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Football and High Speed Rail 2: The Pros and Cons

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[O]ne of the more emotive of political causes in recent times has been the plan to build a new high speed rail line between London, the North of England and the Midlands; the now notorious High Speed 2 project – often abbreviated to plain HS2. With construction due to begin in 2017, the plan is for the line to extend north westwards from Euston station in the capital to Birmingham before branching in the shape of a Y towards Manchester and Leeds.

Video: Man Utd’s Nick Powell nearly breaks the net in England U21 training

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Manchester United youngster Nick Powell smashed home a powerful half-volley during England Under-21 training. The former Crewe player's sweetly struck shot was captured by the FA's cameras. The 19-year-old has just joined Wigan on loan for the season.

Video: Out-of-favour Man Utd winger Nani scores two goals against Crewe

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Fans who snapped up early tickets for last night's match between a Manchester United XI and Crewe might not have held out much hope for seeing star names since the first-team squad was in Hong Kong finishing its pre-season tour. As it happened, Nemanja Vidic, Antonio Valencia and Nani were all returning from injury and [.

Transfer talk

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Nearly a month into the transfer market, and things have been fairly quiet in England. Chelsea have spent big, but maybe it just doesn't seem so mad as Man City have been so inactive. Perhaps PSG now have all the money. But anyway, Utd, let's do a quick summary of ins and outs thus far:

Ins: Kagawa, Powell
Outs: Owen, Kuszczak, Park

Kagawa looks good value for money, or at least as good as one can get nowadays.

Can Nick Powell be the Central Midfielder United fans Crave?

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When Nick Powell put pen to paper and signed for Manchester United, many were puzzled by Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to invest on an unproven, albeit highly talented, youngster rather than splashing the cash on a central midfielder of proven quality. The jury is and will be out for some time but the former Crewe [.

Man United Complete Kagawa signing

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Manchester United have completed the capture of Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal.

Kagawa passed a medical with the Old Trafford outfit earlier on Friday and has now tied up the loose ends of a transfer Sir Alex Ferguson expects will prove a big success.

Manchester United Sign Crewe wonderkid

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Media reports say that United have finally reached an agreement for Crewe's 18-year-old attacking midfielder Nick Powell for around £4m deal.

The highly-rated 18-year-old lit up League Two last season scoring 14 goals in 38 appearances from an attacking midfield role while helping his side beat Cheltenham 2-0 in the League Two play-off final.

The Academy: Bolton v United Preview

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Two weeks ago United took on Crewe and got themselves back to winning ways (4-1) before they travelled off on their annual team building and strength-testing trip to Slovakia. Goals from Januzaj, Barmby, van Velzen and Rudge were enough to cement what was a much improved performance by the Academy and also gave us a chance [.

Sheffield United

We Are Going Up! Interview: Podcasting the Football League

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[H]aving made a number of appearances on podcasts in recent years including Two Footed Tackle andThe Tilehurst End, our founder writers Lloyd and Lanterne Rouge are perhaps inclined to go in the corner and hide, such are the demands of stationing oneself behind the microphone. Hence, we are in admiration of anyone who has stuck at it, let alone done it really well indeed.

TTU Go Predicting: Players to Watch

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[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.

TTU Go Predicting: a Club-by-Club League 1 Preview

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[F]ollowing yesterday's start to pre-season, in which we looked at all 24 League 2 clubs, our intensive schedule continues as we move on to League 1. Tomorrow, attention will turn to the Championship. Bradford City Fairytale Bradford City have added a little sheen to their well built squad as they look to attack League 1 at a canter – Rochdale's Jason Kennedy and experienced winger Mark Yeates join the standout performers James Hanson, Carl McHugh and the quicksilver Nahki Wells in Phil Parkinson's promotion winning squad.

Book Review: I am the Secret Footballer

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I am the Secret Footballer Published by Guardian Books July 2012, £7.99 ISBN: 9780852653081 The Guardian's decision to gather together their Secret Footballer columns into this new book appears to have been handsomely vindicated on first glance; sitting as thevolume does atop their online bookshop chart as well as prominently on the shelves of Britain's retailers.

The PFA Awards: Stuff and Nonsense?

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[O]nce upon a time, the PFA Awards were the undisputed measure of a season's most valuable players. Voted for by the Professionals themselves, the response to their announcement was one of awed hush and consent – how could mere onlookers presume to know better than those involved in the rough and tumble of the actual sport?

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Video: Coventry defender Cyrus Christie booked for trying to trip a pitch invader

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Coventry full-back Cyrus Christie picked up a bizarre yellow card after he attempted to trip up a pitch invader. The 20-year-old attempted to thwart a topless fan, who ran onto the pitch during last night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern final first-leg against Crewe. As if a 0-3 home defeat didn't make Christie's night miserable enough, [.

