished with one point from their six group games.

Group D to conclude Tuesday's action with all four holding hopes of qualifying. In the Italian capital AS Roma ensured their place with a 2-0 win over visitors Atlético Madrid thanks to first half efforts from Emerson and Vincenzo Montella. Therefore a home win at Stade Vélodrome would see Olympique Marseille join them. However, visitors Olympiacos would surprise them with a 3-2 away win with all the gaols coming in the second half. Two goals in four minutes early in that second half from Rambert and Roberts put the away side 2-0 but a quickfire double in three minutes from Glowacki and Bucher left it even with 11 minutes to go. However Finn Markus Paatelainen put the Greeks back in front two minutes from the end to dash the French side's hopes and send the Spaniards through.

Wednesday:

Group E had already been decided in advance with Udinese and Manchester United already qualified before their meeting in Udine. United fielded a second string line up against the current Serie A leaders, and took a 19th minute lead through Kalam Mooniaruck's ninth goal of the season. Howeve Udinese equalised a minute later through Antonis Papadakis for a 1-1 share. PSV would finish on a high in that group with a 4-0 win in Eindhoven over FC Midtjylland; Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink bagging a brace which sandwiched efforts from Johann Vogel and Marquinho.

In Group F Celtic had their hopes in their own hands, and knew if they got a win in Croatia then they would be through. However hosts Hajduk Split had hopes of their own and blew the Scottish Champions away with a three goal burst in the first half. Bernando Romeo pulled one back early in the second half but a fourth late on sent Celtic out of the qualifying spots. Meanwhile a brace from Djibril Cissé helped Real Betis Balompié to a 3-0 win over Fenerbahçe and finish top of this particular group.

Leeds entertained 1.FC Nürnberg at Elland Road with hopes of finishing atop Group G and it looked good when Michalis Konstantinou gave them a 32nd minute lead. However Georgian Archil Arveladze equalised two minutes later, and Marcel Ketelaer scored 20 minutes from time to ensure his side finished in pole position with Leeds comfortably in second. Veteran defender Jorge Costa scored the only goal in the other group game as Porto defeated Molde.

Finally in Group H, holders Lazio were in danger of missing out on the second group stage unless they defeated the team they beat in the Final last season, Barcelona, in their final group encounter. Never in doubt as they say as a couple of Hernan Crespo strikes and one from Dudu helped them to a 3-1 win; Romanian Adrian Ilie scoring for the Catalans who lost first choice keeper Roberto Bonano four minutes before half time to injury. In the other game, Paris-Saint Germain defeated Club Brugge 4-1 in Belgium.


So the final 16 are known, and Friday brought in the draws. They were as follows:

Group A - Second Stage: MANCHESTER UNITED, Lazio, Real Betis Balompié, ARSENAL
Group B - Second Stage: Hajduk Split, Real Madrid, AS Roma, 1.FC Nürnberg
Group C - Second Stage: Barcelona, LEEDS UNITED, AC Milan, CHELSEA
Group D - Second Stage: Benfica, Atlético Madrid, Udinese, Bayer 04 Leverkusen

The UEFA Cup Third Round saw the following:

ABERDEEN v Porto
CELTIC v Helsingborgs
Feijenoord v EVERTON
Heerenveen v Bayern Munich
NEWCASTLE UNITED v FC Energie Cottbus
Panathinaikos v MOTHERWELL
Sporting Lisbon v HEARTS
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DeBierkoning wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 4:38 pm It is indeed a pity that your team was thrown out of both the UEFA Cup and the League Cup so prematurely. Anyway, you can ride the wave and put almost all your energies into the league where I see a top 4 finish possible and thus a chance to even play in the Champions League next season.

Scoring loads of goals continues to be a problem and the arrival of someone able to create chances in quantity for his teammates remains the number one priority. I hope Matsui can be the answer. How many appearances has he made for the Japanese national team?

