Thursday, January 24, 2013

An Alternative List of Football Club Fines

This week Arsène Wenger found himself commenting on the Gunners’ disciplinary policy after a document printed on Arsenal headed paper, detailing a list of rules for players and the cash penalties if they were broken appeared on the internet after a fan, reported to be a friend of club doctor Gary O’Driscoll, took a photo of the fines sheet during a tour of the training ground.

Arsène Wenger's strict disciplinary regime was exposed this week!

The supporter then posted it on a file-sharing website, believing it would be seen only by himself and his close friends, only for the document to go ‘viral’ across the net.
It then emerged as to why Arsenal manager why defender Per Mertesacker had become the club's debt collector.

The German international is responsible for rounding up fines from fellow players who fell foul of the club's internal disciplinary rules,with fines doubled if they are not settled in seven days. Wenger joked: "The Germans do well economically and we respect that. They are the only ones that make money in Europe. That's why we've chosen a German," the Frenchman added of the 85-times capped Mertesacker.

The fines included are £1,000 for players not turning up for matches they are not involved in, £500 for arriving late for travel or training, £250 for not turning up on time to a team meeting or meal and £100 for taking a newspaper, laptop or phone into the medical area or dressing room.
The Gunners boss even lays down the law over the clothing worn by his players, with £100 docked for items deemed inappropriate.

List of Arsenal FC 2012/13 Player Fines

Here is an alternative and light-hearted list of football club fines for players' whose behaviour may be considered not becoming of their club, amateur or professional:

50p fine:
  • Dirty boots (Cleaning your boots in the changing room on match day does not constitute having clean boots’ and you will therefore still receive the fine).
  • Not running the line.
  • Putting your kit on back to front.
  • Air kick.
  • Foul throw.
  • Putting the ball over the fence and not retrieving it.

£1 fine:
  • Not showering post-match.
  • Not doing the nets (Before and after home games).
  • Claiming goals that were really crosses.
  • Wearing shit casual clothes. 
  • Taking kit home (£1 per garment).
  • Arguing with team mates during game.
  • Hitting the woodwork (this ain't the cross-bar challenge!).

£2 fine:
  • Backchat to manager.
  • Penalty miss.
  • 'Chump of the Match' (Voted by the players individually in the changing rooms after the match. The person with most votes gets fined - they can be nominated for anything for e.g. a f*ck up during the match, an all-round piss poor individual performance etc).
  • Talking during gaffers pre-match / half-time team talk (even if he is speaking boll*x).
  • Participating in a training or match day bust up with a teammate.
  • Not staying for a post-match beer (Home or away).
  • Milking injuries.
  • Smoking during a game (£2 per fag).

£5 fine:
  • Own goal.
  • Excessive showboating (e.g Back healing the ball when you could just pass it normally).
  • Pleasuring a dog - Four legged variety.
  • Wearing make-up on match day.
  • Leaving a game before it has finished.
  • Pulling out of a match due to charity work. 

£10 fine:
  • Not wearing ladies underwear for a cup game.
  • Throwing up at an official club function.
  • Bringing along a 'minger' to a match (if in doubt the Club Committee will decide).
  • Arguing against fines.

£150 fine:
  • Any form of misbehaving with a players' missus!

All fines are listed as a guideline and the 'fines master' and committee have the right to change or add to them at any point without any notice.

All the money that gets collected will pay for the Christmas do and go towards trophies for the end of season do.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Bizarre Global Football Stadium Names - Past and Present

Here is a list of some of the weirdest, wackiest, off the wall and most amusing football venue names around the globe, both past and present!

The Dripping Pan: 

Lewes Football Club is an English football team based in Lewes, East Sussex. The club are currently members of the Isthmian League Premier Division, and play at The Dripping Pan (often just called The Pan). Although one of the more obscure stadium names you’ll ever come across it’s a ground steeped in history. Local Lewes legend suggests it was part of the salt making industry run by monks from the Cluniac Lewes Priory.

This also accounted for the pitch being sunk below ground level and being surrounded by grass banks on all sides, allowing spectators to sit at the top and watch the game.

