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9 September ~ The season is only a month old and for many Leeds United supporters there is already a strong sense of deja vu. The threat of the sack looms large over new manager Garry Monk should Leeds lose to Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town tomorrow.
8 September ~ Millwall were dealt a blow last night after Lewisham Council voted to approve a controversial compulsory purchase order (CPO) of land around the Den, which would see it bought by property developers.
5 September ~ On August 28, Sassuolo beat Pescara 2-1 to go joint top of Serie A with maximum points from two games. Two days later it was ruled that they had fielded an ineligible player and the game was awarded 3-0 to Pescara, who went to four points with Sassuolo staying on three.
30 August ~ A plaque commemorating the scorer of the first League goal in world football has been made but now needs a home. It was originally thought that the first Football League goal had been an own goal by Aston Villa’s Gershom Cox but research a few years ago by sports writer Mark Metcalf and Robert Boyling revealed that kick-off in that match had been delayed, meaning the accolade actually belonged to former Bolton Wanderers player Kenny Davenport, who scored the opening goal in his team's 6-3 loss to Derby County.
27 August ~ If West Midlands football seems to struggle for attention in the face of the national media’s obsession with north-west and north-east clubs, West Bromwich Albion sometimes seem to be overlooked even in a local context. This was understandable 20 years ago, when Aston Villa were always at least one division higher, Wolves and Birmingham were loudly targeting promotion or expensive signings, and the most exciting news from The Hawthorns tended to be of the "Stacy Coldicott signs new one-year deal" variety. It is less so now that Albion are the region’s only top-flight club and in the midst of a takeover headed by Chinese businessman Guochuan Lai.
26 August ~ A recent ex-Burnley manager was never going to be in for an easy ride at local rivals Blackburn Rovers, so what Owen Coyle most needed to keep supporters on-side was a good start to the season. After a disastrous first game against Norwich in which they were 3-0 down within 30 minutes and the subsequent loss of the team’s two centre-halves (Grant Hanley sold to Newcastle, Shane Duffy who has just gone to Brighton having been suspended and fallen out with Coyle) the coach is already under serious pressure.
Runcorn Town 1 Runcorn Linnets 0, 26/12/2013, The Pavilions, North West Counties League Premier Division