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Mason making excellent progress

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Ryan Mason, 25, is making “excellent progress” having fractured his skull in a horrifying collision whilst playing for Hull City in the Premier League.


Mason, Hull’s record signing, had been visited in hospital by Chelsea defender Gary Cahill (who was involved in the sickening clash of heads) together with their assistant manager Steve Holland.

The Chelsea pair along with Hull City captain Michael Dawson and other medical staff from Hull, spent time with Mason’s family and checked on the well-being of the Tigers midfielder at the weekend.

Hull had issued an update saying that Mason had been “speaking of the incident and will continue to be monitored at the hospital.” The statement added that Hull “will remain in close contact with Ryan, his family and the staff at St Mary's.”

Ryan’s former team-mate Jake Livermore, who has just signed for West Brom from Hull and had also played alongside Mason at Tottenham too, said he “feared the worst” upon hearing the news of the head injury.

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Football Manager 2017 - Review

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It’s the game that allows you to manage your club, your way. You’re the boss. You make the decisions.

Football Manager 2017 is the latest instalment in the popular series where you are in the driving seat in an all-immersive football world.
From picking the team, setting up all the finer details of tactics and training, signing the players to nurturing that wonderkid that you’ve just unearthed. Even handling the media with press conferences and dealing with agents and unhappy players – it is all here available to you where you can take on the challenge and pressure of becoming a football manager.

You live and die by your decisions in this game that is getting better with every new version.
The improvements in this years game compared to Football Manager 2016 are far from revolutionary but there is lot more polish and a few neat additions in this version including a social media feed which reflects modern media.
Hundreds of thousands of people have lost endless hours playing this game …

Fonte swaps Saints for West Ham in disappointing circumstances

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Portuguese European Championship winning defender Jose Fonte has controversially swapped his home of seven years at Southampton for West Ham United. 

The 33-year-old has left St. Marys in disappointing circumstances. Fonte had been agitating for a move for some time and had been left out of Claude Puel’s side since the beginning of the year when the defender handed in a transfer request.
Leaving the club in such a manner leaves a bitter taste for many Saints fans. To see their club captain, who had played such an important role in the clubs recent history, exit in this way wasn’t exactly the acrimonious ending that they would have hoped for.
Jose was the last remaining player who had overseen the Hampshire side’s rise from the obscurity of League One. During his time with Saints he won the Johnstones Paint Trophy at Wembley in 2010 when Alan Pardew was in charge and then was a virtual ever-present in back-to-back promotions to reach the Premier League under Nigel Adkins. 
Fonte was a…

Five years a Spitfire - Stewart Donald

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5 years a Spitfire
Stewart Donald – In conversation with Michael Kurn

MK= Michael Kurn

SD: Stewart Donald

{Transcript typed by Jamie Montigue}

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MK: Let’s take you back to 2011. The Spitfires were in the Conference South,. Mid-table, a side pushing for the playoffs but not quite making it. Ian Baird was the manager and crowds averaged around 650 people.

Fast forward five years. The club is in the National League pushing for promotion to the Football League with former Brentford manager Martin Allen at the helm of the playing squad.

Attendances are growing year on year and recently the Spitfires took 1500 fans away in the FA Cup third round.

The club has certainly grown under the leadership of Stewart Donald and his team. What a five years it’s been for Eastleigh FC.

Lets now take a look back and cast an eye to the future with the chairman and owner Stewart Donald.

Stewart, five years. It’s flown by.

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SD: Yes, it feels like about two days. We’ve crammed an awful lot in a short period of time b…