Burton Albion Promoted To League One!

  A huge congratulations to Burton Albion on clinching promotion to the Sky Bet League One. 

Burton Albion clinched promotion at home to Northampton Town on Saturday where they beat the cobblers 3-1. Burton maintained their place top of the league one table with a comfatable win against the cobblers Saturday, where they were named ‘Champions Of League Two’.

Zander Diamond got on the end of Stuart Beavon’s cross into his own net which put the Brewers ahead. Before Phil Edwards hit home from Nasser El’s corner.

Lucas Akins then added a third from the penalty spot shortly before half time, after he was grappled to the ground by Evan Horwood.

Lawson D’Ath’s Volley closed in on the lead, but Burton held on over second-half pressure to secure the win for the Brewers.

Promoted Burton remain two points clear at the top on the Sky Bet League Two. 

Also a huge congratulations to former, Middlesbrough and Chelsea player Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, on promotion the team to the Sky Bet League One, just months after taking charge of the Brewers.  

   NOMINATION: Hasselbaink has been nominated for Sky Bet League 2 manager of the month (April) http://t.co/rwcb1SkcVU http://t.co/b9uYTiuHFO

 BREAKING: The title will be lifted at the #PirelliStadium on Sunday should we win on Saturday http://t.co/8p1XnpJZQ2 http://t.co/3vG1uvdAJc

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink opens door to Leeds return:

Former Elland Road striker has steered the Brewers into League One for the first time in their history but admits he could now leave for a bigger club.

The Burton Albion boss, 43, has been strongly linked with the Elland Road post, with current incumbent Neil Redfearn under threat of losing his job.

Victory on Saturday will confirm them as champions, but Hasselbaink has been linked with Championship Leeds – his first English club.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink admits he could lead Burton to the League Two title and then quit if a big club comes in.
Hasselbaink, 43, played for the Elland Road side in their Premier League days and hit 42 goals in 87 games between 1997 and 1999 before later spells with Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Charlton.

The ex-Dutch international added: “That is the most normal thing in Holland – you have to develop players. I like improving players and to work with young players, that is what it is about.

“I have been in this country from 1997 and it has been very good to me. And for me to work with British players and trying to make them better is ­fundamental. The core of my team has to be British.”

“That is what England needs. I am a big believer in young British players and working with them.

But he is not planning major surgery after ­impressively developing Burton’s current squad.

Jimmy also added: “I will do everything in my power to make Burton, as long as I am here, as successful as possible. I have two more years here on my contract, it’s my job to look ahead. But football is football. We know how it works in this industry.

He said: “Leeds is a very beautiful club that I played for for two years.

“It’s difficult, but you have to make decisions with your brain not with your heart. 

 JIMMY FLOYD HASSELBAINK says he will think “with my head and not my heart” over reports linking him to a head coach role at Leeds United.
Hasselbaink took over at Burton last November and has already earned them promoted from League Two.

As for Leeds, owner Massimo Cellino has insisted Redfearn will not be sacked from his post, although the head coach has himself hinted he will walk this spring.

  

He also told Sky Sports News:

“I’ve got two more years on my contract at Burton and it’s my job.” 

 

Meanwhile,  “Around 350 of the extra 900 allocation for Cambridge Utd have been sold so far. Tickets will go off sale at midday Friday.”  

  

Burton Albion owner presenting awards to players yesterday evening: 

   

 BREAKING: Our Cambridge UtdFC allocation is SOLD OUT. We won’t be receiving any more tickets http://t.co/cCpw9Y6Kb2 http://t.co/cV1SKihto7 
 


Seasons Coming To An End:

  So, the season is finally coming to an end. For some it’s been a great season. For others not so good. Whatever league your team is in come next season, you should be proud and stick by them. My team Port Vale have survived another season in League One, where we are currently 4 points above the relegation zone.

This weekend is the final weekend of the footballing Callander, where League Two teams play Saturday. And League One play Sunday. For some it’ll be celebrations. For others who have been relegated will be a sad day. 

These are the League Two fixtures for Saturday:  

 

Accrington Stanley VS Mansfield Town.

Wimbledon VS Cheltenham.  (Cheltenham have already been relegated to the Conference.) 

Cambridge United VS Burton Albion. (Burton have been promoted to League One.) 

Carlisle United vs Hartlepool. (Hartlepool are safe for another season)

Exeter vs Dag & Red.

Luton Vs Stevenage.

Morcambe VS Southend UTD.

Newport VS Oxford.

Northampton Town VS Wycombe Wanderers.

Portsmouth VS York.

Shrewsbury VS Plymouth Argyle.

Tranmere VS Bury.  

 
Official Southend UTD updated their Twitter saying:  

  “@SUFCRootsHall: Ticket Update: We’re close to selling out our allocation for the game at Morecambe. We’rein discussions for more tickets from the Shrimps.”

