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9 November 2012 ~

More big transfers for Man City. They are said to be recruiting two new members of staff from the sports business unit of Deloitte; that's the company advising UEFA on financial fair play. In January UEFA president Michel Platini is expected to be taken on as Head Of Free-Kicks.

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burtonBadge of the week ~ Burton Albion
Burton Albion's badge appears to have been heavily influenced by the popular "Skegness Is So Bracing" poster of the 1930s. The image here is of the Jolly Footballer, a popular Edwardian icon of an overweight male with a rolling gait, probably based on a famous early player such as "Fatty" Foulke, "BMI" Benson, or "Dangerous Pressure on the Brain" McNeish. Hidden in the back reference to the Skegness poster is a subliminal message urging the public to travel to Burton for restorative fresh air and to spend their money at local attractions such as Burton Albion Football Club, Burton Ant Fair, the Palace of Cutlery and the Andy Peebles Heritage Centre. The subliminally spent money coming into the town as a result of this clever marketing has, over the years, resulted in the club's elevation to the Football League. This took a while to take effect from the badge's introduction in the 1950s, it is true, but that's the subliminal economy for you. Cameron Carter

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from Peter Sherlock
"These Subbuteo cufflinks are of course a fine gift idea but why is the blurb rude about the 'frankly awful goalie'? I though he looked quite realistic."

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More bracingly outspoken views from Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Expect a retraction soon.

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from Keith Turner

"Liverpool will follow up this shirt with one depicting the next stage of Anfield rebuilding work – concrete mixers and a Portakabin on a mudheap."

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The Royal Mail are marking Notts County's 150th anniversary with a set of stamps. Former manager Sven-Göran Eriksson would have got one of his own if he'd fulfilled his five-year project to get them into the Premier League.

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from Mark Ravenscroft
"How to express the awfulness of Andre Santos? Here's an idea from the Sunday Times report of Man Utd v Arsenal."

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This week in history ~ Division Three, November 9, 2002

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Rushden & Diamonds, managed by former England international Brian Talbot, were to win Division Three in only their second season in the League. Striker Onandi Lowe, scorer of the first goal against Darlington, was one of two Jamaican internationals in the squad, the other being ex-Portsmouth winger Paul Hall. Full-back Marcus Bignot and midfielder David Bell both played in the Championship.

Max Griggs, owner of the Dr Martens footwear company, had created the club as a merger of two Northants teams, Rushden Town and Irthlingborough Diamonds, in 1992. After one season at the third level they were relegated. Griggs left in the summer of 2005 and they dropped back into non-League at the end of that season. Six years later they were expelled from the Conference after going into administration. A new club, AFC Rushden, play in the United Counties League Division One, five levels below the Football League.

Hartlepool led the division from September until mid-April, but finished second, two points behind Rushden, after one win in their last four games; manager Mike Newell then left to join Luton. Wrexham won their last eight matches to finish third. Fourth-placed Bournemouth beat Lincoln City 5-2 in the play-off final. This was the first of Lincoln's five consecutive appearances in the fourth-level play-offs, all of which ended in defeat.

Shrewsbury finished seven points adrift at the bottom. Beset by financial problems, Swansea spent the majority of the season in the relegation places. They finished 21st , a point clear of second-bottom Exeter, thanks to a 4-2 win over Hull on the final day. This was the penultimate season for the Swans' 34-year-old goalkeeper Roger Freestone who had joined them from Chelsea in 1989.

The self-described "mystifier" Uri Geller was on Exeter's board at the time of their relegation. Michael Jackson was among the celebrities who took part in a fund-raising concert for the club organised by Geller in the summer of 2002. Football League debutants Boston United finished 15th having had four points deducted for financial malpractice the previous season.

Everton loanee Leon Osman was in the Carlisle team that won at Kidderminster. Other notable names playing this week included Dean Whitehead (Oxford), Peter Beagrie (Scunthorpe), Darren Ferguson (Wrexham), Liam Ridgewell (Bournemouth) and Dave Kitson (Cambridge).

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