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EFL Suspend Yet Another Bury Game As Shakers Remain In Crisis

THE English Football League (EFL) have today suspended the Sky Bet League One clash between Rotherham United and Bury FC at the AESSEAL New York Stadium due to outstanding evidence regarding a number of financial commitments which hasn’t been provided by Bury owner Steve Dale.

The suspension of the fixture between the ‘Millers’ and the ‘Shakers’ means Bury have every one of their games this season in the Sky Bet League One and Carabao Cup suspended by the authority.

Bury have also been issued with a a notice of charge after they failed to fulfil the cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday 13 August 2019.

A statement from the EFL read:“The EFL Board has taken the decision to suspend Bury FC’s upcoming League One fixture with Rotherham United on Tuesday 20 August 2019 as the outstanding evidence regarding a number of financial commitments has still not been provided by owner Steve Dale.

It is now the Club’s fourth game of the season not to take place as originally scheduled and they will be referred to a Disciplinary Commission in respect of all suspended League matches.

However, as previously stated the EFL maintains the view that League matches cannot continue being suspended indefinitely, as the pressures of a congested fixture calendar will simply not allow such flexibility and the deadline of 23 August for withdrawal of membership remains in place.

Bury are due to play Tranmere Rovers on 24 August 2019 and, because of the close proximity to the notice of withdrawal deadline, a decision on whether to suspend that fixture will take place in the early part of week commencing 19 August 2019.

In addition, Bury have also been served with a notice of charge in regard to its failure to fulfil the cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday 13 August 2019.

The Club has been given until 5pm on Wednesday 21 August 2019 to respond.  At this stage the management committee of the competition (the EFL Board) will determine the matter or refer it to a Disciplinary Commission under EFL Regulations.”

It seems to be a horrible time for Shakers fans who fear their club could be on the brink of liquidation and could even as early as next Friday (23rd August) have their EFL membership withdrawn if the financial difficulties aren’t resolved by then.

Bury fans let us know your thoughts on the situation in the comments below.

What do you think will happen between now and 23rd August? Will your club survive?

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Steel City chasers: as both United and Wednesday look to make the cut for promotion

Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday conjure classic memories from over the years, Chris Morgans tackling, brighty’s goal in the FA Cup semi final, Neil Warnock’s gesticulations, Billy Sharp’s Mr Socko Celebration, John sheridan and of course Sean bean in when Saturday comes…just me?

Chris Wilder’s side are flying high in 3rd place and are very much in the fight with Leeds and Norwich City for the Championship trophy. If results go their way the Blades could be top of the league with a win over their bitter rivals on Monday night.

The Blades are unbeaten in their last 3 matches and have won 4 of the last 5, only the crazy 3-3 draw with Aston Villa after Billy Sharps hattrick had United 3 up stops it being 5 in 5.

Star striker Billy Sharp will hope for a happier day out against the Owls Having failed to score against them in his last 5 games for Sheffield United.

Sheffield United will hopefully have defenders Jack O’Connell and George Baldock back with the former having missed the last 3 with a hamstring problem.

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Star man: Billy Sharp

Sheffield Wednesday are 12th in the table, getting into the playoffs looks a stretch as they are currently 6 points away with Derby, Bristol City and Middlesbrough all with a game in hand. This won’t stop them trying though as the Owls are in great form since Championship specialist Steve Bruce took over with 3 wins and 3 draws in his first 6 games. Steve Bruce has won 7 of the last 9 games against the Blades.

Bruce faces the club where he began his managerial career over 20 years ago, he’s a man who knows what this fixture means and he will have his players suitably up for the task, knowing a win for the Hillsborough club could put a massive dent in the blades automatic promotion hopes, an easy team talk for Bruce.

Wednesday could have defenders Morgan Fox and Jordan Thorniley Back fit after back and concussion problems.

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Star man: Adam Reach

The last 5 Steel City Derby results

Sheffield United 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0 Sheffield United 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2 Sheffield united 4 Sheffield Wednesday 1 Sheffield United 0 Sheffield United 2 Sheffield Wednesday 2

The last 2 meetings between the 2 have ended in 0-0 draws, they haven’t had 3 straight league draws since 1993, so hopefully a passionate encounter at Hillsborough will end with a win .

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Owls on International duty

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kieran Westwood has been forced to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad due to a rib injury for the upcoming games against Moldova and Wales.