Thankfully, the mighty Alejandro continues to make amends for his teammates by confirming himself as your best value-for-money signing every day.
Thank you Beer King for continuing to follow the story. Scoring goals is a problem but a lot of teams in the PL are having that issue too this season.

Matsui has just 7 appearances for Japan, but he's netted six times in that time too. Very surprised I managed to bag him on a free. Might have to still look for the ideal playmaker but it's not easy when you're seen as a small fish in a big pond.

Alejandro has definitely been the find in all the signings I've made, especially with add-ons it came to less than a million and from the third tier of Spanish football.
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Man U and Arsenal in the same Champions League group!

But sitting 2nd in the league is certainly not to be sniffed at at this stage.
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Second in the league, fantastic start to the league season
Shame about the cup exits but may be a blessing in disguise with less matches to play
Looking forward to seeing what Matsui will bring to your team, 6 goals in 7 for Japan is a great return
You may need to break your transfer record for the ideal playmaker, would it be worth it for the right player?
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Strike Force One wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 6:47 pm
DeBierkoning wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 4:38 pm It is indeed a pity that your team was thrown out of both the UEFA Cup and the League Cup so prematurely. Anyway, you can ride the wave and put almost all your energies into the league where I see a top 4 finish possible and thus a chance to even play in the Champions League next season.

Scoring loads of goals continues to be a problem and the arrival of someone able to create chances in quantity for his teammates remains the number one priority. I hope Matsui can be the answer. How many appearances has he made for the Japanese national team?

Thankfully, the mighty Alejandro continues to make amends for his teammates by confirming himself as your best value-for-money signing every day.
Thank you Beer King for continuing to follow the story. Scoring goals is a problem but a lot of teams in the PL are having that issue too this season.

Matsui has just 7 appearances for Japan, but he's netted six times in that time too. Very surprised I managed to bag him on a free. Might have to still look for the ideal playmaker but it's not easy when you're seen as a small fish in a big pond.

Alejandro has definitely been the find in all the signings I've made, especially with add-ons it came to less than a million and from the third tier of Spanish football.
According to your scouts, 7 total national team appearances are enough for Matsui to get a work permit?

Speaking of possible alternatives, do you consider Richie Wellens outside your parameters?
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DeBierkoning wrote: Thu Jul 11, 2024 1:55 pm
Strike Force One wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 6:47 pm
DeBierkoning wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 4:38 pm It is indeed a pity that your team was thrown out of both the UEFA Cup and the League Cup so prematurely. Anyway, you can ride the wave and put almost all your energies into the league where I see a top 4 finish possible and thus a chance to even play in the Champions League next season.

Scoring loads of goals continues to be a problem and the arrival of someone able to create chances in quantity for his teammates remains the number one priority. I hope Matsui can be the answer. How many appearances has he made for the Japanese national team?

Thankfully, the mighty Alejandro continues to make amends for his teammates by confirming himself as your best value-for-money signing every day.
Thank you Beer King for continuing to follow the story. Scoring goals is a problem but a lot of teams in the PL are having that issue too this season.

Matsui has just 7 appearances for Japan, but he's netted six times in that time too. Very surprised I managed to bag him on a free. Might have to still look for the ideal playmaker but it's not easy when you're seen as a small fish in a big pond.

Alejandro has definitely been the find in all the signings I've made, especially with add-ons it came to less than a million and from the third tier of Spanish football.
According to your scouts, 7 total national team appearances are enough for Matsui to get a work permit?

Speaking of possible alternatives, do you consider Richie Wellens outside your parameters?
I was surprised to be honest we got him at all, Matsui that is. Wellens is 26 and playing for Millwall on my save at the moment (currently injured for 2 months too), considering to make a move for him in the summer. Never say never Beer King....
PauloDiHanio wrote: Thu Jul 11, 2024 11:20 am Second in the league, fantastic start to the league season
Shame about the cup exits but may be a blessing in disguise with less matches to play
Looking forward to seeing what Matsui will bring to your team, 6 goals in 7 for Japan is a great return
You may need to break your transfer record for the ideal playmaker, would it be worth it for the right player?
Exactly Paulo, Matsui will give me further options especially with players such as Pitcher and Maddison coming towards the twilight of their careers: Maddison more than most as he's captaining the reserves.

