Monday, January 24, 2005

If you spend £2 million to secure the services of a 15 year old, it would not be unreasonable to suggest that you've bought yourself a big load of trouble. And so it came to pass that Arsenal bad-boy Jermaine Pennant is in trouble again after getting arrested early on Sunday morning on suspicion of drink-driving. According to the BBC Pennant had his collar felt after wrapping Ashley Cole's Mercedes around a lamppost in Aylesbury.

It's not the first time Pennant has been in trouble. Back in April 2003, David Platt kicked him out of the England Under-21 squad after Pennant broke a curfew. He claimed at the time that this was the spur he needed to sort his career out but, it would appear, it hasn't worked. As the Guardian reported a couple of weeks ago, Pennant's contract is up this summer, and he's yet to be offered a new one.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

York City have taken a big step to taking back ownership of their Bootham Crescent ground. As reported on their official forum, an agrrement has been reached with the current owners, Bootham Crescent Holdings, to purchase 75% of that company and, thereby, take control of the ground. At the same time, the deal sees a charge (in effect a mortgage) being granted to the Football Stadia Improvement Fund in respect of loans made to ensure that the ground is up to Football League standard.

The York City board also confirmed that they need to move from Bootham Crescent within 10 years and have plans in hand to build a 10,000 seat stadium on a different site in the city for occupation by 2014. We wish them well.


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