Alan Carr, Jo Whiley, Graeme Swann, Peter Purves - your boys gave Liverpool one hell of a beating.

The mighty Reds (as you may know by now) were humbled in their own back yard by League 2 Northampton Town in the Carling Cup - a disaster for Roy Hodgson's men that was best summed up by The Sun's headline - 'Cobblers!'

Everton fans must have loved every minute of it - fancy getting knocked out of the competition by a team ranked way below you….oh hang on a minute. (More of that later).

Until Wednesday night, Northampton's most famous player was chat show host Des O'Connor(during the war), while the town was best-known for its shoes.

But the 5,000 fans who travelled up to Anfield were walking on air as their new hero Abdul Osman sealed victory with a coolly-placed penalty. The last time a bloke called Osman caused such a stir, Ali was gambling away his café in EastEnders.

Northampton-born Swann helped England to clinch the one-day series win over Pakistan, before turning his attentions to the game. He said: "There I was in the dressing room, drinking champagne and watching the Cobblers win the penalty shoot-out on Jimmy Anderson's phone. Fantastic!"

Cobblers chairman David Cardoza planned to "have a good dance in the car", while manager Ian Sampson was bringing a whole new meaning to the term coach party.

On the Hotel End messageboard, Northampton fans were gleefully reporting the words of a shell-shocked Liverpool supporter, who said: "It's not so much the loss that bothers me, it's the fact we were outplayed by Northampton Town. Northampton (flipping) Town. Outplayed. (Flipping) outplayed. On our own patch. Ouplayed by a League 2 team!"

But my favourite thread came from a Cobblers fan called Ted, who posted before the match: "Sod the Liverpool game. We'll all troop up there, get beat but enjoy the experience and then what are we left with? A very average squad looking forward to a very average season."

The morning after the night before, our Ted was back to say: "Sometimes it's so bloody brilliant to be proved wrong. Thank you, Cobblers, for one of the best moments of my life!"

Meanwhile, Brentford completed the first half of a memorable Merseyside double by seeing off Everton on penalties. Goalkeeper Richard Lee was the shoot-out hero, and with Griffin Park famously boasting a pub on every corner, you can bet there were a few bleary eyes on Wednesday morning.

The two Brentford fans in our office were welcomed home like returning gladiators. Indeed, there was only 10 minutes in the day when they weren't gushing to their colleagues about Brentford - and that's when they were on the phone…..gushing to other people about Brentford.

The last time the Bees were in the fourth round of the League Cup, Eddy Grant was at number one with I Don't Wanna Dance - not a phrase you would have heard from many home fans on Tuesday night, one suspects.

But there's no let-up for Brentford, who are pitched straight back into action on Friday for a London derby with fellow-League 1 strugglers Leyton Orient.

Bristol Rovers pulled away from the pair after Jeff Hughes' first senior hat-trick sunk Dagenham. Hughes said afterwards: "I'm over the moon", before adding: "It was a game of two halves, but at the end of the day the lads gave 110% and we're taking each game as it comes." (Possibly).

At the other end of the table, Brighton moved level on points with leaders Huddersfield following a 2-0 win at Plymouth on Tuesday night.

'King Cole' on the Seagulls' North Stand Chat forum takes the award for fan of the week (although teachers among you may disagree) after taking his kids on an epic and spontaneous journey to Home Park. Over to you, Coley:

"Picked up boy from school in Shoreham at 3.15 (and then) his younger brother from nursery. (Eldest) said: 'Shame Plymouth is so far, would love to watch footie tonight'.

"I looked at my watch and said: 'If we average 50mph, we could just make it'. 4h 15 min later, I'm at the turnstile at Home Park handing over £32, having done a non-stop drive with a 10-year-old and a four-year-old, with no pit-stop. What a result. (Flipping) tired now, though!"

Another user then inquired: "I hope you told your wife", prompting the retort: "She was called en-route. We were nearly on the M27 by this time, though!" Oh to have been a fly on the wall at breakfast the following morning.

From North Stand to 'East Stand Swan' - a poster on Swansea's Planet Swans - who suggested a song for Scott Dobbie to the tune of The Animals Went In Two By Two:

"He may look slightly overweight, Dobbie, Dobbie
"His finishing is (flipping) great, Dobbie, Dobbie
"He scores a goal in every game
"And when he scores you'll hear his name
"Stephen Dobbie, Swansea's goal machine."

Sadly, North Stand was stopped dead in his tracks by the next post from 'Swansforever', which simply read: "He hasn't scored in every game, though."

One player who definitely doesn't score in every game is Derby's Dean Leacock, who ended an eight-year wait for his first goal in the 1-1 draw against Barnsley.

Rams manager Nigel Clough said: "I couldn't quite believe it. If you'd seen him in training, you wouldn't have put a quid on him to be the first scorer!" I think that's what they call a vote of confidence.

Performance of the week had to be Watford's 6-1 win at Millwall.

Over on Millwall messageboard 'House of Fun' (still love that name), 'Bromley Wall' was getting all dewy-eyed and romantic as he announced: "My anniversary is next Tuesday so I have booked two tickets to an exciting performance in the evening….that's right, QPR away with my mate.

"I've told my wife already - she was fine to be honest, although they do that 'fine' thing and then later you discover that it wasn't 'fine' at all."

Hereford/Corfu Lion' added: "They archive it. You suddenly get something chucked at you out of the blue that you did several years ago. And are expected to remember." Too true, Hereford. Too true.

Regular contributor Ben Browett (in fact, the only contributor - you don't tweet, you don't email…) sent me the chant of the week from Millwall's near-neighbours Crystal Palace, who came up with this for striker James Vaughan to the tune of 'I'm Horny':"James Vaughany. Vaughany, Vaughany, Vaguhany." Nice.

Meanwhile, Leeds supporters at Doncaster informed their hosts "You're just a town full of Leeds fans!" - although the boot was on the other foot the previous week following the 5-2 thrashing by Barnsley.

Apparently Tykes fans were waiting until 55 minutes past the hour before going up to Leeds colleagues and asking them the time. Cheeky!

Finally, the goal of the week was scored by Chesterfield's Drew Talbot during the 3-1 win over Cheltenham in League 2. The winger picked up the ball on the touchline and ran rings around his opponent (twice) before cutting in and smashing a beauty with his left foot past Scott Brown.

Talbot was dubbed the 'Ginger Maradona' in his Luton days but conceded afterwards: "I've got no hair left now, so that's the end of that!"

Have a good weekend one and all.

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