Think we might have to break the transfer record to get the ideal man in. But as I have said to others, getting someone to come to Darlington and not using us as a stepping stone. We're still a small club punching way above our weight.
ebfatz wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 11:33 pm Man U and Arsenal in the same Champions League group!

But sitting 2nd in the league is certainly not to be sniffed at at this stage.
I know, crazy isn't it EB?

A top four finish will be ideal, as it brings CL football. But we will take each game as it comes, as you are doing on your Oostende save. Keep being the surprise packet...
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Season 2006/07

In this update, we go back to the bread and butter that is the Premier League. We're having the season of our lives at the moment, second in the table behind run away leaders Manchester United and also not being overawed by the big clubs in terms of results against us.

Could this be the season that we take this incredible journey to a whole new level?

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Well that result at Blackpool was amazing for two reasons. One, that it hoisted us into a second place above Liverpool, Arsenal and current champions Chelsea. Secondly, the resilience of the team to not let a very early red card to a key player (yes Cherno got the initial red card warning) affect them and to get a result on the road. Just goes to show what a squad we have here. If only we could find the playmaking genius to pull the strings in central midfield then we will be set just fine. Maybe the Japanese signing, that arrives in mid-December, will do that? If not, we will keep looking for the one...

Guess that's our problem, a team that's not expected to do what they are do and in a division that's way above their actual normal standards. But keep surprising the doubters...

Whilst the final round of the Champions League was taking place, there was news of another job dismissal in Italy. This time at the biggest club on the island which brought us the genius that is Gianfranco Zola, aye Cagilari. After just a year, they have decided to part ways with former Parma and Borussia Dortmund Head Coach Nevio Scala. Cagilari currently lie 14th in Serie A, just outside the drop zone on goal differemce. Just goes to show, you have to get it right over there immediately. At least we should be happy Uncle George's pretty laidback at the moment...

Chelsea have a new signing, and it's a strange one maybe. The Blues have completed the formalities that will see Cambridge United's top scorer Dave Kitson join them in the summer on a Bosman. The 26 year old has goals in him but he's not played anywhere outside the Second Division in his career so maybe a gamble for Martin O'Neill and the current Champions? Same day, Thursday, saw news that we will have in relation to our "derby" with Newcastle: it's been pushed from Saturday to Sunday due to Newcastle featuring in the Third Round of the UEFA Cup that midweek. Notts County have a new manager, they have appointed Jim Weir from fellow relegation candidates from Swansea. Weir, 37, succeeds Nicky Law who was sacked on 28 October.

As we approached our next game, which is a Monday game at home to Chelsea no loss, one player has left the club albeit on loan. One of our first signings in season one, Peter Weatherstom, has joined Northern Irish Premiership side Newry City on loan for the remainder of the season. It should give the 26 year old some much needed first team game time and I expect he should score buckets for them as it's a lesser standard to that of the Premier League here. Four names more from our man in South America, but once Gary thinks every single one of them will not get a work permit if we try to sign them. Guess we need to find overseas players with dual EU nationalities or talented Brits maybe? That'll soon solve it, yeah? Yeah, easier said than done.

