League 1

How Swindon Town’s Link with Tottenham is Starting to Divide

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[W]e live in an era where the inviolable independence of football clubs is starting to become a thing of the past. After our recent examination of Charlton Athletic's Belgian connection, guest writer Alex Cooke turns his attention to the somewhat looser but still significant link between Swindon Town and Tottenham Hotspur.

Eye Witness Assessment: Leyton Orient and Preston’s Summit Meeting

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[A]t the start of the 2012-13 season, blogger Chris Lines posited the theory that that year's League One title might be there for the taking and a shot shy Sheffield United, a Doncaster which bounced back far more easily than one might have expected and a Tranmere team that simply fell off a cliff did help the divisionlive up to that billing.

A Football League SWOT Analysis: The Weaknesses

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[O]f course by its very definition the Football League is weak – comparatively. While it's true that West Ham and Southampton skilfully negotiated the step up to the Premier League this past year, both enjoyed wage structures and transfer budgets way beyond the scope of second tier clubs. Yesterday's opening post on thisfour day SWOT analysis salvo perhaps painted too rosy a picture of the League's attributes.


Football and the Benefits of Immigration

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[T]he eminent economist Jonathan Portes, Director of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, likes to cite two examples in attempting to convince audiences of the merits of free movement of labour. The first is his own field – economics – where collaboration between academics trained within country traditions has produced the field's most innovative work, and seen real international powerhouses established in the UK, the USA and Canada.

TTU Go Predicting: Trouble Ahead

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[F]inancially speaking – and the majority of us did interpret ‘trouble ahead' through a fiscal lens when discussing potential candidates – this could be a tough year for Football League clubs. With a stifling economic outlook, more pressure will be on income streams and it may very well be that a greater number of clubs risk the wrath of the tax man and the authorities still in 2013-14.

Sheffield United

Paolo Di Canio is not welcome back at Sheffield Wednesday

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[T]oday, we welcome back Sheffield Wednesday fan John Leigh, co-author of The Football Lexicon and author of Voltaire's Sense of History. Here, John reacts to the rumours that are linking Paolo Di Canio with a return to Hillsborough. ... My brother was at THAT infamous England vs Croatia game at Wembley.

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.

A Football League SWOT Analysis: The Opportunities

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[A]s organisations with unconventional governance structures and aims and crucially, minus shareholders, sports leagues don't really conform to the model of a typical company, so a SWOT analysis, while a useful exercise, is relevant in a slightly more limited way when it comes to the opportunities section.

Once More Unto the Breach: The Football League Season Draws to a Conclusion

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[T]onight, Watford travel to Leicester City at the onset of a nail biting weekend of Football League fixtures. With a great many issues still hanging in the balance, our two founding bloggers, Lloyd and Lanterne Rouge convened to discuss the prospects: ... Lanterne Rouge: As a Plymouth fan, you've mentioned to me that you are still worried about the drop - it's quite possible mathematically but will take a chain reaction of perhaps sub-nuclear proportions for Argyle to go down to the Football League.

Crime and Punishment: Football in the Dock

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"In recent years sport has achieved an increasingly high profile as part of New Labour's social inclusion agenda, based on assumptions about its potential contribution to areas such as social and economic regeneration, crime reduction, health improvement and educational achievement. However, these new opportunities .


Kevin De Bruyne Forced To Train With Chelsea U21s After Dismal Performance Against Swindon

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By Chris Wright

Safe to say it's not exactly going to plan for Kevin de Bruyne at Chelsea so far with the news today that, having struggled to make anything approaching an impression at Stamford Bridge, the Belgian winger has been busted down to training with the club's U21 side by Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Juan Mata has impressed him, might start against Spurs

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Juan Mata could start for Chelsea against Spurs today after manager Jose Mourinho praised his determination to alter his game to suit Chelsea's new tactics. The Portuguese boss said the Spain international had "come in my direction" and that he was impressed by Mata's attempts to adapt to his style of football.

Video Reaction: Chelsea 2-0 Swindon: Blues Advance in Capital One Cup

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Chelsea defeated Swindon 2-0 in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday evening with goals from Fernando Torres and Ramires providing the cutting edge the Blues needed to secure passage to the next round.

