Bolton defender Joe Bunney taken to hospital after being involved in road traffic accident

9 Sep

Bolton defender Joe Bunney has been taken to hospital after being involved in a road traffic accident, the League One club have confirmed.

Bunney joined the club on transfer deadline day, but is yet to make his competitive debut for Wanderers.

A statement revealed he was admitted to a hospital in Preston where he will remain for the next 48 hours having sustained broken ribs and a broken collarbone during the incident.

Bolton Wanderers can confirm that Joe Bunney has been involved in a road traffic accident,” the statement read.

“The defender received medical attention for broken ribs and a broken collarbone and is being supported by the club’s medical staff.

“He will remain in hospital for the next 48 hours as a precautionary measure.

“Everybody at Bolton Wanderers wishes Joe a quick recovery.”

Bunney’s move to Bolton reunited him with Wanderers manager Keith Hill, who had been his coach at Rochdale.

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The 25-year-old has also played for Lancaster, Northwich Victoria and Northampton during an eight-year career.

Coventry vs Blackpool LIVE commentary: Full talkSPORT coverage of League One clash

7 Sep

Two of League One’s unbeaten sides are set to go head-to-head this weekend as Coventry host Blackpool.

Both teams have won three and drawn three in their opening six ties this term to be locked together in third and fourth in the table.

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They’ll now be looking to inflict a first defeat of the campaign on each other when they face off at St Andrew’s.

Blackpool won both of their meetings 2-0 last term.

Coventry vs Blackpool: How to listen

The League One clash will get under way at 3pm on Saturday, September 7.

Full commentary from Mark Wilson and Greg Abbott will be live on talkSPORT 2 and our coverage will start at 2:30pm.

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Coventry vs Blackpool: What has been said?

MK Dons boss Mark Robins: He said: “They’re all big games, but we go into it two unbeaten teams.

“Blackpool are a good side, they’re physical with good players and they are towards the top with us with the same results and identical records and it’s a game to look forward to.

“We have to stand up against any team and we have to concentrate on us and know what they do, they’re a good side.”

Blackpool captain Jay Spearing: “We’ve heard very good reports about Coventry, they’ve brought in a lot of new players and they’re playing at St Andrew’s.

“It’ll be a nice pitch to go and play on and we had some good games against Coventry last season. They like to play, just like ourselves.

“If we go and implement the way that we are, the way that we play and do what we’re all about, then I don’t see why we can’t go there and cause a little bit of an upset.”

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MK Dons vs AFC Wimbledon LIVE commentary: Full talkSPORT coverage of League One derby clash

7 Sep

Bitter rivals MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon are set to battle it out and the action from the League One derby will be live on talkSPORT 2 this weekend.

Wimbledon have only taken two points from their opening six games and will need to bounce back this weekend against their old foes.

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MK Dons have won twice this term but have suffered back-to-back defeats recently and will also be eager for the three points.

The two clubs are, of course, closely connected and this promises to be a fiery clash at Stadium MK.

They have already faced each other once this season with the Dons winning their Carabao Cup tie on penalties after a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Now they are set to face off in the league and talkSPORT 2 will bring you all the action.

MK Dons vs AFC Wimbledon: How to listen

The League One clash will get under way at 12pm on Saturday, September 7.

Full commentary from Ian Danter and David Connolly will be live on talkSPORT 2 and our coverage will start at 11am.

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MK Dons vs AFC Wimbledon: What has been said?

MK Dons boss Paul Tisdale: “It’s not ‘another game’. I know it means a lot to the supporters.

“I can’t say the players will try even harder because they always try their hardest. It’s not about how much we want to win, it’s about how we can win and that’s what we’re working on.

“It was a really good game earlier this season. We were delighted to have won it. It was a month ago and it will be a different set of players on the pitch, I’m sure.”

AFC Wimbledon boss Wally Downes: “The feelings are like a derby, it’s like Liverpool vs. Everton or Manchester United v Manchester City – the feelings do run high.

“The form goes out the window and it’s all about the result on the day and bragging rights after.”

