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The Week That Was

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Good news at Southend United on Wednesday where the club avoided administration and a 10-point penalty. Supporters apparently pulled enough money together to avoid the deduction while Blues chairman Ron Martin has committed to repaying debts totaling £2.1m.

That’s a lot of money but it definitely got less column inches than the eight pounds of Kai Wayne Rooney this week.

Over to Portman Road with the news that Ipswich Town and Roy Keane’s torturous start to the season has finally ended with a 1-0 home win over Derby County. Is this the end of the Roy Keane death stare? Only time will tell.

Remember last week and Newcastle fans’ understandable fury with the club’s decision to flog off the naming rights to St James’s Park? Well, they’ve only went and done it! So how much did they rake in off the back off this? Nothing by the looks of it. Because Mr Ashley’s named it after his own company, welcome to James’s Park. As he’s renamed St James’s Park, Toon fans should feel free to email us with their favourite names for Mike Ashley…

It’s not only Newcastle United who think this is a great idea though – new Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourley is also getting in on the act. We’re sure their fans are delighted, not.

Chelsea’s transfer ban has also been suspended with the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling they should be allowed to deal in January.

And agents around the world danced a merry jig.

FSF in the media – we’ve been busy, busy, busy as Sunderland fans launched a petition on our site (SIGN IT HERE!) following accusations of extremely harsh treatment from police. This led to media appearances all over the place including coverage from local TV and radio, the BBC, Guardian, Express, Sunderland Echo, Northern Echo, Sporting Life and numerous online forums.

On the BBC’s regional news we were the second news item! Top spot went to a 16-year-old who couldn’t get his ‘Page 3 stunner’ fix because a local newsagent wouldn’t sell him the goods, poor lad. Has he not heard of the internet?
We also got a plug on the Guardian’s brilliant Football Weekly Extra podcast (around 30 mins in) although they got our name wrong, d’oh! Barry – it’s the Football Supporters’ Federation at The Extra Weekly Soccer lot all seem top fellas though so we can forgive them on that – always a grand listen (kiss, kiss).

Until next week, thanks for reading, it’s 5pm and that post-work pint is waiting. Cheers!


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