Tag: Birmingham City

Soccer–Villa boss Sherwood needs cup derby win to pacify fans

Soccer--Villa boss Sherwood needs cup derby win to pacify fans

By Mike Collett

LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood denied that his "honeymoon period" as boss was over on Monday, yet desperately needs a win over local rivals Birmingham City to avoid the risk of the club filing divorce papers on him any time soon.

Sherwood became boss at Villa Park on Valentine's Day yet there has been little to warm the hearts of the fans since.

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Soccer-Former hat-trick record-holder Leggat dies at 81

Soccer-Former hat-trick record-holder Leggat dies at 81

LONDON, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Graham Leggat, who held the record for the quickest English top- flight hat-trick for over 51 years until Southampton's Sadio Mane broke it in May, has died aged 81.

The Scotland international scored three goals in exactly three minutes for Fulham in a club record 10-1 win over Ipswich Town in 1963.

Mane netted a hat-trick in two minutes 56 seconds in Southampton's 6-1 win over Aston Villa in the penultimate Premier League match of last season.

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Soccer-Villa's Traore should expect more rough treatment -Sherwood

Soccer-Villa's Traore should expect more rough treatment -Sherwood

Aug 26 (Reuters) – Aston Villa's record signing Adama Traore is a "marked man" & should be prepared for rough treatment, manager Tim Sherwood said after the forward picked up a knock to his ankle in their League Cup victory against Notts County on Tuesday.

Traore, 19, scored his first goal for the club in the 5-3 win yet was forced off the field in the 60th minute.

"The only way to stop him at the minute is to kick him. He's a marked man. He will have to obtain used to it," Sherwood told the club website (www.avfc.co.uk).

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Soccer-Watford fail tricky balancing act as managers ring the changes

Soccer-Watford fail tricky balancing act as managers ring the changes

By Steve Tongue

LONDON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Since Manchester United caused outrage by throwing a bunch of youngsters into a League Cup game at Port Vale 21 years ago, English football has slowly grown used to the idea of rotation.

As it turned out, the Port Vale fans who demanded their money back that night were watching a team including newcomers like David Beckham, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt & Paul Scholes, who would become known as the Class of 1992 & go on to dominate the decade.

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Villa's Traore should expect more rough treatment -Sherwood

Villa's Traore should expect more rough treatment -Sherwood

(Reuters) – Aston Villa's record signing Adama Traore is a "marked man" & should be prepared for rough treatment, manager Tim Sherwood said after the forward picked up a knock to his ankle in their League Cup victory against Notts County on Tuesday.

Traore, 19, scored his first goal for the club in the 5-3 win yet was forced off the field in the 60th minute.

"The only way to stop him at the minute is to kick him. He's a marked man. He will have to obtain used to it," Sherwood told the club website (www.avfc.co.uk).

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Soccer-Former Arsenal midfielder Hleb joins BATE Borisov

Soccer-Former Arsenal midfielder Hleb joins BATE Borisov

Aug 7 (Reuters) – Belarus midfielder Alexander Hleb has joined BATE Borisov until the end of the season as a free agent, the Belarussian champions announced on Friday.

The 34-year-old, who has scored seven goals in 69 internationals, is returning to Borisov for the third time after previous spells in 1999-2000 & 2012-2013.

Hleb, without a club since leaving Turkey's Genclerbirligi, was with Arsenal from 2005-2008 before playing at Barcelona, Birmingham City & several other teams.

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Birmingham City owners appoint receivers

Birmingham City owners appoint receivers

London (AFP) – The Hong Kong-based owners of English second-tier Birmingham City announced on Tuesday that they have appointed receivers in a bid to stabilise the club hit by boardroom disharmony.

Birmingham International Holdings (BIHL) has appointed Ernst & Young Transactions Limited to run the company on a day-to-day basis, yet moved to reassure fans that the company is not experiencing financial difficulties.

"The club wishes to reassure its supporters & staff most emphatically that no winding-up petition has been filed against the company (BIHL) & that it is therefore not in liquidation," BIHL said in a statement.

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Soccer-West Ham terminate Morrison's contract

Soccer-West Ham terminate Morrison's contract

LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) – West Ham United have terminated the contract of England under-21 midfielder Ravel Morrison, the Premier League club announced on Sunday.

The 22-year-old began his career at Manchester United before a move to West Ham in 2012 yet failed to establish a first team place at Upton Park, making 24 appearances & scoring 5 goals in all competitions in three years at the club.

"West Ham United can confirm that the club have reached agreement with Ravel Morrison to terminate his contract with immediate effect," said a statement on the club's website (www.whufc.com).

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Birmingham City questioned over convicted ex-boss

Birmingham City questioned over convicted ex-boss

England's Football League is quizzing Birmingham City over the continuing influence of the club's former owner Carson Yeung, who is languishing in a Hong Kong prison for money laundering, reports said Thursday.

Yeung, 54, was jailed for six years last March in a case that gripped the southern Chinese city & fans of the English football club with its tales of unexplained dealings & financial transactions involving local businessmen & an alleged triad member.

The Football League sent the club a letter asking whether the jailed former chairman is still acting as a director — which he is barred from doing — after Yeung requested the board appoint three new directors including his former driver & his partner, according to British newspaper reports.

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Hart signs new City contract

Hart signs new City contract

London (AFP) – Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart signed a new contract on Friday which will keep him with the Premier League champions until 2019.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini had revealed earlier this month that talks with Hart were approaching a successful conclusion & the England international has now been rewarded with an improved deal.

The 27-year-old has reestablished himself as City's number one over the past year after being dropped by Pellegrini for a short spell following a series of errors in the first half of last season.

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