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Official: Joey Barton Agrees Deal To Take Over As Fleetwood Town Head Coach After Betting Suspension Ends

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Just when you thought he was out, somebody goes and dredges him back up. Football's arch Oxbridge professor cosplayer himself, Joseph Barton, is making a grand return to the game.

Fleetwood Town have confirmed that Barton will take over as their new head coach after the former Burnley midfielder's ongoing suspension from all footballing activity ends on June 2nd.

Burger Scandal Verdict: Football League Demand Accrington Stanley Owner Must Buy Players McDonald’s Consistently After Every Game, Win Or Lose

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Cast your mind back a few days and you may recall Pies bringing you news of a major scandal rocking the far end of the Football League (EFL) involving the Accrington Stanley squad and their post-match burgers.

Accrington owner Andy Holt found himself summoned to appear before the EFL committee after he let slip that, as an occasional bonus, he sometimes gives his players a couple of hundred quid to spend on "McDonald's and the like" as a treat for winning matches.

Burger Rap: Accrington Stanley Owner Questioned By EFL After Mentioning He Treats Players To McDonald’s For Winning Matches

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Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt has been summoned to appear before the English Football League's grand high council after he admitted to sometimes treating his players to fast food after they win matches.

Holt revealed on social media that the EFL have "demanded an explanation" after catching wind that he gave the Accrington squad £200 to spend on "McDonald's or the like".

‘I’m One Of The Greatest Minds In Football’ – Sol Campbell Voices Frustration After Missing Out On Oxford United Job

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It's nothing short of a mystery, but football clubs the length and breadth of the English pyramid seem to keep passing up on the opportunity to appoint Sol Campbell as their manager.

The former England defender, 43, recently applied for the vacant Oxford United job but it looks like the League One club are about to give the role to the similarly green Craig Bellamy.

EFL Trophy: Wycombe Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth, 44, Names Himself In Latest Matchday Squad

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Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth has named himself in the matchday squad for Tuesday night's Checkatrade Trophy tie with Swindon Town.

The decision was made due to the Chairboy's extensive list of injuries, with eight senior players currently ruled out through various knocks and knacks.

League One: Clarence Seedorf Interviewed As Candidate For Oldham Athletic Managerial Vacancy

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This is not a drill. REPEAT: This is not a drill. Clarence Seedorf is close to being appointed as the new manager of Oldham Athletic.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Dutchman was interviewed by Latics chairman Simon Corney on Thursday before being given a special VIP tour of the fitness facilities at Boundary Park.

League One

Let’s Hear It For… Accrington Stanley, Back From The Brink And Newly Promoted To League One!

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Last night was a big night for Accrington Stanley who, with a 2-0 win over Yeovil, formally secured their promotion to League One.

Accrington are currently perched atop the League Two table, four points clear of Luton in second with four games left to play, but the three points garnered on Tuesday evening saw the point-gap between themselves and the play-off spots become mathematically unassailable.

Blast From The Past: MK Dons Sign Midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, 33, On Deal Until End Of The Season

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It's a name that hasn't been uttered round these parts for many a moon, but today MK Dons have announced the signing of Nigel Reo-Coker.

Reo-Coker, who last played professional football for IK Start in the 2017 Norwegian Eliteserien, has been training with MK for the past three weeks and even featured in their last two Under-23 fixtures.

Grudge Match: AFC Wimbledon Charged For Refusing To Use MK Dons’ Full Name During League One Tie

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AFC Wimbledon have been slapped with a charge for breaching Football League regulations during their fraught, ill-tempered home tie against MK Dons back in September.

Wimbledon steadfastly refused to acknowledge the 'Dons' part of their opponents' name, curtly referring to them as 'Milton Keynes' in the fixture listing on their club website while simply failing to reference them at all in the official match programme.

Grudge Match: AFC Wimbledon Once Again Refuse To Acknowledge MK Dons’ Existence As Two Clubs Meet In League One (Photos)

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AFC Wimbledon played host to MK Dons in League One on Friday evening and the whole occasion was about as bitter and trenchant as you might expect.