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Roy Keane’s hilarious story about trying to sign Matt Taylor for Sunderland and being rejected by text message

6 Sep

Roy Keane has told a hilarious story about trying to sign former Portsmouth, Bolton and West Ham star Matt Taylor for Sunderland in January 2008.

Taylor was surplus to requirements at Fratton Park at the time, and had a choice of moving to the Black Cats or Bolton.

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The former midfielder opted for Wanderers despite meeting with Sunderland boss Keane ‘for an hour or two’ at the Stadium of Light.

And it’s fair to say Keane was not impressed with how Taylor made his decision known – sending a text to him just seconds after their meeting came to an end!

Speaking at the Off The Ball roadshow, Keane said: “Trying to get players up to Sunderland is always difficult; their wives didn’t want to go up there because they wanted to go shopping.

“Eventually, I got Matty Taylor up as he was leaving Portsmouth and had the opportunity to go to Sunderland or Bolton.

Taylor began his career at Luton and also played for Portsmouth, Bolton, West Ham, Burnley, Northampton and Swindon
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“So I met him at the stadium, in the boardroom, gave him all the talk for an hour or two… he said he’s got a lot to think about.

“I said: ‘Of course, you take your time, it’s a huge decision. I’ll walk you down to the car park’.

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“As we walked down he says, ‘listen Roy, it’s a huge decision, thanks for the chat’.

“Bolton and Sunderland… there is no comparison, but listen, Bolton weren’t a bad team at the time.

“I saw him walking to his car and say, ‘brilliant, thanks for coming’.

“He turns his back and I’ve got a text, and not many people text me.

“It says, ‘Hi Roy, it’s Matty Taylor…’

“I’ve got my phone; I think it was a BlackBerry, at the time they were in.

“I can see him getting into his car!

“[The message continued] ‘I’ve decided to go to Bolton’.

“And I’m there waving him out the car park!”

Taylor’s decision to join Bolton did not disrupt Sunderland’s first campaign back in the Premier League, however, as they preserved their top-flight status with a 15th-placed finish.

Liverpool vs Newcastle, Leeds vs Derby, Champions League fixtures, Tyson Fury next bout, Khabib UFC fight – What’s on talkSPORT in September?

2 Sep

Summer may be all but over but talkSPORT will be on hand this September to stave off those winter blues.

August was full of drama in the sporting world with the return of Premier League and EFL football, the Ashes clashes between England and Australia and thrilling nights of boxing.

Liverpool vs Newcastle will be among talkSPORT’s live coverage in September
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Now, and with autumn fast approaching, we are into September but the action will keep coming over the next few weeks and talkSPORT will be across it all.

First up this month, we’ll have full coverage of England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo plus coverage of the showpiece group game of Germany vs Netherlands.

Then the Premier League will return with a bang as GameDay plays host to the top-flight’s top two as Liverpool host Newcastle and Manchester City take on Norwich on Saturday, September 14.

We’ll bring you a host of other Prem games and EFL clashes before the end of the month with games like Leicester vs Tottenham and Leeds vs Derby.

September will also see the return of Champions League and Europa League football with England’s big guns in action. talkSPORT will have a host of fixtures from Europe’s elite competitions coming up soon.

Away from football, we’ll also be bringing you all the best action from the two remaining Ashes Tests as England look to beat the Aussie to the famous urn.

Tyson Fury will take on Otto Wallin this month
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In boxing, Tyson Fury is set to return to the ring when he takes on Sweden’s Otto Wallin on September 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

And in UFC, Conor McGregor’s fierce rival Khabib Nurmagomedov makes his long-awaited comeback against Dustin Poirier on September 7.

