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Football League matches cancelled between Sheffield United and Brentford, Shrewsbury and Oldham

Sheffield United v Brentford TV clash tops list of Football League matches postponed due to snow

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

09:12 GMT, 23 March 2013

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10:13 GMT, 23 March 2013

LEAGUE MATCHES POSTPONED

npower League 1
Sheff Utd v Brentford
Shrewsbury v Oldham
Crawley Town v Crewe

npower League 2
Port Vale v Aldershot
Chesterfield v Plymouth
Burton Albion v Wycombe
Rotherham v Exeter
Rochdale v Southend

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Braintree Town v Alfreton Town
Barrow v Ebbsfleet United

The Irn-Bru Scottish Football League Championship Third Division
Annan Athletic v Queens Park
Elgin City v Clyde

Saturday's League One promotion clash between Sheffield United and Brentford has been postponed due to snow, a long with a number of other Football League fixtures.

Heavy snowfall across the country has hit the Football League schedule badly, with the match between Shrewsbury and Oldham Athletic also affected.

In League Two, Port Vale's home meeting with Aldershot was also wiped out, with groups of fans unable to clear the pitch as snow continued to fall.

Vale acknowledged the postponement on their website.

Chesterfield and Plymouth will also have to rearrange their fixture. So too will the games between Chesterfield and Plymouth, Burton Albion and Wycombe, Rotherham and Exeter and Rochdale and Southend.

No chance: Snow banks line the side of Greenhous Meadow stadium, home of Shrewsbury Town

No chance: Snow banks line the side of Greenhous Meadow stadium, home of Shrewsbury Town

Francis Jeffers scores twice for Accrington Stanley: LEAGUE TWO review

League Two round-up: Former England man Jeffers bags two for Stanley exactly ten years after turning out for Arsenal in the Champions League

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

22:24 GMT, 19 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:39 GMT, 19 March 2013

LEAGUE TWO RESULTS

Accrington 4-0 AFC Wimbledon

Bradford 1-0 Wycombe

Rochdale 1-1 Gillingham

Southend 0-2 Plymouth

Torquay 2-1 Chesterfield

Barnet 2-0 Fleetwood

Former England striker Francis Jeffers scored twice to earn Accrington a crucial 4-0 win over AFC Wimbledon, which moved them off the foot of npower League Two and out of the drop zone.

Jeffers, playing for the league's bottom club exactly 10 years to the day since he appeared for Arsenal against Valencia in the Champions League, put Stanley two up with goals in the fifth and 19th minutes.

Will Hatfield added a third before the break and Lee Molyneux completed the rout.

Fran the man: Accrington Stanley escaped the relegation zone thanks to two Francis Jeffers goals

Fran the man: Accrington Stanley escaped the relegation zone thanks to two Francis Jeffers goals

Back in the day: Jeffers' brace comes 10 years to the day since he turned out for Arsenal in the Champions League

Back in the day: Jeffers' brace comes 10 years to the day since he turned out for Arsenal in the Champions League

LEAGUE TWO TABLE

League Two

The win took Accrington two points above the bottom two in the desperate fight to stay in the league.

It was a good night for the sides battling to stay up, with Torquay, Plymouth and Barnet, three of five sides level on points at the bottom at the start of the day, also winning.

Torquay won 2-1 at home to Chesterfield thanks to two goals in the opening eight minutes from Joss Labadie and Rene Howe.

Liam Cooper pulled one back in the 77th minute, but United held on.

Argyle had to wait a little longer to make the breakthrough at Southend, but a Paul Wotton penalty after 57 minutes and a Reuben Reid finish after 75 earned them a 2-0 victory.

Barnet were also 2-0 winners, at home to Fleetwood, thanks to a goal in each half from Mark Byrne and Luke Gambin.

It all meant Aldershot and York, not in action tonight, slipped into the relegation places.

At the other end of the table, league
leaders Gillingham had to come from behind to draw 1-1 at Rochdale,
Danny Kedwell's 56th-minute header cancelling out George Donnelly's
opener.

Capital One Cup
finalists Bradford boosted their hopes of getting into the play-offs
with a 1-0 win at home to Wycombe, Garry Thompson the scorer after seven
minutes.

Sitting out: Suspended Barnet manager Edgar Davids watched his side win 2-0

Sitting out: Suspended Barnet manager Edgar Davids watched his side win 2-0

Everton sign John Stones from Barnsley on transfer deadline day

Everton beat host of Premier League rivals to signature of Barnsley defender Stones

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

22:35 GMT, 31 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:03 GMT, 1 February 2013

Everton have signed defender John Stones from Barnsley on a five-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Sportsmail revealed last month that relegation-threatened Wigan had joined Chelsea, Aston Villa Sunderland, Manchester City and Everton in the race for the 3million-rated prospect.

