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Peter Shilton drink-driving: England legend banned from road

England legend Peter Shilton banned from road after admitting drink-driving charge

By
Ben Kendall, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

11:58 GMT, 19 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:15 GMT, 19 March 2013

Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton has been banned from the road after admitting drink-driving.

The 63-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge during a 15-minute hearing at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning.

The court heard that he was found to have more than double the legal amount of alcohol in his system when he was breathalysed on February 24.

Ban: Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, pictured with his partner Stephanie Hayward, was banned from the road after admitting drink-driving at Colchester Magistrates Court

Ban: Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, pictured with his partner Stephanie Hayward, was banned from the road after admitting drink-driving at Colchester Magistrates Court

He was driving a 2010-registered Jaguar XF near the Essex home of his girlfriend, Stephanie Hayward, at the time and was caught after an anonymous tip-off to police.

As he left court, Shilton, who won a record 125 England caps, said: 'I’ve nothing to say, really – just that I had a very fair hearing.'

He left in a taxi from the nearby Colchester Town railway station.

Magistrate Ilona Perkins-Van Mil banned Shilton from driving for 20 months and ordered him to pay fines and costs totalling 1,020.

The court heard that Shilton had been drinking wine at a family celebration throughout the day but did not think he was over the limit.

Admission: Shilton attended a 15-minute hearing, where he pleaded guilty

Admission: Shilton attended a 15-minute hearing, where he pleaded guilty

Prosecutor Joseph Stickings said police were called to Ms Hayward’s home at about 8.35pm.

They had received an anonymous tip-off that a man, who seemed drunk, had been driving nearby.

'As police were speaking to a woman at the address, Mr Shilton pulled up behind the police car,' Stickings said.

'The officer spoke to him and could smell alcohol on his breath. He was tested and provided a positive breath test.'

Shilton wore a charcoal suit with a tie today and spoke only to confirm his name and address and enter a plea.

He arrived with singer Ms Hayward, who sat in court wearing a black dress with lace sleeves.

Legend Former Nottingham Forest, Stoke and Derby No 1 Shilton represented England a record 125 times

Legend Former Nottingham Forest, Stoke and Derby No 1 Shilton represented England a record 125 times

Paul Tawn, mitigating, said Shilton
would find it difficult to pay any fine because his finances were
'complicated' as he is currently going through a divorce and selling his
house.

He added: 'He’d had a very pleasant day at a family celebration and had consumed wine with meals throughout the day.

'He had gone to move his car closer to his partner’s address because he had an early start.

'He didn’t travel far, just a couple of streets, and wasn’t driving very quickly at all.

'He was aware he had consumed alcohol but it was throughout the day so he did not think he was over the limit – if he had, he would not have pulled up behind the police officer.'

Paying the penalty: Shilton just fails to save a spot-kick during the 1990 World Cup semi-final shootout

Paying the penalty: Shilton just fails to save a spot-kick during the 1990 World Cup semi-final shootout

Tawn described the arrest as a 'matter
of deep regret' for Shilton, who has three points on his licence
following a speeding offence in March 2011.

Perkins-Van Mil warned Shilton he could face custody if he breached the ban and ordered him to pay the fine in full before leaving the building.

As well as appearing 125 times for his country, Shilton played more than 1,000 competitive matches for 11 different clubs including Leicester, Stoke, Nottingham Forest, Derby and Southampton during his career.

FA Youth Cup – Third Round Draw: Manchester United face last season"s semi-finalists Burnley

FA Youth Cup – Third Round Draw: Manchester United face last season's semi-finalists Burnley

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UPDATED:

15:51 GMT, 2 November 2012

Manchester United, Youth Cup winners a record 10 times, start with a home clash against last season's semi-finalists Burnley.

Holders Chelsea face an away trip in thethird round after being drawn to face Colchester United or Camberley Town or Faversham Town.

Colchester’s First Round Proper tie with Camberley is being played tonight.

Scroll down for the full draw

Champions: Chelsea celebrate victory over Blackburn in last season's final

Champions: Chelsea celebrate victory over Blackburn in last season's final

Chelsea beat Blackburn 4-1 over two legs in last season’s final. Rovers, who did win the second leg of The Final at Ewood Park, are at home to Leicester City.

Liverpool go to Swindon Town or Cirencester Town, and there are eye-catching ties between Arsenal and Newcastle United, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion, and Manchester City and Sunderland.

Cirencester from Gloucestershire, tantalisingly one win away from meeting the Merseyside giants, won 5-2 against Mangotsfield United in the First Round last night. The attendance was a modest 57.

