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League One round-up: Swindon go top but Fabrizio Piccareta says he will resign in the morning

Piccareta claims he and Swindon's backroom staff will resign on Wednesday despite Robins going top


22:38 GMT, 19 February 2013



23:22 GMT, 19 February 2013

Swindon assistant manager Fabrizio Piccareta claimed the club's backroom staff were all set to resign in the morning despite a 3-1 victory over Tranmere taking them to the top of League One.

Manager Paolo Di Canio quit yesterday citing off-field problems at the club and Piccareta revealed after the victory at Prenton Park the technical staff would follow suit.

Piccareta, who was put in charge for the trip to Tranmere, was adamant it would be his final game.

Going: Swindon beat Tranmere 3-1 but Fabrizio Piccareta will resign tomorrow

Going: Swindon beat Tranmere 3-1 but Fabrizio Piccareta will resign tomorrow

'After this game, this fantastic game
that everyone has witnessed, I want to tell you that this is our last
game as technical staff of this football club,' said Piccareta

'I want to highlight one thing. This
achievement that this fantastic team got tonight, so top of the league
and this victory has a name, and a surname and that is Paolo Di Canio.

'People must know that yesterday he
released a statement at 7pm, but until 5pm yesterday afternoon we were
together preparing for this game as usual, in the best professional way.

'And I just spoke to Paolo because he
just rang me to congratulate us and the players because he is absolutely
happy of what his team has achieved.'

Slow start: All the goals came in the second half at Prenton Park

Slow start: All the goals came in the second half at Prenton Park

He added: 'From tomorrow, I don't know what is
going on with Swindon Town Football Club but this was a very important
moment to say thanks to the Swindon Town fans that are amazing.

'Tomorrow morning we will resign
because we are here for Paolo Di Canio and we will follow Paolo Di Canio
everywhere. Even if he will coach Real Madrid or Luton Town.'

All the goals came in the second half at Prenton Park.

James Collins hit a fierce long-range opener for the Robins (48) with Gary Roberts (71) firing into the top left-hand corner of the goal from 25 yards to double the lead.

Gone: Paulo Di Canio resigned as Swindon Town manager on Monday

Gone: Paulo Di Canio resigned as Swindon Town manager on Monday

Tranmere pulled one back seven minutes later when Donervon Daniels slotted home from close range but any hopes of a comeback were dashed by Roberts' stunning long-range strike at the death.

In the other League One match, Oldham climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Stevenage.

James Dunne gave Stevenage a ninth-minute lead but the Latics hit back through Dean Furman (46) and a James Tarkowski header (60).

John Bostock behind the scenes of the photoshoot with Sportsmail"s Graham Chadwick

Graham Chadwick's video blog from Sportsmail's interview with John Bostock



09:07 GMT, 7 December 2012


Chased by the world at 15, former Spurs starlet Bostock is now on loan at Swindon but insists… I can still reach for the stars

This week Sportsmail sat down with John Bostock, once the world's most sought-after teenage footballer, and photographer Graham Chadwick went along to capture the 20-year-old as he is now.

The midfielder is currently rebuilding his career at Swindon, on loan from Tottenham, and in our exclusive interview talks of his hunger and desire to put a tricky few years behind him.

Our snapper was there then Bostock was breaking through, capturing him at his school and in his home. Now, four years on we're back and Graham has captured the behind the scenes footage of the shoot.

VIDEO: Insiders view. See how Graham captures Bostock's powerful portrait…

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FA Cup First Round: Macclesfield dump out Di Canio"s Swindon

FA Cup First Round: Macclesfield dump out Di Canio's Swindon


18:01 GMT, 3 November 2012



18:02 GMT, 3 November 2012

Non-league Macclesfield pulled off the biggest shock in the first round of the FA Cup when they won 2-0 at League One high-flyers Swindon.

The Silkmen were not the only non-league side to beat Football League teams with Chelmsford, Hereford and Harrogate also moving into the second round at the expense of so-called superior opposition.