Stones is one of the most coveted young defenders in the country and is a real coup for manager David Moyes.

On the move: John Stones (left) has left Barnsley for Goodison Park

On the move: John Stones (left) has left Barnsley for Goodison Park

He told Everton's official website: 'I am very excited to be joining Everton. I've been very impressed with everything I have seen at Finch Farm already. Now the hard work begins.'

The 6ft 2in England Under 19 international made his Tykes debut last March after progressing through the youth ranks at Oakwell.

He featured 28 times for the npower Championship club, netting his first goal in the 4-3 Capital One Cup triumph over Rochdale in August.

In demand: Stones had attracted the attention of several big clubs

In demand: Stones had attracted the attention of several big clubs

Stones added: 'I would like to take this opportunity of thanking everybody at Barnsley for helping me in my development.

'They include Ronnie Branson and all the academy staff; Keith Hill and David Flitcroft for giving me the chance to play first-team football. Also all the backroom staff such as Guy Proctor, John Lucas and Craig Sedgwick.

'They are just some of the people who I owe a debt of gratitude to and I wish Barnsley every success for the future.'

Leeds target Southampton striker Rickie Lambert

Leeds ready to splash the cash on Southampton striker Lambert

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23:20 GMT, 22 December 2012

Rickie Lambert is the surprise name on Neil Warnock's wishlist for Leeds following the club's takeover by Dubai-based group GFH.

Warnock hopes to sign six players in January after GFH completed a reported 17million purchase from Ken Bates on Friday.

Target: Southampton striker Rickie Lambert

Target: Southampton striker Rickie Lambert

Signing strikers is Warnock's priority, with Southampton's Lambert and Brighton's Craig Mackail-Smith lined up as targets.

Lambert, 30, started the season on the Southampton bench but has scored six Premier League goals this season. However, he may be allowed to leave if the club sign other players.

Lambert has scored more than a goal every two games for Southampton and got his first chance to play in the Premier League this season after years in the lower reaches with Blackpool, Macclesfield, Stockport, Bristol Rovers and Rochdale.

However, the ambitions of Leeds may tempt him.

Mackail-Smith would cost Warnock around 1.5m.

Southampton v Norwich: Rickie Lambert and Grant Holt go head-to-head after Rochdale partnership

They played together in League Two… now Holt and Lambert go head-to-head in the top flight

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11:01 GMT, 28 November 2012

Grant Holt and Rickie Lambert will be no strangers to each other when their sides Norwich and Southampton face each other on Wednesday night.

Following long careers that have spanned the Football League, the two veteran strikers meet in the Premier League for the first time.

But Lambert,30, and Holt, 31, know each other well – their paths crossed seven years ago when the pair formed a devastating partnership for Rochdale and they have been friends since.

Embrace: Holt and Lambert formed a devastating partnership at Rochdale

Embrace: Holt and Lambert formed a devastating partnership at Rochdale

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In half a season in League Two, Lambert and Holt struck 27 goals in just 24 matches and the team were pushing the top of the table.

Their manager at the time Steve Parkin remembers it well.

'They didn't take too long to settle and they hit it off straight away,' he said.

'Those two you could build a team around. When we had them together we were right up there. Playing at home on a pitch that wasn't great. They were two of the top three strikers in the league and we had them at our club.

'They worked because they were different. Both physical players but Holt is more aggressive whereas Rickie had more technique and ability. Grant was always getting in the box and scored a lot with his head. And Rickie always has that great ability to score free kicks. They complimented each other.

Grant Holt

Rickie Lambert

On the ball: Holt and Lambert have forged careers at Norwich and Southampton

'Rickie was always seen as a midfielder before he joined us. He had the ability to use the ball very well. When Rickie dropped into the hole to receive the ball Grant could stretch teams up top. It got Rickie the space to turn and he's very good at scoring outside the area.'

They got on as well off the pitch as they played on it – part of what made their partnership work so quickly.

Parkin added: 'They were very different. Rickie is quiet and unassuming. Holty was loud in the dressing room. But they got on very well. Full credit to them for getting into the Premier League. They have stretched their potential to the max.'

It was unfortunate for Rochdale that Holt was snapped up by Nottingham Forest in January 2006 and with the devastating partnership – that Parkin described as 'frightening' – broken the club ended up 14th.

