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  1. https://www.theguardian.com/football/football-league-blog/2019/may/20/ten-championship-players-premier-league-clubs-have-on-radar-football Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) Yet to make a true impression on the top flight, Grealish knows he does not have forever. As a kid the Aston Villa captain celebrated goals in the back garden by jumping into the bushes, pretending to embrace the Holte End and, while he may be living the dream, it is difficult to envisage him settling for a fourth successive season in the second tier. With only 16 Premier League starts to his name, Grealish has unfinished business. The 23-year-old deserves a bigger stage and is a Wembley win away from getting one. Daniel James (Swansea City) The 21-year-old has enjoyed a rapid rise since failing to get a game in League One at Shrewsbury Town 18 months ago. As a result, that loan spell was cancelled but, these days, the Swansea and Wales winger has no shortage of admirers, including Manchester United. In March his slaloming runs and searing pace left Nicolás Otamendi queasy and the rest of the Manchester City defence on tenterhooks. “James is incredibly fast, it is not easy,” Pep Guardiola said, raising his eyebrows. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) Across the past two seasons, Bowen has scored 37 goals – from the right wing. Comparisons with Arjen Robben may be overegging his talent but everything points towards Bowen, who was playing for free at Hereford United just five years ago, having a bright future. There is a belief that Bowen, a tenacious forward who has blossomed on the flank, will flourish at the highest level, as his former Hull City teammates Andy Robertson and Harry Maguire have done. Ezri Konsa (Brentford) After Lloyd Kelly’s £13m move to Bournemouth, Konsa and Middlesbrough’s Dael Fry are the only players from the most recent England Under-21 squad not on the books of a Premier League club. Brentford’s head coach, Thomas Frank, has acknowledged it is only a matter of time before the centre-back, a graduate of the Charlton academy, joins the former Brentford players James Tarkowski, John Egan and Chris Mepham, who was sold for £15m in January, in the top flight. Danny Loader (Reading) The Reading striker is the second-youngest name on this list. Prolific at youth level and a World Cup winner with England Under-17s, Loader has been on the radar of Bundesliga clubs and those closer to home, including Wolves, for some time. The 18-year-old still has only eight league starts to his name after making his full debut in November but his first senior goal, when he arrowed a piercing strike into the top corner at Middlesbrough in April, underlined his undoubted ability. His older brother, Ben, is a wing for London Irish. Neal Maupay (Brentford) Twenty-five goals later, top-flight interest in Maupay is a given. Only Teemu Pukki scored more goals in the normal season than the 22-year-old, a £1.6m signing from St Etienne two years ago on the back of an impressive loan spell with Brest. A willing runner, strong and happy to muck in, Maupay, who started his career under Claude Puel at Nice, has been ever present this season. Brentford will command a fee of around £20m this summer. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) Yet another feather in the cap for Brentford’s scouting department. Signed from Nice last summer, Benrahma dazzled in his debut season in England, hitting double-figures in terms of goals and providing a league-high 14 assists, numbers that are even more impressive considering he started 63% of league matches. With quick feet and pace to burn, Benrahma – alongside Maupay and Ollie Watkins – forms one third of a tormenting attacking trident. Adam Webster (Bristol City) “I’m only selling [Aden] Flint if you get me Webster,” the Bristol City head coach, Lee Johnson, said last year in a conversation with the club’s chief executive officer, Mark Ashton. Since arriving from Ipswich for £3.5m, Webster, 24, has established himself as one of the best defenders in the division. A savvy modern-day centre-back and serene in possession, Webster oozes class. Has also been utilised in midfield in a 4-2-2-2 formation. There is seemingly more to come from Josh Brownhill and Callum O’Dowda, too. Luca Connell (Bolton) Having only just turned 18, Connell is the bona fide baby of this list but, since being fast-tracked into the starting lineup at stricken Bolton Wanderers, he has belied his years. Born on Merseyside, the shaggy-haired midfielder dubbed by some fans as the “Bolton Modric” is out of contract next month and is set to move on after 10 years at the club. Southampton and Brighton had bids rejected in January while Tottenham, Watford and Wolves are big admirers. Che Adams (Birmingham City) Birmingham will do well to hold on to Adams this summer. Even going back to his non-league days, when he broke on to the scene as a 16-year-old at Ilkeston, those who worked with him always felt Adams was destined for the top. He made light work of things this season, achieving a 22-goal haul in a team beset by off-field troubles. In the mould of Callum Wilson – strong, powerful and hard-working – Adams has the tools to succeed.
