Arsenal to face Manchester United in FA Cup fourth round

Arsenal have been drawn at home to Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round. The Gunners have won the competition a record 13 times, while United are 12-time winners. The two sides met in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup in 2015 when Danny Welbeck scored the winner against his former side as Arsenal ran out 2-1 winners at Old Trafford. Non-league Barnet – the lowest-ranked club left in the competition – are at home to Championship side Brentford. League One Gillingham, who knocked out Premier League Cardiff in the third…

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League Two season review

This was a season that, above all, demonstrated powers of recovery. Three clubs that have undergone some extremely testing times in the recent past emerged from the gloom and disappointment to gain automatic promotion to League One as reward for showing by far the greatest degree of consistency in a highly competitive fourth tier. As recently as 2010, Portsmouth were in the Premier League and participating in the FA Cup final, but a series of financial woes and frequent changes of ownership led to the club suffering a demoralising three…

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League Two Season Review 2015-16

They may have been plagued by off-field tribulations due to a tumultuous change of ownership, but throughout the 2015-16 season Northampton Town were a machine, powering past and reigning over all those who stood in their way. Having the look of a strong outfit from the start, they won the title at a canter and ended with a 24-match unbeaten run. Manager Chris Wilder had been managing in League Two for several seasons without being able to sustain a promotion bid, but this time his charges were unstoppable and he…

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(Images) New stadium photos make FIFA 16 look more in depth than ever

A series of photos EA Sports have released show nine new stadiums set to be featured in Fifa 16, and judging from these in-game stills, it’s going to be the most realistic football game yet. Featuring all three of the newly promoted sides – Bournemouth, Norwich and Watford – they are joined by stunning new diggings for Marseille’s Stade Velodrome, River Plate’s El Monumental and ever er…Portsmouth’s Fratton Park. See the images below… Vitality Stadium – Bournemouth Vicarage Road – Watford Carrow Road – Norwich Fratton Park – Portsmouth Stade…

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Former Man United legend Sir Alex Ferguson named as Premier League’s most influential figure

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been named as the most influential person in Premier League history. READ MORE: Manchester United Transfer News Ten unstoppable players Manchester United almost signed Man United would lucky to sign key target, says ex-Real Madrid chief In a list compiled by the Daily Mail, the veteran tactician saw off competition from the likes of Roman Abramovich, Rupert Murdoch and Richard Scudamore to exert his influence on the top flight. Current Premier League managers Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho also featured amongst the…

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Top 5 Harry Redknapp signings

Harry Redknapp, currently in charge at Queens Park Rangers is now one of English football’s most experienced managers. Here is a look at five of the best signings in his managerial career. Peter CrouchAlso signed twice by Redknapp, Crouch scored some vital goals as Tottenham impressed in the Champions League in 2010-11. His goal at Manchester City ensured that they qualified for the competition, and in the second round, he once again made the decisive contribution as Spurs defeated AC Milan over two legs. Jermain DefoeHarry Redknapp has signed Defoe…

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Agyemang hints at new Portsmouth deal

Stevenage striker Patrick Agyemang has given a clear indication that he will make his loan spell at Portsmouth permanent in the summer, reports Sky Sports. The former Ghanaian international has become a big favourite at Fratton Park since joining in January, and was given a standing ovation for his starring role in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Sheffield United. The 32-year old, whose contract at Boro comes to an end in the summer, told: “I’m trying not to give too much away. But we’ll see what happens.” Agyemang started his career…

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Cotterill eyes three more recruits before window slams shut

Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill wants three more players before the transfer window closes in 13 days time. Following the captures of Benjani Mwaruwari and Erik Huseklepp in the last week Pompey now have a squad of 19 players but Cotterill still believes more are needed to be able to cope with a full Championship campaign. On a number of occasions last season Pompey were forced to delve into the youth team or not name a full compliment of substitutes due to their thread-bare squad but Cotterill told The Portsmouth News…

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Club Focus – Portsmouth – Lack of goals still the main worry