Both goals came in the first half in a match that was relatively easy for Chelsea, but injuries to Marco Van Ginkel and Ramires will be a worry for Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho.

[Photos]: Schurrle gets Samsung TV as gift from Mourinho

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[Photos]: Schurrle gets Samsung TV as gift from Mourinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Andre Schurrle is a lucky chap. He really is a lucky chap.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was pictured giving a brand new Samsung TV to Andre Schurrle before the Blues' Capital One Cup match on Tuesday night.

Video: Fernando Torres scores (Swindon vs Chelsea)

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http://youtu.be/yCdb1RtdxZE Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has looked like he feels he's got a point to prove in the first-half of tonight's Capital One Cup tie against Swindon. That included scoring the opening goal in the match. The start of a turnaround in the Spaniard's fortunes or evidence that he's found his level at League One?

GIF It: Marco Van Ginkel’s nasty knee twist (Swindon vs Chelsea)

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Chelsea youngster Marco Van Ginkel had to be subbed inside the first 10 minutes of tonight's Capital One Cup clash with Swindon after this nasty looking twist of his knee.

Swindon v Chelsea, Aston Villa v Tottenham & 9 Other Capital One Cup Third Round Matches: Open Thread

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The third round of the 2013/14 Capital One Cup kicks off tonight with several key matches being played around England.

The list of matches is as follows; All games kick off at 2:45pm ET (US time):

Swindon Town v Chelsea (for viewers in the US, live on beIN SPORT at 2:45pm ET)
Aston Villa v Tottenham (to be shown on tape delay on beIN SPORT at 4:45pm ET)
West Ham United v Cardiff City
Burnley v Nottingham Forest
Southampton v Bristol City
Watford v Norwich
Leicester City v Derby County
Fulham v Everton
Hull City v Huddersfield
Sunderland v Peterborough United
Manchester City v Wigan Athletic

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans who are watching the games.

Swindon v Chelsea preview – Big test for Mata, Essien to start?

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Swindon v Chelsea preview Big test for Mata, Essien to start? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will travel to County Ground to face Swindon in the third round of the Capital One Cup tie on Tuesday where manager Jose Mourinho would be looking to give chances to the fringe players of his squad.

Possible Chelsea Line-Up to face Swindon

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Possible Chelsea Line-Up to face Swindon - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will travel to County Ground to play the third round Capital One Cup tie against Swindon on Tuesday night.

Manager Jose Mourinho will be looking to make a wholesome change in the team for this particular tie.

Chelsea Projected Capital One Cup Lineup against Swindon includes Mata and Torres

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Juan Mata may have spent the majority of the season so far on the sidelines, but he is expected to feature in Chelsea's midweek Capital One Cup fixture against Swindon Town on Tuesday.

The Blues have been without their back-to-back player of the year for most of the season as new manager Jose Mourinho continues to exact his changes on the side.

Have Football’s Boo Boys Gone Too Far?

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[I]t may have taken half an hour of the hors d'oeuvre clash between Porto and Napoli, but the largely partisan home crowd at Arsenal's showpiece season opening ‘Emirates Cup' have finally found a reason to become animated. Often noted for their quiet approach to both triumph and despair, the patrons of Ashburton Grove have laid to one side their sang froid and sputtered into a chorus of boos.

TTU Go Predicting: Best Free Agent

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[A] look at the Professional Footballers' Association list of out of contract and available players becomes more depressing by the year, even if there are Premier League outcasts aplenty whose current availability is often more a consequence of protracted contract negotiations and a choice of suitors.

Paolo Di Canio

Top 10 reasons why Sunderland are mad to fire Paolo Di Canio

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1. They've just allowed this bloke to sell arguably their best two players over the summer. 2. They've also allowed him to sign more than a dozen players for whom just about the only thing they have in common at the moment is that Paolo Di Canio wanted to sign them. 3. They went to [...]

