SezLes: Owls boss and a right Charlie!

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IT WAS rather a surprise to hear that Dave Jones had been sent from the touchline up to the stand.

Fairly unusual even with some of the touchline antics you see and certainly for a home manager with his team in a winning situation. Wonder what could have gone off?

Then I find out that the fellow protagonist from the opposition bench was none other than Charlie Oatway, assistant to Brighton manager Gus Poyet.

He may well have calmed down from his hot-head days as a combative midfielder but he obviously still likes a spot of confrontation on a Saturday afternoon.

When the FA get round to dealing with the pair they’d better allow a little extra time if they’re to read out the full name of Messrs Oatway and Jones.

It’s Anthony Philip David Terry Frank Donald Stanley Gerry Gordon Stephen James Oatway to give him his full name. Named after the Queens Park Rangers XI of 1973, his parents being big Rangers fans.

Note that there’s no Charlie in there.

The story goes that an aunt, on hearing all those names, said something along the lines of “he’ll look a right Charlie”. And that name stuck.

It’s been quite a start for Wednesday’s new striker Leroy Lita with a couple of goals in his opening two games.

Trust fans to come up with a clever chant in his honour... “I’d rather have a Lita than a pint”. Nice one!

Incidentally, there’s a renewed spring in the Wednesdayite step. Most are now confident they will get away from the relegation zone.

But there is one (and there may just be another one somewhere) who is looking further than that.

It was a friend of a friend who suggested that they were only nine points from getting into the play-offs.

When it was pointed out that while nine points added on (whilst nobody else kicked a ball, by the way!) would have you above the seventh-placed club, the team in sixth and final play-off place was actually 12 points ahead.

It was gently suggested you don’t close such gaps at this stage of the season. Anyway, it’s not so much the points gap but the number of teams between you and your target.

He shrugged. “Well, you never know in football,” he said. Such blind faith and optimism.

This week’s story about match-fixing across Europe had the headline-grabbing inclusion of one Champions League game played in England coming to light although there was no suggestion any English club have been involved in any wrong-doing.

The revelations will not be a surprise to anyone who might see the paper I do which includes the league tables each week from Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A.

There, at the bottom of the Serie A table, are a few asterisks alongside teams to denote points deducted. For match fixing.

This week I heard someone ask if the BBC was to put on its localised football programme, Late Kick Off, on a Monday night. Seems they will be.

I saw the BBC’s Guy Mowbray (who presented the Yorkshire one) on the train on his way back from a game in London the other week and asked him.

Apparently, it is to re-start in March. A bit late perhaps but better late than not at all.

Hidden talent? Note who knocked the mighty, full-strength All Blacks out of rugby union’s World Sevens last week. It was Kenya!