Final flourish: Lucas Piazon of Chelsea races clear, pursued by Kellen Daly (left) during the 2012 final, second leg at Ewood Park

Final flourish: Lucas Piazon of Chelsea races clear, pursued by Kellen Daly (left) during the 2012 final, second leg at Ewood Park

FA YOUTH CUP – THIRD ROUND DRAW

Milton Keynes Dons or Stevenage v Wigan Athletic

Arsenal v Newcastle United

Manchester United v Burnley

Oldham Athletic or Coventry City v Bristol Rovers

Hull City v Swansea City

Birmingham City v West Bromwich Albion

Swindon Town or Cirencester Town v Liverpool

Fulham v Middlesbrough

Oxford United or Plymouth Argyle v Barnsley

AFC Wimbledon or Cheltenham Town v Tottenham Hotspur

Crystal Palace v Bury or Port Vale

Burton Albion or Bottesford Town v Sheffield Wednesday

Northampton Town or York City v AFC Totton or Canvey Island

Brentford or Brentwood Town v Reading

Derby County v Doncaster Rovers or Gateshead

Norwich City v Queens Park Rangers

Rochdale or Sheffield United v Crewe Alexandra or Scunthorpe

Millwall v Blackpool

Faversham Town v Chelsea

Southampton v Everton

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Charlton Athletic

Brighton & Hove Albion v Stoke City

Lincoln City or Hartlepool United v Huddersfield Town

Aldershot Town v West Ham United

Peterborough United v Aston Villa

Bolton Wanderers v Portsmouth or Woking

Blackburn Rovers v Leicester City

Stourbridge or Bradford City v Crawley Town or Histon

Watford v Leeds United

Manchester City v Sunderland

Bristol City v Ipswich Town

Nottingham Forest v Cardiff City

Ties to be played before December 15

Joe Dunne appointed new Colchester manager

It's a Dunne deal as Joe is appointed Colchester boss

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UPDATED:

08:32 GMT, 27 September 2012


Local hero: New Colchester United manager Joe Dunne during his playing days

Local hero: New Colchester United manager Joe Dunne during his playing days

Joe Dunne has been appointed manager of Colchester United on a permanent basis following the sacking of John Ward on Monday.

Dunne, 39, had taken temporary charge following Ward's exit but the club's board has wasted little time in giving him a long-term deal.

The Irishman is a legend at Colchester, having made 193 appearances in two spells at the club between 1996 and 2003.

Dunne, who also played for the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level, had a four-match spell in temporary charge in 2009 after the resignation of Paul Lambert.

His first match in charge will be the home fixture with Hartlepool United on Saturday, as the U's bid for their first win of the season.

Chairman Robbie Cowling issued a statement on the club's website: 'I am sure you will all join me in wishing Joe all the best in his new job.

'It was not an easy decision to part company with John Ward because he had worked so hard to achieve so much for Colchester United Football Club.

'However, it was an easy choice when it came to selecting John's successor.

'Joe has been with Colchester United for sixteen years as a player, youth team manager, reserve manager, assistant manager, caretaker manager and now he is first team manager.

'Joe takes charge of Colchester United when the club's long term prospects are the best they have ever been but at a time when the short term future is one of its most challenging.

'In the short term, the club has to adjust to the new salary capping rules that have forced us to drastically reduce our playing budget and no manager can be expected to improve its first team squad with significantly less money to spend on players.

'However, the long-term future is much brighter.

'The investments we have made in our facilities and in the youth set up will pay dividends in the not to distant future and the land that the club owns in Tiptree could, if planning permission is granted, provide funds to put the club on a stable financial footing and allow it to continue those types of investments into the foreseeable future.

'Therefore, I ask each and every one of you to get behind Joe and the team and to give them your full support.'

Dunne first joined Colchester from Gillingham in 1996, having spent six years and made 115 league appearances at Priestfield.

His time at Colchester was punctuated by a brief stint at Dover and he won many plaudits at Layer Road for his uncompromising approach to defending.

When a knee injury brought his career to a premature end in 2003, Dunne fell back on the coaching qualifications gained during his playing career to become Colchester's Under-17 and youth team coach.

In 2007, he moved up to looking after the reserve team, as well as various first-team coaching duties under Lambert.

Most recently, Dunne was assistant to Ward during his two-year spell as manager.

John Ward sacked as Colchester United manager

Colchester sack manager Ward after winless start to the season

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UPDATED:

14:14 GMT, 24 September 2012


Parting of the ways: Colchester United have sacked John Ward

Parting of the ways: Colchester United have sacked John Ward

Colchester United have sacked manager John Ward after a disappointing start to the season.

Ward had been in charge of the Essex club since the beginning of the 2010-2011 campaign and had guided them to two consecutive 10th place finishes in League One.

In a statement on the club's website, chairman Robbie Cowling said: 'In so many areas, John Ward will leave Colchester United Football Club in a better position than when he first took over as first team manager.

'So much of Colchester United is better than it has ever been, but sadly that is not being reflected in first team results and the board has decided that this action is required to stop the negativity of the on-field results impacting on the other areas of the club that have also been drastically improved.

'I would like to thank John Ward for his time in charge. He has done more for Colchester United than many people realise, and the board of Colchester United and especially myself would like to wish him all of the very best for the future.

