Season 6 Game 01 (3-6 August 2018)

THE ‘West Wing of Albert Square is Unbreakable’ HEAD-IN-HANDS LEAGUE

So named because of the weekend birthdays of Martin Sheen (78), Kara Tointon (35) and M Night Shymalan (48).

Barney:(Martin) McNiff proves Cowdenbeath still stink”
Chris:‘Matt’ Godden pulls rug from under Bristol Rovers”
Howard:Bury are going for ‘Gold'” (Omotayo)

Had nipped down to the St George’s hospital in the nation’s capital as its friend, Hecate had had a bit of a tumble. Subsequent reports of a ‘Dark Force’ being present (LINK) have drawn a ‘no comment’ from the Being.

Perhaps distracted by batting away said enquiries, or maybe early-season rust, our acquaintance from the other side couldn’t prevent Andreas Wiemann of Bristol City and Christian Doidge (twice!) of Forest Green Rovers from netting but did endeavour to deny Bradford City’s Eoin Doyle a goal on debut.

Initially this was won by Brad Potts, whose previous clubs were Carlisle United – Blackpool – Barnsley. But then we found a better candidate, Nicky Law – the ‘well-travelled’ midfielder’s last three clubs are Glasgow Rangers, Bradford City and now Exeter City.

We had a few contenders but it’s the usual blank here.

All rise for Lyle Taylor of Charlton Athletic, who is now onto his 12th club at 26.

Bit of a controversial one this – Barney had decided on Ayrton Sonkur, who scored on debut for Annan Athletic. Not being sure about this, I would offer Mason Mount of Derby County or Taylor Walker of Nottingham Forest instead, blud.

Barney – called Clyde v Cowdenbeath called at 2-0 on 28 min – Finished: 2-0 – FAILED!
– called Maidenhead United v Gateshead called at 0-3 on 54 min – Finished: 1-3 – FAILED!
– called Ayr United v Partick Thistle called at 2-0 on 20 min – Finished: 2-0 – FAILED!

After some discussion Stenhiusemuir’s Dougie Hill didn’t make the grade but it Elgin City’s Brian Cameron certainly did.

An impressive Make Ya Ma Proud for Yeovil Town’s centre-back Tom James, who turned down what would’ve been a record transfer for the Glovers of around £600k to West Bromwich Albion over ‘personal terms’.  James further repaid his current club by picking up a second yellow before the hour. Greed comes before a fall… or something.

Bury’s aforementioned Gold Omotayo (Swiss, of course!) and South African international Elton Ngwatala (Dundee’s big signing from Kidderminster Harriers) scoring on their debuts will make excellent ‘Local Boy Makes Good’ in future weeks.


Benik Afobe (Stoke City, on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest)
Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City)
James Tavernier (Rangers)
Steven MacLean (Heart of Midlothian)

Brad Inman (Rochdale) x2
Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town)
Jonathan Edwards (Halifax Town)
Kelvin Langmead (Harrogate Town)
Kieran Agard (Milton Keynes Dons)
Michael Doughty (Swindon Town) x3
Ricky Miller (Port Vale)
Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers)

Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham)
Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon)
Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers)

Benik Afobe (Stoke City on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra)
Jonathan Forte (Exeter City)
Lyle Taylor (Charlton Athletic)
Nicky Law (Exeter City)
Otis Khan (Mansfield Town) x2
Scott Boden (Gateshead)