“@SUFCRootsHall: News: Details on the possible flight to Morecambe on Saturday for the last game of the season. http://t.co/QJ5qvl4I4W http://t.co/06QOCPstGU”
Meanwhile in the Championship: 

One more game to go… http://t.co/vJmQUft09p http://t.co/A3oTKc7kGw 

 

Manchester United Stadium Tour

I visited the Manchester United Tour today at Old Trafford, this brought back so many good memories as I used to go with my Grandad when he was here, as he has a season ticket in the East Stand. 

Well, today, was my mothers birthday, so we surprised her and we took her to the Manchester United Tour. We had a fantastic time. It was great! 

On arrival we had to book in at the main reception, once we got booked in we were given one of these, a pass. What we could keep, as a keep sake.  


I also brought a guidebook, which cost £3.99 which tells you all about the tour and what kind exciting things the day holds!   


Once we did this would could look around the museum, where all the trophies and memorabilia was! As you can understand, you can’t touch any of the memorabilia as its stored behind glass mirrors. Here are some things which we saw:  

         

What a fantastic experience this was to see all the amazing trophies that United have won in the previous years. 

The most exciting bit of the tour was when we could get a professional photo done by the Champions League trophy, Premier League, and FA Cup. This was taken by a professional photographer where once the took the photo and you were happy with it, they printed it out and placed it into a picture frame. The photo cost £15.  

Once we looked around and took pictures of the memorabilia, we then got directed to a tour guide to take us around the ground. Where we toured around the pitch, managers dugout, down the players tunnel, and finally…. The players changing rooms! Home and away.

Here are some images:  

        
Me with Ronney’s top! 

 Away changing room:

   

     

This was fantastic! I really enjoyed my day and I recommend a visit to the Manchester United Tour. The staff were very friendly and polite, all around good.

Here are some images from the ground:  

 View from the tunnel : 

   
              
Here are some images from the Museum tour:

Cantona’s top! 

  

 

Beckham signed shirt; 

 

   

   

               

Some things what I purchased:  

 

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What Will The End Of The Season Bring? My Prediction 

  As all of us football fans know, the end of the season is approaching us, this season has brought ups and downs, laughs and cheers and most of all devastation. For most of us. The League One table has been very tight from the very start of the season, and there are several teams still on the same points towards the bottom of the table. As we know, this is a vital part of the season to pick up points for all teams, as some are on the brink of joining League Two, and some preparing to face the Championship. But most of all, some preparing for the Play Offs! We all love this part of the season (if your team hasn’t been relegated!)  

 So, one team has already been relegated from Sky Bet League One, which is Yeovil Town. Yeovil have been on alittle run recently where they have picked up two wins in a row. More memorable, winning away to Swindon Town on Saturday afternoon, 0-1.

Currently as it stands Colchester United are second bottom of the league table on 45 points, only four points off 20th placed Crewe Alexandra, yes, this is how tight the league is! In 22nd place, are Notts County who are currently losing 1-2 to Preston North End, this evening, this means relegation is looking likely for the Magpies, unless the can pull the Scotland around and get a brilliant draw with second placed PNE.

As you can see this is the league as it looks now: (21st April)  

Here are the fixtures for the weekend in the Sky Bet League One table: 

Bradford City VS Barnsley.

Chesterfield VS Bristol City. 

Coventry City VS Crewe Alex.

Fleetwood Town VS Colchester United.

Leyton Orient VS Sheffield United.

Notts County VS Doncaster Rovers.

Peterborough United VS Crawley Town.

Preston North End VS Swindon Town.

Rochdale VS MK Dons.

Scunthorpe United vs Gillingham.

Walsall Vs Oldham Athletic.    
Yeovil Town VS Port Vale.

These are some very, very hard games – I think these games can take it to the last day to decide who’s going down and who’s going up. One game which sticks out to me is PNE VS Swindon Town as both of these teams are battling to get a place into the automatic promotion places, whoever wins this match have got a huge chance of getting this position. This will be a big match as PNEFC are currently winning away to Notts County this evening where they’re winning 1-2 away from home.

Also, Coventry VS Crewe is being played on Saturday. 3.00PM Kick-Off. 20th place against 16th place, there are only 3 points between these two teams, my opinion: whoever wins this match is safe, this match is vital and both team will be going out there and playing with all their hearts.

TICKETS: More than 1,400 tickets sold for Chesterfield away on Saturday. They go on general sale tomorrow from 10am. http://t.co/64sP2uYQmt
As we all know, Bristol City have been crowned Champions Of League One after their draw to Coventry City won them with league. Congratulations to them.  

 

This is going to be a great ending to the season in League One so make sure you’re wearing your seatbelts, it’s going to be an exciting ending! 

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Yeovil Town (A), Last Away Game!

