In Football Today... 2/11/06

Notts County

The Supporters Trust revealed that there will be little change to the club once they take the majority control at Meadow Lane.

Previously, the Trust, who were against the appointment of Steve Thompson, held a 51% share, but with Haydn Green relinquishing some of his powers, the Trust agreed to up their stake to 60%. Not that this will change much.

Trust Chairman, Keri Usherwood, told the Nottingham Evening Post, “We expect it to be all wrapped up and sorted before Christmas. We do not anticipate any changes and we will not be adding more people from the Trust to the board.”

Meanwhile Steve Thompson busied himself with his injured players as he prepares the squad to face Boston on Saturday.

Andy Parkinson should be fit after missing the Bury defeat, but there are slight concerns over David Pipe (groin), Jason Lee and Dan Gleeson (back), plus Dan Martin (tonsillitis) and Stephen Hunt (calf). All are expected to recover, but Tom Curtis (broken toe) remains sidelined.

League 2

Hurst... Player of the Month?

John Schofield has been named ‘League 2 Manager of the Month' for October. The Lincoln City boss has masterminded the Red Imps to the top of the league, with four wins out of four throughout the month.

Stockport's Jim Gannon came second, with Bury boss Chris Casper in third, fresh from their 1-0 victory at Notts.

Glynn Hurst is hot favourite to be named the ‘Player of the Month' for October. The Bury front man has burst into the goalscoring charts with six in six following his loan arrival from Shrewsbury. The winner is announced on Sunday.

There has been more transfer activity in League 2 today.

Stockport have signed Northern Ireland youth International Tony Kane on loan from Blackburn.

However, the biggest transfer coup of the day has come for managerless Swindon Town. Andy Lonergan, the Preston goalkeeper, has been sent on a months loan there to regain his fitness. He remains in Preston's plans.


The Government are prepared to back an English bid to host the 2018 World Cup. After previously missing out to Germany for the 2006 event, the FA will be keen to get the biggest tournament in the world back to the home of football. Chancellor Gordon Brown is rumoured to be very, very keen on the idea.

Manchester United and Arsenal are still unsure of qualification for the next Champions League phase. With Chelsea and Liverpool already through, United lost in Copenhagen, whilst the Gunners' poor finishing meant they could only manage a 0-0 draw with CSKA Moscow. Both will have to wait before securing their passages.

Tottenham, Newcastle and Blackburn are all in Uefa Cup action tonight. Spurs face Club Brugge, whilst the Geordies have the difficult challenge of Italian side Palermo, who comfortably knocked West Ham out in the first round. Blackburn host Swiss side Basle.