10 great moments from last season’s Football League

Norwich 1 Colchester 7 (8th August 2009) – “An Opening Day Drubbing”

The opening day of league one throws up a massive headline as Bryan Gunns Norwich side slumped to a humiliating 7-1 defeat at the hands of Colchester United, a side under the stewardship of Paul Lambert who would later be installed at the helm of Carrow Road. The defeat was the biggest in Norwich’s 107 year history.

Peterborough 4 Cardiff 4 (28th December 2009) – “A Posh Comeback”

As high flying Cardiff cruised into a 4-0 half time lead away at bottom of the league Peterborough, you could be forgiven for thinking this could be a scoreline to rival the largest winning margins of the season. But Posh boss Mark Cooper sent his side out with renewed vigour at London Road and after goals from Charlie Lee, George Boyd and a brace from substitute Josh Simpson saw Peterborough complete a truly outstanding comeback and leaving the 9,769 fans (or what was left of them) speechless.

Cardiff 2 Leicester 3, 3-3 on Aggregate, Cardiff win on penalties. (12th May 2010) – “How Not to Take a Penalty”

Leicester came into this game 1-0 and conceding a goal early on meant the deficit was doubled. The Foxes rallied and struck back with three goals in succession which saw them take the lead for the first time over the two-legged tie. A Peter Whittingham spot kick sent the game into extra time and eventually a penalty shoot out. French forward Yann Kermogrant stepped up for Leicester and sent a weak chip straight into the sprawling David Marshall, the Cardiff ‘keeper making the first of two penalty saves which saw his side through to a Wembley showpiece with Blackpool.

Millwall 5 Tranmere 0 – (3rd October 2009) – “The Final Straw”

This result ratcheted up the pressure on the managerial pairing of John Barnes and Jason McAteer, after losing 8 of their 11 matches in charge during their time at the club they parted ways on October 10th. Chairman Peter Johnson was confronted by angry supporters at a football conference following the Millwall game and when Barnes chose not to accept the chance to leave by mutual consent he and McAteer were relieved of their duties. Les Parry, the club physio took charge of the first team and was given the permanent position later in the season, the Super Whites went on to finish 19th and avoid relegation from League One.

Burton Albion 0 Bournemouth 2 – (24th April 2010) – “That’s Howe it’s done”

The season started well for The Cherries, in his first season at the helm Howe guided his side to an impressive eight wins from their first nine games. Despite advances from struggling Championship side Peterborough to fill the vacant manager’s post at London Road Howe continued in his role at Bournemouth. The club had their fair share of problems in the 2009/10 season; a transfer embargo was placed upon them which saw the already threadbare side stretched to breaking point at times. Despite this Howe ensured Bournemouth finished 2nd in League Two joining Rochdale and Notts County in automatic promotion, this was confirmed when they saw off Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium in late April. Although he missed out on the LMA League 2 Manager of the year award (presented to Keith Hill of Rochdale) Howe’s first season in charge was nothing short of brilliant under extremely testing circumstances.

Blackpool 3 Cardiff 2 – (22nd May 2010) “When the Seasiders took a trip to a playoff final”

Blackpool showed how to hit form at the right time and reap the rewards. Having picked up their pace towards the end of the season they managed to sneak into the playoffs, beat promotion favourites Nottingham Forest and make it to the playoff final. There was so much at stake, not least because promotion meant an estimated £90 million as a result of playing in the Premier League. As soon as the final whistle was blown, the 39 years that Blackpool had spent away from the top flight melted away and the fairy tale was complete. The new Premiership season may be on the doorstep (and Blackpool may be screwed from day one) but they can always remember that great playoff moment.

Rochdale 1 Northampton 0 – (17th April 2010) “36th time lucky”

Forget Three Lions on a shirt with all the years of hurt, you try being a Rochdale fan watching your team stay in the same league for 36 consecutive seasons. 2010 saw the end of Rochdale’s relationship with the bottom division of the Football League; fans and players went mental and it reminded other football fans that exciting moments in football don’t always rely on players worth £70 million.

Carroll 1 Taylor 0 (March 2010) – “Howay, I’m gonna break your jaw pet”

Everyone loves it when teammates fight (Bowyer vs Dyer, Hartson vs Berkovic , Fuller vs Griffin) and so when a story comes to light of a teammate brawl that ends it a broken jaw, it automatically becomes great. Rumours were abound that the reason why Andy Carroll decided to break Steven Taylor’s jaw was down to sex texts. All I can say is in that case it’s a good job neither of them have Ashley Cole’s number. Needless to say that although it probably caused some awkward dressing room moments, it didn’t stop the Toon from finishing top of the Championship and bouncing straight back into the Premier League.

Notts County (Season 2009/2010) – “A season of crazy”

Last season at Notts County was enthralling, totally crazy but enthralling. Simple as. It had very little to do with what was going on on the pitch, it was all about the coming and goings in the board and dressing room. In July 2009 it was announced that County had been taken over by a Qatari consortium, or one from Dubai…or a Thai one; the point was nobody was totally sure. And while investigations went on over who owned the club, Sven arrived as a “Director of Football”. Sven promptly set about convincing Sol Campbell to come and play for Notts County, but even then the mayhem was not over. After making just one appearance (Morecambe away), Big Sol left County and never came back. Five months later Sven followed him, Notts County were taken over for £1 and Scooby Doo and the gang were drafted in to find out just who did own the club for seven months of the 2009/2010. Meanwhile on the pitch Notts County were going from strength to strength and ended up winning League Two.

Crazy.

Dean Windass on Soccer Saturday – (Season 2009/2010) “Someone’s just been sent off but I don’t know coz I weren’t concentrating”

In these times of economic uncertainty, one big question is posed to us every Saturday; just how the hell did Dean Windass get to be a reporter on Soccer Saturday?! He does give us some comedy moments but more often he left us shaking our heads and questioning what the hell just happened (which is actually what he was doing many times when Jeff went to him for a match report). To be fair to him, it was his first season and he’s just settling into it so we all know that this could be his breakout season.

Here’s Deano at the Championship clash between Middlesbrough and Bristol City:

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