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Division One Scores, Fixtures & Stats

last updated Saturday 24th March 2001, 6:30 PM

Fulham Football Club are the top club in the Nationwide league.

The Mighty Whites are resting this weekend as so many of our players are away playing in international games.

In fact there are only four Division One fixtures over the coming weekend and only the Birmingham game had any passing interest for fans of the Super Whites.

Birmingham continued to stutter with a 2-1 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. It would seem that Birmingham's opportunity to claim the second automatic promotion spot has slipped them by.

They have now lost two of their last three games and drew the other one. This leaves them in fourth spot 16 points behind Fulham having now played a game more than Fulham

The only real competition now is third placed Blackburn also 16 points behind Fulham but with two games in hand.

Say ... We are top of Division One after three quarters of the campaign, have lost only four games, have the best goal difference and the leading scorer in the Premier and Nationwide leagues.

Nationwide One weekend fixtures

Saturday 24/03/01 - Nationwide Division One
Home Away FT(HT) KO - -
Birmingham (04) Sheff Wed (18) 1-2 (0-1) FT Match Stats
Burnley (10) QPR (23) 2-1 (2-0) FT Match Stats
Sunday 25/03/01 - Nationwide Division One
Home Away FT(HT) KO - -
Barnsley (12) Gillingham (15) 0-0 (0-0) 13:00 Match Stats
West Brom (06) Tranmere (24) 0-0 (0-0) 13:00 Match Stats
Promotion Playoff No Where Relegation
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Saturday March 24 2001

Birmingham (4) v Sheff Wed (18)

Martin O'Connor, Danny Sonner and Michael Johnson, who missed the Blues' midweek clash with Grimsby, are expected to be sidelined again and Andrew Johnson, who scored in the 1-1 draw at Blundell Park, is doubtful with a hamstring strain.

Wednesday will have to manage without Andy Booth, sold to Huddersfield, but can call upon deadline day signings from Southampton, Trond-Egil Soltvedt and Stuart Ripley. Soltvedt has been signed on a two-year deal for a fee rising to £200,000 while Ripley has arrived on loan.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Birmingham W W L L D, Sheff Wed L W D W W

Top scorers: Dele Adebola (Birmingham) 12

Gerald Sibon (Sheff Wed) 11

Ref: P Walton (Northants)

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Saturday March 24 2001

Burnley (10) v QPR (23)

Burnley boss Stan Ternent is without Ian Cox, who is on international duty with Trinidad & Tobago. Ternent is set to keep faith with Gareth Taylor, who has had his loan deal from Manchester City extended for another month. Lee Briscoe (hamstring) is likely to miss out but Graham Branch and Paul Cook could come into contention.

QPR manager Ian Holloway will include centre-back Wayne Brown, signed on loan from Ipswich until the end of the season, in his squad. Karl Ready has not trained this week due to illness and is a doubtful starter and Matthew Rose is still struggling with bruising to his knee.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Burnley W L D W L, QPR L L D L L

Top scorers: Andy Payton (Burnley) 14

Peter Crouch, Chris Kiwomya (QPR) 10

Ref: D Pugh (Merseyside)

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Sunday March 25 2001

Barnsley (12) v Gillingham (15)

Barnsley have a fitness doubt over midfielder Darren Bullock. He has been struggling with a bout of flu but the Tykes are hopeful that we will recover in time.

Gillingham player-boss Andy Hessenthaler will have Guy Ipoua available to make his debut. Ipoua signed from Scunthorpe recently but has been unable to play due to a two-match suspension. Mark Patterson (hamstring) may miss out but the Gills are confident Mark Saunders will recover from a stomach bug.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Barnsley W W L W W, Gillingham L L D D W

Top scorers: Bruce Dyer (Barnsley) 13

Marlon King (Gillingham) 10

Ref: A Wiley (Staffordshire)

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Sunday March 25 2001

West Brom (6) v Tranmere (24)

West Brom will have new signings Phil Gilchrist and Warren Cummings in their squad for the clash with Tranmere. Cummings is on loan until the end of the season from Chelsea while Gilchrist is on loan initially but is set to complete a £500,000 deal before the Tranmere game.

Tranmere's joint management team of Kevin Sheedy and Ray Mathias could welcome back Paul Rideout and Sean Flynn after they came through a midweek reserves game. Clint Hill remains sidelined for a few more weeks with his damaged knee ligaments.

Last season: West Brom 2 Tranmere 0, Tranmere 3 West Brom 0

Last five league matches: West Brom W L W L L, Tranmere L D D L L

Top scorers: Lee Hughes (West Brom) 20

Jason Koumas (Tranmere) 9

Ref: J P Robinson (Hull)

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