'Joe Dunne has agreed to take over in the short term and I am sure that everyone will give Joe their full support.'

Colchester currently lie 22nd in the table, having failed to record a victory in their opening eight league fixtures.

They lost 1-0 at Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

Ward leaves the Essex club having won 33 of his 111 games in charge.

Ward previously served as assistant to Aidy Boothroyd at Colchester, following previous managerial spells at York City, Bristol Rovers, Bristol City, Cheltenham Town and Carlisle United, before being promoted to manager in May 2010.

QPR sell Matthew Connolly to Cardiff

QPR make room for Carvalho and Dawson by offloading Connolly to Cardiff

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UPDATED:

14:44 GMT, 22 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Cardiff have completed the capture of Matthew Connolly from QPR for an undisclosed fee.

The versatile defender underwent a medical on Wednesday morning before signing a three-year contract with the South Wales outfit.

'Matthew Connolly has joined Championship club Cardiff City,' a statement on QPR's website read.

Exit: Matthew Connolly (right) has left QPR for Championship side Cardiff

Exit: Matthew Connolly (right) has left QPR for Championship side Cardiff

'The 24-year-old has penned a three year-deal in South Wales, after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for the defender's services.'

Connolly started his football education at Arsenal before loan spells with Bournemouth and Colchester.

QPR swooped for his services in 2008 and he went on to play a big part in the London club's npower Championship title-winning campaign of 2010/11.

Wanted: Michael Dawson could move to QPR from Tottenham in a 10m deal

Wanted: Michael Dawson could move to QPR from Tottenham in a 10m deal

However, the 24-year-old, who can play in any position across the back, struggled to make an impact at Loftus Road last season and spent the latter part of the campaign on loan at Reading, again tasting promotion to the top flight.

Connolly's departure comes as QPR are understood to be close to sealing a deal for Tottenham defender Michael Dawson, while Real Madrid's Ricardo Carvalho is also being heavily linked with a season-long loan switch.

Connolly will hope to make his Cardiff debut in Saturday's Severnside derby at Bristol City.

QPR later announced that midfielder Hogan Ephraim has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at Loftus Road until 2014.

Staying put: Hogan Ephraim has signed a new deal with QPR

Staying put: Hogan Ephraim has signed a new deal with QPR

Ephraim joined Rangers in 2007 and played regularly while the club was in the npower Championship.

The 24-year-old only featured three times for Rangers last term and was loaned to Charlton and Bristol City, but Hughes has still offered the former West Ham man a new contract.

'It's very pleasing to have my future sorted,' Ephraim told QPR's website.

'There's been a lot of player movement – both in and out – so I'm happy that I've signed and I know where my future lies.

'The manager has been very good to me ever since he arrived here. He backed me up with a new contract last year and now another one this season.

'Now I'm looking forward to try to force my way into the 25-man squad and stake a claim for a place in the team.'

League One fixtures 2012-13

League One fixtures 2012-13: Di Canio's Swindon start at Hartlepool

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UPDATED:

08:14 GMT, 18 June 2012

Paolo Di Canio's Swindon will start life back in League One after promotion with a trip to Hartlepool on 18 August.

Newly relegated from the Championship, Portsmouth host fellow south-coast side Bournemouth, Coventry travel to Yeovil, and Doncaster visit Walsall.

Play-off losing finalists Sheffield United begin the season at home to League Two runners-up Shrewsbury.

Both the other promoted teams are at home – Crawley host Scunthorpe, while Crewe entertain Notts County.

August 18

Bury v Brentford
Crawley Town v Scunthorpe
Crewe v Notts County
Hartlepool v Swindon
Milton Keynes Dons v Oldham
Portsmouth v Bournemouth
Preston v Colchester
Sheff Utd v Shrewsbury
Stevenage v Carlisle
Tranmere v Leyton Orient
Walsall v Doncaster
Yeovil v Coventry

August 21

Bournemouth v Milton Keynes Dons
Brentford v Yeovil
Carlisle v Tranmere
Colchester v Portsmouth
Coventry v Sheff Utd
Doncaster v Bury
Leyton Orient v Stevenage
Notts County v Hartlepool
Oldham v Walsall
Scunthorpe v Crewe
Shrewsbury v Preston
Swindon v Crawley Town

August 25

Bournemouth v Preston
Brentford v Crewe
Carlisle v Portsmouth
Colchester v Sheff Utd
Coventry v Bury
Doncaster v Crawley Town
Leyton Orient v Hartlepool
Notts County v Walsall
Oldham v Stevenage
Scunthorpe v Yeovil
Shrewsbury v Tranmere
Swindon v Milton Keynes Dons

September 1

Bury v Notts County
Crawley Town v Leyton Orient
Crewe v Coventry
Hartlepool v Scunthorpe
Milton Keynes Dons v Carlisle
Portsmouth v Oldham
Preston v Swindon
Sheff Utd v Bournemouth
Stevenage v Shrewsbury
Tranmere v Colchester
Walsall v Brentford
Yeovil v Doncaster

