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Chesterfield are a team struggling, before tonight they had only won 1 in 6 which isn’t promotion form. Grimsby are a team on the up, winning 3 of the last 4. So although Chesterfield are favourites, but no-one should write Grimsby off.
After an even first 10 minutes with neither side dominating Grimsby started to play as well as they had in their last few matches, shots from Adam Proudlock and Peter Bore only just missing the target. Then suddenly Chesterfield burst forward. Ian Breckin, Gregor Robertson and Jamie Lowry all played …

Ledley King
Following Sol Campbell’s disgraceful act of treachery way back in 2001, a defensive void at the club was created. The club needed a leader, a defensive rock and a hero- a player that could influence others and be respected by all in return. Players like this aren’t easy to come by, but we were fortunate. For Ledley King was willing to step into the breach.

A great servant to the club, a great player and a great man

In an era where players are criticised for moving too frequently and showing …

Dimitar Berbatov.
Well well well, where to start? Berbatov went from being the darling of White Hart Lane to the villain of Tottenham in just a few, fateful weeks. His slick, at times arrogant style of play won him many fans, yet his departure to Manchester United left a bitter taste in the mouths of many a Tottenham fan, and his poor attitude saw him leave the club in a haze of disappointment and anger.

From hero to zero

When he was playing well, Berbatov epitomised Tottenham Hotspur. He played with a swagger, …

Jermain Defoe
Defoe first joined the club in 2004, following the relegation of his former club West Ham United. He was blasted by their fans, dubbed a “glory hunter” and a “rat deserting a sinking ship” however he quickly won popularity with his new Tottenahm fans, thanks in large to the goal threat he offered and his pacy style of play.

West Ham fans weren’t best pleased when Defoe left

However his second season at the club was less prolific, and he found himself relegated to the bench on many occasions. Martin Jol …

Football manager 2007, whilst fun to play, does in no way help your managerial skills. I used to be a bit of an addict (I count winning the Champions League with Leigh RMI one of the greatest achievements of my life) and before the Tottenham-Burnley game, considered myself to be a bit of a budding football ‘gaffer. I was a master of tactics, playing the customary 4-4-2 formation in every FM game and I knew which players to sign up in the transfer market. So when I called on fellow …

Paddy McCourt’s superb solo effort and a late Shaun Maloney strike gave Celtic a routine victory over a spirited St. Mirren outfit on Saturday afternoon.
McCourt has struggled with injury and selection since his arrival from Derry 15 months ago, but he made his mark at the new St. Mirren Park with his second goalscoring performance in the space of four days.
                                              McCourt & McDonald celebrate Celtic’s first goal                
Celtic controlled the game straight from the start, with Chris Killen and McCourt both firing over from distance in the opening 13 minutes.
To be …

Goals from Paul Furlong and John O’Flynn condemned Dagenham and Redbridge to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at local rivals Barnet
The result saw John Still’s men fall a place to third in League Two. However, other results were kind to the Daggers after they were comprehensively outplayed in front of a particularly vociferous crowd at Underhill.

It was Barnet left winger Yannick Bolasie who set the tone for the evening in the very first minute. The loan signing from Plymouth was able to cut inside right back Scott Doe and force a fine save from veteran …

Rochdale continued their fine home form on Saturday with a thumping 4-1 defeat of recently relegated Hereford.  The topic on many people’s lips after the game however wasn’t yet another goal for Chris Dagnall, a goal on Simon Whaley’s home debut, the obligatory Will Buckley goal or a first senior league goal for Craig Dawson. In fact forget goals all together.
Well, not quite all together. The performance of on loan striker Chris O’Grady was simply a joy to behold and despite not getting on the scoresheet, he continues to get …

Jermaine Jenas
Opinion has long been split over Jermaine Jenas. Some like him, focusing on the goals he offers from midfield and the occasionally outstanding performance he puts it. Others don’t rate him at all, bemoaning his lack of consistency. I’m more in the “pro-Jenas” camp. True, he can be inconsistent, but he has been an important player for us over the years and he does weigh in with a few goals.

Jenas: You either love him or you hate him

Jenas joined in 2005 from Newcastle, and has made 119 starts for …

Luka Modric
There’s no doubt that Luka Modric is well on his way to becoming one of the greatest footballers in Europe. He shone at Euro 2008, propelling the Croataians forward with his supreme playmaking ability, before joining Tottenham and doing exactly the same thing at the Lane. His passing, his vision, his delivery- all are fantastic. Already there are fears that he might “do a Berbatov” and leave the Lane for a bigger team, but hopefully the Croatian will have noted that the grass isn’t always greener on the other …