Flat out: Lambert's goals have fired Southampton to consecutive promotions

Flat out: Lambert's goals have fired Southampton to consecutive promotions

But in those five months the pair competed against each other for goals.

Holt ended up with 15 during that period, two more than Lambert on 12. And the goal-scoring competition still resonates from the Saints striker when he recalls it.

'He was leading goalscorer and I was a couple behind him – he was on the penalties though!' Lambert said.

'It was a really good partnership and he got the move to Nottingham Forest which disrupted it and I was gutted. We hit it off straight away. He's a great lad to have around the dressing room and we're still good friends.'

'I did all the running and he just stood there. I was putting all the balls in for him to score,' Lambert added with a laugh.

'It's been an unusual situation the career paths we've had and for him to do what I've done a season before it's given me the confidence to do what he does. It's been a pleasure to watch the way his career has gone in the past few years and that's what I try to emulate. I knew straight away Grant was a little bit special so I was made up to be playing with someone like him. I haven't seen him for a while, but it'll only be nice if we beat them.'

Lambert moved to Bristol Rovers and then Southampton and his goals have fired them to back-to-back promotions into the Premier League.

Holt moved from Forest, on loan to Blackpool, to Shrewsbury and then Norwich where his goals helped them to two consecutive promotions into the top tier.

Seven years on the two meet again in the Premier League for the first time. The similarities between their careers is uncanny – and both will want to be leading scorer in the fixture today.

80-year-old granny slams Sir Alex Ferguson"s diamond formation

Sir Alex receives hairdryer treatment from 80-year-old granny upset at diamond formation

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10:57 GMT, 29 October 2012

He'd never actually admit to it, but Sir Alex Ferguson is more open to suggestions about Manchester United's tactics than you might think.

So when an 80-year-old gran from Rochdale turned the 'hairdryer' on the manager during a TV phone-in, Fergie had no choice but to listen.

Margaret, as the caller was known, blasted United's 'winger-less' midfield formation in the midweek Champions League match over Braga.

Hairdryer: Fergie's tactics have been slammed by an 80-year-old United fan

Hairdryer: Fergie's tactics have been slammed by an 80-year-old United fan

She called the diamond set-up favoured by Ferguson in the 3-2 win 'stupid' and said she could have a heart attack if United keep having to come from behind in games.

And Fergie was obviously listening, because the diamond was ditched for Sunday’s 3-2 win at Chelsea in favour of a conventional line of four.

Margaret rang United's in-house television station, MUTV, where former players David May and Quinton Fortune were hosting a Thursday night chat show.

And despite United coming from two goals down to win against Braga, Margaret was not amused.

'Please don't play the diamond at Chelsea,' she said. 'If you want me to have a word with the manager, I will.

'I’ve seen every good player you’ve ever had. And they weren’t that stupid, giving goals away, at the beginning.

'Have you not noticed all the goals you're giving away are when you're playing that stupid diamond position We have to go back to playing normally and catch up.'

When May, who made gate-crashing Champions League celebrations cool long before John Terry, started bantering with her, she turned the barrels on him.

Caught napping: Braga were two ahead after 20 minutes in midweek

Caught napping: Braga were two ahead after 20 minutes in midweek

Caught napping: Braga were two ahead after 20 minutes in midweek

'It isn't entertaining when you're 80 years old to watch goals going in from the other side,' said Margaret.

'I don't like it. It's going to give me a heart attack and I’m 80. You wouldn't like to give me a heart attack.

'I have an opinion and it's certainly not the diamond. They don't know what to do – they run around like lost sheep.'

Ferguson even mentioned Margaret’s scathing comments in his press conference before the Chelsea game, promising to drop the diamond.

'I'd better not upset her,' he said. 'Did you hear her on MUTV She's 80, phoned up and said “I'm fed up watching this diamond”.

'She said “Tell that manager to stop playing that diamond”. So I better not play it.'

And Margaret might expect a direct line to the manager now, after United's win at Stamford Bridge.

Winning ways: United won the hotly-contested clash at Stamford Bridge

Winning ways: United won the hotly-contested clash at Stamford Bridge

League Two round-up: Rochdale hand Gillingham first loss of season

League Two round-up: Rochdale hand Gillingham first loss of season

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18:57 GMT, 29 September 2012

Happy manager: Rochdale's John Coleman

Happy manager: Rochdale's John Coleman

Goals from Andrew Tutte and Bobby Grant either side of half-time helped Rochdale end 10-man Gillingham's unbeaten npower League Two record this season with a 2-1 victory at Priestfield.

