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7 December 2012 ~
UEFA's plan for the city-based Euro 2020 is taking shape. Hosting bids are expected from Shanghai, Tokyo and Los Angeles and there are plans to rebrand as the Le Coq Sportif Euro-Global Cup in association with Budweiser. Let's make the dream happen.
Badge of the week ~ MK Dons
MK Dons are both pleasing to the eye and successful, but then so was Ted Bundy for a long period in the 1970s. The clinical nature of the badge will not endear the club to those who might be considering giving them a break. This crest resembles the kind of trophy set aside for Most Sporting Reserve Player ("Always turns out, helps put the nets up") at a Sunday league team's end-of-season awards night.
The shape might suggest a stylised rendering of a wolf perhaps, but there haven't been wolves in Milton Keynes for years, certainly not since the review of the waste disposal procedure at Denbigh North Retail Park. Slipped in alongside the trophy or possible-wolf, the club's name reminds us of the awful compromise attempted by the owners to mollify the neutral fan, gaffa-taping the original club's nickname on to their initials.
Surely for a club that has stolen another club's identity, an image more likely to appease, such as a panda in Bermuda shorts, would have been the best way forward. If I ever kidnapped next door's boy – well why does he insist on leaning his scooter against my wall? – I would wear a nice calming green t-shirt with a rabbit on when I went round to present my ransom demand. Cameron Carter
Here's something that captures the spirit of the season – if you associate Christmas with bleakness and despair.
from Chris Harrison
"The reporter for the York Press liked the snooker metaphor enough to use it twice so it's a surprise that he didn't make something of 'Potts'".
Former Watford and Barnsley keeper Kevin Miller makes a culinary suggestion. The first commenter is not impressed.
from Tim Manns
The interview with Kenny Jackett in last Friday's Telegraph claims that Watford won the FA Cup in 1984. I always thought Andy Gray heading the ball out of Steve Sherwood's hands to score was dodgy but I had no idea the FA had reversed the result.
from John Foster
"I note that on Wikipedia Jamie Ashdown's emergency loan to Arsenal in 2002 is now considered "a work experience placement". After spending most of the subsequent ten years on the bench, you'd think he'd been learning from Stuart Taylor or something. Oh, wait".
This week in history ~ League One, December 9, 2006
Grant Holt scored Nottingham Forest's first at Crewe followed by a hat-trick from Nathan Tyson. Forest led the table until mid January when a run of one win in five games pushed them out of the top two places. After finishing fourth they seemed set for a Wembley appearance following a 2-0 win at Yeovil in the first leg of the play-off semi-final. But they then crashed 5-2 at home. Yeovil went on to lose 2-0 to Blackpool in the final.
Scunthorpe were under new management, Nigel Adkins having replaced the Sheffield Wednesday-bound Brian Laws in November. They led for the last four months of the season and were champions by six points. Their goals at Carlisle was scored by the strike duo of Andy Keogh and Billy Sharp, the latter going on to be the division's top scorer with 30 goals.
Bristol City clinched the second promotion spot on the last day with a win over Rotherham in the reverse of this weekend's fixture. Third-placed Blackpool's 6-3 win at Swansea on the same day meant that the latter dropped to seventh and so missed the play-offs. Of the Swansea side that drew at Bloomfield Road, only midfielder Leon Britton is still with the club.
Leroy Rosenior had been sacked after only four months as Brentford manager following a 12th game without a win, a 4-0 home defeat to Crewe on November 18. His replacement Scott Fitzgerald took seven matches to get a first victory and the club went down with several games to spare.
Rotherham began the season on minus ten points for going into administration. After a good start, their draw with Bristol City was the start of a 14-match winless run; they were to finish 23rd. The other relegation spots were taken by Bradford City, who had been in the Premier League six years earlier, and Chesterfield.
The Bournemouth team beaten by Port Vale included Darren Anderton, Steve Claridge and the club's current manager, Eddie Howe. Other notable names playing this week included Leon Best (Yeovil), Wes Hoolahan (Blackpool), Neil Sullivan (Doncaster) and Matt Jarvis (Gillingham).