Crewe’s Byron Moore Misses Gifted Sitter By An Absolute Mile In League Two Play-Off vs Southend (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Crewe squeaked past Southend United to reach the League Two play-off final, drawing 2-2 at Roots Hall and advancing courtesy of their narrow 1-0 victory in the first leg despite the best efforts of Railwaymen striker Byron Moore to bungle it for his side.

League 2

Stepping up: negotiating a multi-division jump

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[W]andering around Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok in a jet-lagged haze last November, I was stopped in my tracks by the sight of a club shop selling merchandise for an English football team. Nothing too surprising in that, you might think - after all, the Premier League is hugely popular in South East Asia, and we had been welcomed to Thailand by Singha Beer in association with Chelsea and on our drive into the city centre were confronted with tower-block-high adverts featuring Wayne Rooney's pasty bonce.

The Thursday Preview: Crewe Vs Southend

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He's at it again, that Paul Sturrock. Having struggled for success since his days at Swindon, Luggy's Southend lead the League 2 table and the only surprise is that so many people seem to have failed to see it coming.Coming up to 18 months in charge of Blues, Sturrock has gone about his work in a canny fashion.

Arsenal

Transfer rumour suggests Arsenal set to sign young Crewe striker

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Crewe Alexandra has long held a reputation for producing lots of talented young players through their academy, and Arsenal could be about to sign the latest hot prospect, striker Max Clayton.

Pat Rice, in his new role as scout for the Gunners, has been watching the 18-year old recently in his league games against Portsmouth and Walsall.

Former Arsenal star hails Giroud plus another striker rumour

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Arsenal will struggle to score any goals after the departure of Robin van Persie to Manchester United and Alex Song to Barcelona, everybody said. The top goal scorer and top assist provider would leave Arsenal in mid table, some suggested. Giroud can't score and will be another Chamakh, pundits predicted weeks ago.

Arsenal starlet extends loan

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The Arsenal starlet Chuks Aneke was sent off for a months loan at Crewe Alexander but it all went wrong after just 73 minutes of his debut against Stevenage when Aneke made a mad two-footed challenge on Stevenage's Anthony Grant which resulted in straight red card and an automatic three-match ban.

Arsenal starlet’s loan spell goes pear-shaped very quickly

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The talented young Arsenal midfielder Chuks Aneke was sent out on loan at Crewe Alexander to give him some much-needed first team action, but his debut against Stevenage last week went horribly wrong after a moment of madness from Gunners starlet.

Crewe were 2-1 up in the 73rd minute of the game when Aneke shocked everyone with a crazy two-footed challenge on Stevenage's Anthony Grant which resulted in straight red card for the Arsenal starlet.

Arsenal lose out to Man United for English wonderkid

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It has been reportedly all season that Arsenal have had scouts watching the Crewe wonderkid Nick Powell, who has scored an amazing 14 goals and 7 assists from midfield for the League Two side this season. He also scored a brilliant goal to help his team win the Play-Off Final against Cheltenham as a parting [.

Arsenal lose out to Man United for English wonderkid

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It has been reportedly all season that Arsenal have had scouts watching the Crewe wonderkid Nick Powell, who has scored an amazing 14 goals and 7 assists from midfield for the League Two side this season. He also scored a brilliant goal to help his team win the Play-Off Final against Cheltenham as a parting [.

Could Nick Powell be the next Oxlade-Chamberlain?

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Another Oxlade-Chamberlain Type of Signing? - By JG Nick Powell, an 18 year old English talent who has climbed through the youth ranks of Crewe Alexandra and into their first team is heavily linked with Arsenal. Not only has Powell been important in Crewe's ascendance to League 1, but he is/has been a key player [.

Arsenal aim to outbid Man United for prolific English youngster

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There has been many Arsenal transfer rumours linking the Gunners with some of the best up-and-coming English stars as Arsene Wenger tries to increase his pool of "home-grown" players, and one name that has cropped up repeatedly is Crewe's Nick Powell. The 18 year-old has been at Dario Gradi's famous Academy since he was just [.

The Monday Profile: Nick Powell

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In our recent analysis of the PFA awards, my fellow blogger John McGee highlighted the disagreement that can ensue when debating the worth of leading young players. With Jordan Rhodes valued by the press as a knee jerk £6 million, John pointed out that Adam Le Fondre, the man whose two goals fired Reading to victory over Southampton in the Championship's recent summit meeting, cost a mere £350,000.

Arsenal and Chelsea interest in young England midfielder confirmed

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The Crewe Alexander midfielder Nick Powell has been playing for England at all levels from U16 to U18, and despite his tender years has already made over 50 appearances for the League Two club. The 6ft hitman can play up front as well as in midfield and has scored an impressive 12 goals in 37 [...]