September 8

Brentford v Colchester
Bury v Preston
Coventry v Stevenage
Crawley Town v Portsmouth
Crewe v Tranmere
Doncaster v Oldham
Hartlepool v Carlisle
Notts County v Shrewsbury
Scunthorpe v Sheff Utd
Swindon v Leyton Orient
Walsall v Milton Keynes Dons
Yeovil v Bournemouth

September 15

Bournemouth v Hartlepool
Carlisle v Swindon
Colchester v Doncaster
Leyton Orient v Brentford
Milton Keynes Dons v Yeovil
Oldham v Notts County
Portsmouth v Walsall
Preston v Crawley Town
Sheff Utd v Bury
Shrewsbury v Scunthorpe
Stevenage v Crewe
Tranmere v Coventry

September 18

Bournemouth v Brentford
Carlisle v Crewe
Colchester v Crawley Town
Leyton Orient v Yeovil
Milton Keynes Dons v Notts County
Oldham v Scunthorpe
Portsmouth v Swindon
Preston v Hartlepool
Sheff Utd v Doncaster
Shrewsbury v Coventry
Stevenage v Walsall
Tranmere v Bury

September 22

Brentford v Oldham
Bury v Milton Keynes Dons
Coventry v Carlisle
Crawley Town v Tranmere
Crewe v Leyton Orient
Doncaster v Stevenage
Hartlepool v Shrewsbury
Notts County v Portsmouth
Scunthorpe v Colchester
Swindon v Bournemouth
Walsall v Preston
Yeovil v Sheff Utd

September 29

Bournemouth v Walsall
Carlisle v Crawley Town
Colchester v Hartlepool
Leyton Orient v Doncaster
Milton Keynes Dons v Crewe
Oldham v Coventry
Portsmouth v Scunthorpe
Preston v Yeovil
Sheff Utd v Notts County
Shrewsbury v Swindon
Stevenage v Bury
Tranmere v Brentford

October 2

Brentford v Shrewsbury
Bury v Carlisle
Coventry v Milton Keynes Dons
Crawley Town v Bournemouth
Crewe v Oldham
Doncaster v Preston
Hartlepool v Sheff Utd
Notts County v Stevenage
Scunthorpe v Tranmere
Swindon v Colchester
Walsall v Leyton Orient
Yeovil v Portsmouth

October 6

Brentford v Crawley Town
Bury v Swindon
Coventry v Bournemouth
Crewe v Hartlepool
Doncaster v Shrewsbury
Leyton Orient v Sheff Utd
Milton Keynes Dons v Portsmouth
Notts County v Tranmere
Oldham v Preston
Stevenage v Scunthorpe
Walsall v Carlisle
Yeovil v Colchester

October 13

Bournemouth v Leyton Orient
Carlisle v Notts County
Colchester v Stevenage
Crawley Town v Bury
Hartlepool v Doncaster
Portsmouth v Crewe
Preston v Milton Keynes Dons
Scunthorpe v Brentford
Sheff Utd v Oldham
Shrewsbury v Walsall
Swindon v Coventry
Tranmere v Yeovil

October 20

Bournemouth v Tranmere
Colchester v Carlisle
Coventry v Notts County
Doncaster v Brentford
Hartlepool v Crawley Town
Milton Keynes Dons v Stevenage
Oldham v Leyton Orient
Portsmouth v Shrewsbury
Preston v Sheff Utd
Swindon v Scunthorpe
Walsall v Crewe
Yeovil v Bury

October 23

Brentford v Coventry
Bury v Hartlepool
Carlisle v Oldham
Crawley Town v Milton Keynes Dons
Crewe v Swindon
Leyton Orient v Colchester
Notts County v Bournemouth
Scunthorpe v Preston
Sheff Utd v Walsall
Shrewsbury v Yeovil
Stevenage v Portsmouth
Tranmere v Doncaster

October 27

Brentford v Hartlepool
Bury v Walsall
Carlisle v Bournemouth
Crawley Town v Oldham
Crewe v Yeovil
Leyton Orient v Coventry
Notts County v Doncaster
Scunthorpe v Milton Keynes Dons
Sheff Utd v Portsmouth
Shrewsbury v Colchester
Stevenage v Swindon
Tranmere v Preston

November 6

Bournemouth v Shrewsbury
Colchester v Notts County
Coventry v Crawley Town
Doncaster v Crewe
Hartlepool v Tranmere
Milton Keynes Dons v Leyton Orient
Oldham v Bury
Portsmouth v Brentford
Preston v Carlisle
Swindon v Sheff Utd
Walsall v Scunthorpe
Yeovil v Stevenage

November 10

Brentford v Carlisle
Bury v Portsmouth
Coventry v Scunthorpe
Crewe v Colchester
Doncaster v Bournemouth
Leyton Orient v Shrewsbury
Milton Keynes Dons v Sheff Utd
Notts County v Crawley Town
Oldham v Tranmere
Stevenage v Preston
Walsall v Swindon
Yeovil v Hartlepool