Silkmen strike: Macclesfield's Tony Diagne (left) scores his side's first goal

Silkmen strike: Macclesfield's Tony Diagne (left) scores his side's first goal

Macclesfield are sixth in the Blue
Square Bet Conference Premier and they took the lead in the 63rd minute
through a stunning long-range strike from Tony Diagne.

Things went from bad to worse for Paolo di Canio's Robins when moments later Aiden Flynn was sent off for the second
time in four games when he was given a straight red card for a challenge
on Macclesfield midfielder Sam Wedgebury.

The giant-killing over the team just outside the play-offs was sealed when Louis Thompson scored an own goal at the death.

Conference South team Chelmsford beat Colchester – 12th in League One – 3-1.

The hosts went ahead against their
local rivals when Anthony Cook fired home from distance in the 23rd
minute and they moved closer to an upset when Donovan Simmonds headed
into the net in the 63rd minute.

Pride of Essex: Chelmsford City players celebrate with the crowd following their 3-1 win over Colchester

Pride of Essex: Chelmsford City players celebrate with the crowd following their 3-1 win over Colchester

Colchester pulled one back seven
minutes later through Michael Rose's long-range free-kick but Jamie
Slabber sealed victory late on.

Torquay had an unbeaten home record
which had guided them to seventh in League Two but they went down 1-0 to
Harrogate Town. Chib Chilaka scored the only goal after 20 minutes to
send the Conference North side into the second round.

Hereford, 14th in the Conference
Premier, provided the first shock of the day when they dumped out League
One Shrewsbury 3-1 thanks to two goals by Ryan Bowman.

Will Evans gave the hosts a
third-minute lead, slotting Chris Todd's header into the bottom left of
the goal. Hereford doubled their lead nine minutes later through Ryan
Bowman's fierce shot.

Luke Summerfield's free-kick halved the deficit on the half-hour but Bowman's second, a penalty, wrapped up victory.

Lincoln, 19th in the Conference
Premier, were on the brink of an upset when they led League One Walsall
1-0 thanks to Jamie Taylor's strike in first-half injury time.

However, George Bowerman headed an equaliser three minutes from full time.

League Two Rotherham beat Stevenage,
fourth in League One, 3-2. Mark Bradley (30) fired the Millers ahead
with on-loan Lee Frecklington (53, 56) apparently putting the match out
of Stevenage's reach.

James Dunne pulled one back two
minutes later with Filipe Morais making it 3-2 with a little under 20
minutes remaining but the South Yorkshire side held on.

League Two Chesterfield hammered
League One basement side Hartlepool 6-1. Scott Boden (16), Mark Randall
(29) and Craig Clay (42) gave the Spireites a 3-0 half-time lead.

Terrell Forbes (54) made it four and
while Antony Sweeney pulled one back (78), Jack Lester (79) and Craig
Westcarr (90) rounded off a humiliation for the visitors.

Hendon, of the Isthmian League
Premier Division, threatened an upset when they went ahead at League Two
strugglers Aldershot, plumber Dean Cracknell firing an unstoppable
volley (28).

However, Danny Hylton levelled 13 minutes after the break before he powered home a late winner.

Sheffield United were the
highest-ranked team playing today but the team second in League One were
given a scare when David Clarkson took advantage of some slack Blades
defending to put Bristol Rovers ahead in the fifth minute.

However, Nick Blackman equalised
eight minutes after the break with an unstoppable shot across the keeper
and Chris Porter won the game nine minutes later.

Crawley won 2-1 at the Met Police.
Josh Simpson (36) and Billy Clarke (69) put the visitors 2-0 up and
although Alan Tait pulled one back (83), the Isthmian Premier League
side could not nick an equaliser.

League Two high-flyers Port Vale
survived a comeback at Forest Green when the Conference Premier Division
side hit back from two goals down to pull level at 2-2.

Ben Williamson restored the league side's lead against the run of play 10 minutes from time to give them a 3-2 victory.

League Two leaders Gillingham hammered League One strugglers Scunthorpe 4-0.

