Colour not heavily used as home shirt
17 September ~ In 2014-15, yellow away strips are rife. Carlisle, Barnsley, Coventry, Southend and Plymouth Argyle – every league corner of England suddenly has a yellow change shirt. Did kit manufacturers anticipate a Brazil triumph this summer? Perhaps they're designed to confuse opponents by melding with the hi-viz jackets of police and stewards. What's certain is their popularity confirms the dearth of yellow home strips in England's top four divisions.
Lucky to survive World Cup
16 September ~ After an absurd start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign – a 1-0 home defeat to Albania, 60 places below Portugal in the FIFA rankings – the national team coach Paulo Bento and the Portuguese football federation (FPF) ended a four-year relationship that was supposed to last for another two years. Bento stepped in to replace Carlos Queiroz in 2010 when qualification for Euro 2012 was looking uncertain. He got the team to Poland/Ukraine via the play-offs and saw them through to the semi-finals, where they lost to eventual winners Spain on penalties.
Owner’s questionable claims
15 September ~ Although the stand-off between Assem Allam and Hull City supporters has existed for over a year now, tonight's game against West Ham United, in front of the Sky cameras, is likely to feature the first instance of supporters calling for the owner to go. At a one-man press conference this week, Allam reopened a series of old wounds that proved he had learned nothing, heard nothing and still cares for nothing to do with his club's history, and the reaction has been fierce. It remains a strange relationship.
Striker died at the age of 43
14 September ~ I got a late-night text from a fellow Charlton fan on Tuesday to say they'd heard that David Whyte had died. I found no confirmation on his Wikipedia page and went to sleep hoping that it hadn't happened. Around 11am the next day, the club put out their official announcement of Whyte's death. Tributes quickly came in on Twitter. Stan Collymore said: "Just heard of the death of David Whyte, a team-mate at Palace. Devastating news, a very sad loss." Meanwhile Mark Bright added: "Very saddened to hear my former team mate has died. Such silky skills and a dry sense of humour."
Blackpool manager and chairman in dispute
13 September ~ Last weekend the murmurs coming out of Bloomfield Road seemed to strongly suggest that José Riga would be leaving Blackpool after only five league games in charge, to be replaced by Owen Coyle. For one reason or another, the Coyle deal fell through and attention then turned to Burton Albion's Gary Rowett, who met with chairman Karl Oyston on Tuesday before deciding against a move to the seaside. Since then, silence has descended. Despite being so publicly undermined, Riga has continued to take training this week and no communication has been forthcoming from the club.
Garry Monk latest successful manager
13 September ~ Tipped for relegation by some before the start of the season, Swansea City go into today's match at Chelsea in second place on goal difference behind their opponents. Garry Monk, winner of the Premier League Manager of the Month for August, is the latest in a shrewd line of managerial appointments. While Roberto Martínez and Brendan Rodgers are the obvious successes, previous managers Kenny Jackett, Paulo Souza and Michael Laudrup have all contributed to Swansea's progress. Key to his appointment is that Monk has been a player under each with the lessons learned apparently paying off.
Owner Massimo Cellino quick to fire coaches
12 September ~ Earlier this week, the Football League's chief executive Shaun Harvey (who happens to be an ex-employee of Leeds) called for the Italian authorities to reveal the full written judgement of the tax evasion conviction of the club's owner Massimo Cellino earlier this year. Meanwhile, a replacement for former coach Dave Hockaday still hasn't been found. The former Forest Green manager was unceremoniously sacked just six games into the new season and the only surprise to fans was that he lasted that long.
Disputes over fines going to charity or teams
10 September ~ Up to half of the clubs in the Championship could fail to meet the new Financial Fair Play criteria. That is the estimate by Trevor Watkins, a lawyer specialising in football finance and a former chairman of AFC Bournemouth. Watkins was speaking at the Soccerex conference on the business side of football in Manchester on Tuesday. His view was countered by Football League chief executive officer Shaun Harvey, who suggested that the number would be lower once clubs take into account adjustments for certain types of spending.
Restrictions treat all supporters as criminals
9 September ~ A petition has been launched asking authorities not to impose a "bubble match" on travelling fans for the cross-border derby between Chester and Wrexham on September 22. The travel restrictions mean that Wrexham fans will have to leave at 5.45pm for an 8pm kick-off, despite the journey normally taking 20 minutes. The policing for the match will also be disproportionate and has been increasing in recent years – one officer for every 19 fans, compared to one for every 190 at the Manchester derby – despite no rising trend of disorder at the fixture. More information and how to sign the petition can be found here.