 

 Port Vale vs Yeovil Town, Saturday 24th April:

Well, as we all know Port Vale take on Yeovil Saturday. Port Vale recently got a fantastic draw with Preston North End on Friday evening when they drew 2-2. This was a fully well deserved point for the Vale and they were unfortunate not to take all 3 points.

This has helped Vale in the league as they’re now four points for the drop.

Yeovil Town played Swindon away Saturday where they shocked play-off hopefuls Swindon Town 0-1. Even though Yeovil are already relegated from League One, the green army are still trying to finish the season on a high note and to give the fans something to cheer about!  

 

Both teams go into the game on good form, but Vale will be going out fighting as they have still not succeed safety in League One. 

  

Preston North End took the lead Friday evening where Joe Garner struck from 14 yards with a thunder of an effort. Then Vale got awarded a penalty where Michael O’Connor struck from the spot in the right had corner, game on 1-1. Then Richard Duffy handled in the area so Preston were awarded a penalty, the 4,000 travelling faithful went mad, as you could imagine. Then on the 84th minute… PENALTY, Vale! Tom Pope was pulled to the ground in the penalty area. Goal! Michael O’Connor secured a point for the Valiants, which is vital on their League One hopes for next season. 

 

SEASON TICKETS: Buy a Port Vale 2015/16 ST for a reduced price before the end of June. http://t.co/SuzNYYvjRL #BePartOfIt http://t.co/tUMYEAGkI0

 Happy anniversary Port Vale! 2 years since promotion. Are you on our picture gallery? http://t.co/sy078Q6d4A http://t.co/2SaIB85tU5

But what does this rest of the season hold? League Two next season or will Vale beat the drop? 

 

 Former Port Vale manager Micky Adams leaves Tranmere Rovers by mutual consent. #pvfc http://t.co/eeCfm32cGI 

 

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Preston (H), 2-2

Port Vale vs Preston, 2-2: 

 Port Vale held a well deserved 2-2 draw at Vale Park last night, 7:45 Kick Off. The atmosphere was fantastic last night as PNE filled out the away end with 2,600 away fans. 

PNE took the lead as Johnson fires the ball home after it fell to him in the box from a corner. 0-1. On the 11’th minute.

HALF TIME: Port Vale 0-1 Preston North End. A tough first half for #pvfc who trail the visitors thanks to Johnson’s strike. 

 51′ PENALTY to Vale! Pope is brought down in the area and the hosts have a spot kick. 0-1 

And then this happened!

52′ GOAL! O’Connor sends Johnstone the wrong way and fires into the bottom corner to equalise for Vale. Get in! 1-1 

 57′ Penalty to PNE. Clarke shoots, Duffy handles it, is sent off, and the visitors have a spot kick. 1-1 

59′ Goal! Garner scores from the spot and PNE have retaken the lead here at Vale Park. 1-2

84′ PENALTY to Vale! O’Connor is brought down inside the area and the hosts have a chance to level again. 1-2

85′ GOAL! O’Connor, once again, makes no mistake from the spot, firing into the bottom corner to level things up. 2-2

FULL TIME: Port Vale 2-2 Preston North End. A titanic effort from #pvfc to come back from a goal down with ten men. 

The official attendance last night at Vale Park was: A 7,210 including 2,485 PNE fans.

As you can imagine, there was a lot of trouble towards the end of the game at Vale Park: 

    

Preston fans made the journey to Vale;

  

  The table as it looks after Port Vale got a well deserved point to Preston who are currently 2nd in the league. 

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Derren Brown, Miracle May, 2015

  As we all know, Derren Brown is set to go on tour later this year, with his brand new show, Miracles, Live! The Daily Telegraph have rated Derren’s brand new tour as a five star rating.

This is the second time Derren has visited, Staffordshire where he has visited previously with his before tour, Infamous, as you could imagine went down a treat with his fans.

The multi-award winning acknowledged master of psychological illusion is back on tour in 2015 with a brand new one-man show, Derren Brown: Miracle. Having confessed thy performing live on stage gives Derren the greatest pleasure, Derren, once again, looking forward to the challenge that comes with being acknowledged as one of the world’s most renowned live performers; a dark manipulator of magic and mind control. 

  

This will be Derren’s seventh show since 2003, since then he has toured every year and has been watched by an estimated audience of one and a half million people!  

 

Directed by Andy Nyman & Andrew O’Connor. 

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Preston (H), 17th April

Port Vale vs Preston North End, 17th April, 7:45PM Kick-Off: 

 

Port Vale are set to play promotion chasers, Preston North End at Vale Park tonight, 7:45pm kick off. Preston are currently second place, three points clear of MK Dons. This game is huge for both teams as Port Vale are fighting for their life’s down in 18th position. Just three points clear of the relegation zone. If The Valiants succeed in beating Preston tonight this means Bristol City will be named ‘Champions Of League One.’ – without even kicking a ball!  

