League 2

Monday, 15 April 2013

TheView Outside The Premier League: Bolton stay on Target but its a bad weekend For Leicester and Torquay

Bolton Wanderers have now completed their unlikely rise from 18th in the Championship table to a play-off berth. While teams like Middlesbrough and Leicester have faltered badly on the run-in, the Trotters have accelerated smoothly to the top six. Dougie Freedman is a manager who embodies old-fas...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Sheffield Wednesday win a six pointer and Crewe love Wembley

Sheffield Wednesday against Blackburn Rovers was always the proverbial six pointer and it was the Yorkshire side who emerged with the vital win. The result puts Rovers into the bottom three for the first time and their slide continues. Typically, Rovers raised the hopes of their long-suffering fans...

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Monday, 25 March 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Tranmere add to Stevenage woes and York City are in trouble

With international matches on the go, this weekend had a truncated Football League programme which was reduced even further by the dreadfulMarch weather. The snow proved to be especially troublesome for Sheffield United and Brentford who would have taken top billing on Sky. Bournemouth and Donc...

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Monday, 04 March 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Middlesbrough peg back Cardiff and Hull City take advantage

Just when it seemed that Cardiff were beginning to set the seal on a successful promotion campaign Middlesbrough spoilt the party on Saturday and revived their own flagging hopes into the bargain. When confidence is low sometimes it takes an addition from outside the dressing room to cut through ...

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Monday, 25 February 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Bolton finally hit form and its a blanket race In the Conference

Bolton Wanderers hammered promotion-chasing Hull City 4-1 on Saturday and established a modest unbeaten run of four games. This is how Trotters fans hoped things would be from the start of the campaign but it seems the improvement has come too late. Even with the departures fro the squad after ...

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Monday, 18 February 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Shrewsbury surprise Tranmere, Cardiff win again and Burton Albion make a move

Tranmere Rovers were hoping to steal a march on their promotion rivals with their game with Shrewsbury Town staged on Friday night. Unfortunately, Ronnie Moores side had one of those nights and the Shrews went away with three vital - and unexpected - points. Rovers were down to 10 men very earl...

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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Bradford and Luton aim to rewrite history

I am never going again. Most football fans have uttered those five little words in their lives. Within a week were back in the old routine. No doubt thousands of Bradford City and Luton Town fans have considered turning their backs on their club down the years.You could hardly blame the Valley...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Forest lose again but Rhodes boosts Blackburn

Things arent getting any better for Nottingham Forest fans at the moment. Many will have been cheered by the appointment of the ever-combative Billy Davies to the manager position - returning to the club -but he couldnt influence Saturdays result at Bristol City. The match was vindication for a...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The View Outside The Premier League- Luton Stun Norwich, Stead Boosts Bristol City And Liverpool Fall At Icy Oldham

In ornithological terms Luton Town made the Canaries as sick as parrots but the Robins (Bristol City) went bob-bobbing along thanks to Jonathan Stead. The weekend saw FA Cup and league action mixed together and the biggest story was in Norfolk. The stat that Luton Town are the first non-leaguer...

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Monday, 21 January 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Cardiff stay on track but Blackburn misfire again

In a programme truncated by the weather, Cardiff City made light of a heavy pitch in Blackpool to add three more points to their promotion push. It wasnt the Welsh clubs most fluent performance of the season but winning while not at their best is a good sign. Cardiffs strong start to the campaign...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Leicester savage Bristol City and Port Vale leapfrog Gillingham

Life is beginning to look very grim again for Bristol City fans. Last season Derek McInnes came in midway through the season and helped the Robins stay in the Championship. But now the Scot has paid the price for anothercampaign of struggle and a home hammering from Leicester City proved to be the...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013

The View Outside The Premier League - Hatters hammer Wolves and Wimbledon climb off the bottom

There was a heavily truncated league programme as the third round of the FA Cup occupied centre stage. Pride of place from Saturdays results went to Luton Town - semi-finalists in the 80s - who dumped out Wolverhampton Wanderers. Lutons win signalled the end of Stale Solbakkens unhappy time at ...