On the face of it, a 4-1 loss looks like a bit of a demolition job, but Portsmouth’s heavy defeat at Crystal Palace was far closer than the scoreline suggests. But for Pompey, an inability to find that final bit of quality at the end of an attack, be it a shot or a pass, has been costing the side dear all season, and was once again their main enemy on Tuesday evening. With just two goals registered in the league all season – one a rather fortunate deflected effort,…

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Club Focus – Portsmouth – Promising signs from new-look Pompey

Saturday’s goalless draw with Ipswich will go down in the record books as just another winless league game for Portsmouth at the start of this season, but for manager Steve Cotterill, and the thousands that pack Fratton Park each week, there was a sense of renewed optimism following the side’s best display of the season. If Pompey are not careful, they could well equal the seven game winless run which they began last season with, and we all know what that led to. However, they were all defeats, and off-field…

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Club Focus – Portsmouth – Time for Cotterill’s Stoke quartet to deliver

With the visit of Roy Keane’s highly-rated Ipswich side just 24 hours away, Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill is still waiting to hear confirmation on three crucial palyers. Ricardo Rocha, Kanu and Liam Lawrence are all in a race against time to be eligible to face the Tractor Boys as contract issues and various transfer inconveniences threaten to topple Pompey’s challenge for a first league win of the season before it even begins. Sat bottom of the Championship table, Pompey desperately need to secure their first win, and despite Ipswich being…

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Club Focus – Portsmouth – Sorry Pompey hit rock bottom

They say every season starts with renewed optimism, but for beleaguered Portsmouth fans, it was a case of renewed ambiguity and uncertainty. Many predicted the side could still have the required quality to launch a play-off assault with off-field matters slowly returning to normality – some thought mid-table security was beckoning, while others thought a season fighting relegation was in the offing amid continued off-filed predicaments. After four league games, one glance at the table will tell you just which party were right. As Pompey prop-up up the Championship table…

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Club Focus – Portsmouth – Wilson transfer a good deal for Pompey?

Usually, losing your club’s captain and most talented player would be a blow for any football fan. However, Marc Wilson’s proposed transfer to Stoke, which is expected to go through by Monday, could be the exception. Wilson was made captain by Steve Cotterill last month, possibly with the incentive of keeping the highly-rated youngster on the club’s books, as the new boss looked to build his team around the Irishman. But now, with Pompey still looking to raise cash to fund the CVA, Wilson looks set to seal a deal…

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Club Focus – Portsmouth – Preston horror-show proves Pompey’s need for reinforcements

Granted its only three games in, but the Championship table will be a difficult read for Portsmouth fans right now. Their team are not only winless, but have registered just a single goal in their three encounters thus far. If Pompey’s lack of firepower had reared its ugly head in the opening two fixtures, it was there for all to see on Saturday as Steve Cotterill’s men could barely muster a decent chance in a chastening and desperate 90 minutes versus Preston North End. This against a side that were…

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Club Focus – Portsmouth – Nugent hopes football’s oldest curse strikes in his favour

Saturday sees Portsmouth travel to Lancashire as they face bottom of the table Preston at Deepdale. Both sides are yet to record a win in the league yet, so they’ll be desperate to break that mould as soon as possible. And for one Pompey player, it’ll mark a return to his former club where he enjoyed the best form of his career – although he returns a very different player. David Nugent has endured a torrid time since his arrival at Fratton Park three years ago – indeed the manager…

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Club Focus – Portsmouth – New owner, now time for new faces

Balram Chanrai’s takeover of Portsmouth Football Club is good news for everyone involved. There’ll be debates about his motives, but the self-proclaimed ‘accidental owner’ has spoke encouragingly about ambitions for stability at the club, and if he has aspirations of looking up the league ladder rather than down, then he will have to dip into his pocket a few times over the next few weeks. This current Pompey team has genuine quality in areas, coupled with an indisputable dearth of ability in others. But for all the positives and negatives,…

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Club Focus – Portsmouth – Beggars can’t be choosers

Noises coming out of Portsmouth this week suggest Balram Chanrai’s takeover of the club is merely days away. The Hong Kong businessman is said to be on the verge of taking the reins at the club (again) with the ensuing exit from administration and lifting of the transfer embargo to follow. But while the club desperately seek an owner to keep them afloat, why is there such unease at the man who has already poured in around £20m of his own money into the club, and who is willing to…