The former Coventry and Sunderland stopper withdrew from Martin O’Neil’s squad on Monday. Westwood is ever improving and it is a well-known fact that O’Neil is a big supporter of the 32-year-old.

Westwood has missed the Owls last two games a 4-2 defeat in the Sheffield derby and Sundays 3-0 victory over fellow Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

Steven Fletcher and Barry Bannan are gearing up for two crucial ties with Scotland against Slovakia and Slovenia on Thursday and Sunday still in the hope that the Playoffs are still available.

O’Neil said when speaking about Westwood “I am disappointed to lose Kieran he is an outstanding goalkeeper and a great lad to have in and around the dressing room we wish him the best of luck in his recovery”

Fletcher and Bannan did not take part in Monday’s training session at Hampden Park due to recovery time being given due to the Leeds fixture but are set to take part in today’s (Tuesdays) session.

Another Owl in International duty is young England international George Hirst as he was named in Paul Simpson’s squad for games against Czech Republic and Slovakia on Friday and Monday respectively.

The Best Fans in the Championship

It is always going to be a long winded and hotly debated topic when any kind of ‘best fans’ argument is in place. Here we will be taking a look at what we think the best fans are in the Championship. There are some big clubs in the Championship, plenty of whom have all been in the Premier League in recent years. This list is in no particular order and not ranked in anyway. 

Leeds United

Leeds are a big club and Elland Road creates a sensational atmosphere when they get going.  Leeds have had a very good start to the season but the truth is, even when they were mid-table mediocrity, they still consistently had the highest numbers away from home selling out everywhere they go, including a massive 7,000 to Fulham away on a Tuesday night last season.

Sheffield Wednesday 

Hillsborough can always be an intimidating place to go and a great atmosphere. Despite their failed attempts to get to the Premier League and a disappointing  start to this campaign, they still take large numbers wherever they go. A big, former Premier League club themselves, they are a club like Leeds that the Premier League needs back.

Sheffield United

Wednesday’s bitter rivals Sheffield United have had a real time of it in recent years with year after year of disappointment at getting out of League One. Despite this the Blades have stayed loyal and faithful to their side and were rewarded with promotion finally last season. They haven’t had the best reputation so far this season in terms of causing trouble but they take consistent numbers away from home and get Bramall Lane.

Aston Villa 

After a very disappointing start to life in the Championships and generally a terrible last few seasons, the Villans really have a passion for the club and still travel in huge numbers and make a big noise going away and at their proud home at Villa park in the famous Holte End.

Wolves

On to Villa’s West Midland rivals. Over the years Wolves have taken big numbers away from home, even when they surfaced to League One. Whilst they aren’t the most consistent in terms of numbers their famous south bank at Mollineux with creates a fantastic noise for away fans to compete with.

I will take this opportunity to apologise to every other club in the league that unfortunately aren’t here! I will give a special mention to Derby, Forest, Middlesbrough, Birmingham and Sunderland who could all arguably be on this list. Derby especially who get great numbers. 

Let us know in the comments below who would be in your top five! 

 

 

Sheffield United. Is double promotion on the cards?

Sheffield United, a glorious and historic club which has just gained promotion from League One after six painful campaigns. The Blades are under the management of lifelong fan, “he’s one of their own,” Chris Wilder. But once promotion was achieved, what then for Wilder’s men? Was the aim to stay up? A predicted table saw them averagely finishing the 2017/18 season in 16th place.

 

However, the Blades have been proving their doubters wrong, winning five of their opening seven fixtures, conceding only six goals in that time. But the question on everyone’s lips is “can it last?”

 

 

It certainly can, as seen previously with Southampton and Norwich City, both gaining promotion from League One and then the Championship at the first time of asking. Momentum is a huge part of the Championship, and those clubs had it, and elements are being seen at Bramall Lane at the moment. They certainly have the momentum and the power, of both the Championship and the Steel City.

 

The early tester for Wilder’s men would be at Hillsborough. Not only home to a Play-Off contender, but the Blades’ fiercest rivals, Sheffield Wednesday. The Owls were massive favourites, but being lead by a man with the mind of a manager and the passion of a fan, how far wrong can you go? United won 4-2, with Wednesday only having two shots on goal, proving the dominance of the team in Red. People’s opinions changed after that performance, the Blades are being recognised.

 

So will Sheffield United go all the way? Will they make the Play-Offs? They certainly can. But football is football, and there’s a long way to go until May. But if one thing is for sure, those six years are long forgotten. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…