Tue, May 30th 2006

England new boy Aaron Lennon took a pay cut when leaving Leeds Utd for Tottenham Hotspurs, despite rising a league from the Championship to the Premier League.

Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell explained: “The contract that he had was so prohibitive to Leeds - it came from the Premiership days - that there was no way we could afford to keep him.”

From: BBC


Crystal Palace have taken legal action against former boss Iain Dowie, who has been named as Charlton’s new manager.


Dowie had a compensation clause for £1m if he left for another club. Palace chairman Simon Jordan had agreed to waive this in view of Dowie’s desire to return north to be closer to his family.

The distance between Crystal Palace and Charlton is (according to Google Maps) 12 miles (about 32 minutes).



Tue, May 23rd 2006

First play-offs decided

Watford skipper experiences high and low of promotion and relegation

The weekend saw the first 2 play-off finals decided. Watford won promotion to the Premiership, defeating Leeds United 3-nil, and Hereford United returned to the league after 9 years in the Conference, beating Halifax Town 3-2 after extra time.

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Mon, April 24th 2006

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has scooped the 2006 Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award.

He beat off competition from Chelsea trio Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and John Terry, Manchester United star Wayne Rooney and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry.



Tue, April 11th 2006

The average Premiership footballer earns a basic salary of £676,000.

Strikers earn the highest wages at an average of £806,000 in the Premiership. Top flight midfielders can expect to earn an average of £754,000, with defenders on £653,000 and goalkeepers being paid £533,000.




Mon, April 10th 2006

Disappointing Saturday fixture list

Just three Premiership games kicked off at 3pm this Saturday (and only 2 finished).

The increase in the number of televised games is causing increasing problems with the scheduling of games at the weekend. With Sky showing matches at Saturday lunchtime and evening, and 2 games on Sunday it leaves the Saturday 3pm slot bare at the best of times.

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Mon, February 13th 2006

The FA must decide next manager soon

Would you take the Newcastle job if you were O'Neill?

There is no doubt that the English FA were correct to state that Eriksson would be leaving after the World Cup. It ended potentially months of newspaper speculation.

However, you have to feel some sympathy with Premiership clubs caught up in the middle of the decision…

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Fri, February 10th 2006

Everton’s Duncan Ferguson will serve a seven match ban for his sending off at Wigan.

He has received an additional 4 match suspension for striking Chimbonda, on top of his original 3 matches for punching Scharner.

The sending off was Ferguson’s 8th in the Premiership, equalling Patrick Viera’s record.


Wed, January 4th 2006

Only 4 days into the new year Wenger and Ferguson have conceded the title to Chelsea. Liverpool could move into second place above Man U if they win their games in hand.


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