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The Championship finale in photos: Hull gain, Barnsley survive, Wolves sink and Leicester’s last gasp glory

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Hull City v Cardiff City - KC Stadium

 

FOOTBALL. Bloody hell. Hull City have been promoted to the Barclays Premier League. It wasn’t easy. It was nerve-shredding tension. Unless you were a Cardiff city fan.

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Hull City v Cardiff City - KC Stadium

 

 

When Nicky Maynard converted a penalty for already promoted Cardiff City, they were drawing with Hull 2-2. Watford’s match became all-important. Radios were tuned in.

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Hull City v Cardiff City - KC Stadium

 

 

A win for Watford would see them occupy the second automatic promotion spot. Could they beat Leeds United?  Hull City players gathered around a television to watch the Watford game. It’s kick of had been delayed  because of an injury to Watford’s goalkeeper, Jonathan Bond. For sixteen minutes Hull waited and Watford toiled. Then Ross McCormack scored in the 90th minute. Leeds were 2-1 up. Watford were gutted. Watford’s manager Gianfranco Zola summed it up.

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Watford v Leeds United - Vicarage Road

 

Hull went nuts.

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Hull City v Cardiff City - KC Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Hull City v Cardiff City - KC Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Hull City v Cardiff City - KC Stadium

 

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Hull City v Cardiff City - KC Stadium

 

Meanwhile, at the foot of the table, Wolverhampton Wanderers lost to Brighton & Hove Albion. That meant back-to-back relegation.

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Brighton and Hove Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers - AMEX Stadium

 

 

But it’s Peterborough who were crushed. They were drawing 2-2 away to Crystal Palace when disaster struck.  Mile Jedinak scored in the 89th minute.

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Crystal Palace v Peterborough United - Selhurst Park

 

Barnsley, who only managed a 2-2 draw with Huddersfield, would be up if they hung on for the point. They did.

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Huddersfield Town v Barnsley - John Smith's Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Huddersfield Town v Barnsley - John Smith's Stadium

 

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Huddersfield Town v Barnsley - John Smith's Stadium

 

Nottingham Forest are also gutted at the last.  They will not be in the play-off places because Leicester City scored in the 90th minute.

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Nottingham Forest v Leicester City

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Nottingham Forest v Leicester City

 

 

And for Crystal Palace fans, it might soon be goodbye from him. What price Manchester United-bound Wilfried Zaha taking Palace to the Primer League via the play-offs?

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Crystal Palace v Peterborough United - Selhurst Park

Posted: 4th, May 2013 | In: Sports | Comment


When football kits clash changes are inevitable: a history of soccer disasters

FLASHBACK looks at football kit changes. When both teams are wearing the ame kit,

Are you Crystal Palace in disguise?

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Crystal Palace v Barnsley - Selhurst Park

There’s only one conceivable reason why any of the 21,281 spectators at Selhurst Park are likely to remember Saturday’s match between Crystal Palace and Barnsley: both team played in Palace kits. The Eagles played in their usual red-and-blue and the Tykes donned Palace’s yellow away shirt. Whether they took advantage of the 30 percent reduction in the club shop is not known. In the event both teams played like Palace and failed to score.

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Posted: 7th, April 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Sports | Comments (2)


Barnsley Drunk Driver Blames Colour Blind Horse For Racing Red Light

TO Barnsley Magistrates Court, where local caravaner John Mulvenna says his horse and trap shot a red light because the Fred (the horse) is colour blind. Mr Mulvenna told officers he was “merry” but not drunk.

The Beak listens and hands Mr Mulvenna a 12-month conditional discharge with £50 costs. Says he:

“Fred’s three and he’s worth about three or four thousand pounds. I have had him since he was a foal. I bred him and he’s the best you can get but he is a bit colour blind.”

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Posted: 7th, August 2011 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Bye Bye Burger Boy: Barnsley Council Sets A Fat Lad On Fire

THEY were going to burn the Barnsley Burger Boy as part of a council “health festival”. The fat lad would burn for days and show us that fat peoples will not be tolerated and that they can be an alternative use of fuel.

This was not a real fat boy. Not this time. The 40ft effigy burnt in the heart of Barnsley this July in a ceremony called Bye Bye Burger Boy would be made of tobacco, or something. The figure would be an obsese lad dressed in tight clothes “sitting in an overflowing ashtray facing a table weighed down with burgers and cakes”. Yep, it could be you.

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Posted: 15th, April 2010 | In: Strange But True | Comment