Football Shorts: Chesterfield vs. Oldham Athletic

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Managerial Sackings
October lived up to its reputation as a dire month for managers in the Football League, with five bossed axed in the three divisions.

Terry Butcher was the first casualty of the month when he was sacked by Newport County, before Mark Cooper was ousted by Swindon Town.

Uwe Rosler’s messy departure from Leeds United followed before Championship counterparts Charlton Athletic opted to part company with Guy Luzon.

Russ Wilcox’s dismissal from York City was the brought the season’s managerial casualty list to 11 for the 2015/16 season by November 1st.

Four sackings have since followed.

It was a special FA Cup first round weekend for Bury boss David Filtcroft whose side wrapped up a 4-0 demolition of League One compatriots Wigan Athletic.

Flitcroft revealed that he used Remembrance Weekend as motivation for his players, who duly performed to secure a place in the hat for the second round of the country’s oldest cup competition.

“It is an important day for me,” Flitcroft told the Bolton News. “When you witness the scenes that we saw at the start of the game and the people that fought for us, it is quite emotional for me.

“I said to the players don’t wear the armband if you cannot wear it with pride and wear it with honour.

“I have just watched a team (Wigan) capitulate wearing it.

“Don’t wear it if it doesn’t mean something to you.”

It was the Shakers’ second cup defeat of the Latics this season, having beaten Gary Caldwell’s men in the Capital One Cup earlier in the season.

Ade Akinbiyi feels there is no limit to the heights that Andre Gray can reach leading the line at his former club Burnley.

The Clarets prised Gray away from Brentford in a club-record £9m fee in the summer, and Akinbiyi has tipped the 24-year-old for England recognition.

“I’ve always believed in him and his ability,” he told the Lancashire Telegraph, having mentored the striker during their time at Wolves.

“It hasn’t surprised me how well he is doing at Turf Moor. It was just a matter of him settling down but he has done that quickly.

“You only need to look at the other players who have been called up [for England] recently who have a similar background in football.”

In a matching path to that of Jamie Vardy, Danny Ings and Charlie Austin, Gray’s route to professional saw him rise from non-league Hinckley Town after being released from Wolves at the age of 13.

“If he carries on doing what he’s doing then why not?” He added. “If he puts his mind to it, he can play for England one day.”

Blackburn Rovers
Former England captain Alan Shearer is to have a road named after him opposite Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park.

The striker scored 131 goals in 172 appearances during his four seasons with the Lancashire club, firing Rovers to the Premier League title in 1995.

The recognition follows the commissioning of a statue in his honour by former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd.

Shearer said: “I am honoured and flattered that Blackburn with Darwen Council has named the new road after me.

“My time playing for Rovers and also being part of the team that won the title was an incredibly happy period of my life and I will always look back fondly on the time and the people that made it so special.”

Fleetwood Town
Fleetwood Town striker David Ball is in the running to win FIFA’s Puskás award for the best goal of the year.

Ball’s audacious chip in the Cod Army’s 1-1 draw against Preston North End in March has been included as one of ten nominations for FIFA’s prestigious prize, along with goals from Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez.

“It’s great for that goal to even be put in the same bracket as the ones which have been shortlisted,” Ball told the Fleetwood website. “I’m absolutely delighted. I’m obviously shocked to have been shortlisted and it’s a great thing for Fleetwood Town and myself. The likes of Carlos Tevez and Lionel Messi are people I love watching. To be in the same category as them is something I’ll cherish forever.

“I remember the initial thought process of the goal and just trying it. Those sort of goals either do come off or they don’t come off,” Ball added. “I remember the scenes with the fans after I’d scored and the feeling with the lads too. It was just unbelievable and especially given it was a derby game as well. I’d love anyone to tell a friend or anyone they know to vote for the goal. If the supporters could help me it’d be a great achievement for myself.”

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