  2. I believe it simply means that if any part of your arm is above shoulder height, and the ball strikes it, it's handball. As in, something like this:
  3. Four players in the Guardian team of the year: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/may/18/premiership-team-of-the-year-rugby-union
  4. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/may/16/pat-lam-bristol-bears-premiership-the-breakdown Pat Lam: ‘Being a Bristol Bear is about more than rugby – it’s a vision’ The former Samoa, Newcastle and Northampton No 8 has worked wonders with the Premiership newcomers who have aimed far higher than mere survival this season. Pat Lam is on the shortlist for the Premiership season’s director of rugby award after steering Bristol not just to safety after winning promotion from the Championship but taking them into the final round this weekend with a chance of securing a place in the Champions Cup. It is easy to look at Bristol and not go beyond the fact that their owner, Steve Lansdown, is the richest backer of a Premiership club. They have made big-name signings, such as Charles Piutau, and the England No 8 Nathan Hughes is joining next season from Wasps, but Lam, who enjoyed coaching success with Auckland and Connacht, is looking to lay down roots that will serve the club for many years to come rather than splurging out to buy success that would be hard to sustain. “I am proud of the effort the boys have put in this season, but frustrated at the number of points we dropped,” said Lam before the final match at relegated Newcastle. “We could easily be higher up the table [they are eighth] but the growth of the group is most pleasing. When you come together as a team, it is what you make of the time you have together and the strong relationships we have built have gone a long way to establishing the Bears’ culture. “A goal of mine this season was to finish it under budget and we have. I am confident that when it comes to spending we will be nowhere near the top. People get confused because they look at what Steve is worth [£1.72bn] and compare it to all the other owners but we all operate under a salary cap. We are way under the cap this season and never once did we threaten to be near it. “Whenever I am approached about a job, I ask what the vision is. What stood out about Bristol was that Steve and Chris Booy [the chairman] were passionate about making a difference in the community. Rugby is successful when it is about more than rugby. If they had offered me the biggest contract in the world but said that the vision was just to win everything and be dominant, all about rugby success, as other clubs told me, I would not have come because it was not what I am about. When it became about community, inspiration and making a difference, I knew I was in the right place.” Lam drew up a five-year plan with the aim of establishing Bristol as a regular in the Premiership’s top four and adding a new shelf to the club’s trophy cabinet. His contract is up at the end of next season but he is in talks about extending it as the Bears look to the example of Saracens, who built success rather than bought it, laying down foundations that endure. “When I came here, 50% of our players were England qualified,” said Lam. “This season it is 70% and it will be 75% in the next one. I am not worried about my contract because I have such a strong relationship with Steve and Chris. We trust each other and I appreciate their support. When we were hammered at Worcester earlier in the season, they reassured me they had my back. We are aligned. “Laying down roots is the key for all successful teams. You need a core group of guys who understand the culture. If a player comes here just to get paid, he is in the wrong place. Before we sign anyone, we look not just at their rugby ability but their character, their coach-ability and their hunger to succeed based on a dream. It is more than a job. Players here enjoy doing community work because it is part of the vision they were sold on: being a Bristol Bear is about more than rugby.” Lam’s playing career straddled the amateur and professional eras and as a coach he tries to distil the essence of the former. “Players of my generation were blessed because for the first half of our careers we played for the love of the game while holding down a job and then got paid for doing what we enjoyed. What professionalism did not change was the team effort and sacrifices that have to be made. “What I loved about rugby as a player was that you were on the field with your best mates, a bond that grew through working hard together. You can think you are having a good time when you are out on the drink but you do not have to play sport to do that. On the field you trust each other and have each other’s back, like the military. “Professionalism is about the way you do things, not money. We are a high-performance team, not a social club. What I learned as a player with Auckland as an amateur was that the focus has to be on standards. We had the likes of Sean Fitzpatrick, Grant Fox, John Kirwan and the Whetton brothers and the approach was professional. I want Bristol to be a Champions Cup team that wins trophies as well as a club players are picked from by their country. We have to make it as close to an international environment as possible so that people do not step into the England environment and think it is a big climb. “When I first spoke to Bristol, there were four things I asked for. The first was the management team. It is not about one person: you have to surround yourself with good people and we have. We are holding player and staff reviews next week and we know there are things we could have done better. People are asking where are our signings: we brought in 22 players in my first year and 11 in my second. If you bring in that many every year you are doing something wrong. “We have Nathan Hughes and Dave Attwood joining. They will bring quality but they have to catch up other players in terms of understanding the club. It won’t take them long but if you had 20 others doing it you would be back to square one. I have been working hard with the academy, ensuring we have local players coming through. That conveyor belt is crucial” Only four of the 23 who featured in Bristol’s opening match of the season against Bath had been involved in their final match of the 2016-17 season before they were relegated. Lam has recruited internationals such as Piutau, Steven Luatua and George Smith but the campaign has been underpinned by young English players. The example is Saracens, not Toulon, and Bristol will struggle to do better business than Lam.
