Football League Expert & Columnist
Peter Beagrie blogs on AFC Wimbledon, Chris Solly and Notts County
Beags blogs on the fairytale rise of AFC Wimbledon, Charlton's Chris Solly and QPR loanee Tom Carroll.
Last Updated: 11/09/13 2:42pm
The former winger, who played over 770 games, representing clubs in all four tiers of the English footballing pyramid, including Manchester City, Everton, Bradford, Sheffield United, Scunthorpe, and Grimsby, forms part of the Sky Sports punditry team for all the big matches in the Championship, League One and League Two.
So if you have a poser for Peter, whether it's about your team, a player, match or incident that has caught your eye, or a wider point on the Football League, send it in.
Read below for this week's column where Beags gives his the rise of Wimbledon, Charlton full-back Chris Solly, Notts County's toils and more...
How big an achievement is Wimbledon's form, not only this season but since they were formed? Patrick Callow
BEAGS SAYS: In many respects, Patrick, the phoenix club's rise has been nothing short of miraculous; five promotions in nine seasons saw them regain league status from the ninth tier of English football (the Combined Counties Premier League), and fans will feel totally justified in their decision to preserve the identity, tradition and, more importantly, location of the club. The three amigos, Kris Stewart, Mark Jones and Trevor Williams, were instrumental in the reformation and the trials on Wimbledon Common on June 29, 2002 where they chose their squad - and attracting 230 players was definitely a scriptwriter's dream. Neil Ardley is the man holding the reins at the moment and has strong links to the Wimbledon of old as a former team-mate of Messrs Jones and Fashanu. Since saving his team from relegation on the final day of last term with a 2-1 win at Kingsmeadow versus Fleetwood, Ardley has recruited well and the Dons have had a storming start to the season. Loanee Michael Smith (pictured), from Charlton, a 6ft 4in battering ram, is a quality addition, while on-loan Burnley man George Porter provides a good supply line. If Ardley can instil the never-say-die old Wimbledon spirit into his team, this chapter of the story would eclipse all previous ones.
Would Stephen Hunt be a good signing for Blackpool? Jack Melville
BEAGS SAYS: A fit and focussed Stephen Hunt would be a good acquisition for any Championship club, Jack. Stephen can play anywhere down the left and is a tireless worker who possesses a quality left foot. Hunt has been hampered by hip and groin injuries over the past couple of seasons - often because of his bravery and playing through the pain barrier - and has been unable to affect Wolves' fall from grace. But, as a free agent, Blackpool can sign him on a short-term deal to see if he can retain the form and fitness that has gained him 39 caps for his country. There is no risk attached for me and signing him is a no-brainer, particularly with the threadbare squad Incey is operating with at the moment. However, the Tangerines have made a remarkable start and are a team obviously not hamstrung by the favourite's tag.
Are you surprised no-one signed Chris Solly from Charlton? Why did John Brayford and Jack Hunt get Premier League moves but not Solly? Tamas Széll
BEAGS SAYS: I know there are no shortage of admirers from the Premier League and bigger clubs in the Championship in your player, Tamas, and full-backs seem to be amongst the best performers in the second tier at the moment. You have already mentioned two quality young full-backs who have gotten moves ahead of Chris (pictured) in Hunt and Brayford, while John Stones has also gone to Everton from Barnsley and there is another man I rate very highly, Burnley's Kieran Tripper, too; all of these players have great engines and overlapping ability. The silver lining for Charlton fans is that their consecutive Player of the Year has penned a deal that keeps him with the Addicks until 2017, and I expect nothing less than another outstanding season from Chris.
TIED UP IN NOTTS
What has gone wrong for Notts County so far this season? David Rogers
BEAGS SAYS: David, I think you will agree that in the summer County had the heart ripped out of the team, with midfielders Alan Judge, Neal Bishop and Jeff Hughes all leaving for pastures new; they have been difficult to replace and it is nigh on impossible to do so at this level and with a limited budget. I said at the start of the season that if Chris Kiwomya achieved a top-half finish he will have had a very good year; County possess quality in the final third with Danny Haynes, Yoann Arquin and Enoch Showunmi, but their star player is the much-travelled winger, Jamal Campbell-Ryce (pictured), who must find the form he showed last season if County are to avoid a campaign of struggle.
SINGING CARROLL'S PRAISES
How highly do you rate QPR's new loan signing Tom Carroll? Euan Ross
BEAGS SAYS: Simple answer, Euan. Very highly. More importantly, though, so do the management at his mother club Spurs. Tom can play centrally in a three-man midfield or operate in a wide position and he can also pick a pass and has a good turn of speed, as well as quick feet. Invited to join QPR for more game time instead of getting splinters in his backside bench warming at Tottenham, the England Under-21 starlet could/should light-up the Championship.
Are you amongst the group of people that reckons the transfer window should be scrapped - or at least shut before the season starts? Paul Adams
BEAGS SAYS: It's a 'yes' from me, Paul. Absolutely, totally, 100 per cent, the window should be shut before the season starts. Business should be done early as it gives managers more time to integrate new recruits into their team, while it also stops the pandemonium, pantomime, lastminute.com dramas and one-upmanship between the big boys. Last minute bids, leaked phone calls and stories - which are mostly propaganda to upset managers, unsettle players and generally cause mischief - could be avoided by the implementation of new time scales. Will common sense prevail? Only time will tell.