November 17

Bournemouth v Oldham
Carlisle v Leyton Orient
Colchester v Bury
Crawley Town v Walsall
Hartlepool v Coventry
Portsmouth v Doncaster
Preston v Brentford
Scunthorpe v Notts County
Sheff Utd v Stevenage
Shrewsbury v Crewe
Swindon v Yeovil
Tranmere v Milton Keynes Dons

November 20

Bournemouth v Stevenage
Carlisle v Doncaster
Colchester v Coventry
Crawley Town v Yeovil
Hartlepool v Oldham
Portsmouth v Leyton Orient
Preston v Notts County
Scunthorpe v Bury
Sheff Utd v Crewe
Shrewsbury v Milton Keynes Dons
Swindon v Brentford
Tranmere v Walsall

November 24

Brentford v Sheff Utd
Bury v Bournemouth
Coventry v Portsmouth
Crewe v Crawley Town
Doncaster v Scunthorpe
Leyton Orient v Preston
Milton Keynes Dons v Colchester
Notts County v Swindon
Oldham v Shrewsbury
Stevenage v Tranmere
Walsall v Hartlepool
Yeovil v Carlisle

December 8

Brentford v Milton Keynes Dons
Bury v Leyton Orient
Carlisle v Sheff Utd
Colchester v Oldham
Coventry v Walsall
Crawley Town v Shrewsbury
Hartlepool v Stevenage
Preston v Crewe
Scunthorpe v Bournemouth
Swindon v Doncaster
Tranmere v Portsmouth
Yeovil v Notts County

December 15

Bournemouth v Colchester
Crewe v Bury
Doncaster v Coventry
Leyton Orient v Scunthorpe
Milton Keynes Dons v Hartlepool
Notts County v Brentford
Oldham v Swindon
Portsmouth v Preston
Sheff Utd v Tranmere
Shrewsbury v Carlisle
Stevenage v Crawley Town
Walsall v Yeovil

December 22

Brentford v Stevenage
Bury v Shrewsbury
Coventry v Preston
Crawley Town v Sheff Utd
Crewe v Bournemouth
Doncaster v Milton Keynes Dons
Hartlepool v Portsmouth
Notts County v Leyton Orient
Scunthorpe v Carlisle
Swindon v Tranmere
Walsall v Colchester
Yeovil v Oldham

December 26

Bournemouth v Yeovil
Carlisle v Hartlepool
Colchester v Brentford
Leyton Orient v Swindon
Milton Keynes Dons v Walsall
Oldham v Doncaster
Portsmouth v Crawley Town
Preston v Bury
Sheff Utd v Scunthorpe
Shrewsbury v Notts County
Stevenage v Coventry
Tranmere v Crewe

December 29

Bournemouth v Crawley Town
Carlisle v Bury
Colchester v Swindon
Leyton Orient v Walsall
Milton Keynes Dons v Coventry
Oldham v Crewe
Portsmouth v Yeovil
Preston v Doncaster
Sheff Utd v Hartlepool
Shrewsbury v Brentford
Stevenage v Notts County
Tranmere v Scunthorpe

January 1

Brentford v Bournemouth
Bury v Tranmere
Coventry v Shrewsbury
Crawley Town v Colchester
Crewe v Carlisle
Doncaster v Sheff Utd
Hartlepool v Preston
Notts County v Milton Keynes Dons
Scunthorpe v Oldham
Swindon v Portsmouth
Walsall v Stevenage
Yeovil v Leyton Orient

January 5

Brentford v Leyton Orient
Bury v Sheff Utd
Coventry v Tranmere
Crawley Town v Preston
Crewe v Stevenage
Doncaster v Colchester
Hartlepool v Bournemouth
Notts County v Oldham
Scunthorpe v Shrewsbury
Swindon v Carlisle
Walsall v Portsmouth
Yeovil v Milton Keynes Dons

January 12

Bournemouth v Swindon
Carlisle v Coventry
Colchester v Scunthorpe
Leyton Orient v Crewe
Milton Keynes Dons v Bury
Oldham v Brentford
Portsmouth v Notts County
Preston v Walsall
Sheff Utd v Yeovil
Shrewsbury v Hartlepool
Stevenage v Doncaster
Tranmere v Crawley Town

January 19

Brentford v Tranmere
Bury v Stevenage
Coventry v Oldham
Crawley Town v Carlisle
Crewe v Milton Keynes Dons
Doncaster v Leyton Orient
Hartlepool v Colchester
Notts County v Sheff Utd
Scunthorpe v Portsmouth
Swindon v Shrewsbury
Walsall v Bournemouth
Yeovil v Preston

January 26

Bournemouth v Crewe
Carlisle v Scunthorpe
Colchester v Walsall
Leyton Orient v Notts County
Milton Keynes Dons v Doncaster
Oldham v Yeovil
Portsmouth v Hartlepool
Preston v Coventry
Sheff Utd v Crawley Town
Shrewsbury v Bury
Stevenage v Brentford
Tranmere v Swindon

