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29 August 2014 ~

When controversial president Massimo Cellino took over Leeds Utd he said he would uphold the club's traditions. With David Hockaday becoming the second manager he has sacked in five months, the new owner would seem to be a man of his word.

Tambov150Badge of the week ~ FK Tambov, Russia
Few figures in the pantheon of folk terror have held the popular imagination in their thrall like the balaclavered Cyclops of Tambov.  There was only one Cyclops in the Tambov area so it was never clear to the townspeople why he wore a balaclava, until one fell night when the wind slipped like a wolf through the forest and the air was thick with brewing storm. A wealthy merchant was travelling by horse through the forest with his young wife and suckling child.

You weren't really supposed to travel through the forest after dark with a suckling child unless you had a Suckling Child Travel Permit. But the wealthy merchant thought the law didn't apply to him and continued through the forest until he was surprised by the Cyclops of Tambov in a moonlit clearing. The Cyclops was so antagonised by the flouting of the law that, for the first and last time, he pulled off his balaclava, revealing to the merchant a visage fashioned in Hell. The merchant screamed and fell dead, his wife went insane on the spot and for the rest of her life referred to "money" as "monies".

The Cyclops had done his worst and was never seen again. FK Tambov use his image to suggest what the team could be capable of, if they bought wisely and got better players and a new manager. Cameron Carter


Neil Warnock's arrival is at Crystal Palace is greeted with dismay by some.


Meanwhile the club's press office are annoyed at not being allowed to make the announcement.



Charlie Nicholas likes to sit and think.


No wonder that the beleaguered Fulham got a surprise win at Brentford in the League Cup – they had a different Magath in charge.



Legia Warsaw seem to have enjoyed Celtic's elimination from the Champions League.



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