Sunday Senor : Paolo di Canio For Telling The Referee To Send Him Off & Gareth Bale, For €100M Debut Goal

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It was the weekend weekend Mesut Ozil made his debut for Arsenal (yay!), Marouane Felliani's 'Fro' thrilled United fans and Paolo di Canio verbally requested to get sent off (a legend, in the words of our friends)

Anyway, Di Canio who famously danced on stage with the band, Toploader, during his time at Swindon was appalled by the Martin Atkinson's decisions during Arsenal's 3-1 win over Sunderland yesterday.

Paolo Di Canio Appointed Manager of Sunderland; David Miliband Resigns In Protest

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Paolo Di Canio has agreed a two and a half year deal to become the new manager of Sunderland Football Club after Martin O'Neill was sacked last night.

The former West Ham United playmaker was most recently the manager of Swindon Town in League One until he resigned from the club last month after almost two years in charge of The Robins.

Finisce nel peggiore dei modi l'avventura di Paolo Di Canio allo Swindon Town

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Finisce nel peggiore dei modi l'avventura di Paolo Di Canio allo Swindon Town Di Renato Cignoni Tranmere - 1 (Daniels '78) Swindon Town - 3 (Collins '49, Roberts '70 Gary Roberts) Tranmere Rovers: Owain Fon Williams, Ash Taylor, Andy Robinson (Cap), Zoumana Bakayogo, Cole Stockton, Max Power, David Amoo, Michael Kay, Michael O'Halloran, Donervorn Daniels, Paul Corry Sostituti: Paul

Ex-Boss Paolo Di Canio Sneaks Into Swindon Town’s Offices To Retrieve Some Old Photos… At 1am!

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By Chris Wright

"Tell anyone about this and I'll fit you for a nice new pair of concrete boots, capiche?"

During his relatively brief tenure as Swindon Town manager, Paolo Di Canio has found the time to complete a half-marathon by mistake, deck one of his players with an accidental touchline WWF-style spinebuster, openly mock Aston Villa for being a bit crap, actually come to blows with one of his own strikers after a game, brand one of his loan signings as "a load of rubbish", sing 'Dancing In The Moonlight' live on stage at The County Ground, sub a keeper off after 21 minutes and call him "the worst, most ignorant athlete"he'd ever seen, buy pizza for 200 Swindon fans who helped clear the pitch of snow over the winter, offer to buy players out of his own pocket and a whole raft of other assorted nonsense.

Di Canio’s Departure & Swindon Town’s Topsy-Turvy Season

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Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the resignation of Paolo Di Canio from his position as the manager of Swindon Town has been the amount of time that it took for it to come. There have been mutterings emanating from that particular corner of Wiltshire for some time now this season, a transfer embargo in place for a month from the start of October, the resignation of a chairman and eventually, the sale of a key player during the transfer window and, eventually, the takeover of the club by a new consortium of businessmen.

Paolo Di Canio lascia lo Swindon Town

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Paolo Di Canio lascia lo Swindon Town Di Renato Cignoni Alla fine, Paolo Di Canio si è dimesso da allenatore dello Swindon Town: troppo rovinati, ormai, i rapporti con la dirigenza per poter proseguire nell'avventura. La cessione, avvenuta a sua insaputa, di Matt Ritchie e le tante, troppe, promesse non mantenute hanno convinto il mister italiano a scrivere la parola fine.

Partita stregata per lo Swindon di Paolo Di Canio

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Partita stregata per lo Swindon di Paolo Di Canio Di Renato Cignoni Swindon Town – 1 (Ritchie '8) Doncaster Rovers- 1 (Hollands (aut) '11) Swindon Town: Wes Foderingham; Nathan Thompson, Aden Flint, Darren Ward, Joe Devera (Cap); Matt Ritchie, Danny Hollands, John Bostock, Raffaele De Vita, Chris Martin, Andy Williams Doncaster Rovers: Gary Woods, Paul Quinn, James Husband, Rob

Settimana nera per lo Swindon di Paolo Di Canio

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Settimana nera per lo Swindon di Paolo Di Canio Di Renato Cignoni Swindon Town - 0 Brentford- 1 (Donaldson '58) Swindon Town: Wes Foderingham, Nathan Thompson, Joe Devera, Darren Ward, Jay McEveley, Matt Ritchie, Simon Ferry (Cap), Danny Hollands, Gary Roberts, Chris Martin, James Collins Sostituti: Leigh Bedwell, Troy Archibald-Henville, Alan McCormack, Raffaele De Vita, John

Capital One Cup: Swindon Boss Paolo Di Canio Mocks Aston Villa With ‘You’re Going Down’ Gesture (Video)

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By Chris Wright

After seeing his side get pipped 3-2 by a sketchy Aston Villa side in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio took to the pitch to show the home fans exactly what he though of the two teams on show pointing to the Swindon end and giving the 'thumbs up' signal then pointing down to the Villa end and giving it the old Emperor Commodus schtick.