February 2

Bury v Doncaster
Crawley Town v Swindon
Crewe v Scunthorpe
Hartlepool v Notts County
Milton Keynes Dons v Bournemouth
Portsmouth v Colchester
Preston v Shrewsbury
Sheff Utd v Coventry
Stevenage v Leyton Orient
Tranmere v Carlisle
Walsall v Oldham
Yeovil v Brentford

February 9

Bournemouth v Portsmouth
Brentford v Bury
Carlisle v Stevenage
Colchester v Preston
Coventry v Yeovil
Doncaster v Walsall
Leyton Orient v Tranmere
Notts County v Crewe
Oldham v Milton Keynes Dons
Scunthorpe v Crawley Town
Shrewsbury v Sheff Utd
Swindon v Hartlepool

February 16

Bury v Coventry
Crawley Town v Doncaster
Crewe v Brentford
Hartlepool v Leyton Orient
Milton Keynes Dons v Swindon
Portsmouth v Carlisle
Preston v Bournemouth
Sheff Utd v Colchester
Stevenage v Oldham
Tranmere v Shrewsbury
Walsall v Notts County
Yeovil v Scunthorpe

February 23

Bournemouth v Sheff Utd
Brentford v Walsall
Carlisle v Milton Keynes Dons
Colchester v Tranmere
Coventry v Crewe
Doncaster v Yeovil
Leyton Orient v Crawley Town
Notts County v Bury
Oldham v Portsmouth
Scunthorpe v Hartlepool
Shrewsbury v Stevenage
Swindon v Preston

February 26

Bournemouth v Coventry
Carlisle v Walsall
Colchester v Yeovil
Crawley Town v Brentford
Hartlepool v Crewe
Portsmouth v Milton Keynes Dons
Preston v Oldham
Scunthorpe v Stevenage
Sheff Utd v Leyton Orient
Shrewsbury v Doncaster
Swindon v Bury
Tranmere v Notts County

March 2

Brentford v Scunthorpe
Bury v Crawley Town
Coventry v Swindon
Crewe v Portsmouth
Doncaster v Hartlepool
Leyton Orient v Bournemouth
Milton Keynes Dons v Preston
Notts County v Carlisle
Oldham v Sheff Utd
Stevenage v Colchester
Walsall v Shrewsbury
Yeovil v Tranmere

March 9

Bournemouth v Doncaster
Carlisle v Brentford
Colchester v Crewe
Crawley Town v Notts County
Hartlepool v Yeovil
Portsmouth v Bury
Preston v Stevenage
Scunthorpe v Coventry
Sheff Utd v Milton Keynes Dons
Shrewsbury v Leyton Orient
Swindon v Walsall
Tranmere v Oldham

March 12

Brentford v Swindon
Bury v Scunthorpe
Coventry v Colchester
Crewe v Sheff Utd
Doncaster v Carlisle
Leyton Orient v Portsmouth
Milton Keynes Dons v Shrewsbury
Notts County v Preston
Oldham v Hartlepool
Stevenage v Bournemouth
Walsall v Tranmere
Yeovil v Crawley Town

March 16

Brentford v Preston
Bury v Colchester
Coventry v Hartlepool
Crewe v Shrewsbury
Doncaster v Portsmouth
Leyton Orient v Carlisle
Milton Keynes Dons v Tranmere
Notts County v Scunthorpe
Oldham v Bournemouth
Stevenage v Sheff Utd
Walsall v Crawley Town
Yeovil v Swindon

March 23

Bournemouth v Bury
Carlisle v Yeovil
Colchester v Milton Keynes Dons
Crawley Town v Crewe
Hartlepool v Walsall
Portsmouth v Coventry
Preston v Leyton Orient
Scunthorpe v Doncaster
Sheff Utd v Brentford
Shrewsbury v Oldham
Swindon v Notts County
Tranmere v Stevenage

March 30

Brentford v Notts County
Bury v Crewe
Carlisle v Shrewsbury
Colchester v Bournemouth
Coventry v Doncaster
Crawley Town v Stevenage
Hartlepool v Milton Keynes Dons
Preston v Portsmouth
Scunthorpe v Leyton Orient
Swindon v Oldham
Tranmere v Sheff Utd
Yeovil v Walsall

April 1

Bournemouth v Scunthorpe
Crewe v Preston
Doncaster v Swindon
Leyton Orient v Bury
Milton Keynes Dons v Brentford
Notts County v Yeovil
Oldham v Colchester
Portsmouth v Tranmere
Sheff Utd v Carlisle
Shrewsbury v Crawley Town
Stevenage v Hartlepool
Walsall v Coventry