The two splinter clubs met for the very first time earlier this year, when AFC laid on an acrimonious "welcome" for their visitors at Kingsmeadow byrefusing to acknowledge the 'Dons' part of Milton Keynes' club moniker, while also refusing chairman Peter Winkelman and his fellow executives access to the corporate section of the ground.

Videos

League One: Oxford’s Alex Mowatt Misses Penalty, Slaps Opponent And Gets Sent Off In Minute Of Madness v Portsmouth (Video)

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Portsmouth moved to within two points of a play-off place on Sunday, courtesy of a 3-0 win at home to Oxford United.

A major turning point came just after the hour-mark, with the hosts already a goal up.

AfterMatthew Clarke had fouled Robert Dickie in the Pompey box, refCharles Breakspear pointed to the spot.

White Out: Peterborough Players Put In Shift To Clear Pitch Of Heavy Snow After League One Match Hit By Blizzard (Photos & Video)

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After failing to win in their previous six outings, Peterborough beat Walsall 2-1 on Tuesday night to keep themselves within a few points of the League One play-off frame.

All the more impressive is that Posh managed to do so despite London Road being enveloped by a thick blanketing of snow.

League Two: Jimmy Smith Notches Sublime Own-Goal As Crawley Score All Three Goals In 2-1 Win Over Accrington Stanley (Video)

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Accrington Stanleyfell to a 2-1 away defeat against Crawley Town in League Two on Saturday afternoon, though the losers can at least claim to have scored the best goal of the game.

Unfortunately, however, the goal in question must also technically be credited to Crawley, as it was midfielder Jimmy Smith who entirely unwittingly sent a powerful header arcing into his own net to grab a 57th-minute consolation for the visitors.

League Two: Players Ushered From Pitch As Low-Flying Drone Causes Yeovil-Crawley Match To Be Suspended For 11 Minutes (Photo & Video)

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Fans in attendance at Yeovil Towns' New Year's Day fixture against Crawley were rendered temporarily befuddled when play was stopped mid-match with no explanation from the officials.

Indeed, the League Two fixture was interrupted for over 10 minutes when a UFO was spotted hovering in the inky gloom above Huish Park.

Leeds U23 ‘Friendly’ With Welsh Side Rhyl Ended After Ugly Brawl Between Players (Video)

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A friendly game between Leeds United's U23 team and Welsh Huws Gray Alliance side Rhyl ended in ugly scenes on Tuesday night after a ridiculous brawl between the players.

The incident was apparently started aftera late tackle by Leeds'Bryce Hossanah. However, the Championship club were reported to be infuriated by a number of dangerous challenges by their opponents throughout the game.

League One: Peterborough Striker Marcus Maddison Performs Two Thoroughly Embarrassing Dives In Space Of 10 Seconds (Video)

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Peterborough forward Marcus Maddison filed a strong by which, of course, we mean 'bloody risible' contender for the 2017 Fallon d'Floor award in Sunday afternoon's 2-2 draw against AFC Wimbledon.

The stirring piece actually consisted of two dives, performed within 10 seconds of one another, in which Maddison first threw himself to the ground looking for a freekick before simulating a headbutt from Liam Trotter and hurling himself back down to terra firma in mock agony.

League One: Bradford Midfielder Paul Taylor Absolutely Leathers One In From Miles Out Against Oldham (Video)

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Oldham are doing fairly well in their current manager-less state, as the Latics extended their unbeaten run under caretaker Richie Wellens to five matches with a gritty 1-1 draw against third-placed Bradford City on Tuesday evening.

However, they didn't get off to the best of starts at Valley Parade, falling a goal behind after just three minutes when Bradford winger Paul Taylor let rip with an absolutely ballistic thronker from 30-odd yards.

Livid: Coventry City Fan Storms Onto Pitch To Berate Players During Final Stages Of 1-0 Defeat Against Forest Green Rovers (Video)

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Despite dominating for much of the game, Coventry City's current inability to score goals ended up costing them again as they lost 1-0 to Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday night.

The Sky Blues created the bulk of the chances on the night, but eventually slumped to a second successive defeat which saw their goalless streak extend beyond the 350-minute mark.