League One

Altra cinquina sulla tombola di Swindon

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Altra cinquina sulla tombola di Swindon Di Renato Cignoni Swindon Town - 5 (Collins '61 '66 '73 '83, '69 Hollands) Portsmouth - 0 Swindon Town: Wes Foderingham, Nathan Thompson, Joe Devera, Darren Ward, Alan McCormack (Cap), Matt Ritchie, Danny Hollands, Tommy Miller, Raffaele De Vita, Chris Martin, Andy Williams Sostituti: Leigh Bedwell, Aden Flint , Alan Navarro, Simon Ferry, Gary

Esce la cinquina sulla tombola di Swindon

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Esce la cinquina sulla tombola di Swindon Di Renato Cignoni Swindon Town - 5 (Hollands '4, De Vita '7, Williams '21 '50, '33 Ritchie) Tranmere Rovers - 0 Swindon Town: Wes Foderingham, Nathan Thompson, Alan McCormack (Cap), Darren Ward, Joe Devera, Matt Ritchie, Danny Hollands, Simon Ferry, Raffaele De Vita, Chris Martin, Andy Williams Sostituti: Leigh Bedwell, Troy Archibald-Henville,

Lo Swindon Town torna a vincere

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Lo Swindon Town torna a vincere Di Renato Cignoni Oldham - 0 Swindon Town - 2 (De Vita '27, '31) Oldham Athletic: Alex Cisak, Giardino, Jonathan James Wesolowski, Jean-Yves M'Voto, Lee Croft, Dean Furman (Cap), Matt Derbyshire, Cristian Montano, Cliff Byrne, Jose Baxter, Reece Wabara Sostituti: Liam Jacob, Connor Brown, James Tarkowski, Robbie Simpson, Matt Smith, Daniel Taylor,

The Rest

Liverpool agree deal for South American; Highly talented Chilean completes transfer

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Liverpool have confirmed that the highly talented academy goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux has completed a permanent transfer to Swindon Town.

The 22-year-old keeper joined the League one club on loan last season and had an impressive spell with them. Swindon have now agreed a deal with the Anfield giants to secure a permanent transfer for Vigouroux.

Great Football League Teams 46: Swindon Town 1992-3

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[A] sumptuous post this morning from Ben Hathaway, Singapore resident and deviser of out fiendishly difficult Football League Cryptic Crossword a few months back. here, Ben looks back to one of the most romantic stories of recent years and the time that Swindon Town ascended to the top tier, only to be abandoned by their svengali.

TTU’s Goodreads 08-02-13

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[G]ood reads is probably a misnomer for this column as we also hope to highlight other online activities such as podcasts as well as tumblr style blogs of which Karl Smout's Footysphere is a particular favourite. By way of illustration, our first pick this week is an audio one. Episode 69 - Dickov Leaves the Latics, We Are Going Up!

Was Bradford the Worst defeat ever?

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I was a young man; enjoying school and starting upon a proper social life. you know the one that happens outside school when you meet like minded folk from other schools. And there were girls. Yes, it was more than just telling your close mates that Gail X was very attractive, it was having the nerve to go and ask Gail X for a date.

Arsenal scouting Europe’s top-scoring striker!

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Arsene Wenger is always on the lookout for a bargain, especially if he is English, and it is being reported today that he has sent the Arsenal scouts to run the rule over the 23 year-old Charlie Austin at Burnley.

It is little surprise that there are many top Premiership sides watching the Englishman, as Austin is currently breaking records with his goalscoring prowess, in fact this season he has already scored 20 goals for Burnley, two more than Messi at Barcelona and one more than Ronaldo has for Real Madrid!