Derek Davis' Football Chatter

TICKETS for the big north Essex/Suffolk derby match are going to be at a premium but I have a pair to give away.Because it is such a big game, with Town needing a win to climb the league and Colchester pushing for a play-off place, never mind local pride at stake after the U's won 1-0 at Layer Road, the competition to win the pair of tickets is going to a little bit different.

TICKETS for the big north Essex/Suffolk derby match are going to be at a premium but I have a pair to give away.

Because it is such a big game, with Town needing a win to climb the league and Colchester pushing for a play-off place, never mind local pride at stake after the U's won 1-0 at Layer Road, the competition to win the pair of tickets is going to a little bit different.

The picture accompanying my column in today's EADT has clues to the names or nicknames of English League clubs. All we want you to do is find as many as possible - there are 40 plus and the person with the most correct answers wins.

In the event of a draw a winner will be picked at random.


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Send your answer to Derek Davis, Championship Chatter, EADT. 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or to derek.davis@eadt.co.uk

The competition closes at 5pm on Wednesday, January 17 and usual rules apply.

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My thanks to Mick Giddings for supplying the picture.

ALL fans react differently to their respective team's successes and failures and a bit of mild booing is the least of Jim Magilton's concerns.

Palermo's sporting director Rino Foschi received an unwelcome festive present after his team fell 13 points behind leaders Inter Milan - inside a nicely-wrapped parcel was a bloody goat's head.

I'm not kidding.

ANTHONY Stokes' decision to join Sunderland and not Charlton as expected, or Celtic as originally thought, may have surprised a few.

Gordon Strachan was quite philosophical, saying “If someone doesn't want to win championships, play in the Champions' League or in front of 60,000 fans - then that is fine by me.”

IAN Holloway's Gatling-gums have got him in trouble again after branding Sepp Blatter 'an idiot and a lunatic' with the FA apparently taking offence.

The man should be rewarded for being prepared to speak his mind, and what many others are thinking.

Holloway is a Godsend to the media and the game in general for being so colourful and being prepared to be so readily contactable.

Not only that but as his daughters are deaf he can sign language so even if the FA tried to gag him he would be able to communicate his thoughts.

Holloway may be a real fun character but he is also a serious manager and the man who might have been the Town boss has done well at unfancied Plymouth - they are currently a place above Ipswich in the league.

Instead of being punished for speaking out about the new-fangled offside rule, he should be commended and FIFA should listen.

AS part of the Four Four Two awards, the Football League is looking for supporters' choices as the best away ground.

Although my criteria for away grounds will be based more on the working facilities of the place, as well as access, atmosphere and occasionally if we get there early enough where to get a decent pint, I offer my four choices and would be interested to hear your best and worst.

The Premiership

St James' Park: Spine-tingling place, while Anfield would be my second choice, and Vicarage Road would be my least favourite.

The Championship

Pride Park: A lot of Town fans usually go there so it can generate a good atmosphere and is a good place to work. The Stadium of Light is not bad, either. Southend is far worse than Layer Road.

League One

Bradford edges Port Vale, while Gillingham is marginally more disgusting than Rotherham.

League Two

Swindon has its own magic, while Notts County was basic but enjoyable. Hartlepool is not a place I like going to.

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