It has been the home of 'The Rooks' since their beginnings in 1885 and has a capacity of 3,000 although only 300 of those are seated. The Dripping Pan was chosen as one of the Top 5 Non-League away days by the football blog 'The Ball is Round' in September 2010.

Wankdorf Stadium:

A headline-writer’s dream became a reality with the birth of the outrageously comical stadium name given to the Swiss club team BSC Young Boys. As a result arguably one the was inspired by the move of Young Boys from the old Wankdorf to their new Stade de Suisse Wankdorf in 2005. ESPN cooked up a storm with the story by using the simple but effective line: ‘Young Boys Wankdorf erection relief’.

The old Wankdorf Stadium (German: Wankdorfstadion) was a football stadium in the Wankdorf quarter of Bern, Switzerland, and the former home of Swiss club BSC Young Boys. It was built in 1925, and as well as serving as a club stadium, it hosted several important matches, including the 1954 FIFA World Cup Final, the 1961 European Cup final, and the 1989 Cup Winners' Cup final. The Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf has been built in its place.

The band Muse credits Wankdorf stadium as inspiring the aptly named 'Wankdorf Jam'

Hunky Dorys Park: 

Drogheda United Football Club (Irish: Cumann Peile Dhroichead Átha Aontaithe) is an Irish football club currently playing in the Premier Division of the League of Ireland. The Boynesiders were once dubbed the 'Chelsea of the Irish league' due to their big-spending ways which landed them the FAI Cup in 2005 and their first ever league title two years later. Things went downhill rapidly shortly afterwards, with the club enduring financial problems. Step forward Ireland’s leading crinkle-cut crisp brand to bail them out and save the day in 2010. They now play in a stadium named after the number one crinkle cut crisp brand in Ireland - Hunky Dorys.

Dubbed ‘the Chelsea of Ireland’ the clubs relaxed mentality when it came to spending landed them in serious financial peril. Everything appears to be hunky dory (forgive me) at Drogahead now as they continue to fight at the top of the League of Ireland Premier Division.

Giant Axe:

Lancaster City F.C. is an English football club based in Lancaster, Lancashire. The club are currently members of Northern Premier League Division One North and play at Giant Axe, located close to Lancaster railway station and both Lancaster Castle and Lancaster Priory Church. It has been their home ground since the formation of the original club 1905.

The reason for the idiosyncratic name is that when the ground was first built it was the centrepiece of a sports club, the exterior wall of which was, when viewed from above, the same shape as an axe head!

Cashpoint Arena:

The Cashpoint Arena is an Austrian football stadium in Vorarlberg Altach. It is the home of  SC Rheindorf Altach, a football club playing in the Austrian First League, which is the second tier in Austrian football. The stadium was built 1989-90 and was opened on 1st June 1990 under the name Schnabelholz, and has a capacity of 8,500 spectators. It's sponsors are Cashpoint, one of the largest bookmakers in Europe.

The stadium offers a unique atmosphere because the visitors are near to the playing field. But the stadium is not only used for football, but also for open air concerts and other events.

Pizza Hut Park: 

FC Dallas is an American professional soccer club based in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas which competes in Major League Soccer (MLS)
The FC Dallas Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium with a 20,500-seat capacity, built and owned by the city of Frisco, Texas. Aside from the main field inside it has 17 grass and artificial football pitches outside.

In 2005, the naming rights to the facility were acquired by the large pizza chain Pizza Hut whose corporate headquarters are in Plano, Texas (a northern Dallas suburb). On 7th January 2012, the naming rights sponsorship ended and the facility is now known as FC Dallas Stadium.

Bargain Booze Stadium:

Wincham Park, home of Witton Albion F.C. is a football stadium in Wincham, a parish on the edge of Northwich, England. The Club was founded in 1887 and currently play in the Northern Premier League Premier Division (seventh tier of the English football league system).

The stadium has had a number of names due to sponsorship deals; these include the Bargain Booze Stadium, Brittania Carpets Stadium and its current name, The Help For Heroes Stadium.

