[W]hen asked by the esteemed editors of this site to compile a preview to the League One season I had to first humbly remind them that my own team, Carlisle United, were cruelly and indignantly relegated to League Two at the end of last year. There followed a degree of brow furrowing consternation before an uttered agreement that 'I'd do'.
[A]s we head into the second week of our 2013-14 predictions, our focus turns to the players we deem to possess the potential to stand out amongst their peers. Whereas season previews tend to focus on teams more broadly, for which players could this be a year to remember on a personal level? Starting at the Madejski, having once accused Lionel Messi of being a racist we'll be watching through fingers at what Reading's new signing Royston Drenthe will do next for although there were more loose cannons at the Battle of Trafalgar, surely none was as potent.
[P]oliticians like to talk about the squeezed middle - a concept that focus groups tell them plays well to a hard-working and hard-pressed often middle class demographic who have done nothing wrong financially but find the costs of living creeping ever further up so, through no fault of their own, fall towards the poverty line.
So who has either been to a League One game, or even heard of the division? Anyone? No? Ok then... League One is England's third division, below the Premier League and Championship, and above League Two. It sends three teams up to the Championship and four teams down to League Two each year.
Yes, Brek Shea's early loan return to Stoke City from Barnsley is a direct consequence of the fan incident in a 5-0 loss at Huddersfield on March 1st. In case you missed it, he apparently flipped a bird or a fix or some wild animal with his fingers during a confrontation between a Barnsley teammate and some of their traveling supporters; it seem his Saturday apology was not enough.
Nottingham Forest v Barnsley preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Both teams going into the meeting at the City Ground on Saturday have lived up to their billing given by many punters before the season began. Billy Davies's squad are sat nicely in the playoffs and are full of Championship and Premiership experience.
Barnsley v Huddersfield preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
All that attended the previous meeting between these two Yorkshire rivals won't forget what happened in a hurry. It was a day that really did sum up what the championship is all about, full of so many ups and downs, with the last few minutes where players were seen chatting and sitting down as the clock was run down to like nothing I'm sure anybody had seen before.
Today's finale to the Championship had a little bit of everything. In addition to the unbelievable endings in the Hull-Cardiff and Watford-Leeds matches, there was the relegation battle to avoid the drop to League One. With Bristol City already relegated and Wolves quickly going two-nil down, it was a race to avoid the final third relegation spot.
As the game itself ended 0-0 the real winners to emerge from Crystal Palace and Barnsley's goalless draw at Selhurst Park on Saturday were Palace's shirt sponsors who enjoyed double exposure thanks toreferee Kevin Stroud ruling that Barnsley's black and blue-striped away kit was too similar to The Eagles' red and blue-striped home kit and therefore forcing the Tykes to play in their opponents' change strip.
Chelsea's Juan Mata (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
The FA Cup returns this weekend for the quarter finals, and there's no shortage of big clubs looking to cement their names on football's longest serving knock-out competition.
The magic of the FA Cup was on show once again last round; Championship side Blackburn overcame a lacklustre Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium potentially stretching the London club to a trophy drought of eight interminable years.
Brek Shea may have had a premature exit at Barnsley, but has insisted he holds no ill will over what transpired at the club.
Shea touched on the topic Wednesday of his Barnsley loan being cut short three weeks before it was scheduled to end due to an incident that he had with one of the Tykes' fans in the aftermath of a 5-0 loss to Huddersfield Town on March 1.
At just over 6ft 2in, with a blonde mohawk, it seems Brek Shea was born to stand out. An athletic wide player with the ability to glide past defenders, the 24-year-old continues to be a polarizing figure for the US Men's National Team.
Alongside those who recognize and admire his potential are those who believe he will never realize it.
U.S. Men's National Team winger Brek Shea had his loan stint with English League Championship side Barnsley cut short after a post-match incident involving fans. Shea will return to Premier League club Stoke City, despite the fact his loan stint having been extended to April 3 back in January.
