UEFA U21 Championship – Poland v England

Tonight sees the conclusion of group A as both countries hope to qualify for the semi finals. 

Fate is very much in England’s hands at the Kielce Stadium as they currently top the group with 4 points after an opening game draw with Sweden was followed by a 2nd half come back to win 2-1 against Slovakia. The hosts on the other hand may have to rely on other results, but nonetheless they are still in with a chance of advancing after a late equalizer salvaged a point against Sweden.

Aidy Boothroyd has a big decision to make on whether to play Jacob Murphy or  Mason Holgate at right back after the Norwich youngster impressed against Slovakia. They are expected to otherwise remain unchanged.

The White Eagles may well keep the same line up after making changes following defeat to Slovakia.
Sweden and Slovakia kick off at the same time (7.45pm GMT) and with all 4 countries vying for a Semi Final spot…. It is set to be a night of high drama.

Confirmed Line Ups 

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Update: Line Ups Confirmed – Who Will Reach The Promised Land? 

Today at 3pm Wembley hosts the Skybet Championship play off final. The winners will of course claim promotion to the Premier league. The game is often seen as being the richest game in football with a windfall of £200m.

So will it be Reading who were last in the Premier league in the 2012/13 season or Huddersfield Town who last competed in the top flight as far back as 1972. 

Historically Reading have spent most of their history at levels below the top division, but have enjoyed a period of success with 2 promotions in the past 11 years and defied all odds by finishing 8th in the Premier League in 2007. The club did enjoy a memorable day at Wembley in winning the Full Members Cup in 1988

Huddersfield Town have a history that saw them clinch 3 back to back titles (the first club to do so) in the 1920s and an FA Cup during the same period that also included the 1930’s. It’s easy to say that was their golden period as a club as they came close to more titles. After 31 years of tip flight football, the terriers were relegated to the 2nd tier and although they still spent some time back in the old first division…. most of their history has since been spent in the lower divisions. In recent years things have looked up and have reached the high of today’s game.

Today’s Team News

The Terriers boss David Wagner might stick with the team that edged out Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday on penalties in the semi final. Although Kasey Palmer sidelined recently is in contention for a return to the squad.

The Royals have doubts over Jordan Obita and Gareth McCleary but  Jaap Staam is hoping left back Obita may be included. Other than that they appear in good health.

Confirmed line up’s:

So who will win promotion today? 

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On This Day….. 24th Of May


A selection of footballing memories from this date in history 

  • 1972 – European Cup Winners Cup Final. Rangers achieved one their greatest moments in their history in winning a European trophy for what is the only time in their history. Played at the Camp Nou in Barcelona,  Stein gave the gers the lead and Johnston then hit a double as Rangers took control against Dynamo Moscow. The Russians hit back with two 2nd half goals, but the Ibrox club held on for a famous victory.

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  • 1997 – Northampton beat Swansea City 1-0 in the Division Three Playoff final thanks to a last minute goal from defender John Frain. 
  • 2008 – Championship Playoff final. Hull City clinched promotion to the Premier league thanks to a 1-0 victory over Cardiff City. Dean Windass scored the goal.
  • 2014 – Champions League Final. A battle of Madrid took place in Lisbon as Real faced Atletico. Godin gave Los Rojiblancos a first half lead and Diego Simone’s men were on the verge of a famous victory until deep into injury time when Ramos equalized for Real. They then went into extra time with the momentum. A tense game came to life as Bale put Blancos into the lead with 10 minutes remaining. With Atletico throwing everything at their rivals, Real netted 2 late goals from Marcelo and Ronaldo from the spot to run out 4-1 winners and take the title back to the Santiago Bernabeu for a 10th time.
  • 2014 – Bobby Zamora fired QPR into the Premier league with a 90th minute goal at Wembley against Derby County in the Championship Playoff final.
  • 2015 – 2 years ago today Preston North End were promoted to the Championship after a convincing 4-0 win against Swindon Town in the league one playoff final at Wembley. Jermaine Beckford was the hero scoring a hat-trick. The other goal coming from Paul Huntingdon.