Football Shorts: Chesterfield vs. Gillingham

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Robins ‘Keeper in Fine Form
Liverpool goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux has returned to Swindon Town on loan after apologising for paying a £50 fine with 5,000 1p pieces.

The 21-year-old had played nine games for Swindon after joining them on a season-long loan, but was sent back to Anfield after he used the coins to pay his fine for turning up late to training.

Robins manager Mark Cooper told the BBC: “Lawrence is going to come back, he is very humble and very apologetic.

“He knows the way he behaved was wrong and he has been in the changing room after the game and apologised to the players. He asked them if they wanted him back and they all said yes.

“We are giving him a second chance, and I’m sure he will be grateful.”

Hectic Day for Owls Defender
Sheffield Wednesday full-back Daniel Pudil scored his first goal for the Owls just hours after watching the birth of his second child on Saturday.

The 30-year-old rushed to hospital in the early hours to be with his girlfriend as she gave birth at 5.20am.

And that afternoon the on-loan Watford defender netted his first for the Owls to hand the Hillsbrough outfit a fourth straight win.

Pudil explained: “My daughter came, I was able to play in the game, and scored a goal.

“I am really proud of my missus, too. It was really tough for her. When I was playing, after about 75 minutes I was really struggling, but I was thinking about her and how she had delivered a baby.

“It is one of the best weekends of my life.”

Cobblers Woes Continue
Northampton Borough Council have given Northampton Town three weeks to repay a loan totalling £10.25m.

The Council sanctioned the credit in 2013 as a part of plans to redevelop the club’s Sixfields Stadium and its surrounding area, but the club has missed its last two instalments leaving the council with no option but to issue legal notices to the Cobblers.

A Council spokesman said: “The Chairman has repeatedly informed us that the council will be repaid in full when the club is sold but the sale does not seem to be proceeding at this point.

“The notices give the Club three weeks to repay the loan in full.

“If the sum is not repaid, then the council will begin legal proceedings to recover the debt.”

County Fundraiser
After raising over £200,000 to become a supporter-owned club last week, Newport County fans amassed even more cash in an ingenious way ahead of their 1-1 draw with Exeter City on Saturday.

Fans placed £1 coins on a stretch of road leading to the club’s Rodney Parade ground, and the street fundraiser totalled over £2,500.

The fund is being donated to the club’s Supporters’ Trust, which secured joint control over the League Two club last week after smashing the required target of £195,000.

And the Trust has been quick to exercise its new-found power, appointing John Sheridan as the club’s new manager following the dismissal of Terry Butcher.

Busy Bent
Darren Bent has made a slow start to the season since his permanent switch from Aston Villa, and the forward’s cause was not helped on Saturday when he was omitted from the Rams’ matchday squad for being late.

The former England striker got stuck in traffic on his way to the iPro Stadium, forcing manager Paul Clement to omit him from the matchday 18 entirely.

Clement told the Derby Telegraph: “He got caught in a lot of traffic, it can happen to anybody. It is not a decision I wanted to have to make, but I made it and I have to stand by that.

“He (Bent) was disappointed. It can happen. Everybody has been late at some point.”

Asked whether Bent would face any further action, the manager said: “No. That’s it, end of story.”


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