League Two: Coventry City Present Striker Duckens Nazon With Perfectly Fitting ‘Goal Of The Month’ Trophy (Photo)

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Duckens Nazon has been crowned as the recipient of Coventry City's 'Goal of the Month' prize for September by virtue of his powerful 25-yarde drive against Swindon Town.

The Haitian striker, on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, thrashed home the winner in a 2-1 victory at the County Ground and subsequently emerged victorious a second time by garnering 61% of the vote.

League Two: Nott County’s Matt Tootle Breaks Out ‘The Slug’ Goal Celebration Again In 4-1 Win Over Lincoln City (Video)

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Continuing their fine start to the campaign, Notts County moved top of League Two on goal difference yesterday courtesy of a fine 4-1 win over Lincoln City at Meadow Lane.

Matt Tootle lashed home County's second goal of the afternoon, giving the jocular full-back the perfect excuse to bust out his now-infamous 'Slug' goal celebration

You know the drill: hands behind back, smear face into turf, pretend not to notice looks of incredulity from everybody else in the stadium.

Around The Grounds: St James Park, Home Of Exeter City (Photos)

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Flying high at the top of League Two after an unbeaten start to the season, Pies reckon this is as good a time as any to give Exeter City a doff of the cap by taking a snoop around their stadium.

Not to be confused with Newcastle United's monochrome hulk (note the lack of apostrophe), St James Park is at least in part a throwback to a bygone age of football stadium design.

England

Premier League, Football League & The FA Agree Proposal To Introduce February ‘Winter Break’ As Of 2019/20 Season

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With the nation currently gripped by BLIZZARD MADNESS (a fine covering of snow fluttering in from the east coast), The Premier League, Football League and The FA have chosen an apt time to announce that they have finally agreed in principle to introduce a winter break into the English football calendar.

Spurs lead Liverpool and Arsenal in race to sign young British starlet tipped for “very highest level”

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Tottenham Hotspur are in pole position to complete the signing of highly-rated young centre-back Ben Wilmot ahead of Liverpool and Arsenal, according to reports in this weekend's national...

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Northampton Town, Bradford City, Grimsby and Barnet lead chase for non-league ace

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One of the National League South's leading goalscorers Cody Cooke is being chased by a number of Football League clubs, according to the Sunday Independent. Embed from Getty Images The...

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Sheffield United, Wolves and Ipswich Town stars… Names of the Football League, week 14

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With the 1st round of the FA Cup occupying the teams from League 1 and League 2, we were just left with the 12 Championship fixtures to satiate our appetite for football last weekend. It...

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Birmingham’s new boss, Diogo Jota, Luton’s thrashing and two Ameobis… Names of the Football League, week 11

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After a long two weeks full of Panamian ecstasy and England...well, being England, the Championship returned to accompany the League 1 and League 2 fixtures over the weekend. It truly returned to...

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Middlesbrough, Wolves, Bristol City, Shrewsbury Town… Star Names of the Football League, week 8

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The Football League season is well and truly up and running now, with midweek rounds complementing the weekend's action. There was a sole unbeaten run to be defended in the shape of Thomas...

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German football considers making clubs easier to take over

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Berlin (AFP) – A revolution is brewing in Germany, where the Football League (DFL) fears it is falling behind Spain and England and wants to make investing in clubs more attractive.

“The league board has decided to reconsider” the sacred “50+1” rule, DFL director general Christian Seifert told international journalists on Thursday.

German football considers making clubs easier to take over

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Berlin (AFP) – A revolution is brewing in Germany, where the Football League (DFL) fears it is falling behind Spain and England and wants to make investing in clubs more attractive.

“The league board has decided to reconsider” the sacred “50+1” rule, DFL director general Christian Seifert told international journalists on Thursday.

Man United handed Cup visit to fourth-tier Yeovil

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London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United will travel to fourth-tier minnows Yeovil Town in the English FA Cup fourth round after Monday’s draw, while Newport County will host Tottenham Hotspur.

United beat Derby County on Friday in their first match of the tournament, and would equal Arsenal’s all-time record of 13 Cup titles with victory in May’s final.