USMNT and Stoke City winger Brek Shea has joined Barnsley on loan, Stoke City have confirmed.
Barnsley are currently rooted at the bottom of the SkyBet Championship league in England, and need all the help they can get to stay in the division, while Shea needs playing time in order to try to make the US Men's National Team World Cup 2014 squad.
Emmanuel Frimpong has already been out on loan from Arsenal three times already and has not played a single game for the Gunners this season. With all the injuries that Arsene Wenger has had to deal with, the 22-year old has finally accepted that he is not going to make it at the Emirates and [...]
Brek Shea showed last Friday why he was such a hot commodity last January for Stoke City.
In a mid-season friendly match at Republic of Ireland club Dundalk, Shea scored one of his on-loan club Barnsley's four goals in a 4-1 victory. Shea intelligently dribbled away from two defenders with a Cruyff turn and a quick change of pace before playing a nice one-two pass with a teammate and slotting home.
This past weekend's Championship action saw the end of the line for three managers at clubs with varying expectations.
Barnsley were humiliated at home by fellow strugglers Birmingham City on Saturday leaving the Yorkshire club six points adrift from safety and rooted to the bottom of the table this early in the season.
Barnsley winger Paddy McCourt scored an incredible goal Saturday against Middlesbrough when he dribbled past six players to help his team win the match 3-2.
McCourt, a 29-year-old Northern Ireland international who previously played with Celtic, beat six players plus Boro's goalkeeper. It's Barnsley's first win since August 31, and the three points helped lift the Yorkshire club off the bottom of the Championship, moving the side to third from bottom.
[O]n August 1, the peerless blog The Swiss Ramble published an invaluable presentation of the profit and loss accounts for Championship clubs in the 2011-12 season. Of course much has happened since including the arrival in the competition of Queen's Park Rangers; a club the financial wealth of which will be decidedly byzantine and worthy of a week-long series of articles.
[T]he hubbub engulfing our League 1 and League 2 previews this week has highlighted the sensitivity of the average football fan. Now it's time for the Championship, a division in which, contrary to appearances, not quite all the teams start with B. Barnsley The high farce of the Tykes' last minute escape against Huddersfield confirmed David Flitcroft's emergence as one of the Football League's most promising managers in April but there will be a nervousness about the season to come â€“ a horrific 6-0 home defeat against Charlton sat amid a bevy of notable results in the run in and.
The following list shows the number of times each club in the Championship won home and away against one of their rivals during the 2012/2013 Championship season. Every single one of the 24 clubs managed to achieve this feat against at least one of their opponents during the season.
Cardiff City: Millwall, Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United, Blackpool, Birmingham City, Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday.
The January transfer deadline is less than a week away now and message boards everywhere are heralding a cry for more experience to be added to Championship squads. The judicious addition of a central defender with a Premier League background or a proven striker could be enough to convert pretenders into serious challengers.
[O]f all the categories this year, our opinion formers were most divided on this. Sure, the collection of silverware is all important but it's as much about the raw materials and how far they are stretched. Hence, a number of bosses deserve credit for exceeding expectations - those gentlemen who chose to forget this when assessing Nigel Adkins and last year's winner Brian McDermott would do well to take note.
Barnsley fans are a funny lot. Wherever you go in the town you will see people's who love that club. A bit like Ipswich, I'd like to think. It's a funny place for an Ipswich fan to live too. Friday nights routinely consist of me asking the pub which game they would like to discuss: Wembley 2000 or Oakwell 2011.
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[T]hese quiet mid-January weeks used to be devoted to anticipation while we waited between rounds 3 and 4 of the FA Cup andif many will have you believe that matters Premier League and transfer window are the only ones worth thinking about as Burns Night approaches, quite a few of us still hark back to the old days.
The referee due to take charge of last night's Championship match between Barnsley and Peterborough was pulled from the fixture after being arrested for allegedly hacking the email account of an FA colleague. Dean Mohareb, aged 29, was arrested on Sunday at his home by Greater Manchester Police. He is suspected of accessing the emails [.