April 6

Bournemouth v Notts County
Colchester v Leyton Orient
Coventry v Brentford
Doncaster v Tranmere
Hartlepool v Bury
Milton Keynes Dons v Crawley Town
Oldham v Carlisle
Portsmouth v Stevenage
Preston v Scunthorpe
Swindon v Crewe
Walsall v Sheff Utd
Yeovil v Shrewsbury

April 13

Brentford v Portsmouth
Bury v Oldham
Carlisle v Preston
Crawley Town v Coventry
Crewe v Doncaster
Leyton Orient v Milton Keynes Dons
Notts County v Colchester
Scunthorpe v Walsall
Sheff Utd v Swindon
Shrewsbury v Bournemouth
Stevenage v Yeovil
Tranmere v Hartlepool

April 20

Bournemouth v Carlisle
Colchester v Shrewsbury
Coventry v Leyton Orient
Doncaster v Notts County
Hartlepool v Brentford
Milton Keynes Dons v Scunthorpe
Oldham v Crawley Town
Portsmouth v Sheff Utd
Preston v Tranmere
Swindon v Stevenage
Walsall v Bury
Yeovil v Crewe

April 27

Brentford v Doncaster
Bury v Yeovil
Carlisle v Colchester
Crawley Town v Hartlepool
Crewe v Walsall
Leyton Orient v Oldham
Notts County v Coventry
Scunthorpe v Swindon
Sheff Utd v Preston
Shrewsbury v Portsmouth
Stevenage v Milton Keynes Dons
Tranmere v Bournemouth

Paul Lambert unveiled as Aston Villa manager

Great expectations don't faze Lambert after Scot is unveiled as new Aston Villa boss

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New Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is confident he will deal with the level of expectation that comes with the job.

Lambert was unveiled as Alex McLeish's replacement this afternoon, and he is hoping to put smiles on the supporters' faces as soon as possible.

'There is a lot of expectancy at the club and it is not something I'm going to shy away from,' he said.

Taking over: Paul Lambert poses at Villa Park after his press conference

Taking over: Paul Lambert poses at Villa Park after his press conference

PAUL LAMBERT FACTFILE

1969: Born August 7 in Glasgow, Scotland
1980: Begins his career at Linwood Rangers Boys' Club as a youngster.
1985: Joins St Mirren and goes on to make 227 appearances for the Scottish Premier League side, scoring 14 goals in the process.
1993: Motherwell manager Tommy McLean signs Lambert and Motherwell go on to have several successful years, qualifying for the UEFA Cup two seasons running.
1996: Joins Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
1997: May 28 – Wins the Champions League as Dortmund overcome Juventus 3-1 in the final.
November 7 – Returns to Scotland as he signs for Celtic for a fee in the region of 2million.
2005: Retires from playing and begins his managerial career at Livingston, where he also comes out of retirement to cover injury shortages.
2006: February 12 – Resigns as Livingston manager after winning just two league games.
June 30 – Appointed manager of Wycombe.
2008: May 20 – Resigns as Wycombe boss after the club are eliminated from the League Two play-offs.
October 9 – Becomes manager of League One Colchester after the departure of Geraint Williams.
2009: Leaves Colchester and replaces Bryan Gunn as Norwich manager, having opened the season with a 7-1 win over the Canaries.
2010: Leads Norwich to the League One title and promotion to the Championship before signing a new improved contract. Also named League One Manager of the Season.
2011: Norwich are promoted to the Premier League after finishing second in the Championship behind QPR. Lambert is also named Championship Manager of the Season after guiding the Canaries to the first back-to-back promotions from the third tier to the top flight since Manchester City in 2000.
2012: May – Leads Norwich to a 12th-placed finish in their first season in the Premier League.
June 2 – Named as the new manager of Aston Villa.

'It something I will thrive on, hopefully.

'We will try to get results as quickly and as best as we can. We have to play football the right way.

'We have to give them (the fans) something. We will need them – I think they will come in their thousands to watch us and it is up to us to give them something back.'

Lambert expressed his pride at being handed the Villa reins and cannot wait to get started in the role.

He said: 'I have to get into it and see what is going to happen. I'm honoured to be manager of the football club. I will give it everything I've got to be successful.

'I can't wait to get going, truth be told, so I'm excited by it. It is a huge, huge club and it is something I will need to embrace more than anybody.'

The 42-year-old takes over at Villa Park following a successful three-year spell at Norwich, having guided the Canaries from the bottom of League

One to a 12th-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League, and he acknowledged he left Carrow Road with a heavy heart.

Taking charge: Paul Lambert (left) is unveiled by Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner during a press conference at Villa Park

Taking charge: Paul Lambert (left) is unveiled by Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner during a press conference at Villa Park

Great expectations: Lambert is not fazed by the task ahead after replacing Alex McLeish in charge

Great expectations: Lambert is not fazed by the task ahead after replacing Alex McLeish in charge

'I had three unbelievable years and as I've said before I loved my time there – I had a great rapport there and had a special rapport with the football club, the fans and the players,' he said.

