Building steadily in shadow of Rangers, Hearts and Hibs
30 September ~ Scotland's second tier was often the country's most exciting division even before this season's invasion by floundering heavyweights. Yet Rangers, Hearts and Hibs have already dropped points to the SPFL Championship's two part-time clubs: Dumbarton hosted Alloa on Saturday after both made major announcements regarding their stadiums. While unlikely to knock Liverpool's Anfield expansion off Sky Sports News, the Championship's "cannon fodder" are exceeding their modest ambitions. Those Scottish institutions embarrassed by reduced circumstances should pay attention.
29 September ~ An early goal from Robin van Persie secured the points for Arsène Wenger's most cosmopolitan Arsenal side to date. There were no British players among the 14 who played at West Ham and only two, Theo Walcott and Justin Hoyte, started league matches; Mark Randall made one substitute appearance. Arsenal stayed top, barring a couple of weeks, until late March. After 2-1 away defeats to challengers Chelsea and Manchester United in the run-in, they finished third.
28 September ~ Genoa face Sampdoria today at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in the first Derby della Lanerna (Derby of the Lighthouse) of the Serie A season. While Genoa are 121 years old and the fourth-most successful team in the country with nine titles, it is the young Sampdoria – formed in 1946 – who have the most recent Scudetto. In 1991 a team featuring Gianluca Vialli, Roberto Mancini and Gianluca Pagliuca won the club’s only League championship. While Genoa trailed in a respectable fourth place, they at least had the edge on the derbies, drawing one 0-0 and winning the other 2-1, goals from Stefano Eranio and Branco cancelling out a Vialli strike.
28 September ~ Not that many footballers have had songs dedicated to them. But Brazilian midfielder Robson Ponte clearly impressed during his time in Germany, prompting techno producer Reinhard Voigt to pen this (slightly repetitive) tribute. Sent in by Chris Hill
Notable kits of yesteryear
25 September ~ Changing of club colours may be frowned upon, but Eastleigh have paid little heed. This season's Conference newcomers have had three major changes recently, turning out in white, royal blue and sky blue before reverting once again to royal blue; a predominantly white kit was worm for their debut season in the Conference South in 2005. Shirt sponsor Southern Exhaust Supplies had been with the club since the days of the Jewson Wessex League – a league which Eastleigh helped to found in 1986 – and no doubt harboured similar ambitions to cement a strong regional profile.
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- Fans protest ticket prices
- Can standing return?
- Broadcasting special: MOTD at 50
- Brazil goes backwards
- Shildon v Crook – FA Cup starts here
- Where are the black managers?
25 September ~ Birmingham led Division One for the first and only time this season after two penalties from Paul Furlong beat QPR. They slipped back to fifth after losing three of their next four games and finished in the same position, losing in the play-off semi-finals to Dave Bassett's Barnsley who were beaten at Wembley by Ipswich. Manchester City had a chance to regain the top spot with a match at Ipswich the following day but they lost 2-1.
Torsvollur stadium is the Faroe Islands' 6,040 national stadium in Torshavn. It was built in 1999, replacing the Svangaskaro ground in Toftir. The distinctive angular floodlights were not added until 2011 and were used officially for the first time against Italy in September that year.
It's only September and Arsenal fans are already struggling with the ups and downs of modern football – and Danny Welbeck.
21 September ~ Manchester United topped the table throughout the season with an average crowd of 48,388, nearly 20,000 higher than the next best supported club, Sunderland. Striker Stuart Pearson, signed from Hull in the summer, was their top scorer with 17 goals, ahead of Irish midfielder Gerry Daly who converted five penalties in the first seven games. After their 4-0 defeat of Norwich, Fulham fell out of the promotion race, winning won only one of their next ten games.
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