We’ll be bringing you the very latest from both huge fight nights!

talkSPORT’s football commentaries in September 2019

Champions League, Europa League and Premier League 3pm games to be confirmed

Friday 6th September – Germany vs Netherlands

Saturday 7th September – MK Dons vs AFC Wimbledon

Saturday 7th September – Sunderland vs Burton

Saturday 7th September – England vs Bulgaria

Tuesday 10th September – England vs Kosovo

England will be in Euro 2020 qualifier action this month
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Friday 13th September – Derby vs Cardiff

Saturday 14th September – Liverpool vs Newcastle

Saturday 14th September – Fulham vs West Brom

Saturday 14th September – Norwich vs Man City

Sunday 15th September – Barnsley vs Leeds

Sunday 15th September – Huddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday

Saturday 21st September – Leicester vs Tottenham

Leeds vs Derby will be live on talkSPORT this month
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Saturday 21st September – Leeds vs Derby

Saturday 21st September – Newcastle vs Brighton

Sunday 22nd September – West Brom vs Huddersfield

Friday 27th September – Stoke vs Nottingham Forest

Saturday 28th September – Sheffield Utd vs Liverpool

Saturday 28th September – QPR vs West Brom

Saturday 28th September – Leicester vs Newcastle

Bury considering legal action against the EFL following their ‘unfair’ expulsion

30 Aug

Bury have said they are considering all options including legal action against the EFL following their expulsion on Tuesday.

Members of Bury’s executive met on Friday to discuss their options, having earlier sent the EFL a letter questioning the way the organisation handled their ‘unfair’ expulsion.

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The Shakers’ expulsion was confirmed after a takeover bid from C&N Sporting Risk fell through.

Club lawyer Chris Farnell said: “All options are on the table. One that has to be considered is legal action.

“At least three bids went in on Friday before the deadline. The EFL allowed an extension for one bid – from C&N – but other bids were attracted and submitted to the EFL and it would appear they weren’t considered.

“There’s been no explanation.”

Bury are understood to have asked the EFL how Steve Dale passed the fit and proper person test

In a club statement on Thursday, Bury confirmed the EFL would not be going back on its decision to expel the club despite the Shakers saying a £7million takeover bid had been submitted before Tuesday’s second deadline.

The BBC claims the club have sent out a list of questions to the EFL, including:

  • Why a late bid from Brazilian multi-millionaire pastor Gustavo Benedito, which emerged on Tuesday afternoon, was not accepted.
  • Why the EFL said that a bid from an Italian consortium had not been received when the club insist it had.
  • Why the offer from C&N Sporting Risk was the only one accepted by the EFL and the only one granted an extension.
  • Why is it proportionate to consider dropping Bury five leagues – the club want the EFL to consider dropping them down to League Two instead.
  • Why owner Steve Dale passed the fit and proper person test.
  • Why the EFL refused to meet with representatives of Bury on Friday.
  • Why ex-Port Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite was not considered to be an appropriate owner.
  • Bury, who had been in the EFL for 125 years and have twice won the FA Cup, have given the league until 16:00 BST to respond to their letter.

Farnell added: “It seems to be very unfair on Bury because of an artificial timeline.

“The decision to, in effect, kill a club has been made without any explanation as to why a very genuine bid from a very high-net worth individual would not be considered.”

Bury supporters group Forever Bury have also written to EFL executive chair Debbie Jevans pleading to reinstate the club.

The letter read: “The EFL’s misguided handling of this matter has directly prejudiced the interests all Bury FC stakeholders including its creditors, shareholders, players and employees and we reserve all our rights to hold the EFL accountable in this respect.”

The EFL said it had received the correspondence from Forever Bury and would ‘respond appropriately’ after ‘considering its contents’.

Bury release statement criticising EFL, still working on deal to save football club

29 Aug

Bury have criticised the EFL following their expulsion from the league.

The Shakers were set a deadline of 5pm on Tuesday to complete a sale of the club, but were unable to do so and had their Football League membership revoked.

Bury face the prospect of liquidation now they have been expelled from the EFL
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However, the club say there has been an ‘extreme lack of communication’ from the EFL and insist the decision to kick them out of the league was taken despite a credible new bidder being made aware to them before Tuesday’s deadline.

It had been hoped that C&N Sporting Risk, a sports analytics company, would rescue Bury but the London-based firm pulled out of the deal 90 minutes before the EFL’s 5pm deadline, citing concerns over the club’s confusing debt structure.