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Wednesday, 02 January 2013

The View Outside The Premier League - No happy New Year for Huddersfield or Portsmouth

New Years Day saw a full programme of League football with some fans enjoying a wonderful start to 2013 - but there was little to revel about in one part of West Yorkshire. Huddersfield Town are in the throes of a horrendous run of form; and its now just five points from the last 30 in the Cham...

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Monday, 24 December 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Becchio bags a Boro brace and Brandy butters Saddlers

We had the usual rash of Christmas postponements but not for the traditional reasons. This time waterlogged pitches caused the problems rather than frost and snow. Very few lower division games survived but there was a near full programme in the Championship. Leeds United got off to the perfect s...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Posh shock Cardiff and McGhee runs out of Gas

No team seems able to stamp their authority on the Championship this season and on Saturday Peterborough United proved what a tough league it is by winning at Cardiff City - the Welsh side hadnt dropped a home point in 10 games. Posh went to South Wales as the bottom placed side and without a w...

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Monday, 10 December 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Derby end Leeds run and Fleetwood start life after Mellon

Leeds United have been on a roll in the past couple of weeks but that came to an end in the early kick-off on Saturday at Pride Park. Nigel Cloughs Derby County beat the team that his father managedfor an uncomfortable 44 days and the star role came from a product of the County youth system. Will...

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Monday, 19 November 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Wolves On The Slide And Hartlepool Fall Flat

Watford beat Wolves 2-1 on Saturday to send the visitors down to 16th place in the table and the Midlanders have now gone seven matches without a victory. This bad run has revived all the concerns about Stale Solbakkens appointment and the loss of key players as the campaign started. There wasnt ...

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Friday, 16 November 2012

FA Cup: MK Dons v AFC Wimbledon is on

Dust off those cliches about the lure of the FA Cup and the ability of the competition to write unlikely scenarios. Two replays on successive nights hasmade the potentialthe tie of this years Second Round a reality - AFC Wimbledon travelling to MK Dons. An overseas visitor unfamiliar to the English...

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Monday, 12 November 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Dons end Blades' run and Appleton arrives at Blackpool

League One saw a meeting between the two pre-season favourites for promotion and MK Dons were able to end Sheffield Uniteds unbeaten start to the season. It took a last-minute penalty to send the game the way of the home side and Blades boss Danny Wilson was livid with the decision. Its been a st...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Ollie gets a Palace welcome and it could be Dons v Dons in the cup

Its a truism of football that managers usually take over teams when they are in trouble and the last incumbent has resigned or been sacked. Thats certainly not the case at Crystal Palace though, where Ian Holloway has inherited a bunch of players full of confidence and fairly fizzing on the park...

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Monday, 29 October 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Palace Show Resilience and the Gills Are On A Roll

It proved to be a weekend of quiet satisfaction for Crystal Palace fans. Despite Dougie Freedmans decision to join Bolton the Eagles produced the performance of the day to end Leicester Citys unbeaten home record. And for good measure, Bolton lost at Middlesbrough. Because of his past service t...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Middlesbrough enjoy another away day and Bournemouth down Tranmere

Saturday proved to be one of strange results in the Championship, as most of the frontrunners fluffed their lines. But Middlesbrough once again demonstrated their talent for getting a result playing away from the Riverside. Their 1-0 win at Brighton delivered a fourth successive away win for To...

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Monday, 15 October 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Barnet fluff their lines but Tranmere put on a show

Not since the days of Stan Flashman and Barry Fry has so much attention been directed at Barnets modest Underhill ground. On Saturday Edgar Davids - yes, that Edgar Davids - took his place in the home dugout. Apparently the former Ajax, Milan and Barcelona star has become a player-coach at the ...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Helguson boosts Cardiff and Stevenage go second

There are exciting strikers who score spectacular goals and there are strikers who are efficient and score goals that wont appear in compilation videos. Heidar Helguson is very much the latterkind of player, but Cardiff City were grateful for his efforts at Ipswich on Saturday evening. The Icelan...

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Monday, 24 September 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Wolves pile misery on Posh, Tranmere score for fun

Saturday proved to be another miserable one for fans of Peterborough United as visitors Wolves claimed the points and left Darren Fergusons side still without a point this campaign. The match was a delight for Wolves fans though and the Molineux club have now slipped quietly into one of the play-...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Magpies go top and Cod Army batter Shrimps

Just as the season gets moving we get one of those annoying international breaks and the Championship shuts down. Frustrating for those clubs but good news for the rest of the Football League as attention shifts down the pyramid. After a weekend of surprise results, a new name sits on top of Leag...

