Football Shorts: Chesterfield vs. Southend Untied

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Hockaday Returns
Ex-Leeds United boss Dave Hockaday has returned to management with Kidderminster Harriers, 14 months after his ill-fated tenure at Elland Road.

Hockaday takes over the National League outfit with the Carpetmen rooted to the bottom of the table and without a win this season, but the 57-year-old is delighted with the opportunity afforded to him at Aggborough.

“To be given the opportunity to get back out on to the grass – that’s something I have been waiting for,” he said.

“I am a coach – that’s what my reputation is and that’s what I am known as.

“Kidderminster have always been a big name at this level and this is a big challenge – it’s one I am relishing and one I am looking forward to.”

Cambridge Boss’ Fury
Cambridge United boss Richard Money was left infuriated after seeing his captain Mark Roberts sent off at half time following an altercation with Portsmouth assistant manager Leam Richardson.

Money saw the incident as a turning point as his side squandered a half time lead to lose 3-1, courtesy of a Matt Tubbs double for Pompey.

“They’ve mugged us,” said Money. “When you see the assistant manager running to the away end and punching the air at the final whistle that tells you everything.

“They’re a good team, and play lovely football, but if that’s what it takes to win football games it’s time for me to pack it in.”

Stelling Honoured
Sky Sports personality, Jeff Stelling, has been named as Hartlepool United’s honorary president.

Stelling, who presents Sky’s Soccer Saturday, is a life-long Pools supporter and was delighted with the honour awarded to him by his boyhood club.

“When I was standing on the terraces as a seven-year-old I never dreamt that one day the club would ask me to be honorary president,” said the 60-year-old.

“It’s sort of an impossible dream really but it’s fantastic and I really appreciate the fact that it has been offered to me – I am very grateful indeed.”

Rowett’s Surprise
Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett has admitted that summer signing Maikel Kieftenbeld has greatly exceeded expectations at St Andrews.

The 25-year-old midfielder has featured in all ten of the Blues’ Championship games this term, and Rowett has been blown away by his ability.

“We watched him in the summer and got a text from an agent saying he is available,” explained Rowett.

“I went straight onto a system called Wyscout for about four days solid and watched about 25 games and couldn’t find a reason not to sign him.

“I thought he would be a good player for us, I think he has been even better than I imagined.

Expensive Game
This week the results of a major survey into the price of football were released and some shocking statistics were revealed.

The cheapest season ticket in the top five leagues of English football can be found at Eastleigh for £120, but that price is more expensive than season tickets available at Bayern Munich.

Meanwhile, the costliest pie available in the top five English leagues can be bought at Kidderminster, priced at a whopping £4.50.

In response to the survey’s results, Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “Football League clubs continue to offer compelling football at a price that is affordable.

“Clubs need to ensure that their ticketing policies provide the right balance between fair value for supporters and generating the income that sustains on-field performance, which overwhelmingly they do.”

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