The leaders headed into the game having won their last four but were behind after 15 minutes when Tutte collected a short corner on the left and his inswinging cross evaded everyone and nestled in the far corner.

Gills encountered a further setback
in the 33rd minute when Danny Jackman was shown a straight red card for
lunging in on Tutte, and it got worse after the break when Grant slotted
home a second.

Danny Kedwell got the 10 men back in contention with a
74th-minute penalty, but they could not find an equaliser against John Coleman's men.

The result allowed second-placed Port
Vale to close to within three points of the leaders with a 1-0 success
over fellow high-flyers Bradford at Valley Parade.

The winner came against the run of
play in the 37th minute when Vale's leading scorer Tom Pope intercepted a
headed back-pass from Bantams skipper Gary Jones, beating goalkeeper
Jon McLaughlin with a left-footed shot from just inside the penalty area
to end the hosts' perfect home record.

Fleetwood and Accrington moved within
five points of the Gills thanks to 2-1 wins over 10-man Barnet and at
AFC Wimbledon, respectively.

Barnet keeper Graham Stack saw red as
his side gave up an early lead, David Ball's penalty and Tom
Barkhuizen's 78th-minute winner turning things around after Jake Hyde
had bundled in an early opener.

Peter Murphy and Padraig Amond were
the men on target for Stanley, with Luke Moore's stoppage-time effort
scant consolation for Wimbledon as Simon Bassey slipped to his first
defeat as their caretaker manager.

Elsewhere in League Two, Matty Blair
and Jason Walker struck early in the second half to end York's
four-match winless streak with a 2-0 victory at Aldershot.

Dagenham & Redbridge clinched
their first win of the campaign in emphatic style – 3-0 at home to
second-bottom Wycombe thanks to goals from Dwight Gayle, Michael
Spillane (penalty) and Billy Bingham.

Skipper Kelvin Langmead scored at both ends as Northampton fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Burton.

Tommy Wright maintained his unbeaten run as Chesterfield caretaker boss as his side drew 1-1 with Torquay at the Proact Stadium.

Bristol Rovers picked up their first
victory of the season with a 2-1 win at Exeter, Rotherham were 3-1
winners against Oxford and Plymouth's clash with Southend ended 1-1.

Rickie Lambert believes he can play for England

I am good enough to play for England, insists Southampton hotshot Lambert

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22:43 GMT, 3 September 2012

Rickie Lambert has promised to lure Roy Hodgson back to Southampton with more Premier League goals.

Lambert scored one and created one for the Saints against Manchester United on Sunday with Hodgson in the stands as cries of 'Lambert for England' echoed around the St Mary's Stadium.

'You never know,' said England coach Gary Neville on Sky TV, but it proved to be not enough to earn the 30-year-old striker his first international call-up as a replacement for the injured Andy Carroll.

High hopes: Lambert (right) challenges England international Rio Ferdinand

High hopes: Lambert (right) challenges England international Rio Ferdinand

'Maybe not right now but hopefully in the future,' said Lambert. 'That's my dream. That's everyone's dream. It's a serious ambition. I just want to improve every single day at this club.

'At Southampton we've got something good. What we have achieved in the last two years has been magnificent. I think we've got more to come as well.

'We just need to start picking up points and I believe we will.'

It has been a meandering route into the top-flight for Lambert since he was released by Blackpool manager Steve McMahon at the age of 19 before making his name with a blaze of goals at Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale – where he forged a brief but lethal partnership with Grant Holt – and Bristol Rovers.

Southampton were in League One when he was signed by Alan Pardew, three years ago, and has been the spearhead as they climbed back into the Premier League, developing and improving his game each step of the way.

Struggling: Southampton are yet to win a game in the Premier League this season

Struggling: Southampton are yet to win a game in the Premier League this season

'When I moved up from League One to the Championship, people were saying: 'He's not going to make it' and that's the best thing I can hear, especially from people who think they know a bit about football,' said Lambert.

'I've always believed in myself. It's not a different game. You still try and score in the same goals and you still play with a round ball. It's not too much different.

'I've got better each season and that's a massive thanks to Southampton but in the last few years my confidence has got so high. I was confident I could do well, honestly.'

Holt can tell his old Spotland strike-partner it is not easy to break into the England set-up from an unfashionable club, especially not when you have worked your way to the top the hard way.