KitKat Crescent:  

The last place you would expect a Swiss sweets manufacturer (Nestlé) to set up a factory would be in the picturesque City of York. But thank goodness they did as in 2005 they bailed out the towns football club, renaming Bootham Crescent after one of their popular chocolate bars.

KitKat Crescent remained for five-years before the naming rights deal expired. The ground returned to being known as Bootham Crescent after this arrangement expired in January 2010. The league two sides ground currently has a capacity of 7,872.

Mitsubishi Forklift Stadion:

Mitsubishi Forklift Stadion is a multi-use stadium in Almere, Netherlands. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Almere City Football Club, a Dutch football club founded in 2001. Almere City play in the Jupiler League, the second tier of Dutch football.

They can trace its history back to 1972, with the merger of DWS, Volewijckers and Blauw-Wit into FC Amsterdam. Disgruntled DWS supporters founded their own club, called De Zwarte Schapen, named after their nickname, which translates as Black Sheep.

In March 2010 the club was renamed AFC Almere City, before being changed again a few weeks later to Almere City F.C. as the AFC prefix was deemed to be too reminiscent of the club's partners AFC Ajax. The stadium is able to hold 3,000 people (500 seated) and was built in 2005.

Gay Meadow:

The Gay Meadow is the former home ground of Shrewsbury Town F.C. The ground closed in June 2007, at the end of the 2006-07 Football League season, as the club moved to a new stadium, the New Meadow, also known as the Greenhous Meadow for sponsorship purposes.

The Gay Meadow's location on the banks of the River Severn meant the club suffered with flooding. Severe floods in 1998, 2000 and frequently since had affected the club, with several matches postponed, a flooded pitch and flooded offices and changing rooms.
Supporters of the move claimed that the risk of flooding along with the Gay Meadow's cramped location, meant that a move to a new ground was essential in order for the club to remain as a Football League club.

Shrewsbury Town went 34 games unbeaten at the Greenhous Meadow between March 2011 and September 2012, a record stretching over three different seasons.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations - Preview

The 2013 African Nations Cup will be the 29th Africa Cup of Nations (ACON), the football championship of Africa, organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

It takes place in South Africa in nine days time. South Africa and Zambia both qualify automatically as hosts and holders respectively. The opening match will be played in Johannesburg on the 19th January between South Africa and Cape Verde, with the Islanders making their finals debut. The winner of the ACON tournament will automatically qualify for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil as the representative from CAF and will line up in group B alongside Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti.

On 29 January 2011, Libya won the right to host the 2013 tournament and Morocco won the bid to host the 2015 edition. However due to the 2011 Libyan civil war, Libya and South Africa traded years with South Africa hosting in 2013 and Libya hosting in 2017.

The Africa Cup of Nations, also referred to as the African Cup of Nations or African Nations Cup, officially CAN (French for Coupe d'Afrique des Nations), is the main international association football competition in Africa. It is sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and was first held in 1957. Since 1968, it has been held every two years.

In 1957 there were only three participating nations: Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. South Africa were originally scheduled to compete, but were disqualified due to the apartheid policies of the government then in power. Since then, the tournament has grown greatly, making it necessary to hold a qualifying tournament.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the cup's history, winning the tournament a record seven times (including when Egypt was known as the United Arab Republic between 1958 and 1971). Ghana and Cameroon have won four titles each.

In May 2010, it was announced that the tournament would be moved to odd-numbered years from 2013. This will mean the tournament will now not take place in the same year as the FIFA World Cup. The 2010 tournament was unfortunately shrouded in controversy after the Togo team bus was set upon by gunfire leading to the tragic death of three officials. Togo left the competition as a result. Egypt eventually won the tournament, defeating Ghana in the final.

In 2012 the tournament was co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. The 2012 surprise winners were Zambia who defeated Ivory Coast in a penalty shoot-out in the final held in the Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville.

Zambia's players celebrate their ACON success after defeating Ivory Coast in the 2012 Final

The win was dedicated to the 18 players who perished in April 1993, after a plane carrying the Zambia squad crashed just miles from the site of the 2012 final in Gabon. Malia beat Ghana in the 3rd place match. Christopher Katongo of Zambia, who plays professionally for Chinese Super League club Henan Construction F.C. as a striker was voted most valuable player. Frenchman Hervé Renard was the Zambian coach.