There were also wins for League One
sides Doncaster, Notts County, Bournemouth, Brentford, Carlisle, Oldham,
Crewe, Coventry, Preston and Bury.

Cheltenham, third in League Two, despatched Yate Town, the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, 3-0.

League Two trio Fleetwood, Oxford
and Accrington all made it through as did Hastings United and Alfreton
from all non-league ties.

There will be replays for York against Wimbledon, Morecambe v Rochdale and Northampton v Bradford.

Guiseley and Barrow will meet again as will Luton and Nuneaton and Mansfield v Slough in all non-league ties.

Paolo Di Canio and Steve King prepare for FA Cup tie

It's the FA Cup catwalk: Suave bosses Di Canio and King go head-to-head in the battle of the suits



13:13 GMT, 2 November 2012

Fashionista: Di Canio

Fashionista: Di Canio

Saturday's FA Cup tie between Swindon and Macclesfield could be as interesting for the fashion battle on the touchline as it will be for the tussle between the two teams on the pitch.

Paolo Di Canio welcomes Steve King's Macclesfield to the County Ground, and for once the Italian might have a contender to outdress him as he looks to progress to the second round.

Di Canio is ready for any challenge that King may pose him though, and he has warned his rival that his famous green coat is primed and ready for the occasion.

Asked what he would be wearing on Saturday, the boss of the League One Robins told Blue Square Bet: 'For me you always have to wear stylish shoes, even sporty trainers can be stylish. I like Church’s shoes myself.

'A watch is also essential in my opinion as it gives you an insight into someone’s personality and says a lot.

'I’m usually known for wearing a stylish coat on the touchline and my green one will be coming out the locker again this weekend.

'As for fashion pet hates I don’t like it when people wear their jeans or trousers very low, and wearing a cap backwards or wearing flip flops are absolutely awful when it comes to style.'

Pretender: King intends to wear tweed on Saturday

Pretender: King intends to wear tweed on Saturday

Not to be overawed, King – whose Macclesfield side play in the Blue Square Bet Premier – has already planned what he will be wearing on Saturday afternoon.

'Skinny suits are key to looking the part on match day and I’m always keeping up to date with fashion as you need to stay on the pulse,' he said.

'Tweed is making a big comeback at the moment and I will be rocking it this weekend.

'One key bit of advice from me is that looking after your appearance is vital and a haircut at least once a month is a must to looking sharp.'

Paolo Di Canio reconciliation with Wes Foderingham

Di Canio offers reconciliation path to Foderingham after hauling keeper off after 20 minutes



15:14 GMT, 3 September 2012

Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio has held clear-the-air talks with Wes Foderingham, less than 24 hours after publicly criticising the young goalkeeper.

Di Canio blamed Foderingham for Preston's opening goal during Sunday's 4-1 npower League One defeat, and after the 21-year-old reacted angrily to being substituted, Di Canio called him 'arrogant' and 'ignorant' and demanded that he openly apologise or be dropped.

This afternoon it appears Foderingham has said sorry to Di Canio, who is now looking ahead to Swindon's next fixture against local rivals Oxford in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round on Wednesday night.

Rant: Paolo Di Canio hauled Wes Foderingham (right) off against Swindon

Rant: Paolo Di Canio hauled Wes Foderingham (right) off against Swindon

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And the Italian confirmed via a
statement on the club's official website, swindontownfc.co.uk, that
Foderingham will be available for selection at the Kassam Stadium.

'Wes has apologised. The situation is
now clear and we will move on and work together,' said Di Canio. 'He is a
genuine guy and a strong character.

'The rules are there and he will pay
his price for his actions. He has been fantastic for us last and this
season, but he didn't behave well on Sunday.

'He will have his chance to be a part of the team and be available for selection against Oxford on Wednesday night.'

Foderingham was at fault for the first
Preston goal, hesitating over a clearance which then
rebounded off Stuart Beavon into the path of Akpo Sodje to score.

After 22 minutes, with Swindon losing 2-0, Di Canio replaced Foderingham with teenager Leigh Bedwell.