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Monday, 03 September 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Mackail-Smith double sinks Burnley

Craig Mackail-Smith is an unusual name for a Scotland striker but the Brighton player showed his international pedigree at Turf Moor on Saturday with two quality strikes, one of which would grace a goal of the season compilation. The striker made the difference in a 3-1 win which didnt flatter th...

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Monday, 27 August 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Wycombe washed out but its raining goals in Blackpool

Saturdays games saw the rare occurrence of amatch being abandoned due to health and safety reasons. With thunderous clouds overhead and lightning flashing, Wycombe Wanderers and Bristol Rovers were called off well into the second half of their League Two contest. Rovers were the most aggrieved by...

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Monday, 20 August 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Fleetwood fire blanks and Pompey players get to know each other

A new football season always throws up some unusual stories on day one but there can have been few beginnings to a campaign quite like Portsmouths. Amazingly Pompey came away with a point from their first League One encounter despite sending out a whole team of debutants. Before he joined the sou...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Who will be the big winners and losers in League Two?

When it comes to making predictions League Two is always the most difficult decision. Relatively small injections of investment can take clubs rocketing up the table and the recent trend is for teams coming in from the Blue Square ranks to be instantly competitive. Form swings are the norm in this ...

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Monday, 07 May 2012

The View Outside The Premier League- Owls Finish the Job And Bees Escape Again

The outstanding issues in League One and Two were decided on Saturday and Sheffield Wednesday fans had the double bonus of automatic promotion and consigning their city rivals to the play-offs. What could have been a tense situation was fairly comfortable as the Blades couldnt win at relegated Exete...

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Monday, 23 April 2012

The View Outside The Premier League - Charlton Champions But Sheffield Pair Sweat

More and more of the big issues were decided this weekend and Charlton Atheltic finally achieved what they have been destined for ever since the season kicked off. Chris Powells squad have been front-running since September and no-one has ever looked like catching them. With the Addicks confirmed a...

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Monday, 02 April 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Blackpool Shake The Saints And Sheffield Pair Are Locked Together

Blackpool reminded everybody what a progressive side they are by steamrollering league leaders Southampton at Bloomfield Road. The result shouldnt have been too much of a surprise - the Tangerines performed superbly when they visited St Marys earlier in the year. Consistency has eluded Ian Hollowa...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Yeovil Confound The Bookies While Middlesbrough Slip Up Again

The four or five regular readers of the View might recall that back in August this column looked at Yeovil Towns battle to stay in League One. Back then the Glovers were favourites for the drop but the View tipped them to once again confound expectations. This weekend Yeovil took another huge step ...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Beckham, Best, Henry or Cantona: Who were the coolest footballers to ever live?

We would all like to be footballers, right? The money, the women, the cars. Oh, and the playing of football. That’s pretty good. But some are cooler than others. Too cool, even. So cool they make everyone else look like silly, awkward, emasculated chumps. So who were the 10 coolest footballers to e...

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Monday, 12 March 2012

The View Outside The Premier League - Reading March On While The Big 'Franchises' Line up in League One

All season Southampton and West Ham United have been the most likely contenders for automatic promotion to the Premier League and the two clubs still sit one and two in the table - but just below them Reading have bolted from the pack to pose a serious threat to their ambitions. A few weeks back Wo...

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Monday, 05 March 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Cardiff Complete A Bad Week And Dave Jones Takes the Wednesday Hot Seat

Of all the teams not to encounter after the disappointment of their Carling Cup Final defeat,West Ham would have been top of Cardiff Citys list. Sam Allardyce brought his brand of ultra-professional football to South Wales and took three valuable points back to London. Results like this one give am...

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Monday, 27 February 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Relegation Battle In The Championship Will Go To The Wire

The Championship is living up to its reputation as one of the most competitive leagues in Europe. All the teams near the bottom have been battling hard in recent weeks and Nottingham Forest proved that nothing can be taken for granted by winning at Birmingham. This is the same Blues side that were ...

