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Championship

Burnley Rename Stand After Flogging Sponsorship Rights – Fancy A Seat In ‘The Totally Wicked Bob Lord Stand’ At Turf Moor?

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By Chris Wright

A couple of days after Sheffield United announced that soon their fans would be able to take a seat in Jessica Ennis' lower tier comes the news that Burnley are to rename one of the stands at Turf Moor after signing a sponsorship deal with a Lancashire company that specialises in electronic cigarettes and the like.

Is Owen Oyston worth his £11 million?

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Some in-depth reading for you this Thursday with an article from Blackpool fan Chris Walker. Chris trades on Twitter under the moniker @onedavebamber and runs the excellent Up the 'Pool blog. Here he summarizes a debate that has divided fans of the Lancashire seasiders. 'F5...nothing. F5...nothing.

Is Owen Oyston worth his £11 million?

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Some in-depth reading for you this Thursday with an article from Blackpool fan Chris Walker. Chris trades on Twitter under the moniker @onedavebamber and runs the excellent Up the 'Pool blog. Here he summarizes a debate that has divided fans of the Lancashire seasiders. 'F5...nothing. F5...nothing.

Football League

Port Vale: Reserving The Right To Criticise

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The benefits of hindsight are many. And reviewing the fretful close season that Port Vale fans have just endured, I am glad that I "knew the result" of the negotiations on Lancashire businessman Keith Ryder's putative club takeover. Otherwise I would have feared for them mightily. Vale ended last season in administration with "preferred bidder" Ryder having agreed a deal with creditors to take the club out of administration.

Port Vale: Reserving The Right To Criticise

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The benefits of hindsight are many. And reviewing the fretful close season that Port Vale fans have just endured, I am glad that I "knew the result" of the negotiations on Lancashire businessman Keith Ryder's putative club takeover. Otherwise I would have feared for them mightily. Vale ended last season in administration with "preferred bidder" Ryder having agreed a deal with creditors to take the club out of administration.

The Monday Profile: Paul Cook

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John Coleman's departure from the Accrington Stanley job in January after 12 years in the role reverberated throughout Lancashire. The Liverpudlian had transformed the beleaguered Accies from a name used to market dairy products into a serious footballing concern again, and defeat to Stevenage in the play-off semi-final last May wipes none of the gloss from his striking achievements.

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Homesick Richard Wright leaves Preston North End after one week at the club

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England international goalkeeper Richard Wright has quit Preston just a week after moving to Deepdale, citing homesickness. The former Arsenal man needed just a few days in Lancashire to decide that it was no Suffolk. He told Preston's website: "It might seem somewhat dramatic, but I have only been away from my home in East [.

The Damned North End

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Graham Westley is beginning to discover that the grass isn't always greener at Deepdale. The papers reported this morning that GW has got off on the wrong foot with the Preston players with text messages at 2am telling players have been dropped and giving motivational messages.

It's fair to say that it hasn't gone down too well in Lancashire.

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Leon Best On His Way To Blackburn?

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News today from the  Lancashire press that Leon Best has been offered some good terms by Blackburn Rovers, in an effort to entice the Irish International striker to play in the Championship next season. Leon Best in Ireland colors There is news today that Blackburn expect some of their top players to leave the [.

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English Premier League

Chelsea vs Newcastle and Bolton vs Tottenham: Open Thread

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X Two big matches in the Premier League this afternoon/evening. At Reebok Stadium in Lancashire, Fabrice Muamba will appear on the pitch a few minutes by kick-off. He'll be watching the game in the stadium, and hoping that the Trotters ...

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Coyle words inspires Bolton

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It took some harsh words at half-time from manager Owen Coyle but it did the trick and Bolton secured a vital three points away to struggling Aston Villa on Tuesday night.
The Trotters came from a goal behind in the West Midlands and, having dragged Villa into the relegation fight, now sit just one point off safety with a game in hand over their rivals at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Givet Hits Back at Kean

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Blackburn Rovers defender, Gael Givet, has hit back at claims that he refused to play in last weekend's clash at Swansea City.
Following the 3-0 defeat, Blackburn's fifth consecutive reverse, manager Steve Kean claimed Givet was not in the right frame of mind to line up at the Liberty Stadium.

Sir Alex Ferguson to stay at least two more years

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Sir Alex Ferguson, the seventy year old manager of Manchester United, said in an interview with the BBC that he intends to stay in the Old Trafford hot seat for at least two or three more seasons. He has already been in the position for more than two decades and will be close to  thirty years by the time he decides to call it a day, if he even does at that time.