'I will always be proud of what we have done as a group – it is a part of my life that will stay with me and I will never forget it. I have nothing but praise for Norwich. The fanbase was always pivotal to what happened.

'I had my reasons (for leaving), which will probably remain private and I don't want to keep going back to that.'

Taking over: Villa fans will hope ex-Norwich boss Lambert has a better success record than axed compatriot McLeish

Taking over: Villa fans will hope ex-Norwich boss Lambert has a better success record than axed compatriot McLeish

Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner said the club will support Lambert from the off and strive to have a more successful season than last term's 16th place.
'We know we have got to work with Paul and freshen up the squad,” he said. “We had a poor season and we have got to get to work.
'It is about trying to get that squad ready to go for pre-season and make sure we are up challenging at the top half of the table.'

Freddie Sears joins Colchester on loan

West Ham youngster Sears heads to League One Colchester in loan move

West Ham's forward Freddie Sears has moved on loan to Colchester United until March 18.

He joined up with his new League One team-mates on Friday morning, and could play at Yeovil Town on Saturday.

He has appeared 12 times for Sam Allardyce this season, four of those appearances were starts.

Shooting for a chance: Freddie Sears will hope for more game time at Colchester

Shooting for a chance: Freddie Sears will hope for more game time at Colchester

But West Ham's plethora of strikers – boosted by new signings Ricardo Vaz Te and Nicky Maynard mean his first team opportunities have been curtailed.

The 22-year-old could feature in up to eight league matches for Colchester during his time at The U's.

Meanwhile, fellow Hammers youngster Olly Lee has joined Gillingham on loan until March 18.

Ipswich v Middlesbrough abandoned

Ipswich's clash with Middlesbrough abandoned in the first half

The cold snap has continued to wreak further havoc to the sporting calendar with Ipswich's clash with Middlesbrough abandoned midway through the first half.

Earlier on Saturday the npower Championship clash between Peterborough and West Ham was also postponed.

Posh announced their game against the table-topping Hammers had been called off to a frozen pitch to become the 13th Football League game to fail to go ahead.

To no avail: The match between Ipswich and Middlesbrough was called off

To no avail: The match between Ipswich and Middlesbrough was called off

It was the second Championship game to
fall victim to the weather after Crystal Palace's game with Doncaster
fell foul on Friday.

Eight games in League One were also
called off, including MK Dons-Bury, Brentford-Oldham,
Stevenage-Carlisle, Walsall-Colchester and Rochdale-Notts County.

Eight League Two games will also have
to be played at a later date with Accrington-Oxford, Barnet-Swindon,
Macclesfield-Plymouth, Port Vale-Crewe, AFC Wimbledon-Bradford and
Dagenham-Northampton among those to suffer.

Ipswich striker Michael Chopra banned from driving after 106mph speeding

Ipswich striker Chopra handed driving ban after being caught speeding at 106mph

Troubled former Premiership striker Michael Chopra has been banned from the roads after he was caught speeding at 106mph on the A12.

The ex-Sunderland player, who is now with Championship side Ipswich Town, was clocked in his Audi at the whopping speed at Colchester, Essex on September 13.

Chopra – who has fought a well-publicised battle with a gambling addiction which he says cost him 2million – appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates” Court, Essex, where he was banned for 56 days.

Court appearance: Michael Chopra (centre) had a string of driving penalties

Court appearance: Michael Chopra (centre) had a string of driving penalties

Magistrates heard that Chopra had already been banned from driving in 2009 for six months and has been caught speeding three more times since that ban, leaving him with nine penalty points.

The 27-year-old, whose full name is Rocky Michael Chopra, appeared in the dock wearing a black quilted jacket, grey cardigan, white shirt and black tie.

Chopra – who had pleaded guilty by post – spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address, which he gave as his home in Newcastle.

He was clocked by police officers using a handheld speed gun and was doing 106mph on the 70mph stretch of road.

Matthew Taylor, mitigating, said the former Black Cats striker had been returning home to rented accommodation in Ipswich after watching a football match in London with friends.

Hotshot: Chopra has had spells at Cardiff, Sunderland and Newcastle

Hotshot: Chopra has had spells at Cardiff, Sunderland and Newcastle

Mt Taylor said: “He sincerely apologises to the court and the authorities in respect of this offence. He remains remorseful. It was a lapse in concentration and he does not disagree with the recorded speed.”

The court was told Chopra had been banned for six months in June 2009 following a string of fixed penalty notices which “totted up”. But following that ban he was then caught speeding again in May and September 2010 and again in June this year.

The chair of the bench Patricia Dair said the speed was so high that it had to be dealt with by way of an automatic ban. She said: “This offence in itself, because of the speed you were doing, and further aggravated by previous disqualification, merits disqualification in its own right.”

She warned the striker he could be sent to prison if he drives before the end of his ban – which totals eight weeks.

Chopra was also fined 1,000 and ordered to pay costs of 80 and a victim surcharge of 15.

He refused to comment as he left the court following the 15-minute hearing.