All-time ACON top scorers:

Samuel Eto'o - Cameroon 18 goals
Laurent Pokou - Ivory Coast - 14
Rashidi Yekini - Nigeria - 13
Hassan El-Shazly - Egypt - 12
Patrick Mboma - Cameroon and Hossam Hassan - Egypt - both 11.

23 English-based players have been named in provisional squads ahead of the tournament, and they are as follows:

South Africa: Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace, right), Dean Furman (Oldham).

Morocco: Oussama Assaidi (Liverpool).

Ghana: Albert Adomah (Bristol City).

Mali: Samba Diakite (QPR), Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham), Tongo Doumbia (Wolves), Modibo Maiga (West Ham).

Congo DR: Gabriel Zakuani (Peterborough), Youssouf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

Zambia: Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton).

Nigeria: John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses (both Chelsea), Shola Ameobi (Newcastle), Danny Shittu (Millwall).

Ivory Coast: Kolo Toure, Yaya Toure, Abdul Razak (all Manchester City), Cheick Tiote (Newcastle), Arouna Kone (Wigan, front right), Gervinho (Arsenal) .

Algeria: Adlene Guedioura (Nottingham Forest).

Togo: Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham).

Stadium Venues:
The venues were announced on 4 May 2012. The National Stadium (Johannesburg) will host the opening match and the final. Other the venues selected for matches are Mbombela Stadium (Nelspruit), Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (port Elizabeth), Royal Bafokeng Stadium (Rustenburg) and Moses Mabhida Stadium(Durban)


Group A: South Africa, Angola, Morocco, Cape Verde

Group B: Ghana, Mali, Niger, Congo DR

Group C: Zambia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia

Group D: Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Algeria, Togo

The top two teams from each group qualify for the the knockout stages beginning on the 2nd February.
The semi-finals take place on the 6th February and the final is on the 10th February.

Africa Cup Of Nations: The betting and the players to watch out for!
Ivory Coast at 7/4 are favourites to win the 2013 tournament, followed by Ghana 7/1, hosts South Africa 9/1 then Nigeria 10/1 and holders Zambia at shades of 12/1. Togo and Ethopia are the rank outsiders. However I believe there are better value betting options to consider than the Ivory Coast.

Ivory Coast, last years beaten finalists are on paper at least the stand-out side. They boast a wealth of internationally recognised talent in the form of Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure, Didier Drogba, Arouna Kone, Salomon Kalou and a host of other familiar faces are all there, and having come so close last time they and their fans will be in expectant mood.However not only have they been put in Group D with former champions Algeria and Tunisia and a Togo team with all to gain and nothing to lose, but tradition suggests potential trouble for the title favourites, and at 7/4 they look far too short a price.
Ghana will be missing their best player, Andre Ayew, who has a hamstring injury. One of Africa's finest players, Ayew the Marseille winger/striker will be sorely missed. His absence deals a potentially fatal blow to the Black Stars' hopes of becoming champions.

I like the look of Morocco at 18/1 - France-based players Zakaria Bergdich (Lens), Abdelhamid El Kaoutari (Montpellier), Younes Belhanda (Montpellier) and Chahir Belghazouani (AC Ajaccio) arrive in fine form, and they have a good striker in Youssef El Arabi of La Liga side Granada CF.

Mali's squad is packed with power and talent - Samba Sow (Lens), Cheick Fantamady Diarra (Rennes) and Sambou Yatabare (Lens) are names to look out for. Mali and Algeria are both 16/1 outsiders to win the tournament but both look capable of causing an upset in this years competition. Mali came third at the 2012 finals and are the obvious choice to progress from Group B along with Ghana, but DR Congo pose a threat if only because they are coached by wily Frenchman Claude le Roy. A small wager on either Mali and Algeria making the final could be a shrewd bet.

Algeria have in Ryad Boudebouz (FC Sochaux) and Foued Kadir (Marseille) two of the most technically gifted players in the tournament. Boudebouz and Kadir are both attacking midfielder players and are sure to excel in South Africa.