Premier League Round-Up:

Saturday saw seven games on the schedule, and it's back to normality for Manchester United with yet another win. The unfortunate opponents this time were North West neighbours Bolton Wanderers at Old Trafford as United recorded a 3-0 win. The goals came from who else but Ruud van Nistelrooy, a rarity that is from Gary Neville and the third from van Nistelrooy's heir apparent Kalam Mooniaruck. Goals from Robbie Fowler and Steven Gerrard helped Liverpool to a 2-0 win over Blackpool but the Reds had both Michael Owen and Fowler stretchered off in the second half. Joe Cole gave Leeds a 17th minute lead against Aston Villa but Jonathan Woodgate's second half own goal ensured a 1-1 draw. Francis Jeffers gave Everton a 33rd minute advantage at Molineux but goals from Mark McCormick (37) and a minute later from Adam Proudlock put Wolves in front at half time. However Jeffers would complete a sensational hat-trick in the second half to hand the Toffees a remarkable second half 3-2 triumph.

Two goals in as many minutes early in the second half propelled Millwall to victory at Blackburn, with Chris Innes and David Johnson on target. John Welsh pulled a consolation back with just a minute left but Rovers slid to yet another loss. Barnsley took maximum points too with a 3-2 victory at Southampton thanks to goals from Rory Fallon, Scott Brough and Kevin Dixon whilst Titus Bramble and Craig Milne twice pulled the Saints level. Sunderland and Spurs drew 2-2 at the Stadium of Light with teen midfielder Colin Crawford delighting the home crowd inside three minutes. Mark Perry's red card and Mikael Dorsin's penalty levelled it four minutes later. Kevin Phillips restored the Black Cats advantage on 27 before the prolific Raúl Tamudo made it nine minutes into the second half and that's how it ended.

Sunday. Before we settled down for watching the action in the pub: club secretary texted to announce yet another TV date: our home game against Millwall will be on the Sunday rather than Saturday next month. More exposure for the side, and TV recognising how well we're performing this season eh? We slipped down to third with the result of the first game, Arsenal defeating Newcastle by a single goal scored by Sibusiso Zuma in the 54th minute. In the other game, Birmingham got a much needed win with a 2-0 home success over Ipswich at St Andrews thanks to efforts from Richard Johnson and a late penalty from Mark Rivers two minutes from time.

A win on Monday night would send us back into the second. But we're only facing the current Champions next. Easy peasy lemon squeezy right?
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Season 2006/07

It's now the Monday of yet another week, and it's time for us to see how we stack up against the current Champions at Feethams.

Will we make the Blues feel blue come full time?

Team News - We made one single change from the side that won at Blackpool. Cherno Samba had been asked to report to the England Under 21 squad on the Friday for their international in Split against their Croatian counterparts and despite pleas for him to join up late, we went into the game without our £4.3 million summer signing. With Peter Weatherston on loan to Newry, where he scored on his debut 44 minutes in, it was either João Paiva, Mohamed El-Yamani or Dean Shiels? In the end, we chose the Portuguese striker but the other two on the bench. The squad read as: Alejandro; McCartney, McGovern, Lythe ©; Duff, Pitcher, Copeman, Victory; Valdemarsson; Moukoko, João Paiva. Substitutes: Shiels, Bourdon, Warnock, Gray, El-Yamani.

Champions Chelsea made changes to their side and their formation for the game. Out went former Juve man Gianluca Zambrotta, Markus Kreuz, Sami Hyypiä, Mark Kerr and Savo Milosevic to be replaced by James Panayi, Matthew Holland, Roy Keane, Sergei Rebrov and Jens Jeremies. Not a bad set of replacements those last four, eh? They also went from their conventional 3-5-2 to a defensive 4-3-2-1 with Tore Andre Flo leading the line with Magne Hoseth and Rebrov supporting him.

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Despite the defensive formation, Chelsea certainly had the firepower to dish out a battering and almost took the lead in the fifth minute when a free kick from Hoseth went inches wide of Alejandro's left hand post. Midway through that first half, Flo thought he had scored when he met Theo Lucius' near post with a neat header but Alejandro again showed how highly we rate him with a super save. Rebrov fizzed a long range effort wide before the Ukrainian sent a low shot that Alejandro again produced a fantastic save to stop him from opening the scoring as Chelsea continued to dominate proceedings.