Foderingham, clearly angered at the
substitution, made his way straight down the touchline to the dressing
room, taking his frustration out on a water bottle en route, before
watching the second half of the game from the stands instead of the

Reconciliation: Di Canio has taken a step back

Reconciliation: Di Canio has taken a step back

Following the game, Di Canio launched into a stinging criticism of the goalkeeper.

He said: 'He was one of the worst
players I have ever seen. He's another player like the others, why can't
we change the goalkeeper Because the goalkeeper has a different
coloured shirt

'I know my players, I know Wes – he
was the worst player against Stoke in the cup in midweek – he was far
away the worst player, he made a rubbish performance. But I covered for
him because we won 4-3.

'What he did was not only the mistake,
which can happen to anyone, but the arrogance when he started moaning
to the other players – that was the worst thing for me.

'A player that doesn't recognise his
mistakes which were clear from miles away, he started moaning to his
team-mates. Out there he behaved as the worst professional, arrogant,
ignorant athlete I have ever seen.

'I don't want any argument from the
fans. And if he doesn't come out and apologise to the fans, to the
professionals in general, he is out from my team.'

Foderingham has kept 28 clean sheets in 47 appearances for Swindon, setting a club record of 12 consecutive home clean sheets.

Charlie Adam completes 4m Stoke move

Adam completes 4m Stoke move as midfielder signs four-year deal



12:00 GMT, 31 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Stoke City have signed Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam for 4million from Liverpool.

The 28-year-old was greeted by manager Tony Pulis at Stoke's training ground on Friday morning before undergoing a medical and signing a four-year deal.

Checking in: Charlie Adam has left Liverpool to join Premier League rivals Stoke

Checking in: Charlie Adam has left Liverpool to join Premier League rivals Stoke

The deal, coupled with the departures of Andy Carroll and Jay Spearing on loan to West Ham and Bolton respectively, allows Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers to make a final big-money signing, with long-time target Clint Dempsey of Fulham and Arsenal’s Theo Walcott on his radar.

Adam watched Liverpool’s Europa League tie against Hearts on Thursday night grim-faced with agent Kenny Moyes as he realised his Anfield career was over on the instructions of Rodgers.

Discussions took place after the game and Adam reluctantly accepted he would have to move on.

He was signed by previous Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglisg from Blackpool 12 months ago.

Stoke boss Pulis was keen to strengthen his midfield after a shock League Cup exit against Swindon.

Midfielder Wilson Palacios is expected to leave on loan to make way for Adam’s arrival.

Stoke have already signed Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu and Michael Kightly in this window.

Stoke eye Michael Owen and Steven Nzonzi

Stoke eye late moves for free agent Owen and Blackburn rebel Nzonzi



11:41 GMT, 29 August 2012

Stoke are ready to make moves for Michael Owen and Steven Nzonzi before the transfer window closes on Friday night.

Owen is a free agent after being released by Manchester United this summer and Potters boss Tony Pulis has admitted his interest in the 32-year-old former England striker, although his wage demands could make a deal difficult.

Blackburn midfielder Nzonzi is also on Stoke's radar but like Owen won't come cheap. The 23-year-old Frenchman, who has refused to play for Steve Kean's outfit again, has also attracted interest from Everton and Fulham.

Up for grabs: Former England striker Michael Owen is without a club

Up for grabs: Former England striker Michael Owen is without a club

Pulis revealed he is looking to bring in 'three or four' new players but stopped short of naming specific players.

Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone also remains a possibility on loan.

Pulis said: 'We have got about three or four on-going.

'It would be nice to freshen it up, but we have a responsibility to do it within a framework.

'We have to move a few on and we will be doing our damndest to do that.'

Pulis also admitted he was disappointed in his side following the Capital One Cup upset at the hands of League One Swindon Town on Tuesday night.

Stoke crashed out of the cup after a 4-3 defeat to Paolo Di Canio's inspired underdogs at the Britannia Stadium.

On his way out: Steven N'Zonzi has refused to play for Blackburn

On his way out: Steven N'Zonzi (right) has refused to play for Blackburn

'I thought we were very, very sloppy in the first half,' said Pulis. 'We were right off the pace, really poor, had no energy and were just waiting for things to happen.