 

Great news for Vale fans this week as Tom Pope is set to return to the Port Vale squad for tonight’s game. 

  

Match Preview: Port Vale v Preston North End. http://t.co/hPcFzAkMEx  

 

Port Vale v Preston North End. Boss Rob Page vows that Valiants will beat drop:   http://t.co/BdBGqoMa6v http://t.co/2Gx5Ja1At7  

 

Preston posted on their Twitter page:

@pnefc: We have sold around 2,000 tickets for tonight’s match at Port Vale. Tickets available at Deepdale until 12pm and at Vale Park on the night.”

   My photo when I visited Deepdale back in October:

 

A reminder:

TRAVEL: Book your place on the coach for Vale’s trip to Yeovil Town now and avoid missing out. http://t.co/YBxkSeskjQ http://t.co/knavbdzIo7 

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Last Minute Goal, Scunthorpe Away

Port Vale away to Scunthorpe,14th April: 

  

Well, I must say it was pretty gutting. To conceded in the 90+5th minute of added time. We played brilliantly for 80 minutes, then towards the end we started to show our weakness, which was in the defence. Port Vale are currently 18th on 50 points. 3 points off the relegation zone, if The Valiants could have held on for several more minutes they would have taken the well deserved 3 points back to Burslem. Relegation is still looming. 

 

Vale are at home Friday evening where they play Preston North End at Vale Park, 7:45pm kick off. Preston are set to bring 4,500 fans to Vale Park where they will fill the away end out, the atmosphere will be booming. 

Preston North End also need the points as they’re only 3 points safe into the automatic promotion places, where MK Dons are just 3 points behind them sat at 3rd. 

Here’s what Michael Brown thinks:

‘We have the character to beat relegation’, says @OfficialPVFC midfielder Michael Brown. http://t.co/GzkM86dd1Y http://t.co/l1Lwze0vtI 

 

Port Vale chairman said this before the Scunthorpe game Tuesday evening:

“Valiants.Off to Scunny now if traveling be safe loud and proud and give the squad that needed lift”.

“FULL TIME: Scunthorpe United 1-1 Port Vale. A last gasp header from Wootten means The Valiants are forced to settle for a point.”

  

WATCH: Clip of Vale boss Rob Page post-match interview after Scunthorpe United draw. https://t.co/afuC0TXpTK

Rob Page calls for positive attitude despite late Scunthorpe setback. http://t.co/L23p0dzcrZ http://t.co/WbIOri9VPj 

 Here are some of the images I took of Glanford Park on my visit:  

   

 

 

 

 

  

      

 

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Please take note:

FANS: Information for fans from Staffordshire Police regarding travel to & from Vale Park on Friday. http://t.co/OMTYMeVAm1 http://t.co/oYKnd2B78a

Scunthorpe (A), 14th April

Port Vale play Scunthorpe (A) tomorrow at Glanford Park where there is just one point between the sides in the League One table. Port Vale at currently sitting at 18th in the League One table, on 49 points. Meanwhile The Iron are currently placed 17th, on 50 points. This is a vital game for both sides.

Captain Carl Dickinson says he wants another big performance from Port Vale against Scunthorpe tomorrow. Where The Valiants held MK Dons to a well deserved 0-0 draw at Vale Park. The Valiants arguably deserved all 3 points on Saturday but anyone would take a point against Championship chasers, MK Dons. 

  

The Vale faithful are hoping the side can pull off a win at Glandofrd Park tomorrow evening. Kick off: 7:45pm.  

Port Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite has praised supporters  after the impressive draw on the weekend against MK Dons. 

He took to Twitter an said:

“Valiants I would like to thank the 3996 home fans today for your support.This has been the darkest week since ownership for me.You made the difference today and l know that Rob & the players appreciated and needed you being there.Stick together& we will overcome.THANKYOU”.

The Valiants have been dragged into a relegation scrap after six straight defeats, but the Valiants halted that run with a determined performance to hol third placed MK Dons to a well deserved 0-0 draw at Vale Park. 

 

  

 Meanwhile, in Scunthorpe. Main man, Paddy Madden wins Irish Iron player of the season award – http://t.co/UJOlGuoyHD http://t.co/gS22lFvvnH

   

 

If you are coming along to Glanford Park tomorrow evening, 7:45PM Kick Off, join the event on Facebook.

 FACEBOOK EVENT: Join The Iron v Port Vale event (https://t.co/pHZQhRVU0I) if you’ll be getting behind the Vale at Glanford Park tomorrow.

  

Pay on the gate options against Port Vale this Tuesday night – at Glanford Park. http://t.co/EYAnhl7qVT http://t.co/s5zPKRPbOv

   

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