Half Time: Darlington 0 Chelsea 0

Alejandro was alert to deny Keane a chance from a Hoseth corner that Rebrov flicked on, before the Norwegian drilled a golden chance well wide when he should have scored moments later. Lucius tried to pick out the top corner but was denied by Alejandro as was Flo when he connected with a Jeremies cross. The closing stages would see us finally come into the game with Chiotis twice denying Tonton Zola Moukoko and then Mike Duff placing a shot straight at him when it looked all set for the wing back to open the scoring for us with eight minutes to play. Yet Alejandro still had time to deny Chelsea one more as in injury time Holland aimed another one top corner but the Spaniard was well positioned to save. We stay third.

Substitutes Made By Us: Shiels for João Paiva (61), Warnock for Copeman (61), El-Yamani for Valdemarsson (85)
Match Discipline: Yellow - Lythe, Copeman
Attendance: 14856
Man of the Match: Alejandro
Position After Game: 3rd
Next Game: Tottenham Hotspur (A)

Tuesday would see the Under 21 internationals take place. Both Cherno and Marko Halonen would play 90 minutes for England and Finland against Croatia and Bosnia respectively, England drawing 0-0 and Finland winning 3-0. Neither "George" Neves or Cristiano Ronaldo were involved in Portugal Under 21's 2-0 win over their Dutch counterparts. On Wednesday night, seven of our guys gained further caps with only Jon-Paul McGovern missing out. Jonathan Bourdon picked up cap seven for Belgium in their 1-1 draw with Norway, Arnar Valdemarsson (cap eight) in a 0-0 draw against Macedonia, Tonton Zola Moukoko (second cap) as Sweden defeated Bulgaria 3-0, David Copeman (cap 21) and Andy Parry (cap 7) in Wales' 2-0 win over Zimbabwe whilst Dean Shiels (cap 11) scored both goals (7 total) for Northern Ireland as they defeated Lithuania 2-1. That same Northern Irish international saw George McCartney pick up cap number 38.

We will have one change in Saturday's squad as Julian Gray will be missing for a month with a groin strain sustained towards the end of training on Thursday. But we will cope....we always do!
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• Kitson a random signing for the Blues
• Nice to see the TV companies showing you more – must be a couple more quid in the coffers as well for George
• Is CR7 on loan? How’s he getting on?
• Christ – some squad Chels have!
• We’ll take that point and move on- happy days
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After gaining a hard fought point against the current Champions of the Premier League, we move onto another date with a team from the capital.

Can we earn our "Spurs" at White Hart Lane and keep the good run flowing?

Team News - After missing the draw with Chelsea due to an international commitment, Cherno Samba is restored to the starting eleven against Tottenham at "The Lane". As a result João Paiva drops to the bench, Artur Correia has recovered fully from his shoulder injury and takes the recently injured Julian Gray's spot in the sixteen. This will be the last game for Cherno as he starts a three match suspension starting from the next match. So the sixteen on duty at WHL were: Alejandro; McCartney, McGovern, Lythe ©; Duff, Pitcher, Copeman, Victory; Valdemarsson; Moukoko, Samba. Substitutes: João Paiva, Bourdon, Warnock, Correia, El-Yamani.

Hosts Tottenham will be hoping for a better outcome than they have experienced so far against us, since we have not lost against them since we became a Premier League side in 2004. Last season a sole Arnar Valdemarsson goal won the game for us here which also saw Alex be red-carded for the home side. From their side that drew 2-2 at the Stadium of Light, Michael Dobson and Clint Hill are dropped from the defence with Thomas Helveg and Paul Ritchie replacing whilst Danish wonderkid Mads Beierholm is also dropped, Stephen Hughes comes in for him. Can we keep the goal machine that is Raúl Tamudo, eight goals in seven games since signing on a free, quiet?