'In the second half we livened up and when we got the first goal to make it 2-1 I thought we would go on to win the game.

'Their first three goals came from a Thomas (Sorensen) mistake and two set-plays, which is disappointing.'

Stoke 3 Swindon 4: Match report

Stoke 3 Swindon 4: Di Canio's men edge Potters in seven goal thriller



21:43 GMT, 28 August 2012

Swindon pulled off a significant upset in the Capital One Cup second round as a James Collins hat-trick helped the npower League One side claim a dramatic extra-time victory at Stoke.

The Robins shocked their Barclays Premier League opponents in the opening period as Collins pounced upon a mistake by Potters goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen to make it 1-0 in the 27th minute and then doubled their lead by nodding in just prior to half-time.

Stoke salvaged extra-time after the break through strikes from Kenwyne Jones and Jon Walters, but Paulo Di Canio's Swindon would not be denied in the additional period, with defender Aden Flint (105) and Collins (119) netting either side of Peter Crouch's header (111) for the hosts.

Causing a shock: Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio playfully kicks goalscorer Swindon Town's James Collins after his second goal against Stoke

Causing a shock: Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio playfully kicks goalscorer Swindon Town's James Collins after his second goal against Stoke


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Stoke were playing their second match
in just over 48 hours following Sunday's 0-0 draw with Arsenal and
manager Tony Pulis refreshed his first XI by making six changes from
that game.

The Potters looked anything but
invigorated in the first half, though, against a lively Swindon team
whose record for the campaign going into the contest showed no defeats
and no goals conceded in four matches, and included a 3-0 victory over
Championship outfit Brighton in the previous round.

The Robins appeared comfortable from
the off and after Tommy Miller had sent a shot into the arms of
Sorensen, Rafaelle De Vita struck wide.

It seemed only a matter of time
before the hosts settled down and they issued a couple of warnings at
the other end, Cameron Jerome firing in a speculative effort from
distance, Jones heading one cross over and the pair then getting in each
other's way as they attempted to meet another.

Stoke were showing some sloppiness at
the back, though, with Collins just unable to capitalise on one
defensive lapse before he made the most of a further error to put
Swindon ahead.

Jay McEveley delivered the ball towards the box where it was fumbled by Sorensen, allowing Collins to guide it into the net.

Pure delight: James Collins celebrates scoring

Pure delight: James Collins celebrates scoring

The Potters needed to wake up but it
was the visitors who continued to dictate proceedings, with Andy
Williams drilling at Sorensen from the edge of the area.

Anything Stoke were creating Jones was heading too high and four minutes before the break, they were a further goal behind.

Collins was the scorer once again,
nodding in De Vita's corner, and the Republic of Ireland Under-21
striker nearly completed his hat-trick moments later, seeing his shot
cleared off the line.

The attacking flurry from Swindon did
not let up and De Vita hit the post just before the whistle went for
the interval, met by boos from the Stoke fans.

Pulis opted not to make any
substitutions at half-time and his team continued to look shaky in
defence as the second period got under way, although there was a decent
block made to deny De Vita.

Going forward, wide men Jermaine
Pennant and Michael Kightly were doing their best to apply some pressure
and in the 63rd minute, the latter provided the cross as Jones
demonstrated some accuracy to head Stoke back into the game.

Pulis made a treble substitution in
the 77th minute with Crouch, Walters and debutant Jamie Ness coming on
for Jones, Jerome and Ryan Shotton and the reshuffle soon paid off,
Walters stroking the ball in with four minutes of normal time remaining.

Stoke finished the 90 minutes with
plenty of momentum, but Crouch and Pennant were unable to apply the
finishing touch and the game went into extra-time.

The Potters continued to look
threatening into the additional period, but Swindon sprang a shock on
the stroke of half-time as Flint headed in at the back-post to put them
in front once more.

Crouch levelled after the break with a
headed effort of his own, but the Robins then incredibly snatched it at
the death as Collins slid in a minute from time to complete his treble
and a famous win for Di Canio's men.