Other players to look out for in the tournament. I can see debutant's Cape Verde causing an upset or two, because they have one of the tournament's finest young footballers in Lille's Ryan Mendes, an explosive attacker with flair and good finishing ability. Also look out for flying winger Odair Fortes (Stade Reims) and striker Julio Tavares (Dijon).

Burkino Faso have two outstanding attacking players in Lorient's Alain Traore and Rennes' Jonathan Pitroipa. Burkin Faso have been drawn in one of the two more winnable groups, alongside Zambia, Nigeria and Ethiopia and their odds of 6/1 to win their group, look overpriced!

My Best Bet:
Morocco to Win the Tournament at 14/1
Outside Bets:
One of Mali or Algeria to Reach The Final both at 5/2
Burkina Faso to Win Group C at 6/1

# Odds courtesy of Betfair and correct at time of writing.

Go to oddschecker for all your ACON betting.

Live coverage of the 2013 African Cup of Nations on TV will be shown on ITV4 and British Eurosport in the UK. ITV4 will broadcast 20 live African Cup of Nations games including 12 group matches, 4 Quarter Finals, both Semi Finals, the third-place play off and the African Cup of Nations Final.

British Eurosport will broadcast all 32 games live from the tournament including the African Cup of Nations Final On TV. See here for the full TV schedule of matches and kick-off times.

Friday, January 04, 2013

All the Latest Transfer Gossip across Europe!

The January 2013 transfer window only opened four days ago, but it is safe to say that the media is rife with transfer rumours across Britain and Europe!

Clubs have 27 more days to reshape and strengthen their squads with players that they feel can help them achieve 'comparative' success, whether they are chasing trophies, eyeing up promotion or bidding to avoid relegation.

With purse strings being pulled ever increasingly tighter by the owners of many clubs, perhaps the loan market will play a more significant role than ever in this winter window!

Here is a round up of all of today’s latest transfer gossip:

Is your club involved?

Chelsea, Newcastle, Lille, West Ham, Liverpool, QPR, Inter Milan, New York Red Bulls, Los Angeles Galaxy, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, Fulham, FC Twente, Tottenham, Toulouse, Monaco, Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Arsenal, PSV, Aston Villa, Wigan, Sporting Kansas City, Liverpool, Sunderland, Hull, Hannover, Ipswich, Nottingham Forest, Swansea, Reading, Sporting Lisbon, AC Milan, Corinthians, Bayern Munich, Mainz 05, West Brom, Zenit, Dianamo Kiev, Genoa, Southampton, Birmingham, Bolton, Blackburn, Brighton, Bristol City, Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers, Fleetwood, Lazio, Willem II, Bournemouth and Northampton........are all caught up in the latest transfer news/rumours across Europe, as we speak.

Chelsea have completed the signing of striker Demba Ba from Newcastle on a three-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee - and

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Mathieu Debuchy (right) from Lille - and

Joe Cole has completed his transfer to West Ham United from Liverpool, with the 31 year-old signing an 18-month contract at Upton Park -

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has been offered Inter Milan forward Wesley Sneijder, 28, to boost his side's relegation scrap - The Sun and

QPR boss harry Redknapp was also happy to confirm that loan moves for Los Angeles Galaxy's Robbie Keane and New York Red Bulls' Tim Cahill are under consideration -

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has been quoted by Spanish newspaper AS as describing reports linking striker Radamel Falcao, 26, with Real Madrid as "totally false" -

Borussia Dortmund CEO Aki Watzke has rubbished recent reports linking centre-back Mats Hummels, 24, with a January move to Manchester City -

Manchester United may wait until the summer before bidding for Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha (right), but his arrival could mean the end of Nani’s time at the Manchester club - and

Fulham have confirmed the signing of teenage forward Chris David from FC Twente after having missed out on him during the summer after a problem with his medical -

Tottenham are leading the race to sign France midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 23, on a pre-contract agreement from Toulouse, but face competition from Monaco - The Times and

Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh has signed a six-month loan deal with West Ham United, at least according to Jack Sullivan, the son of Hammers co-chairman David Sullivan. Arsenal are expected to make a significant contribution to Chamakh’s £60,000-a-week wages during his time at Upton Park -