Arsenal chasing young England international

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There have been numerous Arsenal transfer rumours linking the Gunners with many established stars, but there is a more believable "Exclusive" in the Mirror that says that Arsenal (and Chelsea I might add) are going to make an offer for a young English player called Nick Powell. The 17 year-old attacking midfielder is an England [.

Liverpool ready to make fresh bid for Max Clayton

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Liverpool ready to make fresh bid for Max Clayton

Liverpool are weighing up another bid for Crewe striker Max Clayton in January as competition increases for the 17-year-old. Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City are also interested.

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The Ivy League of Football Academies

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Some time ago, a friend and I were discussing youth power in football and how an academy brings out talent time and again. I thought this would be an interesting topic to write on though it has been thrown around quite a bit in the blogosphere already. But, given that it's international weekend, Phil Jones has been prompted as a future England captain, and Jack Wilshere is causing people the age of his Dad sweat over him, it sounds appropriate to devote something to the Next Gen.

Liverpool

Liverpool sign Crewe Alexandra teenager Dan Smith

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The Reds have beaten Manchester City to Snap up the highly-rated 16-year-old Dan Smith from Crewe Alexandra for a fee thought to be in the region of £300,000.

Crewe had hoped the England youth international would stay after his proposed switch to Manchester City fell through last month however Liverpool were quick to hijack the move and sealed a deal for the 16-year-old.

How The League Cup Was Won – Liverpool Beat Cardiff City On Penalty Kicks

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It has been sixteen years since Liverpool Football Club last appeared at Wembley Stadium. Much has changed in that intervening decade and a half, not least of which is the fact that the stadium itself has been knocked down and replaced by the monument to modern football which continues to justify its existence through the medium of playing as many games there as physically possible.

Spurs target latest youngster off Crewe conveyer belt

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The theme for the rumour mills this week concerns the possibility of young footballing talent moving to Spurs and the latest name in the hat is that of Max Clayton, a young striker who had scouts from no less than 17 Premiership sides watch him score the winner for Crewe in the week.

Crewe boss Dario Gradi has a long history of bringing through young quality players and he had high hopes for Clayton after the Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Macclesfield.

Tottenham want wonderkid Max Clayton

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Tottenham want wonderkid Max Clayton

Harry Redknapp is lining up a move for Crewe's teenage wonderkid Max Clayton. The 17-year-old scored his first goal in senior football against Macclesfield in the Johnstone's Paint.

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The Rest

Reflecting on Crewe’s Football League Trophy Crown

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[A] week on from Crewe's triumph at Wembley, our illustrator and sometimes contributor Ben Piggott reports back on his experiences of the Football League's Trophy Final. ... The talk on the stroll/waddle up Wembley Way – at least among those who hadn't had to crawl down the spine of the country in the early hours – was of the 33,000 tickets that Southend had managed to shift for their first ever final here.

Powell: I Got Nutmegged On My First Day!

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Nick Powell has been training with the first team squad after joining us from Crewe and is in the manager's plans for the pre-season tour.

He is enjoying life at United so far... despite getting nutmegged on his first day.

"I went straight into working with the first team on some possession work although I got nutmegged on my first day," said Powell.

TTU Awards 2011-12: Young Player of the Season

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A couple of the nominees for this year's best young player – Jordan Rhodes and Matt Phillips – have been so well tracked by the blogosphere that any further attempt to describe their abilities is probably about as welcome as the sight of the Cornish national flag on the Olympic Torch Relay. Some of our other suggestions have perhaps been less heralded, though.

Mike Marsh Excited By Signing Of Marc Pelosi

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Liverpool Under-18s coach Mike Marsh has welcomed the signing of talented American teenager Marc Pelosi.
The highly-rated 17-year-old midfielder has completed his move to the club's Kirkby Academy from California outfit DeAnza Force.
Pelosi took his bow for the Reds in last weekend's 1-1 draw at Crewe in the Premier Academy League and was an unused substitute for the reserves at Blackburn Rovers on Monday night.

The Monday Profile: Dario Gradi

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The recent unveiling of the Elite Player Performance Plan has been met with a cacophony of complaint from footballer bloggers. For Gary Andrews of Two Footed Tackle, it was not so much the straw that broke the camel's back, more a case of the straw being repeatedly driven into said back with a whopping great JCB -and as Jon Keen of The Tilehurst End pointed out, EPPP could allow acquiring clubs

QPR Report Wednesday Snippets...Three Years of The QPR Report Messageboard!...Photo Memories of Rodney Marsh in His QPR Prime

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-- From The Bushman Collection: Photo Memories of Rodney Marsh in His QPR Days

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- Throughout the day, the QPR Report Messageboard has news updates, comments and perspectives - even links to other board comments of interest re QPR matters (on and off the field) along with football (and ONLY football) topics in general.