In the goals: Lambert has netted twice this season already

In the goals: Lambert has netted twice this season already

The 31-year-old Norwich centre-forward scored 17 goals last season without international recognition and Hodgson has tended to prefer young, quicker strikers since he took over from Fabio Capello.

Lambert may have impressed as Saints surrendered the lead to lose 3-2 against both Manchester United and City but his England dreams will rest heavily upon his ability to help Nigel Adkins' young team preserve their top-flight status.

'The lads are gutted,' said Lambert. 'There's no getting away from that. I felt confident we could hold out for at least a draw but it wasn't to be. We have to keep our heads up and take confidence from that form.

'Our performances haven't been worrying. We would have liked some points on the board but we're going to keep our spirits high and take confidence from it.

'We'll learn from it. That's twice now when we've been leading in games that we could have got something out of.'

Julio Cesar to sign for QPR from Inter Milan

EXCLUSIVE: Cesar to complete stunning switch to QPR from Italian giants Inter

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UPDATED:

21:51 GMT, 27 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Mark Hughes will complete the sensational signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar in the next 24 hours to replace Rob Green at QPR.

The signing of the Inter Milan keeper, who won the Champions League and five titles with Inter in seven years in Italy, is expected to be confirmed on Wednesday. QPR host Walsall in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

Chairman Tony Fernandes believes the signing can help Mark Hughes lift the team away from near the foot of the table. Rangers lost 5-0 at home to Swansea on the opening day, took a point from Norwich — and travel to Manchester City next .

Incoming: Julio Cesar is set to complete his move to QPR

Incoming: Julio Cesar is set to complete his move to QPR

Cesar, 32, was in London on Monday and is expected to complete a transfer for an undisclosed fee. It is a complicated deal as the London club reach an agreement on his salary. He had two years left on his Inter contract.

The news is being greeted with surprise in Brazil, where Cesar is regarded as one of their greatest keepers. He was voted the third best in the world in 2009 as well as Serie A keeper of the year in 2009 and 2010. He may not be fit to face City, though he is said to be eager to play.

Hughes is also considering a loan move for Porto centre half Rolando as moves for Michael Dawson and Ricardo Carvalho have stalled.

Target: Rolando (second left) is also on QPR's transfer radar

Target: Rolando (second left) is also on QPR's transfer radar

The manager has vowed to put out a strong side against Walsall to avoid embarrassment and kick-start their season.

Last season, predecessor Neil Warnock opted to focus on the league and fielded a weakened side, who went out in the first round to League One Rochdale.

Hughes said: ‘That is not the policy I will be following. We are at home against lower-league opposition and it is important to progress and improve our performances.

Plan: Mark Hughes will field a strong team in the Capital One Cup

Plan: Mark Hughes will field a strong team in the Capital One Cup

‘There are only so many competitions that we can progress in and win. Why give up a chance by fielding a weakened side

‘There is a chance you might get embarrassed if you don’t do it correctly.’

London 2012 Olympics: Sophie Cox beaten by Ae An Kum in judo

Tough draw gets the better of judo Brit Cox who loses out to Beijing silver winner Kum

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13:50 GMT, 29 July 2012

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Great Britain Judo fighter Sophie Cox bowed out of the women’s under-52kg when she lost her opening bout to Ae An Kum of North Korea.

Rochdale-born Cox, who returned to the sport having retired following the Athens Games, battled well during the opening stages.

However, she was caught by a Yuko score with one minute and 45 seconds left by the 2008 Olympic silver medallist, which proved enough for victory.

Up against it: Sophie Cox (left) competes against Kum Ae An

Up against it: Sophie Cox (left) competes against Kum Ae An

Just like on Saturday, Cox felt the draw had not been kind to Team GB.

She said: 'I have found over the last couple of years if I can get through my first fight, then I can go on to do well, so this one was make or break.

'I did not worry beforehand she was an Olympic silver medallist, I just went out there to fight my own fight.

'But I just could not get it right and it was a tough draw. I felt fit and strong, it just did not happen today.'

Beaten: Cox was caught by a Yuko score

Beaten: Cox was caught by a Yuko score

Cox turns 30 in December, but has not written off hopes of fighting at another Olympics in Rio.

She said: 'I might be 29, but I still
feel 25 in judo terms, but I will take a couple of months to take a
look at things and see how British Judo want to go, but I will keep all
doors open.'

There were a handful of empty seats at the ExCeL, which is hosting half-a-dozen Olympic events.

However, the atmosphere was still electric when Cox walked out.

'It did give me a really good buzz, even when I came off, they were still cheering, and that is amazing,' she said.