Arsenal are looking at a move for PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman (right), 22. Arsene Wenger has earmarked a move for the young Dutch international, and will offer Russian winger Andrei Arshavin as part of an offer that the Arsenal boss hopes will tempt the Eredivisie side into selling the Dutch international -

Aston Villa are considering a move for Manchester City's out-of-favour 30-year-old defender Joleon Lescott - Daily Mirror and

Tottenham will listen to offers for England international midfielder Jake Livermore, 23, this month, with West London rivals QPR and Fulham monitoring the situation - Daily Mail

Wigan Athletic have completed the signing of Honduran midfielder Roger Espinoza (right) from Sporting Kansas City. The 26 year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at the DW Stadium - and

Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell is keen on a £7million move to Hull City - The Sun, The Mirror and Daily Mail

Hannover have confirmed that they are hopeful of sealing a deal for Arsenal defender Johan Djourou. Hannover are keen to take Djourou, who has two years left on his current deal, on a loan deal with a view to that becoming permanent in the summer -

Ipswich Town have raided Championship rivals Nottingham Forest to sign 25 year-old striker David McGoldrick on loan -

Swansea City striker Danny Graham, 27, is Reading manager Brian McDermott's next target following the capture of  Daniel Caricco (right), 24, from Sporting Lisbon - The Times and Daily Express

Fabio Coentrao's future at Real Madrid is in danger after the 24-year-old full-back failed to show up for the first training session of the year - Marca (in Spanish) and

Brazil striker Alexandre Pato, 23 - a previous target of Manchester City and Chelsea - has left AC Milan for Corinthians for around £12m - Tottusport (in Italian) and

Bayern Munich have confirmed a deal that will see them sign Mainz 05 defender Jan Kirchhoff at the end of the season. The 22-year-old will join Bayern on a three-year deal in the summer, once his current contract has expired -

Arsenal are reportedly among the clubs who are considering a January bid for Jonas Olsson, but West Bromwich Albion insist the defender is going nowhere. Last summer WBA took steps to ensure Olsson would not leave, and gave the Swede a new four-year contract, but the terms are rumoured to include a £3million release clause -

Joel Obi's agent says the player is unlikely to leave Inter Milan, but confirmed Sunderland's interest in the Nigerian ace. The Black Cats have been linked with a January move for the 21-year-old, but his agent insists that a deal is unlikely

Inter have confirmed the arrival of former Italian international striker Tommaso Rocchi from Lazio. Inter have secured the services of the experienced striker on a permanent deal with reports suggesting the 35-year-old will be there till June - and

Yann M’Vila (right) is ready to leave Rennes during the current transfer window if a fee can be agreed with the French club. The news is likely to be listened to carefully by a number of clubs who have been keen on M’Vila in the past. Interested parties include Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Zenit St.Petersburg and most recently QPR -

Genoa's Andreas Granqvist will not be returning to England after links with Liverpool and Sunderland, as he is set for talks with Zenit and Dynamo Kiev - La Gazzetta dello Sport

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has insisted he is not interested in signing Birmingham City's 19 year-old goalkeeper Jack Butland -

Brighton's 21-year-old defender Lewis Dunk is a target for both Bristol City and Blackburn -

QPR have signed defender Tal Ben Haim on a short-term deal until he end of the season. The Israel was a free agent since leaving Portsmouth in August - and

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman is set to sign Barnsley striker Craig Davies, 26, in a £300,000 deal. Freedman wants the powerful frontman to bolster his struggling side - Daily Mail

Martin Olsson's agent has claimed that West Ham are one of a number of clubs looking to land the 24 year-old Blackburn defender-

Willem II have confirmed that they are hoping to agree a deal with Bournemouth for Lorenzo Davids (right) -

Swindon have completed the permanent signing of defender Darren Ward, 34, following his release by Millwall -

Doncaster Rovers have announced the signing of 29 year-old midfielder Lee Fowler from Fleetwood for an undisclosed fee -

Northampton have completed the signing of defender Clarke Carlisle on an 18-month contract -