League Cup is a waste of energy – Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has called the League Cup “a waste of energy” as the Manchester City manager joined old rival Jose Mourinho in questioning the worth of the competition.

The League Cup was created in 1960 to take advantage of the fact that floodlights had increased the possibility for midweek football.

League Cup is a waste of energy – Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has called the League Cup “a waste of energy” as the Manchester City manager joined old rival Jose Mourinho in questioning the worth of the competition.

The League Cup was created in 1960 to take advantage of the fact that floodlights had increased the possibility for midweek football.

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Don’t Believe The Hype: Crewe Alexandra Tease Fans With ‘Major Transfer News’ Only To Announce One Of Their Best Young Midfielders Has Left The Club

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With their team currently battling against relegation from League Two, Crewe Alexandra fans were buoyed to find that the club were bringing in January reinforcements to aid in their plight.

Indeed, Crewe's official Twitter account set tongues a-waggin' when they announced some "major transfer news" was imminent on Thursday.

Three (3) Sunderland Fans Make Trip To Grimsby As Checkatrade Trophy Endures Appalling Attendances Once Again (Photo)

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Grimsby were eventually toppled by Sunderland Under-21s (Photo: @officialgtfc/Twitter)

The Checkatrade Trophy continues to lurch from strength to strength, with this week's first round fixtures attracting miserly numbers in terms of derrieres on seats.

With all prestige being systematically siphoned from the competition by the EFL, Charlton drew the biggest crowd of the round on Tuesday when 1,307 fans turned out to watch their 0-1 defeat against Portsmouth.

The Rest

Just The Five: Fulham Teenage Wunderkind Ryan Sessegnon Sweeps Board At EFL Awards (Photos)

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Something tells us Ryan Sessegnon is going to need a bigger mantelpiece after the Fulham youngster swept the board at Sunday night's EFL Awards, picking up no less than five awards.

The 17-year-old left-back-turned-winger has scored 14 goals and notched six assists for the Cottagers so far this season, with the club very much in contention for an automatic promotion place.

Forest Green Rovers: Awkward Early Bath As Father And Son Both Get Sent Off During Same Match (Photos)

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Forest Green Rovers kicked off 2018 by slumping to a 2-1 home defeat against Wycombe Wanderers on New Year's Day.

League Two's bottom side struggled to match their high-flying opponents, and things took a turn for the impossible thanks to a unique double-sending-off five minutes before half-time.

Huzzah: AFC Wimbledon Given Green Light To Return To Spiritual Home At Plough Lane, New £25m Stadium In The Works

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Plans for AFC Wimbledon's new stadium at Plough Lane (Photo via Evening Standard)

Two years after first being granted planning permission, AFC Wimbledon have today finally been given the go ahead to start building a new stadium, just 250 yards down the road from their spiritual home at Plough Lane.

Pies’ 2017 Christmas Gift Guide, No.1: Official Notts County Coffee Table

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It's that time of year again, when Pies offer you all a timely assist with the oft-perilous task of purchasing Christmas presents for that football-obsessed maniac in your life.

We're kicking off the 2017 edition of our guide with a piece of furniture-based finery, the calibre of which we don't often stumble across when perusing the official football club webstores of the world.

League One: Wigan Winger Ryan Colclough Scores Twice, Gets Subbed Off In 58th Minute, Rushes To Hospital For Birth Of Second Child (Photo)

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Wigan winger Ryan Colclough scored a rare old hat-trick on Tuesday night, with two goals coming in a 3-0 win over Doncaster at the DW Stadium and the third coming in the maternity ward at the hospital down the road.

Colclough netted a couple of goals for the Latics before being subbed off in the 58th minute, at which point the 22-year-old went sprinting off down the tunnel to make the birth of his second child.

Shrewsbury Town On Verge Of Becoming First English Club To Install Safe Standing Zone After Reaching Crowdfund Target

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Shrewsbury Town have moved another step closer to becoming the first club in England to install a safe-standing zone in their stadium.

The League One club launched a crowdfunding drive after submitting their application to the Sports Ground Safety Authority back in July, and have now successfully reached their £65,000 target.