Rovers may yet pay price for owners’ inaction

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Back in mid-December, Blackburn boss Steve Kean looked a cast-iron certainty to become the second managerial casualty of the Premier League season. Following back-to-back home defeats to West Brom and fellow strugglers Bolton, the seemingly inevitable appeared a matter of days away. An impressive draw at Anfield and an outstanding victory at Old Trafford later however, and supporter pressure began to ease as the Scot led a resurgent Rovers side into the New Year.

Winter Winds: Match Preview

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Still warm and cuddly after Sunday but a midweek trip to a freezing Lancashire is not what was wanted, particularly to a Lancashire team who are in the process of turning their season around.

The recent beatings of both Liverpool teams is evidence of Bolton's turnaround. Add in the Cup win over Swansea and we can see tonight's game will be a challenge.

Winter Winds: Match Preview

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Still warm and cuddly after Sunday but a midweek trip to a freezing Lancashire is not what was wanted, particularly to a Lancashire team who are in the process of turning their season around.

The recent beatings of both Liverpool teams is evidence of Bolton's turnaround. Add in the Cup win over Swansea and we can see tonight's game will be a challenge.

Gary Cahill Completes Chelsea Switch for £7 Million

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West London giants Chelsea have finally completed the signing of England centre back Gary Cahill from fellow Premier League side Bolton Wanderers after a protracted transfer negotiation with the player over personal terms. Having completed a medical examination at the weekend, Cahill now joins Chelsea's star studded squad as they look to get their title challenge back on track - and at just 26 may be viewed by the club as a long term replacement for fellow England defender John Terry at Stamford Bridge.

Match Preview: Liverpool v. Blackburn, 12.26.11

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It's back to Anfield for Liverpool as they host Blackburn in the penultimate match of 2011. Home victories have been hard to come by for Kenny Dalglish's squad, with only three wins in their eight matches at Anfield. There's no better opposition for remedying that problem than tomorrow's, though, as they'll face a Rovers side that's winless in eight away fixtures and stapled to the bottom of the Premier League table.

Liverpool – Blackburn Preview: Kenny Dalglish faces club he took to Premier League glory as they look to move away from foot of table

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Liverpool Blackburn Preview: Kenny Dalglish faces club he took to Premier League glory as they look to move away from foot of table

The Scot once managed the Lancashire outfit to the title but now, under unsteady ownership and after a recent loss to rivals Bolton, they are real relegation candidates

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Liverpool – Blackburn Preview: Kenny Dalglish faces club he took to Premier League glory as they look to move away from foot of table

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Liverpool Blackburn Preview: Kenny Dalglish faces club he took to Premier League glory as they look to move away from foot of table

The Scot once managed the Lancashire outfit to the title but now, under unsteady ownership and after a recent loss to rivals Bolton, they are real relegation candidates

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Rovers Plight Upsets Dalglish

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish admits he is saddened by his former club Blackburn's lowly position in the Premier League.
The Reds host Rovers on Boxing Day, with the Lancashire outfit rooted to the foot of the table and supporters calling for manager Steve Kean to leave the club.
It is in stark contrast from Dalglish's time at Ewood Park, when the Scot managed to win the Premier League in 1995.

Failed: Chickenpalooza 2011

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Scheming for support and ticket sales is one of sport's greatest traditions. Most of them take a more traditional route, such as standard marketing. None of those methods likely involve bringing Akon to Blackburn.

But give those chicken men some credit, because they tried to try. And clearly failed.

Newcastle United

Chase for the Champions League! Chelsea vs Newcastle United match preview

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Venue: Stamford Bridge, The Big Smoke. Date: Weds, 2nd May, 2012. Kick-Off: 7.45pm. Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire). Well, it couldn't be much closer now in the race for Europe's premier international club competition, with Newcastle United currently being the meat in a London sandwich. In the words of Brian Moore, "It's all up for grabs [.

Mariappa Turns Down Move To Wigan – Wants To Join Magpies

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The breaking news from the Daily Mail is that Adrian Mariappa has turned down a move to Wigan Athletic. Adrian Mariappa - has turned down move to Wigan The rumor was that a fee had been agreed between Wigan Athletic and Watford, and that the Lancashire club had outbid Newcastle for the player, and could have been closer to the [.

Newcastle Show Interest In Burnley Striker – A Summer Target?

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Newcastle United have apparently shown an interest in Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez, according to local reports in Lancashire. Jay Rodriquez Newcastle may go after him this summer Newcastle are said to have made tentative inquiries about the 22 year-old, Â who has scored 14 goals in 32 appearances for Burnley this season.