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Monday, 20 February 2012

Notts County: Is Keith Curle the right man for the Magpies?

Notts County shocked the football world by axing Martin Allen at the weekend following the clubs 3-0 defeat by Hartlepool. The former MK Dons and Leicester City boss had been in the job less than a year and managed to steer the club away from the drop zone last season. Right now the Magpies are sitt...

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The View Outside The Premier League: Forest Force Vital Win And Plymouth Enjoy An Away Day Romp

The Football League and Blue Square Premier came out of two weekends of virtual hibernation to stage full programmes, apart from a few games made void by FA Cup involvement. In the Championship the most important victory was arguably Nottingham Forests home win over Coventry City. This was a real s...

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Monday, 13 February 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: The Gulls Fly High But The Owls Crash Land

Another weekend of fixtures badly affected by the freezing conditions. Without undersoil heating it was the games in the far south and west that had the best chance of surviving and Torquay, Exeter City, Bristol Rovers and Hereford United all took advantage while others were forced off. Torquay jum...

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Monday, 06 February 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Hughton's Birmingham Maintain Promotion Push

A much truncated programme because of the weather. And some of the games that were completed only just made it - Birmingham and Southampton fans were especially unlucky to be slated for the late kick-off at snowy St Andrews and the two sides put on a creditable show. Only Sporting Braga have won at...

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Monday, 30 January 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: The Onward March of Crawley Town And Accrington's New Era

This weekend saw a mixed programme with a virtually full fixture list in League Two and reduced numbers for the Championship and League One as clubs tried to reach the Fifth Round of the FA Cup. In the cup the standout result was Crawleys win at Hull City. Steve Evanss side reached the last 16 last...

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Monday, 23 January 2012

The View Outside The Premier League- Hammers Go Top And Sky Blues Shock Boro

The word is that some West Ham fans dont like the way Sam Allardyce gets his teams to play - come to think of it, most fans dont care much for his style but when it wins pointsevendiehard adherents of the beautiful gamewill swallow their doubts. Theres probably a debate waiting to happen about the ...

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Swindon: I'll Accept Di Canio's Cuffs But Mourn His Spontaneity

One of the better games over the FA Cup weekend was Swindon Town taking on Wigan. The League Two side defeated the Latics with a last-gasp goal; a goal which sent a certain enigmatic manager absolutely nuts on the touchline. And yes, Paolo Di Canio was given a one-match ban for his ‘exaggerated...

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Monday, 16 January 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Birmingham Hit Six and Southampton Get Back In The Groove

Birmingham City smashed six goals without reply at Millwall and while they did benefit from two dismissals for the home side, the result demonstrated that Chris Hughtons side are firmly in the promotion picture. Inthe league the Blues season has had something ofa slow burn about it - partly due to ...

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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Racism is in the spotlight but what is being done to tackle homophobia?

The FA stamped down on Luis Suarez’s racism towards Patrice Evra. And it’s quite right that they did, isn’t it? For when we look back into the past, and certainly in football’s past, we see things that are shockingly vile. In the seventies and part of the eighties, black footballers were subjected ...

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Monday, 09 January 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Robins Fly High And Rhodes Terrorises Wycombe

This was a weekend when FA Cup action mixed with a number of games in Leagues One and Two. Huddersfields star man Jordan Rhodes got things off with a bang on Friday night by crashing five goals past a hapless Wycombe Wanderers. Manager Lee Clark must have had mixed feelings as his top striker once ...

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Wednesday, 04 January 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: West Ham Close On Stuttering Saints And Leeds Leave It Late

In the Championship, the festive season has been defined by the teams at the head of the table all finding it difficult to make headway. Southampton have been especially wobbly and defeat at Brighton opened the door to their nearest rivals. Middlesbrough came unstuck at Blackpool but West Ham event...

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Monday, 02 January 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Sheffield Pair See Out 2011 In Style But Its Misery at Northampton

No doubt where the gloomiest bunch of fans were to be found on New Yearss Eve. Excellent results by the teams around them sent Northampton Town to the bottom of the Football League. This event was even more galling as the Cobblers conceded a last-minute winner at home to Swindon Town. There is now ...

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