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We almost took the lead as early as the second minute, George McCartney with a curling free kick onto the head of Moukoko but the temporary striker skewed his effort wide. Tottenham came straight back at us, Nick Wright with a volley that looked goalbound until Alejandro as ever, intervened with another quality save. Arnar Valdemarsson, scorer of the winner last season, had the next chance of the match when he collected a Moukoko nod down to rifle in a half-volley that skimmed the paintwork of Panagiotis Dilberis' crossbar. Moukoko then drove an effort inches wide with Dilberis rooted to the spot as we pushed for the opener. The Swedish internationalist was then denied by Greek stopper as the chances kept coming. But the sides would go in at half time goalless.

Half Time: Tottenham Hotspur 0 Darlington 0

Seven minutes into the second half, we had the lead. Geoff Pitcher picked up a loose ball, charged at the home defence before laying ball off to Moukoko who lashed it high into the net. That goal woke up the home side with Alejandro being called into action to save from Wright, Tamudo and Luis Boa Morte in quick succession whilst Ritchie and Alex both planted headers over the bar when well placed. Our next chance in the 73rd minute produced a second and clinching goal when Ashley Lythe's free kick was met by a thumping header from Pitcher. Things got worse for the home side when Chris Perry was dismissed for a professional foul on substitute Correia as he broke clear. Jamie Victory arrowed the resultant free kick inches over but we bagged a fourth league win in five and keep that good run going.

Substitutes Made By Us: Correia for Valdemarsson (58), João Paiva for Samba (85)
Match Discipline: Yellow - Ritchie (Tottenham)
Red - Perry (Tottenham)
Attendance: 32224
Man of the Match: Geoff Pitcher
Position After Game: 3rd
Next Game:Newcastle United (H)

Premier League Round-Up:

With Manchester United not playing this weekend, it was a chance for us all to claw some of their lead back and put some pressure on them. Arsenal stayed above us in second on goal difference thanks to a 3-1 win at Oakwell against Barnsley. All four goals came in eleven first half minutes with the Gooners bagging their three in a five minute spell thanks to Sibusiso Zuma and a Thierry Henry double. Scott Brough pulled one back in the 33rd minute for the Tykes but Steve-Gordon Eriksson's Gooners comfortably held on. Chelsea stay fourth, waiting for others to slip up, after a 2-0 home triumph over a struggling Blackburn. Former Blackburn defender John Curtis opened the scoring in the 51st minute with Argentine midfielder Andrés D'Alessandro snatching a second a minute later to secure the win for the defending title holders.

Stephen Schumacher scored after just three minutes to hand Newcastle a third minute lead against Liverpool at St James Park. However, Jason Roberts third goal for his new club levelled on half time and it looked a draw until midfielder Adrian Owen (on his first starting appearance) bagged a home winner six minutes from time. Everton raced into a 4-0 lead after 52 minutes against Sunderland with Francis Jeffers, Samuel Wowoah (twice) and Jamie Fullarton on target; and despite former Evertonian Michael Ball and Shane Tolley halving the deficit; the Toffees secured the points. Despite having the better chances, Wolves were held to a goalless draw at Southampton and it took a Svante Dahlqvist equaliser sixteen minutes from time to gain them a point against visitors Bolton Wanderers for whom Henrik Pedersen had opened the scoring in the 17th minute at Bloomfield Road.
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Redknapp69 wrote: Fri Jul 12, 2024 3:21 pm • Kitson a random signing for the Blues
• Nice to see the TV companies showing you more – must be a couple more quid in the coffers as well for George
• Is CR7 on loan? How’s he getting on?
• Christ – some squad Chels have!
• We’ll take that point and move on- happy days
Yeah I thought it was random too...

CR7 in reserves Redders, no interest so far in him though.
Batting way above our average at the moment, surely this is just a dream...
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Season 2006/07

Another win and we remain in an unthinkable third place on goal difference as November heads towards its conclusion/ Starting to think that this ride is something else, despite the lack of goals and world class playmaker in the team. That said, we have bagged six goals in the last four games so maybe it's starting to click. We need to remain on point because one or two losses and wins for others could send us out of the top four easily.