Owner Steve Dale then claimed he had received three new bids for the club, prompting fans, politicians and pundits to call for more time to explore these options. But shortly after 11pm, the league revealed its verdict.

The statement in full

“Everyone connected with Bury Football Club were shocked, and disappointed with the EFL’s decision to expel this wonderful, historic, community driven Club from the Football league. This decision was taken despite a credible new bidder being made aware to them before Tuesday’s 5pm deadline.

Given this, all staff, players and no doubt fans of Bury Football Club are utterly devastated that despite the new bid to buy the Club, the EFL have informed us that they will not be rescinding their decision.

This is something we are struggling to comprehend as the new bidder has proven significant funds to the EFL, funds to allow them to takeover, run and secure the long-term future of Bury Football Club. Everyone at the Club believed that such the capabilities of the potential new owner, this would’ve started a brand new era for the Club, seeing it go from strength to strength.

The extreme lack of communication from the EFL has left all involved with Bury Football Club astonished and in dismay.

As a Club, we are still pursuing other options, based on the outcome of where the EFL place us. Again, we would like to reiterate that the lack of communication from the EFL has been nothing short of dismal throughout this process.

Thank you to all the supporters for staying patient with us while we try to provide you with updates as frequently as possible.

All of us here at Bury Football Club have been thoroughly overwhelmed with the floods of support we have received from other football clubs, ex-players, fans of other football clubs and everyone else in the industry. We are truly grateful for all your thoughtful messages, proving once again the brilliance of the football family.”

Bury are the first club to drop out of the Football League for off-field reasons since Maidstone United went into liquidation in 1992.

The club are one of England’s oldest football clubs, having been formed in 1885, and have been members of the Football League for 125 years.

League One will now comprise of 23 teams for the remainder of the season, with only three teams to be relegated.

Fellow League One club Bolton faced the same fate as Bury, but their future was secured by Football Ventures to end any fears of liquidation.

Paul Appleton, the man involved with the takeover said the deal was ‘the most complicated he had ever worked on’.

‘Bolton takeover was the most complicated I have ever dealt with,’ claims administrator Paul Appleton

29 Aug

The man who helped secure the future of Bolton claims the takeover which saved the club was the most complicated he has ever dealt with.

Joint administrator Paul Appleton last night revealed the Trotters had successfully been bought by Football Ventures to end fears of liquidation.

The deal concludes months of uncertainty, which included several failed takeover bids from former Watford owner Laurence Bassini, and Appleton admits there were moments when he feared the worst.

Football Ventures have completed their takeover of Bolton
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“There were many times when I wondered whether it would be possible, but there was never a moment when I wasn’t committed to getting it done,” he told talkSPORT.

“I just hoped that everyone would see sense and all the stakeholders did their best to make sure this great club didn’t go under.

“There were a number of very complicated issues. We had to deal with many different stakeholders so we could get them on board and save this great football club.

“We thought we were on the home straight on numerous occasions, then for whatever reason, something would get in the way.

“There were at least three occasions when we thought we were ready to complete.

“I’ve been doing this for 33 years and I’ve never seen anything so complicated in my life.

Bolton were placed under administration by Ken Anderson
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“Today the fans can celebrate that we got it done and they’ve got fantastic new owners who are fully funded and have the ability to take the club forward and return the club to its former glory.”

After a prolonged period of financial turmoil under the ownership of Ken Anderson, with staff and players left unpaid for months, fans will naturally be nervous about any new owner.

This is compounded by the tragic recent expulsion of neighbours Bury from the EFL, a fate which Bolton narrowly avoided.

Bury had their Football League membership revoked
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But Appleton believes Football Ventures are the right people to lead the rebuild at the Macron Stadium, pointing out their commitment to rescuing the club.

He added: “It really was a rollercoaster. It was an unbelievable three months. The fact that they were still there at the end says it all.

“The staff and the players will be paid all the money they are due, not only for August but also for the time prior to the administration.

“They are the right people to lead this club. I think Bolton fans should be excited. They’ve got the 12 point deduction and the season hasn’t gone too well [so far]. Hopefully this weekend can be the start of new things. They’ve got some fantastic plans.

