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  PGDPts
1Portsmouth463987
2Plymouth462587
3Doncaster463085

4Luton462777
5Exeter461971
6Carlisle46171
7Blackpool462370

8Colchester461069
9Wycombe46569
10Stevenage46467
11Cambridge Utd46866
12Mansfield46466
13Accrington Stanley46365
14Grimsby46-462
15Barnet46-757
16Notts County46-2256
17Crewe46-955
18Morecambe46-2052
19Crawley Town46-1851
20Yeovil46-1550
21Cheltenham46-2050
22Newport County46-2248

23Hartlepool46-2146
24Leyton Orient46-4036

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Will you attend any Checkatrade Trophy games next season?

All of them
All home games
The odd game
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Final only
Total boycott


 

It's Over - For Now That is!

By: Bill Osborne
Date: 15/05/2002

THE Football Association have finally put paid to the proposal that Rangers and Celtic would be invited to join the Nationwide League, saying it would not sanction such a move for next season or any other season.

This decision finally ends the speculation and ends the two "Old Firms" attempt to join the English Premier League through the back door.

Some first division clubs were in favour of the move as they saw it as a way to get a better deal with the TV companies with two of Europe's biggest clubs as a major attraction. But their hopes too are dashed by the FA decision.

The FA statement says: "The FA today made it clear that it would not sanction either Celtic or Rangers joining the Nationwide Football League. This was discussed at a recent board meeting. The FA have reconfirmed that such a move would be contrary to its policy and against the spirit of fair competition."

The Football League spokesman said: "There's a world of difference between wanting it to happen and actually implementing it. There are huge regulatory hurdles in the way of such a move and it would be virtually impossible to make this happen."

But that is not quite the end. If the First Division were to break away from the Nationwide, in the same way the premier League did and form the Phoenix or some other league, it could open the doors for the Scottish teams to play in England, and that idea has not yet been ruled out. Not by a long way!

The Atlantic League idea is also still on the board and would involve clubs from the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Scandinavia and Scotland. Even though Uefa is opposed to the idea, it will have little effect if the clubs really want to proceed with the plan.

For the moment, the first division is unchanged but there is no guarantee that it will remain so. The immediate future will rely very heavily on the sale of TV rights and the outcome of the damages claim against Carlton and Granada that was lodged in the High Court yesterday.

So, is it all over? It is for now, but keep watching!!



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