  5. Johnson was right all along... Victory in Europe!!!
  6. For those of you not on Twitter: This one is going to bore many, I will keep it as simple as I can... I took over @ASFCofficial not because I loved it, supported it, nor was I a particular football fan. I’ve had a table @ManUtd so that says a lot about me . Accrington, a founder member of the football league was about to lose its club AGAIN. When I reluctantly took the job on, I knew that patching up the club was a waste of time. I knew that unless the outcome was a decent long term future, it might as well have died then. I have dealt with many issues in our club, it is now generating more cash and slowly but surely, facilities are improving, to further facilitate this. We are profitable and have net assets rather than liabilities. I have grown to love the little club, wasn’t intentional, it was strictly business. The club is more than a game of football. It’s a beating heart of its community. A community I have grown to love, decent hardworking folk. They don’t care about razzmatazz, they care about each other and their club. An analogy I’ll use is this, you look after your kids, giving them as great start in life, then you look at their future and question the world they’re growing up in. It’s natural. It’s up to us parents to ENSURE that there’s a bright future for our kids. That is OUR JOB as parents. So, as well as looking at the health of our club, I have to look at the health of football. And it’s shocking. Football is in a worse state than @ASFCofficial ever was. In fact football would have stood idly by and let us go bust AGAIN. The @EFL @FA @premierleague @PFA and whoever else is responsible for our game, DO NOT like me saying this publicly. I’ve had letters telling me of their powers to sanction me or our club: But let me say one thing clearly. @OfficialBWFC have not gone into admin because I tweet concerns. @buryfcofficial are not on their arse because I tweet concerns. @thesilkmen @ReadingFC @SUFCRootsHall @oldham and many others (allegedly) are not paying wages at all, or have been late paying, because I tweet concerns. @Official_NCFC a founder member, have not gone out of @EFL because of my tweeting concerns. @BlackpoolFC fans have not gone years absent from their club because of my tweeting concerns. @BCFC have not been deducted 9 points because I tweet concerns. @SkyBetChamp clubs are not losing over HALF A BILLION a year because I tweet concerns. @CAFCofficial supporters are not placarding @EFL with @Coventry_City and @BlackpoolFC fans because of me. Tweeting concerns. Supporters are not boycotting games in @CheckatradeTrpy because of me tweeting concerns. @SkyBetChamp clubs were not threatening a breakaway because. I tweet concerns. I could go on for another hour on this. The fact is all the above and much more is down to you @EFL @premierleague @FA IT’S YOUR responsibility. IT’S YOUR JOB to manage and protect the framework our clubs should thrive in. The fact is, I’m tweeting my concerns, because you are failing my club and all the others. The fact is, you can’t hide from the mess that has been created in our game. Who else can be responsible??? There is no one to voice concerns to!! Might as well talk to the wall. We need to talk EXISTENTIAL THREATS to our game. The first threat is inaction by the bodies looking after our clubs and football’s long term health and well being, not doing their jobs properly. I’m going for a brew now and may start with the rest of the threats later.
  7. Well, obviously. Everyone knows it's Doncaster United.
  8. Never did understand the supposed outrage about having a gambling sponsor, when we've had Sky Bet on our shirts for the past six seasons and nobody complained about that Great news though, and I'd expect that record to be beaten next year with the new badge.
  9. Ah, now I see the problem. He forgot to carry the 1. Makes perfect sense now.
  10. You can watch it for free at BT.com, via the BT Sport app, on YouTube, and on Virgin (channel 100).
  11. Emery's record in the Europa League is superb. Don't think he's lost a knockout stage match in the competition since 2013 or something like that, and he's won it three times in that period.
  12. Well, this Spanish newspaper seem to positively celebrating the fact.
  13. It would also be hilarious.
  14. Multi ball isn't allowed in the EFL. 33.20 Multiple Balls. No Club shall be entitled to utilise a ‘multiple ball’ system in any League Match.
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