“I’m very conscious of the Bury situation, but I’m glad there was at least some good news in that part of the world last night.”

Petition calling on English Football League to reverse decision to expel Bury attracts thousands of signatures

29 Aug

A petition calling on the EFL to reverse their decision to expel Bury from the English Football League has attracted over 10,000 signatures.

On Tuesday, the Shakers had their membership revoked and will almost certainly be liquidated following C&N Sporting Risk pulling out of a proposed takeover of the crisis-club.

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Current owner Steve Dale claimed late in the day he had received three further bids leading for calls for Bury to be given an extension, but the League’s decision was announced at around 11pm.

The petition on change.org is titled ‘EFL BRING BACK BURY FC’ and it calls on the governing body to consider one of those bids and bring Bury back.

The petition was shared online with a message, reading: “Calling all football supporters.

Steve Dale took control of Bury in December 2018

“Bury FC have had 1000s of messages of support. We need your help more than ever.

“The EFL need to consider the SJ Global bid. The initial offer was in before the deadline, the money is transferred as promised, and this does not need to go to court.

“The EFL messed up and did not explore all avenues and incorrectly thought the bid had been withdrawn.

“Please sign this petition and contact your own club and supporters association and ask them to provide messages of support for Bury FC and pressure the EFL.”

On Wednesday, EFL executive chair Debbie Jevans told talkSPORT about what happened before Bury were expelled the previous day.

She said: “Yesterday afternoon was a very long afternoon; it was not even the afternoon, it was the whole day in fact when we were still in communication with Mr Dale and C&N Sporting Risk, who were doing all the due diligence they said they needed to do to ensure that the takeover took forward the club.

“We were going backwards and forwards with them supporting them with all the information we had and then at 3pm – just a couple of hours before the deadline we set – they said they could not continue.

“Their due diligence had demonstrated that it was impossible to move forward with the purchase, and at that point they pulled out and put the release out that everybody has seen.

“We have been going back and forth with Mr Dale and constantly worked with him, making compromises where we could, and asked for information to be shared.

“And at the eleventh hour there were emails received… a flurry of Mr Dale saying he had accepted this and accepted that.

“There was no substance to anything we received that would allow us to delay this further and then find ourselves in a week or two weeks’ time in the same situation again.”

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Bury fans have been left heartbroken by the demise of the historic club, while some players have found themselves in a financial mire following months without being paid.

Stephen Dawson told talkSPORT he is in the process of selling his house because of Bury’s expulsion from the League.

Doncaster boss Darren Moore calls on all EFL clubs to examine themselves following tragic demise of Bury

29 Aug

Doncaster manager Darren Moore insists English football must learn from the expulsion of Bury from the EFL.

Moore’s side were due to face the Shakers in a League One clash this weekend, but the fixture will not take place following the tragic events of the past few days.

Despite the efforts of 300 fans to prepare Gigg Lane for the match, Bury were kicked out of Football League after owner Steve Dale failed to sell the club before Tuesday’s 5pm deadline.

Bury now face liquidation following their expulsion from the EFL
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It follows a long period of financial uncertainty in the North West with club employees left unpaid for months, resulting in one player, Stephen Dawson, being forced to sell his house.

“It’s impacting lives and it’s so sad,” former West Brom manager Moore told the Sports Breakfast.

“We hope they can come back at some tier so they can start the rebuilding process.

“They will get back, it’s just a shame it’s had to come to this. This hasn’t happened overnight; this has been years in the making.”

Moore hopes that if anything good can come of the situation, it will be that other EFL clubs take a good look at themselves in light of the events at Bury.

Bolton were similarly on the verge of expulsion before Football Ventures completed a takeover to save the club earlier this week.

Moore added: “We all share in this because football has a due diligence to protect clubs and we all need to do better.

“I hope we can learn from this going forward.

“We’re talking about Bury because they’re the ones in the news, but I think there are a lot of clubs we could look at.

“You hear rumours that a lot more could follow, but I hope it’s the reverse.”