Here’s a look at the latest news in our division, including a second page dedicated to Friday’s opponents, Exeter City.
- Carlisle United have revealed the identity of a ‘mystery billionaire’ who was looking to put money into the club, 1042 days after the saga first began. The identity of the would-be investor, whose approach was considered for 650 days between 2015 and 2017, seemed to be a closely guarded secret. Today it has been reported that Yahya Kirdi is the man who isn’t going to be investing in The Bluebirds. Yup, that’s news. It’s such old news that since his Carlisle interest, he’s gone on to invest in a Maltese side.
- Remember Gary Brabin? He was the sour-faced Tranmere manager that did not like being beaten by City. I didn’t realise, but he’s recently turned up at Port Vale, helping Neil Aspin to guide them to fourth from bottom in League Two. Luckily for everyone at Vale Park, Brabin has reported that they all feel they’re ‘moving in the right direction’. That is handy, considering that if they were moving in the other direction, they’d be below Grimsby and if you finish below the Cods this season, I’d wager you’re going to be playing Hartlepool and Bromley next time out.
- Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has no problem with his side being booed off after their defeat to Chesterfield this weekend, which I’m told is a good thing because they were booed off, loud and clear. “For me it wasn’t good enough,” he told the Nottingham Post. “We were second best all over. I’ve got no qualms about the fans. We brought more than 1,400 fans which is fantastic and what we want.” Yup, 1,400 fans, all booing you off after losing 3-1 to your close rivals and the league’s second from bottom club. Just what you want.
- Port Vale’s club shop was broken into this week. Offenders smashed a front window, took a selection of club shirts and a couple of tills. I suppose there’s some mild relief they weren’t returning shirts, if it had happened at Blunder Park I’d imagine they would be putting stuff back.
- Notts County midfielder Liam Walker has made history, his goal has given Gibraltar their first ever win on the international stage. Walker, Gibraltar’s record cap holder with 29, curled in a deflected free kick with 88 minutes on the clock to send the crowd into raptures and seal a 1-0 triumph. He’s made three appearances for Kevin Nolan’s side this season as is tipped to leave in the summer, but he has ensured he’ll never have to pay for a meal in the British Territory again.
- Crewe’s teenage striker George Nunn has signed for Premier League side Chelsea. The 16-year-old has not made a first-team appearance, but has been catching the eye with the youths, scoring with relative ease. Crewe will receive somewhere in the region of £300,000 compensation from Chelsea for the teenager, who recently made the step up to under-18 level.