MK Dons to investigate spate of red cards

MK Dons to investigate spate of red cards after Lewington is latest to be sent off



20:12 GMT, 26 August 2012

MK Dons owner Peter Winkelman took the unprecedented step of preventing manager Karl Robinson and players from talking to the media after the 1-0 defeat at Swindon, when Dean Lewington became their fourth player sent off in four games.

Winkelman said: ‘We want to know exactly what is going on. I’ve seen the video and the Swindon player has grabbed Lewington by the throat.’

Silence: Karl Robinson (right) was not permitted to speak to the media

Silence: Karl Robinson (right) was not permitted to speak to the media

Mark McCammon awarded 68,000 in case against Gillingham

'I was put through hell': McCammon awarded 68k after suffering racial victimisation at Gillingham



18:53 GMT, 10 August 2012

A black footballer who was unfairly sacked by his former club after suffering racial victimisation has been awarded more than 68,000 following a landmark legal victory.

The sum of 68,728 handed to Mark McCammon at a remedy hearing follows the tribunal's judgment last month and includes loss of earnings and breach of contract, his solicitor, Sim Owolabi, said.

Striker McCammon, 33, brought the race victimisation case – believed to be the first of its kind against a British football club – after being dismissed for alleged misconduct last year.

Mark McCammon was awarded more than 68,000 for being unfairly dismissed from Gillingham FC

Mark McCammon was awarded more than 68,000 for being unfairly dismissed from Gillingham FC

The former Barbados international told a four-day hearing in Ashford, Kent, in June that he had been put 'through hell' at League 2 Gillingham as he was treated differently from white players.

The club strongly denied his claims and said they were 'staggered' by the judgment in his favour as they had employed thousands of staff of different races without complaint.

As part of his case, 6ft 2in McCammon said he was ordered to come into the ground amid 'treacherous' winter driving conditions while some white players were not required.

The player, who signed for the Gills in 2008 on 2,500 a week, also said the club tried to 'frustrate him out' by refusing to pay private medical bills to help him regain his fitness following injury.

Groundbreaking: McCammon said he was 'put through hell' during his time at the club

Groundbreaking: McCammon said he was 'put through hell' during his time at the club

Instead, he claimed he was offered the same operation on the NHS rather than privately, a move he described as 'completely out of character' for a Football League club, and that he was fined two weeks' wages when he visited a private consultant.

In contrast, the former Charlton, Swindon, Millwall and Brighton player said a white team-mate was flown to Dubai for treatment by an eminent physiotherapist at the club's expense.

In a letter sent to the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) outlining his grievances, McCammon also claimed he was told not to blog while others were permitted to do so.

Dubai-based Gillingham chairman Paul Scally described McCammon's race claims as being made 'maliciously and without foundation'.

The events which led up to McCammon's dismissal were triggered on November 30 2010 when south east England bore the brunt of heavy snowfall.

On that day, McCammon said he and two other black players – Josh Gowling and Curtis Weston – were told to make the four-mile drive from the house they shared to the club's medical rooms.

Later, McCammon said one of them received a text message threatening to dock them two weeks' wages unless they made it to the stadium by midday.

Defeat: Gillingham owner Paul Scally

Defeat: Gillingham owner Paul Scally

When he arrived at the club, McCammon said he headed to manager Andy Hessenthaler's room to confront him about being 'racially intolerant' over the decision to order them in.

He claimed that Hessenthaler reacted angrily.

McCammon was subsequently ordered to attend a disciplinary hearing and later received a letter saying he was dismissed.

The forward said that, after leaving the club, Gillingham 'were effectively campaigning covertly' against him by trying to sabotage his career.

Strong interest was shown by 11 clubs but talks with all collapsed, often at a late stage.

'It soon became known that the chairman had been interfering,' McCammon said in his witness statement.

'My agent was told by other agents that the job he was doing was an impossible one as they were aware that GFC were effectively campaigning covertly against me with the intention of sabotaging my career.'