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Club Focus – Portsmouth – Transfer activity key to Pompey’s season

A topsy-turvy five days which started with a club-saving win in the High Court, followed by an insipid opening day league defeat, culminated in a morale-boosting win at League 2 Stevenage, leaving Steve Cotterill a full four days to boost his numbers before their next outing. Now there were plenty of things wrong with Pompey on Saturday as they visited the Ricoh Arena – the familiar tale of a costly mistake coupled with a blatant absence of any midfield creativity, the two main woes – but the lack of genuine…

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Club Focus – Portsmouth – Sighs of relief on the south coast

There have been plenty of insults levelled at Portsmouth Football Club over the last 18 months or so, but HMRC’s “sham” jibe threatened to be the last, and most damaging. As Pompey fans sat glued to various media outlets throughout yesterday, they yearned for the news that their club would still be alive by the time their away trip to Coventry came around on Saturday afternoon. The very real prospect of liquidation loomed and HMRC pulled no punches in what they deem a system which unfairly sees all football debts…

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Club Focus – Portsmouth – 2010/11 season preview

After last season’s farcical campaign, Portsmouth head into the 2010/11 season, their first season back in the second tier since 2002/03, with numerous issues still surrounding the club. Last season A tale of woe, absurdity and undeniable unity, as Pompey sunk not only to relegation, but also into becoming the first ever Premier League side to enter administration. An FA Cup final lifted the blues for a short while, but 2009/10 is a season the south coast club would like to quickly forget. The squad 2010 summer transfer campaign With…

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Avram Grant’s inevitable resignation from stricken Portsmouth

Avram Grant left the Chelsea hot-seat a lick of paint away from being a Champions League winner. He also left reviled and trophy-less, unable to capture the hearts of a fan-base who had previously been smitten by the charms of Jose Mourinho. English football, it seemed, had seen the last of Grant. There was no great farewell. Two years later and he resigns from a Portsmouth team relegated to the Championship. But as their squad bade farewell to their supporters as the whistle blew on their FA Cup hopes, the…

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Andrew Tuft’s Monday Column – Chelsea victorious in F.A Cup Final but the competition continues to fall from grace

A Didier Drogba free-kick was enough to give Chelsea victory in Saturday’s F.A Cup Final, and with it, a historic first double for the Stamford Bridge side. But while the Chelsea fans enjoyed seeing their team lift the trophy for the second consecutive year, and the Portsmouth support relished the occasion as a brief moment of sunshine in a year filled with gloom, the 2010 vintage of the world’s oldest cup competition was distinctly underwhelming for everyone else. It has little to do with the game itself and the gulf…

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Club Focus – Portsmouth – Fratton Park swansong

The journey began almost seven years ago – it now ends in a midst of calamity, confusion, and most of all – pride. That first ever Premier League encounter at Fratton Park was a day of surreal and unbridled joy – notching a deserved 2-1 win over Aston Villa. Plenty has gone in between, but the defeat of another Midlands team, Wolves, on Saturday marks the end of Premier League football at Fratton Park – for now. The past seven seasons on the south coast have thrown up ample memories…

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Club Focus – Portsmouth – Diop due to depart with few admirers

The name Papa Bouba Diop has been one Premier League fans have enjoyed saying for almost six years now. His move to Fulham in 2004 – largely off the back of an impressive World Cup in 2002 – was a huge success, although eventually trailed off, ultimately landing him on the south coast. Indeed, back in 2004, then-Pompey boss Harry Redknapp battled it out with the Cottagers for the Senegalese international before losing out at the final minute. Diop’s start to life in England was superb with suitors such as…

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Portsmouth – it’s even worse than anyone thought

Four owners in a year, relegation, administration and the dubious honour of being the first Premier League side to be docked points are just the main headlines in what has been a nightmare season for all concerned with Portsmouth Football Club. It would be somewhat predictable if Pompey were to win the FA Cup in May, but when they won the competition in 2008 it was supposed to be a platform to consistently strong performances at the elite level. They say a week is a long time in politics. What…

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