Tag Archives: Gems of the Lower Leagues

Gems of the Lower Leagues: Matt Phillips

It has taken less than a season for winger Matt Phillips to graduate from the periphery of Blackpool’s first-team squad, to being one of the hottest prospects outside the Premier League. Here, James McMath looks at how a loan spell in the lower divisions has transformed the 20-year-old’s fortunes: What a year Matt Phillips is [...]

Gems of the Lower Leagues: Jacob Butterfield

Just Football’s ‘Gems of the Lower Leagues’ series continues with a look at Barnsley midfielder Jacob Butterfield. James McMath looks at why talk of a January move to the Premier League will surprise some, but not Barnsley fans. This season is going pretty well for Jacob Butterfield. He’s already scored more goals than in any [...]

Gems of the Lower Leagues: Charlie Austin

by Ally Poole Charlie Austin has made a meteoric leap from being a bricklayer playing for part-time Poole Town as late as September 2009 to free-scoring striker for Burnley in the Championship. However Austin is still only 22 and is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting players in the Football League. Austin was involved [...]

Gems of the Lower Leagues: Robbie Brady

Just Football’s ‘Gems of the Lower Leagues’ series continues with a look at Hull City’s on-loan winger Robbie Brady. James McMath explains more about the Manchester United man who is fast-becoming a fans’ favourite at the KC Stadium. Hull City have become quite partial to recruiting players from Manchester United. They currently have six players [...]

Gems of the Lower Leagues: Danny Graham

Just Football’s ‘Gems of the Lower Leagues’ series continues now with a look at the Championship striker currently banging in the goals for Watford. Making his JF debut, we welcome James McMath: Danny Graham is the Championship’s joint top-scorer and an integral part of a Watford team whose attacking prowess has seen them make an [...]