Blackburn Rovers

Kean In, Venkys Out

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By Gareth McKnight

As Blackburn Rovers languish towards the bottom of the Premier League, manager Steve Kean continues to be backed by the club's Indian owners: The Venkys Group. Despite the current trend in the game of sacking underperforming managers prematurely, fan protests outside Ewood Park and the total inexperience of Scottish coach Steve Kean at this level, Kean still remains on the Lancashire side's bench.

Staying Up

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Next a terrific guest contribution from Nick Johnson, who you'll remember from his articles in the Fulham Review.

For most Premier League clubs mere survival is the name of the game. While all but a select few know that sooner or later the axe will fall, the risk is generally higher for newly promoted teams.

Top five conclusions: Blackburn 1-2 Bolton

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1. We were desperately hoping that Steve Kean was going to sit down on the grass during the Stand Up If You Want Kean Out chants. 2. It took seeing how good a hereto hopeless Bolton side to realise precisely how bad Blackburn are at the minute. 3. On a night when the two Lancashire [...]


Blackburn vs Bolton 2011 Highlights 1-2 Goals Video Davies Reo-Coker Yakubu

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Blackburn vs West Brom 1-2 Highlights Video 2011 Goals Dann Morrison Odemwingie

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Liverpool

The magic of the FA Cup

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Anfield Rd: The magic of the FA Cup

Friday night football at Anfield two weeks running with Oldham Athletic the visitors tomorrow night a week after the Reds beat Newcastle 3-1 in the league. Tomorrow night's match is in the FA Cup and it's certainly seen as a big game for the side from what used to be Lancashire.

Why does Steve Kean get so much grief when rock bottom Owen Coyle gets away with murder?

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Why does Steve Kean get so much grief when rock bottom Owen Coyle gets away with murder?

Throw a stone anywhere in the areas of Greater Manchester and Lancashire and chances are you'll break a window at a professional football club. The North West is the undisputed home of the domestic game, with 12 teams spread over the four professional leagues.

The Rest

Lancashire junior side win their first game in five years

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Being the worst team in Britain can't be much fun, but the youngsters of Huncoat Utd have finally been given something to smile about. The Lancashire-based U-15 side have won their first ever match, after five years of trying and over 100 attempts.

The elusive three points finally came in a 2-0 victory over league rivals Brierfield Celtic, who must be absolutely terrible.

Andre Villas-Boas was turned down by Burnley as they didn’t understand his job application

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Before he touchline-crouched his way to domestic and European success with Porto — and even longer before he flexed his knees on the side of the pitch at Stamford Bridge — Andre Villas-Boas was lined up to make his Premiership managerial debut in Lancashire.

In his upcoming autobiography, Burnley chief executive Paul Fletcher reveals that the current Tottenham manager was interviewed for the vacant position at Turf Moor when Owen Coyle departed in 2010.

Give me the beat boys and free my soul

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It's difficult to know where to start this week's column. On the face of it, a compelling comeback from two goals down to keep our FA Cup hopes alive, followed by a point and a clean sheet away from home should constitute a reasonably good week. Yet it doesn't feel like that at all. For a start, we've put ourselves in a position now where, effectively, any draw represents two points dropped.

Non-League Videos Of The Week: The Blue Square Premier

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For the second part of our Non-League Videos Of The Week, we have two matches from the Blue Square Bet Premier Division. At the top of the table, Wrexham are continuing to hold Fleetwood Town at bay and, while Fleetwood had a Lancashire derby match at home against third placed Southport on Boxing Day, Wrexham, who are now owned by their supporters, made the relatively short trip to Shropshire to play another supporter-owned team, AFC Telford United, and over four thousand people turned out at New Bucks Head for the match.

‘Sack Steve Kean’ Blackburn Rovers Fans Demand After 2-1 Loss To Bolton

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The demand to see the back of Steve Kean grew on Tuesday night as Blackburn Rovers lost 2-1 to Bolton at Ewood Park with furious Rovers fans demanding that Kean be sacked Goals by Mark Davies and Nigel Reo-Coker proved decisive as Bolton Wanderers grabbed a priceless 2-1 win over Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers at [.

Ridsdale wastes no time in swinging the axe

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Preston chairman has wasted no time in stamping his authority in club, sacking the club's manager Phil Brown barely a week in the job.

Brown took over the Lancashire club last January and was immediately plunged into a relegation battle.

Those who bet on the Championship certainly fancied Brown's men to lose their fight against the drop, which they duly did, given the desperate nature of the situation it did not reflect poorly on Brown.