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Racecourse Ground 24/10/2010

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Wrexham v Kidderminster Harriers

Whether it be the muddle of a midweek fixture or the sanctity of a Saturday, along with scores of intrepid fans nation-wide we set off, in our case to the principality. As always there was that nagging tinge of trepidation mixed with an undercurrent of die-hard hope.

Calcio Italiano

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Claudio Ranieri's Roma were unable to send out an early signal of their intentions to the rest of Serie A last night as they were held by Cesena at the Stadio Olimpico. The new boys to the league who featured Ghana's Stephen Appiah in midfield, were well worth the point they took from last seasons' Serie A runners-up.

League 2 homes, aways and draws

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One thing a couple of weeks of play gives us, is a bit of form to go on. But the fact that only two teams have one hundred per cent records so early in the campaign suggests that the top seven places are very much up for grabs. Only two teams are yet to get off the mark, and it is going to be very interstign to watch this division take shape in the coming weeks.

Premier League transfer market hots up

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The past seven days has finally seen some big moves being made in the transfer market. It is no surprise that Manchester City have yet again been flexing their muscles with the signings of Mario Balotelli from Inter Milan and James Milner from Aston Villa. City have paid a reported £24m for Balotelli, who scored on his debut last night in the Europa League tie against Timisoara, with the same figure being quoted for the James Milner deal, which saw Stephen Ireland move Aston Villa.

Spurs kick-off Champions League campaign

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After working so hard last season to finish fourth in the Premier League, Tottenham will be hoping that they can take a big step towards the group stages of the competition when they take on Swiss side Young Boys this evening in the first leg of the Champions League qualifying round.

Blue Square Bet preview

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There is a full programme of fixtures in the Blue Square Bet Premier League on Tuesday night (17 August). Ten sides are hoping to maintain their 100 per cent record with another ten hoping to get points on the board. York City and Crawley are two sides with lofty ambitions this season who are looking to bounce back from opening day defeats.

Let the battle commence….

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The Premiership finally gets under-way this weekend and it promises to be as tight as ever, both at the top and bottom of the table. With Manchester City spending big again this transfer window, the pressure will be on Roberto Mancini to break into the much coveted top four, whilst Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham will again be looking to fight off any challenge by the richest club in the world.

On your marks, get set…

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In early July on this site I wrote about my favourites for the Blue Square Bet Premier League title. All those sides have now finished their run of pre-season friendlies and are getting prepared for the big kick-off tomorrow afternoon at 3pm. The league's fixture committee has done us proud on opening day with some exciting ties to start the campaign.

Tangerine fans get their 5-a-day

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Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has finally made his first signings of the summer transfer window and, just like the weather can be on the coast, it hasn't rained it's poured, with a total of five signings in one day! The Seasiders, like all newly promoted teams, are favourites to go straight back down again, but they have taken major steps in bolstering their squad before the big kick-off.

Who do Villa turn to next?

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After the shock resignation this week of Martin O'Neill from Aston Villa, the Midlands club are now faced with the tough task of finding a manager that can build on the foundations that have been put in place by the Irishman. O'Neill joined the club in August 2006, finishing 11th in his first season in charge and then taking Villa to three consecutive 6th place finishes, improving on their points tally each time.

Fantasy England, all we ever dreamed of

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And then there were 21. Fabio's first squad since World Cup banality has been hit by two resignations, but does this squad excite you? I have decided to pick my starting eleven from the now 21 to see how it looks on paper. Things needed freshening up as the public really didn't care for many of his World Cup squad, and now unexpectedly there is renewed interest.

St James’ Park Exeter 07/08/10

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After the disappointment of England's showing at the World Cup, the real action is finally here and first up for Colchester is the long journey to the real St James‘ Park, the home of Exeter City. Following Colchester United on the opening day of the season in the last few years has not been the best experience.