It's also the First Round proper of this season's FA Cup, something that we were involved in not long since. There's also some European football on the menu as well.

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Whilst we were playing Tottenham in the Premier League, it was also the FA Cup First Round. Would there be any giant killings to report or would every possible upset go the way of the Football League club?

Nottinghamshire based Football League clubs Notts County and Mansfield Town both handed out big defeats to their non-league opponents, County defeating Burscough 5-0 at Victoria Park and the Stags winning 6-1 at the City Ground: home of Cambridge City. Sheffield United dished a heavy defeat of their own, 4-1 at Bramall Lane against Yeovil Town. But Tiverton Town held Third Division York City to a goalless draw at Bootham and Conference sides Northampton Town and Southport both sent Third Division opponents in the shape of Macclesfield Town and Oxford United, out on an early exit.

Premier Division Round-Up:

Sunday's Premier League action saw Villa win the Second City Derby at Villa Park thanks to a very late winner from Leo Roget as the clock ticked ninety minutes. Roget, if you remember was one of our old targets a few seasons back. The result sends Villa sixth whilst keeps Blues rooted at the bottom. The other game saw Millwall beat Leeds United 3-1 at the New Den. David Johnson put the home side ahead in the 20th minute but Alan Smith equalised early in the second half. However efforts from Neil Harris and John O'Brien two minutes apart in the closing stages gave the Lions the points.

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Champions League Round-Up

Tuesday night saw an all Premier League encounter at Old Trafford with United taking on Arsenal. And after starting the competition slowly with a 4-1 thumping in Eindhoven against PSV, the Red Devils have really warmed up and so they did against their domestic opponents as they dished a 4-0 beating with Kalam Mooniaruck, Luke Chadwick, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Paul Scholes all finding the net. Wednesday night saw Leeds head to Barcelona and Chelsea host Milan, and experience different outcomes. After conceding a sixth minute opener to Patrick Kluivert, Javier Saviola took centre stage for Barca with a hat-trick and complete a 4-0 win over the West Yorkshire side. Meanwhile, a 20th minute goal by wantaway Savo Milosevic was enough for Chelsea to beat the Italians at Stamford Bridge in the same group.

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UEFA Cup Round-Up

Six British clubs in the Third Round stage of the UEFA Cup this season, four of them from Scotland. Aberdeen hosted Porto in the Granite City and travel to Portugal with a 1-0 advantage after former Celtic defender Olivier Tébily's 82nd minute winner. Tébily's former club Celtic also go into their second leg in the lead, seeing off Helsingborgs 2-1 at Parkhead despite Henrik Larsson having a quiet time against his first club; Joos Valgaeren put the Bhoys into the lead and although Mikael Bjärsnyr equalised, Argentine Claudio Lpez (on for Larsson) grabbed a 66th minute winner. James McFadden's early goal gave Motherwell a splendid 1-0 win at Panathinaikos but goals in each half from Bakero and Elpídio Silva sentenced Hearts to a 2-0 defeat at Sporting Lisbon and all to do back at Gorgie.

Jamie Fullarton's 27th minute red card proved costly for Everton in Rotterdam as Fejienoord took full advantage to defeat the Toffees 3-0. Goals from German defender David Klimek (scoring the penalty following Fullarton's indiscretion), França and Brett Emerton leaves the Merseyside club with a mountain to climb to make the last sixteen. Newcastle look good for it though as a Bruno Marioni double gave them a 2-0 win against FC Energie Cottbus who had Austrian midfielder Markus Weissenberger dismissed for two yellows in the first 24 minutes.

Roque Santa Cruz's 21st minute penalty gave Bayern a slender advantage over Heerenveen whilst one club definitely through seems to Juve as they crushed fellow Serie A side Venezia 6-0 at the Delle Alpi: early substitute Giacomo Cipriani bagging a hat-trick for the Old Lady.
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